Song Lyric Sunday | “Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies

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This week’s theme is  “Cinnamon/Mint/Parsley/Pepper/Rosemary/Sage/Salt/Thyme.

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If it isn’t spicy… it’s sweet, and I went in the other direction… because I’m me. 😀

Jeff Barry and Andy Kim wrote Sugar, Sugar with preschoolers in mind since that was the audience for the Saturday morning Archie TV show (Barry had children aged 3 and 4 at the time). The “You are my candy girl” line came from them thinking about what kids that age like (candy!). Still, they wanted the song to appeal to adults as well, so they included a line with some weight: “I just can’t believe the loveliness of loving you.”

The song reached No. 1 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969, knocking Honky Tonk Women by the Rolling Stones out of the top spot and remained there for four weeks. It was also No.1 on the UK Singles chart in that same year for eight weeks.

Sugar, Sugar was the #1 song of 1969 in the US, according to Billboard’s year-end chart, beating out songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, and Stevie Wonder. It logged more weeks on the Hot 100 (22) than any other song that year.

In addition to Barry and Kim, “The Archies” included session musicians Toni Wine, Ron Dante and Ellie Greenwich. Kim had a hit in 1974 with Rock Me Gently; Dante produced Mandy for Barry Manilow and Heartbreaker for Pat Benatar. Greenwich and Barry, who were married from 1962-1965, wrote many famous songs, including Be My Baby and Chapel Of Love; Toni Wine wrote the hit songs A Groovy Kind Of Love and Candida.

FUN FACTS:

  • The Archies group was put together by Don Kirshner, a prolific promoter and producer. Kirshner also created The Monkees, and wanted to do the same thing with cartoon characters because they are much easier to work with than people.
  • The line, “Pour a little sugar on me, baby” inspired the title for the 1987 Def Leppard hit Pour Some Sugar On Me.
  • R&B singer Wilson Pickett recorded a cover version of Sugar, Sugar in 1970 that reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 4 on the R&B chart. Pickett’s recording was later used in the 1997 film The Ice Storm.
  • Sugar, Sugar wasn’t the first Archies song. The “group” released several singles in 1968, including Bang-Shang-A-Lang, written by Jeff Barry, which went to #22. The follow-up to Sugar, Sugar was Jingle Jangle, which reached #10 and went Gold.

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Sugar, Sugar

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Over and Over” – Puff Johnson

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This week’s theme is  “End/Finish/Over/Stop.

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As the first anniversary of my husband’s passing approaches next weekend, I’m just as surprised at how fast the year has gone as I am how far I’ve come.
On my worst days when I wanted to hide under the covers or veg out in a corner, I could hear Den saying, “Nope. That’s not an option. Get up and get moving, babe.”
There were days I was grateful for the push, but there were still times when I was resentful and angry. It was during those times, I seem to be more aware of Den’s presence, patient and practical, guiding me to do things over and over again to find a rhythm and my flow again… to get back to me.
I used Over and Over by Ewanya “Puff” Johnson in February of 2017 for the “hills and mountains” prompt, but I’ve been playing it daily for the last few months for its driving motivation to keep going. To live and not simply exist. It also makes me smile remembering how much Den teased me about playing it.

Sometimes memories are all we have, but they come to mind just when we need them the most.

Over and Over appeared on the soundtrack of The First Wives Club in 1996. Released as a single in Europe and Australia, it was a Top 20 hit on both continents.

FUN FACTS:

  • After finishing a tour in 2009, Puff stayed in South Africa for a year because of the nice treatment she received. Puff said she’d had never met people as friendly and welcoming as South Africans. She and her music are still popular there seven years after her death.
  • Puff toured Europe in 1997 as an opening act for Michael Jackson.
  • Her 1996 critically acclaimed debut album, Miracle, was produced by Randy Jackson of American Idol-fame.
  • This talented young artist’s life was cut short far too soon. The Detroit native died in 2013 after a seven-year battle with cervical cancer.

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Over and Over

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Come and Follow Me” – “Short Circuit” Soundtrack

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This week’s theme is  “Come/Go/Leave/Stay.

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Easy song selection choice for this week’s prompt… but we have to get in the Wayback Machine and travel back to 1986.

