Candy Girl (New Edition song)

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"Candy Girl"
Single by New Edition
from the album Candy Girl
Released February 24, 1983
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded November 6, 1982
Genre R&B
Length 3:52
6:58 (12')
Label Streetwise, Warlock
Writer(s) Maurice Starr
Michael Jonzun
Producer(s) Maurice Starr
Michael Jonzun
New Edition singles chronology
"Candy Girl"
"Is This the End"

"Candy Girl" is an R&B song by boy band New Edition. Released in 1983, it was the first single from their debut album of the same name. It hit number one in the UK Singles Chart in May 1983,[1] becoming the 31st best selling single of the year there.


After having discovered New Edition performing at a local talent show, songwriter/producer Maurice Starr wrote "Candy Girl" for the group, envisioning them as a 1980s answer to The Jackson 5. Ralph Tresvant was positioned as the lead singer, because Starr considered his high tenor as reminiscent of a younger Michael Jackson, while having members Ricky Bell and Bobby Brown sharing alternate leads.

The 12" version features producers Starr and Michael Jonzun doing some additional instrumentation in the outro.

Release and reaction[edit]

Released as a single in 1983, the song netted a slow ascent up the charts. but It eventually peaked at number forty-six on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart singles chart, and number one on the R&B singles chart;[2] it also reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for one week in May 1983.[1]



Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 46
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
UK Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 2
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 10


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 423. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 427. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 215. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 19 June 1988.

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Preceded by
"Atomic Dog" by George Clinton
Billboard's Hot R&B Songs number one single
May 14, 1983
Succeeded by
"Beat It" by Michael Jackson
Preceded by
"True" by Spandau Ballet
UK number one single (New Edition version)
May 22, 1983
Succeeded by
"Every Breath You Take" by The Police