Candy Girl (album)

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Candy Girl
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1, 1983
GenreR&B, pop
ProducerMaurice Starr (also exec.), Arthur Baker, Paul McCraven (exec.)
New Edition chronology
Candy Girl
New Edition
Singles from New Edition
  1. "Candy Girl"
    Released: November 14, 1982
  2. "Is This the End"
    Released: May 4, 1983
  3. "Popcorn Love"
    Released: August 6, 1983

Candy Girl is a debut album of New Edition, released by Streetwise Records on March 1, 1983. The album was produced by Maurice Starr and Arthur Baker.

Production and conception[edit]

New Edition was created by Bobby Brown after a failed talent show due to his stage fright. Bobby put the group together by adding Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins. With need for an additional singer, Ralph Tresvant was added in 1978. The name New Edition was given to them by Brooke Payne, choreographer, and uncle of Ronnie DeVoe who decided the group would be better choreographed with five members so he added his nephew Ronnie DeVoe but only after proving he was able to make the cut. Maurice Starr wrote and produced the title song seeing New Edition perform at a talent show. He signed them and had them record "Candy Girl" in a small studio in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1982. By the time the title song "Candy Girl" was released, the group had hit their stride, so much so that Kurtis Blow, a rather popular rapper at that time, served as their opening act. The band members were between the ages of 14 and 16 when the song was released.[1][unreliable source?]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars
Robert ChristgauB[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Maurice Starr and Michael Jonzun, except where noted.

1."Gimme Your Love" Maurice Starr, Baker[a]4:15
2."She Gives Me a Bang" Starr, Baker[a]4:00
3."Is This the End" Starr, Baker[a]4:11
4."Pass the Beat"Arthur Baker, Maurice Starr, M.C. GlobeBaker, Starr4:38
5."Popcorn Love" Starr, Baker[a]4:52
6."Candy Girl" Starr, Baker[a]3:54
7."Ooh Baby"Arthur Baker, Tina Klein-Baker, Maurice StarrBaker, Starr3:56
8."Should Never Have Told Me" Starr, Baker[a]4:06
9."Gotta Have Your Lovin'"Arthur Baker, Maurice Starr, Michael JonzunStarr, Baker[a]4:50
10."Jealous Girl" Starr, Baker[a]4:58
Total length:43:40


  • Arthur Baker – executive producer, producer, mixer, Roland and Linn drums, sound effects
  • Maurice Starr – producer, arrangement, mixer, bass guitar, lead guitar, synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano, drums, vocoder
  • Paul McCraven – executive producer
  • Michael Jonzun – co-arrangement
  • Fred Torchio – recording
  • James Mace – recording
  • Frank Heller – engineer, mix engineer, tambourine
  • Bobby Brown – lead and backing vocals
  • Michael Bivins – lead and backing vocals
  • Ralph Tresvant – lead and backing vocals
  • Ricky Bell – lead and backing vocals
  • Ronnie DeVoe – lead and backing vocals
  • Tina B. – additional vocals
  • Bashiri Johnson – percussion
  • Jimmy Johnson Jr. – percussion
  • Gordon Worthy – keyboards


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 90


  1. ^ "Candy Girl by New Edition Songfacts". Retrieved 2012-01-10.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 27, 1983). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  3. ^ [1] Archived October 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Billboard 200 - April 14, 1984".
  • New Edition "Candy Girl" CD Liner Notes. 1983, Streetwise/Warlock Records.