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Lightly Latin - 1966

( The ) Shadow of Your Smile
( Love Theme from "The Sandpiper" )

Music by Johnny Mandel with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Arranged by Torrie Zito and Conducted by Nick Perito
Choral Director: Ray Charles and the Ray Charles Singers.
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Final Recording Time 3:25
Recorded February 22nd, 1966  ~ Matrix No. SPA1-6230 Take 7

Lightly Latin ~ RCA Victor 1966

Songwriter Johnny Mercer tried his hand at writing lyrics for Johnny Mandel's theme for the film 'The Sandpiper', but they were rejected by the film's producer. At Mercer's suggestion, lyricist Paul Francis Webster then took a crack at it. The haunting song that resulted won an Academy Award ( the first for Mandel and the third for Webster ) and a Grammy, and became the most recorded and performed song of 1965. It is still a favourite everywhere.

( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )

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