Year Inducted: 2008
Era Inducted To: Radio Era
Written In:1944
Lyricist(s):Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney, Mack David
Composer(s):Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney, Mack David

Charming lyrics and an unforgettable melody make Candy one of the most cherished love songs of the 1940s.

The original recording by Johnny Mercer and pop singer Jo Stafford with The Pied Pipers reached #1 and spent a total of 15 weeks on the Billboard charts. Dinah Shore also achieved considerable success with her 1945 recording of Candy, making it to #10 on the Billboard charts. In 1974, hip music quartet The Manhattan Transfer paid homage to Kramer, Whitney, and David with their rendition of the song, effectively bringing it back into the public eye.

Various renditions of Candy have appeared in numerous contemporary film and TV soundtracks, including Jo Stafford and Johnny Mercer’s in Bugsy (1991), Doctor John’s in The Night We Never Met (1993), and The Nat King Cole Trio’s in Home for the Holidays (1995).

Cover artists include: Lola Albright, Andrews Sisters, Mitch Ayers, Dick Brown, Don Byas/Teddy Wilson/Slam Stewart, Frankie Carle, Casuallaires, Ray Charles, Maurice Chevalier & Bing Crosby, Pete Condoli, Count Basie, Dakota Station, Harry (Sweets) Edison, Four Freshmen w/Pete Rugolo, Ella Fitzgerald w/Benny Carter, Marty Gold, Scott Hamilton & Buddy Tate, Richard Hayman, Earl (Fatha) Hines & Marva Josie, Dr. John, Art Kassell, Sammy Kaye, Julius Larosa, John Lasalle, Sidney Lipton, C. Mackenzie, Manhattan Transfer, Hal March, Curt Massey, Big Maybelle, Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford w/ The Pied Pipers, Garry Miles, Marion Montgomery, Lee Morgan, Buddy Morrow, Nat King Cole Trio, John Pizzarelli, Ester Phillips, Mavis Rivers, Dinah Shore, Somethin’ Smith, Jo Stafford w/Billy May, Clark Terry, The Tams, Bo Wagner, Paul Weston and Joe Williams.




PLAY Candy - Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford & The Pied Pipers