"All You Need Is Smiles" is a song written and performed by Oscar Bluth.
Oscar wrote the song for David Cassidy to sing it on The Mike Douglas Show but he was too embarrassed to do it in front of John and Yoko. The song apparently made Joan Baez call Oscar “the shallowest man in the world.” ("Whistler's Mother")
All you need is smiles,
Lots and lots of smily smiles!
Your sweet pink mouth,
Goes north (not south),
And just smile!
All you need is smiles!
Hey - smile!From "Whistler's Mother"
- The Mike Douglas Show was a syndicated daytime talk show that aired from 1963 to 1982. It often featured famous musical guests.
- David Cassidy was a teen pop icon in the 1970s and is known for portraying Keith Partridge in The Partridge Family
- The song appears to be a shallow parody of The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" which would explain why it would be embarrassing to perform in front of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
- Joan Baez is an American folk singer with strong political convictions, which would explain why she would think Oscar would be shallow for writing this song.