Shelly Made Me Smile

Shelly Made Me Smile: issued in Canada September 1973 on Bronco 2715.
Lisle was formed in 1967 by Bill Chambers (guitar, lead vocals), Brian Mathias (bass, vocals) and Dan Stephens (drums, vocals), from the Barrie and Orillia area. They played the club circuit six nights a week through 1974. The following information is contributed by the man responsible for their records, Bud Crosgrey:
“I was the producer and the label owner. “Shelly Made Me Smile” was was recorded on Good Friday of 1973, but because of the initial lyric line “Summer’s come and gone,” we didn’t release it until September. The recording was made at Captain Audio Studios in Yorkville, Toronto. The bed tracks were recorded on 4 track and mixed down to 2 track stereo, then transferred back to 4 track where vocals were then added.
It was on the Bronco label here in Canada BR 2715 (distributed by London Records) and on the Bell label in the states. The American company showcased it on “Dick Clark’s Battle Of The Bands” and it won. Bell immediately wanted the band to start touring the states, but as two of the guys were married, they didn’t want to leave their families behind to tour the states.
Prior to “Shelly,” they had a small hit with “Goin Away” (an old Fireballs song), and they made an album, “Smile with Lisle.” They also released a single titled “I Believe,” and some solo singles after the group disbanded.”
Research in the RPM charts shows that they had a 1972 single titled “You’re Why Baby” on Bronco BR 2703, which charted AC November 11 at #47, reaching #40 on November 25th. They were in the Country chart on June 9, 1973 with “Sweetheart” on Bronco BR 2710, which spent 20 weeks there, with two weeks at #28 in September. “Shelly Made Me Smile” entered the RPM Adult Contemporary chart on December 1, 1973 at #98 and hit #31 on February 16, 1974; meanwhile it entered the RPM 100 on December 22, 1973 at #100 and reached #37 on April 13. The record did better at radio, where it made #16 on the CHUM chart.
That’s the extent of Lisle’s life on the charts – any other records they made failed to make an appearance there.

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Issued in Canada September 1973 on Bronco 2715.

Lisle was formed in 1967 by Bill Chambers (guitar, lead vocals), Brian Mathias (bass, vocals) and Dan Stephens (drums, vocals), from the Barrie and Orillia area. They played the club circuit six nights a week through 1974. The following information is contributed by the man responsible for their records, Bud Crosgrey:

“I was the producer and the label owner. “Shelly Made Me Smile” was was recorded on Good Friday of 1973, but because of the initial lyric line “Summer’s come and gone,” we didn’t release it until September. The recording was made at Captain Audio Studios in Yorkville, Toronto. The bed tracks were recorded on 4 track and mixed down to 2 track stereo, then transferred back to 4 track where vocals were then added.

It was on the Bronco label here in Canada BR 2715 (distributed by London Records) and on the Bell label in the states. The American company showcased it on “Dick Clark’s Battle Of The Bands” and it won. Bell immediately wanted the band to start touring the states, but as two of the guys were married, they didn’t want to leave their families behind to tour the states.

Prior to “Shelly,” they had a small hit with “Goin Away” (an old Fireballs song), and they made an album, “Smile with Lisle.” They also released a single titled “I Believe,” and some solo singles after the group disbanded.”

Research in the RPM charts shows that they had a 1972 single titled “You’re Why Baby” on Bronco BR 2703, which charted AC November 11 at #47, reaching #40 on November 25th. They were in the Country chart on June 9, 1973 with “Sweetheart” on Bronco BR 2710, which spent 20 weeks there, with two weeks at #28 in September. “Shelly Made Me Smile” entered the RPM Adult Contemporary chart on December 1, 1973 at #98 and hit #31 on February 16, 1974; meanwhile it entered the RPM 100 on December 22, 1973 at #100 and reached #37 on April 13. The record did better at radio, where it made #16 on the CHUM chart.

That’s the extent of Lisle’s life on the charts any other records they made failed to make an appearance there.

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Phil January 2, 2010 at 12:59 am

Loved this song since it first came out. Thanks to the internet I can listen to it again. One of my favorites!

Anna May 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I WAS married to Kevin Connell who was at a later date involved with this band and another called Captain. How/where can I hear the song Goin Away…?

Anna

admin May 27, 2010 at 7:10 pm

You can hear Goin’ Away here.

Shelley July 22, 2010 at 2:06 am

I have been searching for a download for this for my ipod! I love this song… a local dj used to play it for me many years ago…
Is anyone going to be playing in the Barrie – parry Sound area anytime soon? Or farther north perhaps?

Margi (Van Hoevelaak) Davies January 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

Knew these guys a long time ago when I went to Georgian in Barrie.. would love to see any pics that anyone has of them. If you have some, please forward to my email!
many thanks
Margi

Jim Harvey February 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

Does anyone know where I could buy this pressing or an original of this song??

THE PAR FOUR February 27, 2012 at 7:11 am

THE PAR FOUR is a band that played opposite week ends to lisle at the georgian hotel in oshawa in the early seventies. we played “GOIN AWAY” for the lisle fans . we are still playing today and still play going away on occasions .people still enjoy the tune. THE PAR FOUR will be performing at the general sikorski hall in oshawa on may12 2012 . if you would like more info contact me at [email protected]

Shelly March 18, 2012 at 7:41 am

I have been searching for the song ‘Shelly made me smile’ since I was a child. My parents named me after this song & until today, I didn’t even know who performed this song. Does anyone have a copy of this song that they could send to me? I have searched YouTube – unfortunately nothing there. And the person who had it posted above, no longer has their account. If you have a copy in any format, I would love to hear it. [email protected] Thanks!

Richard Mills July 14, 2012 at 6:06 am

Any contact info for original Lisle members? I’d like the to autograph a CHUM Chart for me.

CLAUDETTE September 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

This is for Shelly. I’m Danny Stephens. I could see if my dad has a copy of the song for you. Let me know if interested.

Brian October 17, 2012 at 7:18 am

Lived in Camp Borden when this song came out. There was a small village at the western gate to the camp named Lisle is that where the band got the name from?

Shelley April 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

It would be so nice if one of the band members could put this song on youtube.In early 1973 my mom died and I went to live with relatives for awhile.Later that year,I believe,was when I first heard Shelly Made Me Smile while eating dinner.I was seven years old,missing my wonderful mother,and to hear a song with my name in it made me feel special.I would love to be able to hear it again.

Reg leduc May 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Danny Stephan’s brother was a good friend when this song came out. I remember how excited Mike was when Lisle was going to play our home town Guelph and he was going to get to see his brother play. He had to sit in the restaurant part, not the drinking section. Was way cool knowing someone who’s brother had a hit on the radio! Just this past week I was showing my son where I grew up and pointed out Mikes house and told him about ‘Shelly’. I have the song on aKTel album so when we got homie played it again and will play it for my son.

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