The Shadow of Your Smile

sandpiper

PROFILE
Composer Johnny Mandel
Lyricist Paul Francis Webster
Year Written 1965
About The Shadow of Your Smile
This song was the main love theme from the 1965 film The Sandpiper, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor (and was my late mother’s favorite movie). It was filmed, beautifully, in Big Sur on the California coastline. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Tony Bennett’s 1965 recording won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. To this day, Tony Bennett sings this song in his concerts.

Lyrics

One day we walked along the sand
One day in early spring
You held a piper in your hand
To mend its broken wing
Now I’ll remember many a day
And many a lonely mile
The echo of a piper’s song
The shadow of a smile

The shadow of your smile
When you are gone
Will color all my dreams
And light the dawn
Look into my eyes
My love and see
All the lovely things
You are to me

Our wistful little star
Was far too high
A teardrop kissed your lips
And so did I
Now when I remember spring
All the joy that love can bring
I will be remembering
The shadow of your smile

Session / Album Information

1965

“The Shadow Of Your Smile” was recorded on September 26, 1965 and released in 1966 on The Movie Song Album.

This recording released on:

  • 1965: Columbia 45: JZSP 112321
  • 1965: Columbia 45: 4-43431
  • 1966: CBS 45: 202084
  • 1966: Columbia 45: 4-33099
  • 1966: CBS LP 12″: BPG 62677 — The Movie Song Album (UK)
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2472 — The Movie Song Album
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9272 — The Movie Song Album
  • 1969: CBS LP 12″: 63612 — Greatest Hits, Volume II (UK)
  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9814 — Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits, Vol. IV
  • 1970: Columbia LP 12″: C 30240 — Sings His All-Time Hall Of Fame Hits
  • 1972: CBS LP 12″: CBS 68200 — All-Time Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: KG 31494 — All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1976: Warwick LP 12″: PR 5021 — The Very Best Of Tony Bennett: 20 Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1976: Warwick/CBS LP 12″: CBS 5021 — The Very Best Of Tony Bennett: 20 Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1982: CBS Special Products CD: — My Best To You
  • 1983: CBS Special Products LP 12″: P 16655 — My Best To You
  • 1986: Columbia CD: — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1986: CBS/Sony CD: 32DP-558 — 16 Most Requested Songs [Japan]
  • 1988: Columbia CD: CK 09272 — The Movie Song Album
  • 1990: Columbia/Legacy CD: CK-40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1990: Columbia/Legacy CD: 40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1990: Columbia CD: 40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1991: Columbia CD: CSK 4083 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett (Promo)
  • 1991: Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1992: Sony Mid-Price CD: 4724182 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1993: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 16655 — My Best To You
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 58257 — My Best To You
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 65405 — Sings His All-Time Hall of Fame Hits
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 65316 — All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1997: Eclipse Music Group CD: 64859 — My Best To You
  • 1998: Sony Music Special Products CD: A2 28722 — Love Songs
  • 1999: Sony International CD: 91207 — The Essential Tony Bennett: A Retrospective
  • 2000: Columbia/Legacy CD: CK 63570 — The Ultimate Tony Bennett
  • 2000: Sony Music CD: 63570 — The Ultimate Tony Bennett
  • 2001: Sony Music CD: SRCS-9093 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 2002: Collectables CD: 9870 — My Best To You
  • 2002: Columbia/Legacy CD: 86634 — The Essential Tony Bennett
  • 2005: Sony Music CD: 4721952 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 82876 87233 2 — The Movie Song Album
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 84779 — Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits Of The ’60s
  • 2008: Columbia/RPM/Legacy CD: 731397 — The Essential Tony Bennett [Limited Edition 3.0]
  • 2011: Disc #32 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK31) The Movie Song Album

2006

“The Shadow Of Your Smile” was recorded was recorded on February 9, 2006 with Jaunes and was released that same year on Duets: An American Classic. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 2006: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 82876809792 — Duets: An American Classic
  • 2006: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 82876887352 — Duets: An American Classic [Target Stores]
  • 2006: Sony BMG CD: 828768858721 — Duets: An American Classic [Australia]
  • 2006: Sony BMG CD: 82876885862 — Duets: An American Classic [UK, Singapore]
  • 2011: Disc #70 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK68) Duets: An American Classic

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