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The Archies

Most '60s bubblegum groups were faceless studio concoctions, made up of hired professionals and given nominal group identities after the fact. The Archies made no pretense of being a real band in the first place -- their music, including the smash hit "Sugar, Sugar," was "performed" by the animated TV cartoon characters spun off from Archie comics. In reality, of course, they were a studio concoction made up of hired professionals (most notably lead singer Ron Dante), but in this case, they weren't technically faceless.

The Archies were created by promoter Don Kirshner, who was coming off a major success as the creator of the Monkees. In late 1967, Kirshner was hired as music supervisor for CBS' new Saturday morning cartoon The Archie Show, which was to feature a new original song every week. He immediately brought on producer Jeff Barry, who with Ellie Greenwich had formed one of the preeminent songwriting teams of the girl-group era (Greenwich also sang on several Archies records). Kirshner's original choice for lead singer was Kenny Karen, but Barry brought in Ron Dante, an experienced session singer who'd fronted the Detergents' novelty parody "Leader of the Laundromat"; Dante had met Barry at a Neil Diamond session, and had previously cut promos for Kirshner. Dante won the job, and Barry hired Jeannie Thomas as the group's female vocalist. When the TV show debuted, it was a hit, and the first Archies single, "Bang Shang-a-Lang," nearly made the Top 20 in late 1968.

Shortly thereafter, Barry hired songwriter/backing vocalist Andy Kim, and replaced Thomas with Toni Wine. Barry and Kim co-wrote "Sugar, Sugar," which became a breakout smash in 1969; it topped the charts for four weeks, sold over three million copies in the U.S. alone, and wound up as Billboard's number one song of the year. Meanwhile, the TV show was expanded to a full hour, and Dante enjoyed a simultaneous Top Ten hit during "Sugar, Sugar"'s run, thanks to his lead vocal on the Cufflinks' "Tracy." The follow-up, "Jingle Jangle," reached the Top Ten, but from there the Archies' chart success tailed off quickly. Their last Top 40 hit came in the spring of 1970 with "Who's Your Baby?"; the same year, Donna Marie replaced Toni Wine.

However, by the end of 1970 Barry left the Archies to pursue other projects, and stories detailing the group's breakup named their primary personnel for the first time. Their final Barry-produced single was released in early 1971, although "A Summer Prayer for Peace" became a hit in South Africa later that summer. Ron Dante embarked on a short-lived solo career before moving into record production, and found substantial success as Barry Manilow's producer throughout the '70s; he also returned to singing on commercial jingles. Andy Kim went on to score a substantial solo hit in 1974 with "Rock Me Gently."

In 2008, Ron Dante revived the Archies name, brought in two vocalists to play Betty and Veronica (Danielle van Zyl and Kelly-Lynn), and released The Archies Christmas Party album on the Fuel 2000 label. Right around that time, Dante, who by now owned the rights to the original recordings, oversaw the reissue on CD of all the band's original albums. In 2016, Goldenlane Records reissued all five Archies albums under the title Sugar, Sugar: The Complete Albums Collection. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sugar, Sugar - The Complete Albums Collection

