Sweets for My Sweet

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"Sweets for My Sweet"
Single by The Drifters
from the album Last Dance For Me
B-side"Loneliness or Happiness"
ReleasedJuly 2, 1961
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
The Drifters singles chronology
"Please Stay"
(1961)
"Sweets for My Sweet"
(1961)
"Room Full of Tears"
(1961)
"Sweets for My Sweet"
Single by The Searchers
from the album Meet The Searchers
B-side"It's All Been a Dream"
ReleasedJune 1963
October 1987 (re-release)
Format7" single
GenreMerseybeat
Length2:31
LabelPye 7N15533[1]
Songwriter(s)Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman[1]
Producer(s)Tony Hatch[1]
The Searchers singles chronology
"Sweets for My Sweet"
(1963)
"Sugar and Spice"
(1963)

"Sweets for My Sweet" is a song written by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman,[2] originally recorded by The Drifters.

The Drifters version[edit]

The group's first single featuring Charlie Thomas on lead vocal, "Sweets for My Sweet" reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 10 on the R&B chart, in October 1961.[3] This was one of the few post-1958 Drifters singles that did not feature a string section. The song has a strong piano and bongo- led Cuban-style cha-cha rhythm. It also featured Jimmy Radcliffe and four female backup vocalists, all of whom would later have hit records, Cissy Houston, Doris Troy, Dionne Warwick, and Dee Dee Warwick. The recording also features an up in front piano provided by the song's co-writer, Mort Shuman. Other musicians on the recording included George Barnes and Allan Hanlon on guitar, Abie Baker on bass, Ed Shaughnessy and Gary Chester on drums and Bobby Rosengarden and Ray Kessler on percussion.[4]

C.J. Lewis version[edit]

"Sweets for My Sweet"
C.J. Lewis-Sweets for My Sweet.jpg
Single by C.J. Lewis
from the album Dollars
Released1994
Format
Genre
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
C.J. Lewis singles chronology
"Sweets for My Sweet"
(1994)
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)"
(1994)
Music video
"Sweets for My Sweet" on YouTube

In 1994, British reggae singer C.J. Lewis reached number three in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and New Zealand with his remake of "Sweets for My Sweet". The song was produced by Phillip Leo, as also produced Lewis' debut album, Dollars. The female vocals are performed by singer Samantha Depasois.

Critical reception[edit]

Music & Media wrote about the song: "The Searchers 1963 classic is completely reworked in a dead trendy ragga version, which is so cheerful that you can't believe storms and depression ever existed. Nobody will be surpised that it's heavily played on Bay Radio/St. Julian's on holiday island Malta."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

In addition to reaching number three on the UK Singles Chart, "Sweets for My Sweet" also had big success in New Zealand, peaking at number three for two weeks. After debuting at number six, it then spent a further impressive 10 consecutive weeks inside the top 10. After dropping to number 11 the following week, it return to number six. Six weeks later after fluctuating around the top 40, it returned for one final week in the top 10, at number 10. At the end of 1994, the song was ranked number six on New Zealand's year-end chart. "Sweets for My Sweet" was also a top-ten hit in Austria, Belgium, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The track also charted in Australia and Germany.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Sweets For My Sweet" was directed by Jerome Redfarne.[6]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[29] Platinum 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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