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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 of 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 pre-eminent 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." ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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prettycrafts
It was either Sugar, Sugar or Jingle Jangle that they had on a cardboard, yes, cardboard 45 record on the back of a cereal box. It actually worked on a record player lol
bee movie
till the diaper exploded. lol
I remember when it came out...great dance song.
colordesign1
Sweet
I love dis song
great memories
pcarlin2352
Kkm
Love it! Sugar honey!������
Yes!
No bio?
Aw sugar sugar you are my candy girl...
this song is so sweet :)
seth.hawken
Love me
Cookies
Sugar dun dun dun dun dun dun
leilanilouis e
Sugar sugar
SToddJones
Bubble. Gum. Not cool at the time unless you were 15 but structure and delivery total commercial success.
My
Song
Sarah
cwags77
They are a fun book and band
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huskinator
Well, I might be off a couple years....
huskinator
It was the top-selling song for about a month while Young Girl by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap was getting ready to top the scene. From memory, but it's close
Nice bubblegum pop song. Brings back memories from childhood. :)
agersappe2
The Archies are a fictional garage band founded by Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones, a group of adolescent characters of the Archie universe, in the context of the animated TV series, The Archie Show. The group is also known for their real world success, through a virtual band.

The fictional band's music was recorded by session musicians featuring Ron Dante on vocals and released as a series of singles and albums. Their most successful song, "Sugar, Sugar", became one of the big
elmarieswane r
Never heard of them
WTF. are you talking Communist and conservative ? Who are these people?
Luv em ANYWAY...... . . . . : - D
drew.easton2
Conservative Pacifist Communists love this like me!
A guilty pleasure!
1267188855
I mean good memories not go sorry bout that
1267188855
It is so cute and it brings back a lot og
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one of my favorite songs and I twelve :3
Nic
Song
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niralimurthy
Amazing
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Iovrthit
Omg i would watch archies weird mysteries on qubo (lol dont judge) and their voices sound differrent. Damnn
Is the cake bosses song???????
niralimurthy
Awesome!! Awesome for today :))
flophlojim
The name killed them!!!!!!!
Damn I remember when I first read this guys books, I used to stay with my aunt all the time because my father hated being home with me and my brothers and sisters so he used to pawn us off on my mother's brother and his wife so they pretty much raised all of us except for my older sister but that is because we didn't know that we had a older sister because my mom had her first kid before she met my father so she had her first kid while she was still in high school but she's still in my life and
R.I.P. Archie
A really guilty pleasure!!
Gayest song ever
The Dick Panthers are better.
Never heard this song b4 but hearing it now and, so far, I like it ��
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