Disc 1

1. Archie's Theme (Everything's Archie)

2. Boys And Girls

3. Time For Love

4. You Make Me Wanna Dance

5. La Dee Doo Down Down

6. Truck Driver

7. Catchin' Up On Fun

8. I'm In Love

9. Seventeen Ain't Young

10. Ride, Ride, Ride

11. Hide And Seek

12. Bang Shang A Lang

13. Feelin' So Good

14. Melody Hill

15. Rock & Roll Music

16. Kissin'

17. Don't Touch My Guitar

18. Circle Of Blue

19. Sugar, Sugar

20. You Little Angel, You

21. Bicycles, Roller Skates & You

22. Hot Dogs

23. Inside Out, Upside Down

24. Love Light

25. Jingle Jangle

26. Everything's Alright

27. She's Putting Me Thru Changes

28. Justine

29. Whoopee Tie Ai A

30. Nursery Rhyme

31. Get On The Line

32. You Know I Love You

33. Senorita Rita

34. Look Before You Leap

35. Sugar And Spice

36. Archie's Party

Disc 2

1. Sunshine

2. Who's Gonna Love Me

3. Mr. Factory

4. Love And Rock 'N' Roll Music

5. Over And Over

6. Waldo P. Emerson Jones

7. A Summer Prayer For Peace

8. Dance

9. Comes The Sun

10. Suddenly Susan

11. One Big Family

12. It's The Summertime

13. This Is Love

14. Don't Need No Bad Girl

15. Should Anybody Ask

16. Easy Guy

17. Maybe I'm Wrong

18. What Goes On

19. Carousel Man

20. Hold On To Lovin'

21. This Is The Night

22. Little Green Jacket

23. Together We Two

24. Throw A Little Love My Way

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Track List: The Big Hits

1. Sugar, Sugar

2. Who's Your Baby

3. Over And Over

4. Waldo P Emerson Jones

5. Bang-Shang-A-Lang

6. Jingle Jangle

7. Feelin' So Good

8. Sugar And Spice

9. Seventeen Ain't Young

10. Sunshine

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Track List: Sugar, Sugar - Greatest Hits

1. Sugar, Sugar

2. Melody Hill

3. Over And Over

4. Sugar And Spice

5. Jingle Jangle

6. Sugar, Sugar (Pistel Remix)

7. Kissin’

8. Bang Shang A Lang

9. Feelin’ So Good

10. Everything’s Alright

11. You Little Angel You

12. Hot Dogs

13. Bicycles, Roller Skates & You

14. Inside Out, Upside Down

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Track List: The Very Best Of

1. Sugar Sugar

2. Melody Hill

3. Over And Over

4. Sugar And Spice

5. Jingle Jangle

6. Sugar Sugar (Pistel Remix)

7. Kissin'

8. Bang Shang A Lang

9. Feelin' So Good

10. Everythings Alright

11. You Little Angel You

12. Hot Dogs

13. Bicycles, Roller Skates, And You

14. Inside Out, Upside Down

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Track List: Absolutely The Best of The Archies

1. Everything's Archie (Archie's Theme)

2. Get On The Line

3. Bicycles, Roller Skates And You

4. Bang-Shang-A-Lang

5. Feelin' So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y. - D.O.O.)

6. Truck Driver

7. Melody Hill

8. Who's Your Baby?

9. Sugar, Sugar

10. Who's Gonna Love Me?

11. Jingle Jangle

12. Inside-Out, Upside-Down

13. Sugar And Spice

14. Sunshine

15. This Is Love

16. Archie's Party

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Track List: This Is Love (Digitally Remastered)

1. This Is Love

2. Don't Need No Bad Girl

3. Should Anybody Ask

4. Easy Guy

5. Maybe I'm Wrong

6. What Goes On

7. Carousel Man

8. Hold On To Lovin'

9. This Is The Night

10. Little Green Jacket

11. Together We Two

12. Throw A Little Love My Way

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Track List: Sunshine

1. Sunshine

2. Who's Gonna Love Me

3. Mr. Factory

4. Love And Rock 'N Roll Music

5. Over And Over

6. Waldo P. Emerson Jones

7. A Summer Prayer For Peace

8. Dance

9. Comes The Sun

10. Suddenly Susan

11. One Big Family

12. It's The Summertime

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Track List: Jingle Jangle (Digital 45) - Single

1. Jingle Jangle

2. Feelin' So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y.-D.O.O.)

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Track List: Sugar, Sugar (Digital 45) - Single

1. Sugar, Sugar

2. Who's Your Baby?

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Track List: Sugar Sugar

1. Bang Shang A Lang

2. Over And Over

3. Easy Guy

4. Little Green Jacket

5. This Is Love

6. Get On The Line

7. This Is The Night

8. Feelin' So Good

9. Don't Need No Bad Girl

10. Sugar Sugar

11. Melody Hill

12. Rock & Roll Music

13. Kissin'

14. Don't Touch My Guitar

15. You Little Angel You

16. Bicycles Roller Skates

17. Hot Dogs

18. Inside Out Upside Down

19. Waldo P. Emerson Jones

20. Jingle Jangle

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Track List: Everthing's Archie (Digitally Remastered)

