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Give the World A Smile!

was the theme song for the Stamps Quartet, and probably the first Gospel song to become a “gold record.”

According to Otis Deaton , in November 1924, he and M. L. Yandell were students at the Stamps School of Music in Jacksonville, Texas. Yandell wrote a tune and asked James Rowe if he would write words for it. Rowe was not able to come up with suitable words, so Yandell asked Deaton, and Deaton wrote lyrics called “Keep the Song Wave Rolling On,” but when they showed this song to V. O. Stamps, he pointed out that there was already a similar song by H. W. Elliott. Deaton then wrote the lyrics for “Give the World a Smile.” V. O. paid each of them $5.00 cash for the song.

Deaton’s recollection concludes, “So I never sold the words nor assigned them to anyone. I gave V. O. permission to print the song. The next year, 1925, the Stamps Quartet recorded it on Victor label, and that’s how ‘Give the World a Smile’ was born. The Stamps Quartet was the first Gospel Quartet to record on Victor Label, which became RCA Victor label. The Stamps Quartet recorded 'Give The World A Smile' and the recording sold over one million records. 'Give The World A Smile'.

The basic lyrics for the chorus are:

Give the world a smile each day,

Helping someone on life's way,

From the paths of sin oh bring the wanderers in,

To the master's fold to stay,

Help to cheer the lone and sad,

Help to make some pilgrim glad,

Let your life so be that all the world might see

The joy of serving Jesus with a smile!

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