Andy Kim

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Andy Kim
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Andy Kim in 1970
Background information
Birth name Andrew Youakim
Born 5 December, either 1946 or 1952
Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Genres Pop rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 1963–present
Website www.andykimmusic.com

Andrew Youakim, performing as Andy Kim, is a Canadian pop rock singer and songwriter. He grew up in Montreal, Quebec. He is known for a number of hit singles that he released in the late 1960s and early 1970s such as "Rock Me Gently", which topped the US singles chart. In 1968, he co-wrote "Sugar, Sugar" for The Archies. It was #1 for four weeks and in 1969 was certified "Record of the Year" by the RIAA.

He has recorded under the stage name Baron Longfellow since the mid-1980s[1][2] or just as Longfellow in the early 1990s.

Life and career[edit]

Andy Youakim was born in Montreal, Quebec, on either 5 December 1946 (as cited by VH1, United Press International, and Rolling Stone,[3][4][5]) or 5 December 1952 (cited by Allmusic and Billboard Books[1][2]).

Various published interviews with Kim from the mid-1970s support the 1946 dating,[6][7] while Kim's current biography on his official website offers no specific year of birth.

He is the third of four sons of Lebanese immigrants. He moved to New York to pursue a career in music. In 1968 as Andy Kim, he released the single "That Girl" backed with "Give Me Your Love" on the 20th Century Fox label. He used the different last name as a way to obscure his Lebanese ethnicity.[8] In 1968, he released the single, "How'd We Ever Get This Way?" on the Steed label; it just missed the U.S. Top 20, reaching number 21.

In 1968, with Jeff Barry, Kim co-wrote "Sugar, Sugar" which was a hit single for The Archies,[9] reaching #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and ultimately becoming the RIAA Record of the Year. Kim & Barry wrote more songs for the Archies, and also for Changes, from The Monkees in 1970, which Barry produced.

In 1969, Kim had two hit singles, "Rainbow Ride", which made the US Top 50, and "Baby, I Love You", which got to #9 and was popular enough in Canada to earn him a Gold Leaf (Juno) Award in 1970 as his country's Best Male Vocalist. "Baby, I Love You" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in October 1969.[10]

Over the next few years, Kim recorded a few minor hits (such as "Be My Baby" in late 1970) and toured North America extensively. In the spring of 1974, he released the self-penned "Rock Me Gently", which went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[2] and rose to #2 on the UK Singles Chart.[11] "Rock Me Gently" sold three million copies globally, earning Kim his second gold disc.[10]

Kim had shied away from touring for years before then, when he was working with the Steed label. He has said that he had created a persona in his music in the vein of a white blond surfer and that fans were shocked to see his dark skin color and appearance. As well, he had altered his voice on his earlier records to sound younger.[2]

By the end of 1976, Kim stopped recording and disappeared from public life. He returned under the stage name 'Baron Longfellow' with a self-titled album Baron Longfellow in 1980 and, also under the same pseudonym, in 1984 released Prisoner by Design. Both of these albums met with moderate success. In 1991, Kim again went by the name 'Longfellow' and recorded the single "Powerdrive", which received radio airplay on several radio stations across Canada.

In 1995, Kim played at the Kumbaya Festival at which the Barenaked Ladies were also performing. Nearly a decade later, the band's Ed Robertson convinced Kim to come out of retirement.[12][13] Robertson co-wrote the song "I Forgot to Mention" with him and offered to produce the track. The single was released on a 5-track EP in 2004 which included a re-recording of "Powerdrive".

In March 2005, Kim received the annual "Indie Award" for Favorite Solo Artist during Canadian Music Week.[12] The music video for "Love Is...", released in the summer of 2005, reached #1 at Bravo.ca. In 2005, he co-wrote "What Ever Happened to Christmas" with Ron Sexsmith.[12] The same year, he established the Andy Kim Christmas Show – a live concert at the Mod Club in Toronto in which a variety of artists were invited to perform mostly Christmas music. Kim's band acted as house band for the artists, who donated their time for the show. Proceeds were donated to the CHUM/CITY Christmas Wish. The show repeated in 2006, with a similar lineup. Proceeds from the show went to support the Children's Aid Foundation, and the edited show was aired on Mix 99.9 on Christmas Eve and Day.

