Candy Girl (New Edition song)

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"Candy Girl"
NE candygirl single.jpg
Single by New Edition
from the album Candy Girl
ReleasedNovember 14, 1982
FormatVinyl record (7")
6:58 (12')
LabelStreetwise, Warlock
Songwriter(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 November 1982, it is the first single from their debut album Candy Girl. The song hit number one in the UK Singles Chart, and the Irish Singles Chart in the year 1983 for twenty weeks,[1] becoming the 31st best-selling single of the year there.


New Edition was first discovered and mentored by their manager Brooke Payne. He entered them in a local talent show where they met songwriter/producer Maurice Starr who 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 late 1982 before the album was released, the song made a slow ascent up the chart, but it eventually peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart singles chart, and number 1 on the R&B singles chart in the US;[2] it also reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart for a week in May 1983.[1] It remained number 1 in the UK charts for a total of twenty weeks.



Chart (1982–83) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 46
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
UK Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1


  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.

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