For our first Fantastic Foursome in more than a month we’re featuring a memorable song from a mostly forgettable movie, The Sandpiper, a 1965 tearjerker that starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor — one of eleven they made together.
But even if the movie wasn’t one for the ages, “The Shadow Of Your Smile” not only won an Oscar but also picked up a Grammy as Song of the Year. Written by Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis Webster, it soon became a hit record for Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, and several others. It also became a familiar standard for lots of jazz musicians.
Below the video you can listen to four variations of the song, and vote for your favorite if you’d like to.
Andy Williams – Barbra Streisand – Earl Klugh – Johnny Mathis