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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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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: 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'n' 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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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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Have all your comics
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Thanks for making this song
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I love suger suger.kids these days don't get some music. I am team Betty to Veronica is terrible except Archie Marries Veronica.bet t y is so sad it is terrible
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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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underrob15
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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amye45
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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daedaezep
The best comic and this song is awsome
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Wait I thought Archie was just a dumb
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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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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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I got to see Ron Dante sing Sugar, Sugar, and Tracy, and a couple of other hits, along with Andy Kim, who did a short set as well with the backing of Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods @ the Tweeter Center just across the river from Philly for WOGL around 2003. It was a lot of fun.
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the amcan stane with roy clark he was was one of he wold get out there at most of the her was teenager at the time you he has pass on hope he has amcanbanstan e in heaven he just like i am he was hipe just like us hom are still hell i go live til i am 100 years just to make the kids know the true we had it go in the years and i stilldue to this and pandora you all real know this about me all real your i if you all don/t no this boy you all are be hine want is go on and wind i did not go p
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A classic and I can't get enough it :)
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Real sugar, not corn syrup!
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Archie's are cool
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Put me in a good mood right away : )
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I just love this song it is so cheerful, and peppy it makes me want to dance!
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the good old days!
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