Candy Kisses (George Morgan song)

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"Candy Kisses"
Single by George Morgan
B-side "Please Don't Let Me Love You"
Released 1949
Genre Country
Length 1:47
Label Columbia Records 20547
Writer(s) George Morgan
George Morgan singles chronology
"All I Need Is Some More Lovin'"
(1949)
"Candy Kisses"
(1949)
"Cry-Baby Heart"
(1949)

"Candy Kisses" is a 1949 song written and first recorded by American country crooner George Morgan. "Candy Kisses" was George Morgan's debut release on the charts and became his only #1 on the Best Selling Folk charts, where it stayed for three weeks. The B-side of "Candy Kisses", a song entitled, "Please Don't Let Me Love You" reached #4 on the same chart.[1]

Background[edit]

"Candy Kisses" is a song composed by country crooner George Morgan, earning that category for his smooth voice. The song developed one day in 1947 while George was on his way to work during his time at WWST radio as an early morning talent. During his commute, he hummed along to his car engine while thinking about an ex-girlfriend whom he just broke up with. He had the song roughly thought up within twenty minutes. The song became his theme song that day over at WWST and he carried his theme song with him into 1948 when he landed a new job at WWVA radio in Wheeling, W. Va. In December 1948, Morgan got a record deal and signed with Columbia Records. Just two weeks later, he was hired as a vocalist replacing Eddy Arnold at the Grand Ole Opry. Morgan debuted there on September 25, 1948 and stayed for the next 27 years. By the age of 24, Morgan recorded "Candy Kisses" for Columbia Records in January 1949 and the song jumped to number one on the best-selling folk charts where it remained for three weeks. By the end of the year, "Candy Kisses" sold more than 2 million copies, and had ten top cover versions. This song was also the first song featured on the self title album "Candy Kisses". The song was so meaningful to Morgan that he even named his first daughter Candy.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

In addition to the original version by singer/songwriter, George Morgan, there have been a few cover versions of the song Candy Kisses. In fact, in 1949 the song was recorded not only by George Morgan, but also by Elton Britt, Red Foley, Cowboy Copas, Eddie Kirk and Bud Hobbs.[3] However George Morgan's version was the only one to be positioned at #1 on the billboards top 40 country hits back in 1949.[4] In 1984, Jerry Lee Lewis released a version of the song on his album I Am What I Am. The song was track B1 on the album released by MCA Records.[5] Eddie Cochran’s cover version of the song was released in 1997 on the Rock Star Records’ album, “Rockin' It Country Style (The Legendary Chuck Foreman Recordings 1953-55).”[6] George Morgan’s daughter, country singer Lorrie Morgan, also released her version of Candy Kisses on her 1998 album, “The Essential Lorrie Morgan.”[7] Lorrie also sang the song at the Grand Ol’ Opry 70th Anniversary bash, singing against a backdrop of a video of her father.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About George Morgan." CMT Artists.07 Nov. 2013. <http://www.cmt.com/artists/george-morgan/biography/>
  2. ^ Mark J. Price http://barberton.ohio.com/local-history-barberton-singer-s-heartache-inspires-country-classic-1.328171
  3. ^ Orr, Jay. "Trisha Vs. LeAnn in Ballad Battle." Nashville Banner: 0. May 22, 1997. ProQuest. Web. 4 Nov. 2013.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits Pg. 418 2006. Print/Web
  5. ^ "Jerry Lee Lewis – I Am What I Am." Discogs. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. <http://www.discogs.com/Jerry-Lee-Lewis-I-Am-What-I-Am/release/4960906>.
  6. ^ "Eddie Cochran – Rockin' It Country Style (The Legendary Chuck Foreman Recordings 1953-55)." Discogs.04 Nov. 2013. <http://www.discogs.com/Eddie-Cochran-Rockin-It-Country-Style-The-Legendary-Chuck-Foreman-Recordings-1953-55/release/4498157>.
  7. ^ "AllMusic." AllMusic. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. <http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-essential-lorrie-morgan-mw0000038396>.
  8. ^ HELDENFELS, R. D. "Grand Ole Opry Throws itself a 70th-Birthday Bash Tonight on CBS." The Gazette: 0. Jan 04 1996. ProQuest. Web. 4 Nov. 2013.

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Preceded by
"Don't Rob Another Man's Castle" by Eddy Arnold
Best Selling Retail Folk Records number-one single
April 2, 1949
Succeeded by
"Lovesick Blues" by Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys