Candy Girl (New Edition song)

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"Candy Girl"
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Single by New Edition
from the album Candy Girl
Released November 14, 1982
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1982
Genre R&B
Length 3:52
6:58 (12')
Label Streetwise, 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 This the End"

"Candy Girl" is an R&B song by boy band New Edition. Released in November 1982, it was the first single from their debut album Candy Girl. The song hit number one in the UK Singles Chart in May 1983,[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 46 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 one week in May 1983.[1]



Chart (1982-83) 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


  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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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