Sugar Shack

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Sugar shack also refers to a small building in which maple syrup is processed. For discussion of this, see Sugar house.
"Sugar Shack"
Single by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
from the album Sugar Shack-
B-side "My Heart Is Free"
Released 1963 (1963)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1963, Norman Petty Studios, Clovis, NM
Genre Rock and roll
Label Dot Records

"Sugar Shack" is a song written in 1962 by Keith McCormack and Jimmy Torres. Torres gave his song rights to his aunt, Fay Voss, as a birthday present. The song was recorded in 1963 by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs at Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico.[1] The unusual and distinctive organ part was played on a Hammond Solovox, Model J.[2]

"Sugar Shack" hit number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 (where it spent five weeks from October 12 to November 9, 1963)[1] and Cashbox singles charts (where it spent three weeks from October 19 to November 2, 1963[3]). Its run on the Billboard chart was cut short because Billboard ceased publishing an R&B chart from November 30, 1963 to January 23, 1965. "Sugar Shack" has the distinction of being the last single to make it to number one on the Billboard R&B chart because Billboard did not publish an R&B chart for fourteen months.[4] On November 29, 1963, the song received RIAA certification for selling over a million copies, earning gold record status, and was the number-one single of the year according to Billboard.[5] "Sugar Shack" also hit the UK at #45 on the Record Retailer chart.

In 1993, Gonzo the Great and Rizzo the Rat covered the song for the album Muppet Beach Party.


  1. ^ a b Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. New York: Billboard Books. p. 138. ISBN 0823076776. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Strange sounds: offbeat instruments and sonic experiments in pop, by Mark Brend. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  3. ^ "Cash Box Top Singles – 1963". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 803. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1963". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
Preceded by
"Blue Velvet" by Bobby Vinton
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
October 12, 1963
Succeeded by
"Deep Purple" by Nino Tempo and April Stevens
Preceded by
"It's All Right" by The Impressions
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
November 23, 1963
Succeeded by
"My Girl" by The Temptations