Robin, this month’s guest conductor, said today is "National Baked Alaska Day. It is also Candy-making Day, Candy Decorating Day and Dark Chocolate Day. So let’s have songs about ‘sweet’ things." You got it, Robin! Here are ten such songs.
- The Cryan’ Shames, "Sugar And Spice": One of the great garage bands from 1960’s Chicago. This is a cover of The Searchers’ 1963 song (more from them in a minute); it went to #49 nationally for The Shames, but went to #4 on WLS in Chicago.
- The Drifters, "Sweets For My Sweet": A song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, The Drifters took this to #16 on the Hot 100 and #10 on the R&B chart in 1961. The aforementioned Searchers took it to #1 for two weeks in the UK in 1963, but the song didn’t chart in the US.
- Muddy Waters, "Sugar Sweet": This was the B side of Muddy’s 1955 single "Trouble No More."
- Willie Dixon, "Spoonful": A song by Willie that’s been covered by countless others, including Howlin’ Wolf, Paul Butterfield, and Cream. Have to listen for the line "Could be a spoonful of sugar" in the third verse.
- Carole King, "Sweet Sweetheart": From Carole’s 1971 album Writer, which didn’t start selling until Tapestry came out. This has been covered by Bobby Vee, Carla Thomas, Charlie Starr, and The Brady Bunch (!), among others.
- Tommy James & The Shondells, "Sweet Cherry Wine": From their 1979 album Cellophane Symphony, it reached #7 on the Hot 100 and #6 in Canada.
- Strawberry Alarm Clock, "Incense & Peppermints": Hey, peppermints are sweet, aren’t they? Their only hit, it reached #1 in the US and Canada.
- Al Hirt, "Cotton Candy"/"Sugar Lips"/"Java": "Cotton Candy" and "Sugar Lips" were title tracks from two albums recorded in 1964, and "Java" was from his 1963 album Honey In The Horn. So they all kind of fit.
- The Strangeloves, "I Want Candy": The Strangeloves were channeling their inner Bo Diddley with this one. From 1965, it reached #11 on the Hot 100.
- 10,000 Maniacs, "Candy Everybody Wants": Dan used this yesterday, and I found it in ime to add it to the list. Thanks, Dan! From their 1992 album Our Time In Eden, it only reached #67 on the Hot 100, but #5 on the alternative Airplay survey.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 1, 2021.