Sugar and Spice (The Searchers song)

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"Sugar and Spice"
Single by The Searchers
B-side "Saints and Searchers"
Released 1963
Format 7" single
Genre Merseybeat
Label Pye 7N15566 (UK)
Liberty 55646 and 55689 (US)
Writer(s) Fred Nightingale
The Searchers singles chronology
"Sweets for My Sweet"
"Sugar and Spice"
"Sweet Nothins"

"Sugar and Spice" is a 1963 song by Merseybeat band The Searchers written by Tony Hatch under the pseudonym Fred Nightingale.[1] It made number two on the UK charts (on Pye) and number 44 in the USA charts.[2][3]

A chorus "Sugar and spice and all things nice" contains a reference to a nursery rhyme What Are Little Boys Made Of?.

Covers included a hit for The Cryan' Shames, whose version was released in 1966 on the Chicago-based Destination label.[4] The song became a local and regional hit for the band and finally peaked at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[5] The Cryan' Shames' recording of the song was included on the influential 1972 compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968.[6]


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  2. ^ "The Searchers". British Invasion Bands. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  3. ^ "The Searchers...". Liverpool Beat. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Band History Part One". The Cryan' Shames Official. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  5. ^ "Sugar & Spice (Warner) Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Sugar and Spice The Cryan' Shames". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-15.