Smile with Lisle

This text taken directly from the back of the album.

LISLE: Reference from Websters New World Dictionary is as follows:

(lil.n. Lisle, Earlier spelling of Lille France Pop. 189,000
1. A fine, hard, extra strong cotton thread: In full, Lisle Thread.
2. A fabric, stockings, gloves, etc., knit or woven of Lisle. Adj. Made of Lisle.

LISLE: Reference from A&R Dept. of Bronco Records is as follows:

Fine, Hard extra strong, commercial rock group from Barrie, Ontario: In full Danny Stephens on drums, Brian Mathias on Bass, Bill Chambers of guitar.

Producing an album can sometimes be a very difficult job, with booking studios, Engineers, arrangers, string orchestras, vocalists, etc. & getting it all together, afterwards spending lengthy time mixing & mastering. This album (The first for Lisle) was a pleasure to produce. Over a year in the making is was decided to produce a sound as close to their live performance as possible without sacrificing quality of the recorded works. Many D.J.’s & promotion people have told us we were wrong by not using full back up orchestration & vocalists to “Sweeten” the sound but Lisle felt by doing this they would cheat their listeners by giving their sound but rather the sound of a group of studio musicians.

The songs selected are old favourites that the group includes in their stage presentation & it is hoped you the listener will enjoy the styling Lisle gives to each song, as much as we did recording it. Many times the control room staff were found clapping their hands, tapping their toes and more than once even dancing while the material was laid down.

We hope you feel the same way, so cue up your turntable, crank up your volume and smile with Lisle as we do.

Side One

  1. Shelly Made Me Smile
  2. Your Song
  3. Gotta Travel On
  4. Sweetheart
  5. Down On The Corner*

Side Two

  1. Goin’ Away**
  2. City Of New Orleans
  3. Your Why Baby
  4. Snow
  5. Sittin’ Back Lovin’ You

** Thanks Aunt Irma


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike January 20, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Hey Bill, I still have this album>

shelley March 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm

OMG! I haven’t heard this song in over thirty years; and now after numerous searches, I had finally found it on You Tube, and now knowing the band and member name(s) and after more searches…here I am. lol.
You’ve brought a tear to my eye. I was just a kid back then, but this stuff stayed with me all these years. Never thought I’d hear it again.
My friends probably think I’m corny, but if you only knew how much I love oldies like this…’songs of the 70’s’…awesome.

p.s…I also just found “Make my life a little bit brighter”, by Chester. lol.

Wayne Toms January 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Brian & Danny,

Just have to say hi! Hope you remember me – I was a regular when you played the Paddock Lounge at the 401 in Peterborough from 1979 – 1981. We had some great times together!

Hope all is well!


Shelley Oldham-Angus March 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

Today I came across my old record Shelly Made Me Smile by Lisle. Brought back memories! Back in 73, I was sitting on a beach in Plattsburgh N.Y. U.S.A. It was raining. I was the only one on the beach. A guy approached me and said he`d been watching me for awhile. He asked my name. I told him my name was Shelley. He said he wrote a song but didn’t have the girls name for the song. He said he wanted to use my name for the girl in the song` He said the song would be released in the fall, and that I`d hear it on the radio and I would know he used my name for the girl in the song. I first heard the song on the radio Oct. 73. two weeks after I moved to TO from Mtl. No other song with the name Shelley in it was released that fall and I`ve always wondered who wrote the song, and where the name Shelley for the song came from…could it be the guy I met on the beach (Lake Champlain) that rainy day.. just curious. As for the song, I love it. A week after I first heard the song a friend put two copies of the record through my mail slot. One copy was to play on my terrible record player and one to keep until I had a good system to play it on. A few years later, at my wedding reception, the D.J. surprised me by playing the song Shelley Made Me Smile. !!

shelley March 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm

My uncle bought me this 45 in 1974. my brother smached it 18 years later. I just found this link today. Thank you. You made me smile.

