A Certain Smile (song)

"A Certain Smile"
Single by Johnny Mathis
from the album More Johnny's Greatest Hits
B-side "Let It Rain"
Released June 1958
Genre Popular
Length 2:47
Label Columbia (US)
Fontana (UK)
Writer(s) Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster
Producer(s) Mitch Miller
Johnny Mathis singles chronology
"Teacher, Teacher"
"A Certain Smile"
"Call Me"

"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.[1]

The music was written by Sammy Fain with the 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 who sang the title song. Mathis's recording, with backing orchestration by Ray Ellis and released in June 1958 (4-41193), reached #4 on the UK Singles Chart and #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Astrud Gilberto recorded it for her 1966 album, A Certain Smile, a Certain Sadness.[3]

Jay and the Americans released a version of the song on their 1963 album, At the Cafe Wha?[4]

The song was featured in the 2010 BBC production of "A Passionate Woman."


  1. A Certain Smile, Awards Retrieved February 4, 2012
  2. Johnny Mathis charting singles Retrieved February 4, 2012
  3. Astrud Gilberto, A Certain Smile, a Certain Sadness Retrieved February 4, 2012
  4. Jay and the Americans, At the Cafe Wha? Retrieved February 4, 2012
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