Love, love, love this song…. Today’s group is called The Paragons (along with Tommy McCook and The Supersonies), and their song “Only A Smiling Face,” under Trojan Records. At first, the song kind of fools you, because when you hear them sing “Only A Smiling Face,” you may automatically think it’s a beautiful love song. However, if you listen to the very short lyrics, the song is about a not so nice woman. It is interesting that, this is the only song I’ve heard that complained about a lover, but never explicitly sung what the person actually did. But whatever she was doing, must have been really messed up for two guys to leave her back to back. Of course, because it’s Caribbean/classic reggae, I can’t find any chart information. I’m not even gonna try anymore. Just trust me when I tell you it’s a hit.
There are other hits on this very album (“On The Beach With The Paragons”) as well. One song I’ve heard reinterpreted by so many reggae musicians called “Mercy Mercy.” Another favorite of mine is “The Tide Is High,” which was reinterpreted by America’s (then) biggest 70s/80s Rock band called Blonde. The song “Yellow Bird” was also a very popular song. I’ve heard many, many reinterpretations of this song; sometimes it seems as though there are a million of them. My most favorite unfortunately is the one that is out-of-print, by the steel band called Belltones, from the album “In The Mood.”