Sugar Sugar | Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
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“So many of my childhood memories are hinged upon these classic pop songs such as “Sugar Sugar.” – Ron Sexsmith
Sugar Sugar
  • Year Inducted: 2006
  • Written In: 1969
Andy Kim Songwriter
Jeff Barry Songwriter
Bob Marley & the Wailers
Big Youth
Celia Cruz
Gladys Knight & the Pips
Ike and Tina Turner
Tom Jones
Wilson Pickett
The Archies
It was such a pleasure to write and produce a song with Andy Kim. He believes in the power of music, he loves songs, and he is SO Rock and Roll. Beyond the massive hits, and the multi-decade career, there is a wonderful man who I’m proud to call my friend. – Ed Robertson, Barenaked Ladies

“Whenever I hear an Andy Kim song I can’t help but be transported back in time. So many of my childhood memories are hinged upon these classic pop songs such as “Sugar Sugar”. “It feels like some kind of surreal dream to be able to call him a friend.” – Ron Sexsmith

In 1967, at the tender age of 15, Andy Kim left Montreal for New York City with $40 in his pocket and a Billboard Magazine under his arm earmarked to the page listing the addresses of record labels. His search led him to the Brill Building and the office of Jeff Barry, the man who penned such hits as Be My Baby, Then He Kissed Me and Chapel of Love. Kim was later signed to Barry’s new label, Steed Records, and the pair would go on to become an incredible songwriting team.

One of their most successful collaborations, Sugar Sugar, was written for Don Kirshner’s new CBS cartoon television series The Archies that featured a manufactured pop band with the same name. The animation took the once one-dimensional characters from between the pages of comic books and brought them to life on the small screen with vocalists Ron Dante, Toni Wine and Andy Kim lending their voices to the cartoon band. While Kim and Barry had already enjoyed success with previous compositions written for the cartoon series, the pair could not have foreseen the heights to which the song would soar.

In 1969, the year of Woodstock, Easy Rider and the Underground Movement, Sugar Sugar not only climbed to the top of the charts, but would go on to become both Song of the Year and Record of the Year; eventually selling 13 million copies worldwide. The single has also been heard in another popular animated television series, The Simpsons, and on the big screen featuring another manufactured band, The Brady Bunch, in the 1996 film A Very Brady Sequel. Sugar Sugar was used in Oliver Stone’s Heaven and Earth, (also known as Entre ciel et terre) about the American-Vietnam War, its aftermath and reconstruction. In 2005, Sugar Sugar made an appearance in the Shrek II DVD and continues to be heard in countless commercials around the world.

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Sugar, Sugar - performed by Andy Kim, Esthero, Bedouin Soundclash & the La Jeunesse Girls' Choir
"Sugar, Sugar", written and composed by Andy Kim and Jeff Barry, was performed by Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Kim, recording artist Esthero, reggae rock band Bedouin Soundclash and the La Jeunesse Girls' Choir at the 2006 CSHF Induction Ceremony.
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