Written by S. S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, Short Circuit was a comic science film directed by John Badham. The film’s plot centers upon an experimental military robot that is struck by lightning and gains a human-like intelligence, with which it embarks to explore. Short Circuit starred Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg, but the real star was Johnny 5 (Number 5), the “living robot.”

The film was cute, but it wasn’t a blockbuster. However, it was a favorite of my late husband and me, and we couldn’t wait to grab a copy when the movie was released on VHS. (Remember, I said it was 1986! 😀 )

No soundtrack was forthcoming at the time because there really weren’t any memorable songs… except for the song that played over the end credits.

Come and Follow Me was sang by Max Carl and Marcy Levy–two artists we’d never heard of… or since–but we fell in love with the lyrics and music and it sort of became our theme song, especially on family outings with our children. My husband warbling the song at the top of his lungs was something to behold… and hear! 😀 😀 😀  I really miss his silliness.

The video is Come and Follow Me played over montages from the movie.

FUN FACTS

  • Although no soundtrack album was released at the time, El DeBarge had a chart hit with the single Who’s Johnny (Theme from Short Circuit).
  • The sequence in the film depicting Number 5 watching the movie Saturday Night Fever (and imitating John Travolta’s dance moves) is an in-joke: Saturday Night Fever and Short Circuit were both directed by John Badham.
  • During Stephanie’s impromptu news interview, director John Badham makes a cameo appearance as the news cameraman.
  • Number 5 was the most expensive part of the film, requiring several different versions to be made for different sequences. Almost everything else in the film was relatively inexpensive, allowing them to allocate as much money as they needed for the robot character. Number 5 was designed by Syd Mead, the “visual futurist” famous for his work on Blade Runner and Tron.

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Come and Follow Me

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Song Lyric Sunday | “So Into You” & “Move You” – Tamia, Kelly Clarkson

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This week’s theme is  “I/Me/Them/Us/You/We.

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I found over three dozen songs in my playlists that included the word you. I narrowed it down to ten, then two, based on song rotations… and I still couldn’t decide.

So you get both! 😀

So Into You, performed by Canadian R&B singer Tamia, was released as the third single from her self-titled debut album on June 23, 1998. The song became an R&B hit, peaking at number seven on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Soul rock power ballad, Move You, is from Kelly Clarkson eighth studio album, Meaning of Life. It was released as a promotional single only in September of 2017. While I love the entire album, Move You, IMHO, is the best track and should have had a wide release.

FUN FACTS

  • The music video for So Into You was created by Harvey White and premiered on American TV in June 1998. It reached the top ten on BET’s video countdown and received a Directorial Debut of the Year nomination at the MVPA Awards.
  • The concept of the video was based on Tamia and Grant Hill (her future husband) having to be in a sort of long distance relationship at the beginning due to his travel. (They married in 1999.)
  • In 2003, amid the recording of her third album More, doctors at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina diagnosed Tamia with multiple sclerosis. The singer went into subsequent treatment, using corticosteroids to help delay the onset of more severe symptoms. Diagnosed early, the illness has since been in remission though she has occasional but controllable symptoms.
  • Kelly Clarkson premiered Move You live on The Today Show on September 8, 2017, followed by a reprise on the television special EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live the same evening.

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So Into You

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Oh Honey” – Delegation

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This week’s theme is  “Babe/Cutie/Doll/Honey/Sweetie.

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I’ve chosen another smooth groove R&B oldie that has remained on my playlists in one form or another since my teen years.

Oh Honey was a Top Ten hit for Delegation in 1978. The song about a man’s undying affection for his lady-love was the go-to slow dance song at house parties and clubs, and always in the line-up for any Quiet Storm jam session.

No one knew anything about Delegation at the time, so imagine everyone’s surprise to find out they were a British group! That made them a novelty and even more popular for the next two years.

Oh Honey reached #6 on the U.S. Billboard R&B Chart and #45 on the U.S. Billboard Pop chart.

While Delegation would enjoy success internationally well  into the 80s (especially in France), their last song to chart in the U.S. was In Love’s Time in 1981 which peaked at #54 on the  U.S. R&B.

FUN FACTS

  • Ricky Bailey founded Delegation — a three-man group that changed members frequently, with Bailey the only constant — in the United Kingdom in 1975. Bailey, a native of Jamaica, moved to Britain with his parents as a teen, settling in Birmingham, where he formed his first group, the Five Star Cadets. The short-lived group provided invaluable experience and helped Bailey when he was putting Delegation (Bailey, Len Coley, and Roddy Harris) together.
  • In 1979, Delegation released Eau De Vie, on the Ariola label and had international hits with Heartache #9, You And I and Put A Little Love On Me.
  •  Bailey and Ken Gold formed Euro-Jam Records in the mid-90s to repackage Delegation recordings and record artists.
  • The band still occasionally perform their old hits at gigs around Europe led by Rick Bailey and several former band members, most recently appearing in a sold out gig at an intimate venue in Paris in October 2018.

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Oh Honey

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Song Lyric Sunday | “All I Want is Forever” – JT Taylor & Regina Belle

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This week’s theme is  Duets.

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I’m in my third year of participating in Song Lyric Sunday and I cannot remember a more difficult theme than this week’s duets simply because there are SO MANY to choose from!

Whether it’s by generations/decades, genres or music eras, anyone can easily name a dozen.

As I narrowed my choices down, my love of duets from movie soundtracks became more than apparent. With a list of nine, I couldn’t say any one song was my favorite and choose just two–one for here and one for FeliciaDenise.com–so I went with which songs spoke to me the most.

That helped me choose All I Want is Forever sang by James “J.T.” Taylor and Regina Belle and written by the phenomenal Diane Warren. The song is the first single released from the soundtrack of the 1989 dance drama, Tap, starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr.

The movie centers around Hines as Max Washington. Just released from prison, he must decide which of his previous professions to return to: burglary or tap dancing… and the woman he’s never forgotten.

All I Want is Forever didn’t chart but it did receive an official video with
Taylor and Belle singing inter-spliced with scenes from the movie.

FUN FACTS

  • While not big box office, Tap is notable for being the final film appearance of Sammy Davis, Jr, who died the following year, and for a dance challenge sequence by dance legends Arthur Duncan (known as a performer on the Lawrence Welk show from 1964 to 1982), Bunny Briggs, Howard Sims (Sandman Sims of the Apollo Theatre), Steve Condos, Harold Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers. He and older brother, Fayad are known as two of the world’s greatest dancers), and Jimmy Slyde.
  • Tap also features a young Savion Glover as Davis’ grandson. He would go on to win Broadway’s 1996 Tony Award for Best Choreographer for the musical he starred in and co-created with George C. Wolfe called Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk; which also brought him a Best Actor (Musical) Tony nomination.
  • Before his rise to fame, Taylor was a schoolteacher and amateur night club singer.
  • He joined Kool & the Gang in 1978 and became the band’s lead singer in 1979.
  • Regina has had notable success with soundtrack duets. The theme song Far Longer than Forever from the animated movie The Swan Princess, performed with Jeffrey Osborne, was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1995 for Best Original Song, and A Whole New World, the main theme of the Disney’s animated feature film Aladdin, recorded in 1992, which Belle and Peabo Bryson won the 1994 Grammy award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. A Whole New World also is the first and so far, only song from a Disney animated film to top the US Billboard Hot 100.
  • Regina successfully battled a brain tumor in 2009. However, she is now deaf in her left ear.

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All I Want is Forever

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Funkin’ for Jamaica” – Tom Browne

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This week’s theme is  Written or sung by Tom/Dick/Harry or including one of these names in the lyrics.

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Though it never charted on the Billboard Hot 100, Funkin’ for Jamaica hit number one on the U.S. R&B chart in 1980 and stayed there for a month. It also peaked at number nine on the dance chart and made the Top 10 on the UK singles chart.

Jazz trumpeter Tom Browne co-wrote the hit with Toni Smith (Thomassina Carrollyne Smith), who performs the vocals, as an homage and memoir of the neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens where Browne was born and raised.

FUN FACTS

  • Funkin’ for Jamaica appears on Browne’s second album, Love Approach.
  • The song became one of the most interpolated melodies in R&B with the chorus’ chord sequence used by dozens of artists.
  • During its initial release, some thought Funkin’ for Jamaica was done by Chaka Khan, mistaking Toni Smith’s wailing vocals for that of the Rufus lead singer.
  • Oscar and Grammy-award winning composer and music producer, Dave Grusin, played the piano during the recording session for Funkin’ for Jamaica. He also produced the song, along with Larry Rosen.

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Funkin’ for Jamaica

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