Your Smiling Face

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"Your Smiling Face"
Your Smiling Face Dutch cover.jpg
Dutch cover
Single by James Taylor
from the album JT
B-side "If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight"
Released September 1977
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:30
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) James Taylor
Producer(s) Peter Asher
James Taylor singles chronology
"Handy Man"
"Your Smiling Face"
"Honey Don't Leave L.A."
"Handy Man"
"Your Smiling Face"
"Honey Don't Leave L.A."

"Your Smiling Face" is a hit single by singer James Taylor. First available on the album JT, and released as the album's sophomore single in September 1977, "Your Smiling Face" peaked at number 11 in Cash Box magazine and at 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 near year's end. It reached number 11 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada.[1][2] On Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, it reached number 6.[1][3]

Lines like "Isn't it amazing a man like me can feel this way?" reflect Taylor's surprise at his newfound happiness in his relationship with Carly Simon.[4] Rolling Stone critic Peter Herbst described it as being "unabashedly happy".[5] However, according to Taylor biographer Timothy White, the song was written for Taylor's and Simon's then three-year-old daughter Sally.[6] White described the song as a "pop sonnet".[6] Taylor described it as a "good, light-hearted pop love song".[6] Herbst praises Taylor's vocal for being "a pretty convincing rock singer" on the song.[5]

"Your Smiling Face" was a fixture in Taylor's live shows, but he had to abandon it for a while because he went through a period where he had difficulty reaching the falsetto notes.[6]

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  2. ^ "RPM 100 Singles". Library and Archives Canada. December 24, 1977. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ "RPM Adult Oriented Playlist". Library and Archives Canada. December 10, 1977. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, W. "JT". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  5. ^ a b Herbst, P. (August 11, 1977). "JY". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 29, 2010. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  6. ^ a b c d White, T. (2009). Long Ago And Far Away: James Taylor – His Life And Music. Omnibus Press. pp. 248–250. ISBN 9780857120069. 
  7. ^ "FM Soundtrack". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  8. ^ O'Neal, S. "10 Underrated South Park Songs". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  9. ^ "VH1 Music Studio: Past Programs and Lesson Plans". VH1. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  10. ^ Brenner, J. (November 22, 2013). "Sesame Street Turns 44: Our Favorite Celebrity Moments!". Parade. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
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  12. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '77 – Volume 28, No. 11, December 31 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 380. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 

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