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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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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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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this in 2 days (you will be injured) not dead. Put this on the next 5 songs/statio n s . When done press f6 and the lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary it actually works
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Shugga, honey honey...
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the good old days!
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I have candy and sugar ya
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artohmer
I'm smiling
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Who doesn't love this song? It just makes you smile. :)
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dancer113001
Love sugar,sugar
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If anyone reads comics, look at what they did to good ol Archie and the gang. He went all 90210 on us.
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Pure a little sugar on it. U R my candy girl.
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This one everyone new.
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Great song. Love it.
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Like the monkeys were made of band
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Are you kidding me this is a real band how is that it was made up
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SUGAR SUGAR AH HONEY HONEY WOW SUM MEMORIES!!
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hi123446
Sugar sugar!!!!
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Boy, this brings back memories!
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Oh oh oh oh oh yeahhhh!!! Sugar sugar sugar
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Ilove sugar
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Remember watching the Archies every Saturday morning. How tine past by so fast.
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I have the Cardboard 45 Record of Jingle Jangle and it Still works Great.
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Way to go Jughead!
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Ahh, sugar sugar, make ur life so sweet,(that i will) lol. Yes i remember childhood dreams, 45s on the back of cereal card board boxes and archie comic books. Great song to lift ones spirits!. I could handle to hear this song Everyday, . . definately more than just once a day at that!;)
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Sugar sugar I love it
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Loved the Archies comic book
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Can I be your candy girl?
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Whoops I meant Don
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The Archie's were created as a fictional band by Don Kirshner because he wanted a band that didn't talk back. He was currently working with the Monkees, but Mike Nesmith flat-out refused to sing "Sugar, sugar," so to spite him Ron Kirshner made a whole new band.
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I just love the Archie's as soon as I found out about the show I was siked like crazy.I pretty much have all the comics. I found my all Archie books @ Barnes & noble, & k-mart
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I love the comics
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I remember the 45's on the back of cereal boxes. Wow what a great memory.
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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
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bee movie
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till the diaper exploded. lol
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I remember when it came out...great dance song.
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Sweet
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I love dis song
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great memories
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Kkm
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Love it! Sugar honey!������
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Yes!
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No bio?
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Aw sugar sugar you are my candy girl...
this song is so sweet :)
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