More recently, Kim's music has again come into the public eye, as "Rock Me Gently" was sped up slightly and used by Jeep for their Jeep Liberty commercial ("Pouring In"). His name can be seen on the radio display near the beginning of the commercial.[14][15]

In 2009, Kim was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.

In March 2010, E1 Music Canada released Happen Again, Kim's first album in over 20 years.[16]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Billboard 200 Record Label
1968 How'd We Ever Get This Way - Steed Records
1969 Rainbow Ride -
Baby I Love You 82
1973 Andy Kim (Uni) - Uni Records
1974 Andy Kim (Capitol) 21 Capitol Records
2004 I Forgot to Mention - Iceworks Records
2011 Happen Again - Angel Air Records

Compilation Albums[edit]

Year Album Billboard 200 Record Label
1974 Andy Kim's Greatest Hits' 190 Dunhill Records
1994 Reflections: The Best of Andy Kim - Common Folk Records
1996 Baby I Love You: Greatest Hits - EMI ELECTROLA GmbH Records

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Record Label B-side Album
US AC GER CAN AUS UK
1963 "I Loved You Once" United Artists Records
1964 "Give Me Your Love" TCF Hall Records
1965 "I Hear You Say (I Love You Baby)" Red Bird Records "Falling in Love"
1968 "That Girl" 20th Century Fox Records
"How'd We Ever Get This Way?" 21 Steed Records "Are You Ever Coming Home?" How'd We Ever Get This Way
"Shoot 'Em Up Baby" 31 "Ordinary Kind of Girl"
"Rainbow Ride" 49 "Resurrection" Rainbow Ride
1969 "I Here You Say (I Love You Baby)" Cottique Records
"Tricia Tell Your Daddy" 110 Steed Records "Foundation of My Soul"
"Baby, I Love You" 9 31 1 "Gee Girl Baby I Love You
"So Good Together" 36 37 "I Got to Know"
1970 "A Friend in the City" 90 "You"
"It's Your Life" 85
"Be My Baby" 17 24 24 36 "Love That Little Woman"
1971 "I Wish I Were" 62 40 "Walkin' My La De Da"
"I Been Moved" 97 "If I Had You Here"
1972 "Who Has the Answers?" 111 Uni Records "Shady Hollow Dreamer" Andy Kim
"Oh What a Day" "Sunshine"
1974 "Rock Me Gently" 1 40 33 1 2 Capitol Records "Rock Me Gently Part II" Andy Kim (Capitol)
"Fire, Baby I'm on Fire" 28 "Here Comes The Mornin'"
1975 "The Essence of Joan" "Rock Me Gently Part II"
"Mary Ann" "You Are My Everything"
1976 "Oh, Pretty Woman"
2004 "I Forgot To Mention" 10 Iceworks Records I Forgot to Mention
2010 "Happen Again" Angel Air Records Happen Again

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bush, John. "Andy Kim". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Fred Bronson (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. Billboard Books. p. 377. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6. 
  3. ^ "Today in Music: a look back at pop music". United Press International. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Today in Music: December 5". VH1. Archived from the original on 8 December 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Holly George-Warren; Patricia Romanowski; Jon Pareles. The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-7432-0120-9. 
  6. ^ "Andy Kim returns with smash hit". The Bulletin. 21 September 1974. Retrieved 16 October 2011. |
  7. ^ "Scene Action". Evening Independent. 21 September 1974. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Kim Cooper; David Smay (2001). Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-922915-69-9. 
  9. ^ Darryl Sterdan, Qmi Agency (9 April 2010). "Andy Kim back with new album | Music | Entertainment". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 262 & 346. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 301. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  12. ^ a b c Mary Dickie (29 November 2005). "Andy Kim gets into the holiday spirit". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  13. ^ 2006 Andy Kim Christmas Show, as aired on Mix 99.9
  14. ^ Grant, Lee (5 November 2007). "Lee Grant's Outtakes". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  15. ^ "Jeep Liberty – Pouring In". Cutwater (advertising agency). Archived from the original on 3 November 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2009.  From menu, select Work --> Jeep to TV ad.
  16. ^ Sterdan, Darryl (11 April 2010). "Andy Kim making it happen". The Recorder and Times (Brockville). Retrieved 4 November 2010. 

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