Sugar Me (Lynsey de Paul song)

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"Sugar Me" is a song written by Lynsey de Paul and Barry Green.[1] The first version of this song to be released was recorded by de Paul as her first single on MAM Records in 1972. It was produced by Gordon Mills and the B-side was de Paul's version of "Storm in a Teacup", a song she had co-written and had been a hit for The Fortunes earlier that year.[2] The single was a hit in many countries, notably reaching the top of the singles charts in the Netherlands (where it stayed for five weeks),[3] Belgium, Sweden and Spain as well as the top 20 in the UK, Australia, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Japan. It also reached the no. 1 position on the Bangkok HSA charts in October 1972, and was play listed on some (WERS-FM, KCRW, KFAI, WPKN etc) US radio stations.[4] It also received favourable reviews in the United States,[5][6] and was listed as being among the best 5 singles of 1972 by Cashbox.[7][8] "Sugar Me" was ranked the 14th best selling single of 1972 in the Netherlands,[9] and 80th best selling single of 1972 in the UK.[10] It entered the Netherlands Digital Top 100 on the 5 October 2014, just after De Paul died. The version on de Paul's debut album, Surprise, was a re-recorded and slightly extended version that featured a longer solo by violinist Johnny Van Derek and was produced by de Paul.[11] "Sugar Me" was re-released as a single in 1977 backed with "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" on the MAM label to tie in with the release of her Eurovision Song contest entry "Rock Bottom".[12]

The song has been recorded by many other artists, notably Nancy Sinatra, as a non-LP single,[13] and received positive reviews[14] (more recently it appeared as the lead track on the CD album How Does It Feel), Claudine Longet on her album Sugar Me.[15] The song was also covered by actress Abigail on her 1973 self-titled album.[16] Later it was covered by Dutch group Gigantjes,[17] Belgian female trio "Candy",[18] Nydia Caro (both as a single and also as a track on her 1978 album),[19][20] Esmaye on her album Elements in Me,[21] plus singer-songwriter Nasia Christie who released her version of "Sugar Me" as her first single produced by Brian Canham from Pseudo Echo in 2007.[22] There has also been a rock version of the song performed by the German group Gwen Stacey, on their 1989 EP "Sugar Me".[23] More recently, it has been recorded by Papernut Cambridge,[24] Italian artist, LIM[25][26] and Karl Jonas on his 2016 album, In a Gilbert Play.[27]

In 1973, Klaus Wunderlich performed an instrumental version of "Sugar Me" as a medley with "Standing in the Road",[28] originally by Blackfoot Sue. This version was sampled for the song "Certified" by Guru on his 2000 album Guru's Jazzmatazz, featuring Bilal on vocals and de Paul received co-writing credits.[29] The track was also released as a single with various remixes.[30] This version of the song also appeared on the album Rap History 2000[31] and also on the 2007 CD Sound Maeuvers by DJ Mitsu The Beats, DJ Mu-R, where it is entitled "Certified/Sugar Me",[32] as well as on the 2016 CD Mr.Beats a.k.a. DJ Celory J Dilla Mix Pt. 2.[33]

The de Paul album version of "Sugar Me" is featured as the first song in the movie Cut Snake,[34] and it is performed by Austrian actress Sophie Rois in the German comedy film La série" aka "Fräulein Phyllis.[35] It was also featured in the 1980 Russian movie Тростинка на ветру (Reed in the Wind).[36]


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  2. ^ "Lynsey De Paul - Sugar Me / Storm In A Teacup - MAM - UK - MAM 81". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  3. ^ "LYNSEY DE PAUL - SUGAR ME". Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  4. ^ Billboard, October 7, 1972
  5. ^ Cashbox, 30 September, 1972
  6. ^ "Full text of "Cash Box"". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  7. ^ page 32, 30 December 1972, Cashbox
  8. ^ "Cash Box Magazine" (PDF). December 30, 1972. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Bijzondere lijst: Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1972". Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  10. ^ "Top 100 1972 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Lynsey De Paul - Surprise". Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Lynsey De Paul - Sugar Me". Discogs. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Nancy Sinatra - Sugar Me (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  14. ^ Cashbox, 28 July 1973
  15. ^ "Claudine Longet - Sugar Me (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  16. ^ "Abigail (13) - Abigail". Discogs.
  17. ^ "Gigantjes - Sugar Me (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  18. ^ "Candy (11) - Sugar Me (CD)". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  19. ^ "Nydia Caro - Sugar Me (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  20. ^ Cash Box, February 18, 1978
  21. ^ "Esmaye - Elements In Me (CD, Album)". 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  22. ^ "Nasia Christie". 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  23. ^ "Gwen Stacey - Sugar Me". Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  24. ^ "Papernut Cambridge - Nutlets 1967-80 (Vinyl, LP)". 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  25. ^ "LIM (13) - Comet (Vinyl)". 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  26. ^ "√ L I M, la cover di "Sugar me" per Red Bull Next Sounds - video". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  27. ^ "Karl Jonas - In A Gilbert Play (Lp) | Shiny Beast Music Mailorder". Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  28. ^ "Klaus Wunderlich - Hits Again 3". Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  29. ^ "Guru - Guru's Jazzmatazz Streetsoul". Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  30. ^ "Guru's Jazzmatazz* Featuring Bilal - Certified". Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  31. ^ "Dejoe - Rap History 2000". Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  32. ^ "DJ Mitsu The Beats, DJ Mu-R - Sound Maneuvers". Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  33. ^ "Mr.Beats a.k.a. DJ Celory - J Dilla Mix Pt. 2". Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  34. ^ "A jail duo reunite with ugly consequences". 23 September 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  35. ^ "Fräulein Phyllis". 17 December 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  36. ^ [1][dead link]