Toni Wine

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Toni Wine (born June 4, 1947 in Washington Heights, New York City, United States)[1] is an American pop music songwriter, who wrote songs for such artists as The Mindbenders ("A Groovy Kind of Love"), Tony Orlando and Dawn ("Candida"), Elvis Presley, and Checkmates, Ltd. ("Black Pearl") in the late 1960s and 1970s. Wine also sang the female vocals for the cartoon music group The Archies, most notably on their #1 hit song "Sugar, Sugar"[2] (singing the line, "I'm gonna make your life so sweet.") However, she did not sing the lead vocal in the song "Jingle Jangle", but her voice is quite prevalent in the chorus; the lead was sung by Ron Dante using his falsetto voice.[3] In addition, Wine was a backing vocalist on Gene Pitney's "It Hurts to Be in Love" and on Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind."


In 1963, Toni Wine had a nationally charted single with "My Boyfriend's Coming Home For Christmas". It reached #22 on Billboard's "Best Bets For Christmas" survey. She cowrote The Shirelles' early 1964 mid-chart hit "Tonight You're Gonna Fall in Love With Me".

Wine attended the Juilliard School of Music, where she studied piano. She worked as a songwriter for Screen Gems Publishing, where she collaborated with several other artists before teaming up with Carole Bayer Sager. They wrote the song "A Groovy Kind of Love," which was recorded by The Mindbenders in 1966 (after the group split with Wayne Fontana) and reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. She also recorded as a solo artist in this period.[4]

Wine became a member of The Archies in 1969, along with Andy Kim, Ellie Greenwich, and Ron Dante. In 1970 she co-wrote "Candida", which she recorded with Linda November and Tony Orlando.[4] This was followed by "Knock Three Times", which also became a major hit.[5]

After moving to Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, record producer Chips Moman, Wine continued to write and record songs and work as a session singer.[4] For over 30 years she was one of the voices of Meow Mix Cat Food, sharing with Linda November on the "meow, meow, meow, meow."

In 2007, Wine toured and appeared in concert with Tony Orlando, as vocalist and keyboardist.[6] She performed the same function in Orlando's 2011, 2014 and 2016 tours.

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  1. ^ "Toni Wine". 1947-06-04. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  2. ^ "Toni Wine : Songwriter Interviews". 2007-05-08. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  3. ^ "Interview With Ron Dante". 2004-10-09. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  4. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Toni Wine Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Linda November and Artie Schroeck (contains clips of singing)" (audio). Ronnie Allen Show. December 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Toni Wine Biography". Retrieved 2016-08-19. 

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