A Certain Smile

Astrud Gilberto, Walter Wanderley Trio

About A Certain Smile

"A Certain Smile" is a popular song. It was written for the 1958 film of the same name, based on the novel, also titled A Certain Smile, by Françoise Sagan. The song was nominated for the 1958 Academy Award for Best Original Song. The music was written by Sammy Fain with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The song has been covered by artists such as Johnny Mathis, who appeared in the 1958 film as a bar singer performing the title song. Mathis's recording, with backing orchestration by Ray Ellis and released in June 1958 (4-41193), reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Astrud Gilberto recorded it for her 1966 album, A Certain Smile, a Certain Sadness. Jay and the Americans released a version of the song on their 1963 album, At the Cafe Wha?The song was featured in the 2010 BBC production of A Passionate Woman. 


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A certain smile, a certain face 
Can lead an unsuspecting heart 
On a merry chase 
Afleeting glance can say 
So many lovely things 
Suddenly you know why my heart sings 

You love awhile and when love goes 
You try to hide the tears inside 
With a cheerful pose 

*But in the hush of night 
Exactly like a bitter sweet refrain 
Comes that certain smile 
To haunt your heart again 

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Astrud Gilberto

Astrud Gilberto (born March 30, 1940) is a Brazilian samba and bossa nova singer. She is well known for her performance of the Grammy Award-winning song "The Girl from Ipanema". more »

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