Sweet Cherry Wine

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"Sweet Cherry Wine"
Single by Tommy James and the Shondells
from the album Cellophane Symphony
B-side "Breakaway"
Released March 1969
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 4:09
Label Roulette Records 7039
Writer(s) Richard Grasso, Tommy James
Producer(s) Tommy James
Tommy James and the Shondells singles chronology
"Crimson and Clover"
(1968)
"Sweet Cherry Wine"
(1969)
"Crystal Blue Persuasion"
(1969)

"Sweet Cherry Wine" is a song by Tommy James and the Shondells from their 1969 album Cellophane Symphony. The song hit number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit number six on the Canadian charts. This psychedelic song was released at the height of psychedelia and right after one previous psychedelic song by Tommy James and the Shondells, "Crimson and Clover", and before "Crystal Blue Persuasion". The song begins with the use of an organ, adds brass instruments, and ends with a solo flute that fades out at the end of the song. Adding to the psychedelia of this and other songs on the album was the then-new Moog synthesizer.

It is also a quiet protest of the Vietnam War. "Yesterday my friend went off marching to war...we ain't a marching anymore".

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