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.
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."
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.
In 1963, "Sweets for My Sweet" became the debut single for Merseybeat band The Searchers, reaching number one on the UK Single Chart for two weeks that August. The Searchers' version was also issued in the US in the spring of 1964, but failed to chart.
In the UK, Tina Charles remade "Sweets for My Sweet" in 1977 in tandem with "Love Bug". The track was included on her album Rendezvous and issued as a single reaching #26; however the single edit only featured one chorus from "Sweets for My Sweet" at its close.
In 1975, the British band Magnum released it as their first single.
Frank Alamo helped popularise the yé-yé style of music in France. His hit records included "Biche ô ma Biche" ("Sweets for My Sweet")