1. Feelin' So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y. -D.O.O.)

2. Melody Hill

3. Rock & Roll Music

4. Kissin'

5. Don't Touch My Guitar

6. Circle Of Blue

7. Sugar, Sugar

8. You Little Angel, You

9. Bicycles, Roller Skates And You

10. Hot Dog

11. Inside-Out, Upside-Down

12. Love Light

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Track List: The Archies (Remastered)

1. Archie's Theme (Everything's Archie)

2. Boys And Girls

3. Time For Love

4. You Make Me Wanna Dance

5. La Dee Doo Down Down

6. Truck Driver

7. Catchin' Up On Fun

8. I'm In Love

9. Seventeen Ain't Young

10. Ride, Ride, Ride

11. Hide And Seek

12. Bang-Shang-A-Lang

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Sugar ,Sugar ;Oh Honey Honey. So Sweet
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OMG ITS MY FAVORITE SONG I Haven't heard this song in a long time
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La primer canción q escuche en en inglés cuando tenía 7 años en los 70's mi padre era amante de la musica, trabajaba temporadas en los estados unidos. Y le gustaba mucho el rocanrol y baladas. De hecho finos la primer familia q tuvimos tv después q se instalo la electricidad en mi pequeño pueblo. En español y Ingles la música de esos tiempos son y seran la mejor época hasta los 90's después la música perdió valor, sentido, mensajes pocitivos y la belleza del bailar con sencillez delicadeza y cad
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a great dirty song
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Love it
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Sabbath and Zeppelin cant even make the charts at this time but this song was on the radio 24/7 ! not to mention Viet Nam
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Sweet song love it
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Bloody ninja that's freaky
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Well no one posted any comments!?
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Very good.
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Jughead for President 2016!
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I'm only 13 and I love this music
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Love the Archies! Those were great songs back in the day. I was so innocent at 12yrs old.
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I love listening to sugar sugar
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Favorite childhood song
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My mom's cousin (my 2nd cousin) was the Director of Sugar, Sugar. It was pretty cool back in 1985 when I arrived @ his home in Canoga Park, CA there was the Platinum album on the wall...yes, it went platinum :)
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Loved the comics, show and songs! Simpler times! My Dad called my best friend Jughead!
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I remember the cartoons,wit h and fun...
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Thanks for making this song
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Really love hearing Sugar Sugar so clearly. Had the 45 and XMradio sounds so bad. This is so clear.
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I'm team Betty!
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Graphic Artistry
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One of my favorite songs of all time!
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Best song ever!!!!!!!
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Sucks
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How can you hate it? Makes you happy...
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Great one time bubble gum hit!
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ahhh my childhood ahaha
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Sugar sugar
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Growing up, I always thought Man, those kids are high school juniors! They're so old and mature! Now I'm thinking I'M older than those kids now and I'm nowhere near as mature!
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my first record - 45 vinyl - sugar sugar - I think I cut it off a cereal box -
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Excellent songs/comic when I was born in the 60s'
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Sorry Zyla. My crush did not.
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The best comic and this song is awsome
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Wait I thought Archie was just a dumb
Comic
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Vintage. If you dont like it keep living the boring future with copy cat music and style
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Makes me show my dimples.
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Ah Sugar. Ah Splenda;)
I use Truvia it's safe for the liver!
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Don't forget The 1910 Fruitgum Company... "Indian Giver," "Special Delivery," ect... Bubble Gum Pop to the max!
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Scoff all you want but the Archies station brings a lot of great songs.
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Mmmmmmmhhhmm m m
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AWESOME TUNES LOVE IT
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I listen to this and I'm six years old again! Is that a good thing?
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