Shelley Marie Lesk November 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Hi Brian and Danny long time no talk hope this letter finds you both well. We always had a whole lot of good times in the big city of pembroke and renfrew, do you recall Wayne leaving the whitehouse because i out funnied him i didn’t mean to do that but it was all in fun.So how have you two guys been? My god it’s been years since i layed eyes on either one of you two. Hope to hear from you soon till then take care.

Shelley Marie Lesk November 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Do the guys ever check this web site?

Jim Witty January 6, 2012 at 6:52 am

I recall this song while traveling around with my parents in the 1970s. I recall they had this song on a mixed 8[Track taped from K-Tel I think. I always love this song when I hear it.

steve seguin January 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I still have all the records, and memories of smile with Lisle,lots of good times.I will never forget.

Dave Robbins February 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hi Guys..Been trying to find you.Moved back to Orillia couple years ago to retire but started up a little biz.Would love to hear from both of you guys.We need to get togeather for old times.Dublin,Brantford,Peterborough

DAN STEPHENS May 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

hello everyone just a note to say hi and thanks for remembering how to “smile”……..just to catch up: Bill is still rock n’rolling with the Martels from Midland, Brian is living in Orillia and still plays once in a while as a single and we’ve done a gig now and again and me .. been doing a single act (sometimes rude…some things never change),running a dj business and now own half a record store in Barrie,Ontario….still have my blue sparkle Ludwigs and bring them out once in a while to piss off the neighbours…. call me sometime at the store Dan Stephens c/o BJ Records 705 737-3031

Debbie June 21, 2012 at 9:36 am

Did you produce a song titled Rain is Falling Down My Window? A friend of mine used to see you at the Pembroke Hotel and is asking anyone on his facebook page if they remembered this song or the group Lisle. i don’t see that song title mentionned on any of your list.

dave pitcher August 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Thank you so much for ” shelly made me smile”. I will send an e-mail of to Robbie Lane at Zoomer Radio requisting this be heard on air. What a shame it isen’t. Keep on rocking. Dave Pitcher

Wanda October 4, 2012 at 8:14 am

I love this song,(Shelly made me smile), and would like to hear it again after all of these years, but it has been removed from you tube. Is there any way to have it e-mailed to me?

dan brisebois November 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

i’m the author of, and i’m trying to do an entry for my site for lisle, but have next to nothing to go by. if anyone here has the album, please contact me thru my website or at [email protected]. thanx and have a great day.

dan brisebois February 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

does anyone here have a photo of the band? email if you do please.

margi (van hoevelaak) davies March 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Hey Danny and Brian
Have been thinking about you a lot the past few years.. living in South Carolina now but miss home, try to get up there a lot as my folks are near Niagara Falls now. Lots of great memories from the Georgian College days!.. drop a line to my email! Hope all is well!
Margi (aka Burrhead) 🙂

Renee Havers October 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Hello, today at the Bayfield House Retirement Lodge in Penetanguishene , Ontario Canada I heard ( for my first time) a band called the Desotos. And there is a guy named Bill Chambers, singer , guitar…well a member of the band “Lisle”..and he sang for all of us present the song “Goin’ Away”…very nice indeed ! as well as CCr and all the other stuff the band performed ! I just wondered if Bill had more hair back in the day ?

Ricky Johnson August 29, 2014 at 10:51 pm

I found Shelly made me smile on Youtube (good sound quality too)!

George Pearson January 30, 2017 at 9:39 pm

We met,several times at the Pembroke Hotel,Pembroke,Ontario.called Paul Anka from your room one night..we had had a few drinkie said…loved your talents..Brian “spider fingers” Matthias…and Danny boy..

Stay well..


dimos passas February 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm

Hello everyone,
I’m searching the web to find any info about this canadian band Lisle and their 1974 7″ “Stormy Eyes / Come Back, Girl” on Bronco. Can’t find anything at all. Your place looks great, but still no mention of this 45. Got any idea?

John O. Bardol December 7, 2017 at 9:35 pm

Hey you guys,
You may not remember me but I used to try to get to most of your gigs. I lived in Fort Erie and would drive to your shows with my friends around the Golden Horeshoe.
Anyways, it was always great fun!
John B

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