Smiley entered the Kent charts on 1 December 1969 and peaked at #2. The song was #24 on the Top 100 of 1970.
Smiley was written by Johnny Young who revealed that the song was inspired by the experiences of fellow pop star Normie Rowe, whose music career ended in late 1967 when he was drafted into the Australian Army and he was sent to fight in the Vietnam War. It is one of the first Australian pop singles released in stereo and features a lavish orchestral and vocal arrangement by John Farrar (ex The Strangers).
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_Burns_(singer)
Johnny Young said about Normie Rowe: Before he left, he was really happy-go-lucky, fun-filled young fella. When he came back, he changed. (Johnny Young on ABC-TV’s Love Is In The Air)
It was one of the few Australian hits of the ’60s to directly address the issue of the Vietnam War, although it was not the first. That honour goes to The Masters Apprentices’ Wars or Hands of Time. (Paul Culnane)
Read more: www.poparchives.com.au/1183/ronnie-burns/smiley
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