I Love Your Smile

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"I Love Your Smile"
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Single by Shanice
from the album Inner Child
ReleasedOctober 22, 1991
Format
Recorded1990
Genre
Length
  • 4:19 (album version)
  • 3:56 (radio version)
  • 3:50 (Driza Bone single remix)
LabelMotown
2093
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Narada Michael Walden
Shanice singles chronology
"This Time"
(1988)
"I Love Your Smile"
(1991)
"I'm Cryin'"
(1992)

"I Love Your Smile" is a song by American singer Shanice, released in 1991 as the lead single from her second studio album Inner Child (1991). The song features a saxophone solo by Branford Marsalis as well as laughter from Janet Jackson and René Elizondo, Jr. near the end of the song. The track was produced by Louis Biancaniello, with vocals produced by Narada Michael Walden. The radio version of the song removes the rap bridge from the album version.

To date, "I Love Your Smile" is Shanice's best known and most successful hit.[1] It peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 behind "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me" by George Michael and Elton John and "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred, and it topped the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks for 4 weeks in December 1991 and January 1992. In Europe, "I Love Your Smile" peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and reached the top of the Dutch Top 40 in the Netherlands. The single also peaked within the top ten on the charts in Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Austria. In 1992, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Shanice performed this song as the first musical guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 25, 1992.[2] A music video was made for the song, featuring Shanice in a studio having several pictures taken by a photographer.

Talib Kweli referenced the song in his song "Hot Thing", from his 2007 album Eardrum.

Critical reception[edit]

The Gavin Report wrote about the song: "Only in her teens, Shanice Wilson is anything but a newcomer, having arrived on the scene in the late eighties and scoring instant airplay. But this should be the effort that really sparks her career. Co-written with her producer Narada Michael Walden, it already has early top thirty numbers at WIOQ/ FM, Q106, KMEL and KHTN, plus ADDs at B95 and WTIC/FM."[3]

Track listings[edit]

CD single 1
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (radio version) — 3:46
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (extended version) — 4:14
  3. "I Love Your Smile" (instrumental) — 4:14
CD single 2
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone single remix)
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone club mix)
  3. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone dub mix)
  4. "I Love Your Smile" (original single version)
7" single
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (radio version) — 3:46
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (instrumental) — 4:14
7" single - Driza Bone remix
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone single remix) — 3:50
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (original version) — 3:46

Personnel[edit]

  • All vocals and rap by Shanice Wilson
  • keyboards, drum programming, programming and synthesized bass by Louis Biancaniello
  • drums and programming by Narada Michael Walden
  • saxophone solo by Branford Marsalis
  • background vocals by Alyssa Lala, Crystal Wilson, David A. Miguel, David Lee, Diamond D, Eric Daniels, Jarvis La Rue Baker, Kathy Horton, Label Atkinson, Lisa Walden, Mike Mani

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • "I Love Your Smile" was covered by Dutch R&B group duo R'n'G in 1998 for a tribute album "Hands on Motown".
  • Tiffany Evans covered the song in 2004 for her self-titled first EP.
  • Kaori Kobayashi covered the song in 2005 for her debut album Solar, Kaori's Collection.
  • Jakob Elvstrøm covered the song in 2009 for his album "SaxClub vol.1".
  • The song was also sampled by Zimbabwean artist Rockford Josphat 'Roki' in his track "Zuva neZuva" which featured SK and Pauline.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "New Tonight Show's First Guest Leaks Out". WHUR. January 27, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Sholin, Dave (November 8, 1991). "Gavin Picks > Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. No. 1881. p. 56. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Shanice – I Love Your Smile". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Shanice – I Love Your Smile" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
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  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2078." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000).
  9. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
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  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Shanice – I Love Your Smile". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I Love Your Smile". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  13. ^ Irish Single Chart [1] (Retrieved October 28, 2010)
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 1, 1992" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Shanice – I Love Your Smile" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  16. ^ "Charts.nz – Shanice – I Love Your Smile". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Shanice – I Love Your Smile". VG-lista. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  18. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Shanice – I Love Your Smile". Singles Top 100. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Shanice – I Love Your Smile". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Shanice: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  22. ^ "Shanice Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  23. ^ "Shanice Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  24. ^ "Single top 100 over 1992" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  25. ^ 1992 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 2013-10-22 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  26. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-07-30.

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