Smooth (ft Rob Thomas) (4:59)

Cover of Supernatural

From Supernatural

“Smooth” was originally conceived by Shur as a song called “Room 17”. The lyrics were stripped off and the track was given to Thomas, who re-wrote the lyrics and melody and re-titled it “Smooth”, then recorded the song as a demo to play for Santana. This song was originally written to describe an acquaintance of Thomas’, John Bizanes, who is… very ‘smooth’. However, over time credit for this inspiration has been given to Thomas’ wife, Marisol Maldonado. After hearing the song, Santana decided to have Thomas record the final version.[1] Matt Serletic (who produced Matchbox Twenty’s debut album Yourself or Someone Like You) produced the song and it was released from Santana’s album Supernatural.

Thomas wrote “Smooth” for his wife, Marisol Maldonado. He stated in interviews that the lyric “My Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa” was inspired by the 1972 Elton John song “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”, which includes references to the 1961 Ben E. King song “Spanish Harlem”.

Chris Staropoli Remix 3:53
Club Mix 7:29
Club Mix 7:29

Extended credits:
Producer - Matt Serletic
Engineer - Andy Grassi, Michael McCoy
Recorded and mixed by - David Thoener
Vocals and lyrics - Rob Thomas
Music by - Itaal Shur, Rob Thomas
Video director - Marcus Raboy
Video editing - Bruce Ashley


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