Smile a Little Smile for Me

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"Smile a Little Smile for Me"
Smile a Little Smile for Me - The Flying Machine.jpg
Single by The Flying Machine
from the album The Flying Machine
B-side"Maybe We've Been Loving Too Long"
ReleasedApril 11, 1969 (UK)[1]
June 1969 (US)[2]
GenreBubblegum pop,[3] pop rock[4]
Length2:55
LabelPye (UK)
Congress (US)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Tony Macaulay
The Flying Machine singles chronology
"Smile a Little Smile for Me"
(1969)
"Baby Make It Soon"
(1970)
Music video
"Smile a Little Smile for Me" on YouTube

"Smile a Little Smile for Me" is the debut single by the Flying Machine. The song was written by Geoff Stephens and Tony Macaulay.[5]

Lyrical content[edit]

The song concerns a woman having difficulty coming to terms with the final ending of a rocky relationship with a man she loved. The singer encourages "Rosemarie" to smile in spite of her pain and tears, because she will soon see that her prospects for a future relationship are bright.

Chart history[edit]

It reached No. 5 in the U.S. during the fall of the year. It also hit No. 6 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[6] "Smile a Little Smile for Me" was a bigger hit in Canada. It reached No. 4 on the pop singles chart[7] and No. 6 AC.[8]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1969–70) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[9] 51
Canadian RPM Top Singles[7] 4
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[8] 6
South Africa (Springbok)[10] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 5
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[6] 6
US Cash Box Top 100[12] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1969) Rank
Canada RPM Top Singles[13] 64
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 76
US Cash Box [15] 68

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Flying Machine - Smile A Little Smile For Me". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  2. ^ "The Flying Machine - Smile A Little Smile For Me". 45cat.com. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Top 11 Bubblegum Pop Songs".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Smile a Little Smile for Me at AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "discogs.com". discogs.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-1993. Record Research. p. 88.
  7. ^ a b "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada – Top Singles, November 22, 1969". Bac-lac.gc.ca. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  8. ^ a b Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". Bac-lac.fc.ca.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 114. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  11. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  12. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 11/29/69". Tropicalglen.com. Archived from the original on 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  13. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1969/Top 100 Songs of 1969". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  15. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 27, 1969". Tropicalglen.com. Archived from the original on 25 January 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2018.

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