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"
Released July 2, 1961
Genre Soul, R&B, pop
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
The Drifters singles chronology
"Please Stay"
"Sweets for My Sweet"
"Room Full of Tears"
"Sweets for My Sweet"
Single by The Searchers
from the album Meet The Searchers
B-side "It's All Been a Dream"
Released June 1963
October 1987 (re-release)
Format 7" single
Genre Merseybeat
Length 2:31
Label Pye 7N15533[1]
Writer(s) Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman[1]
Producer(s) Tony Hatch[1]
The Searchers singles chronology
"Sweets for My Sweet"
"Sugar and Spice"

"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. 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]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 72–3. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ "Doc Pomus - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 173. 
  4. ^ "IN THE CAN : FEBRUARY 1961". Members.home.nl. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 153. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "The McCoys - You Make Me Feel So Good (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 186. 
Preceded by
"(You're The) Devil in Disguise" by Elvis Presley
UK Singles Chart number-one single (The Searchers version)
8 August 1963
Succeeded by
"Bad to Me" by Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas