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Album: The Best of Lynsey de PaulReleased: 1972Charted:
This was Lynsey de Paul's first single though not her first hit. Co-written with Barry Green, it was recorded on the MAM label with Lynsey on piano and her most sensuous vocal. The sheet music is copyright 1972 by Kirschner Music of London, and retailed for 20p.
The song plays out with a violin solo accompanying Lynsey's chorus. The B-Side, "Storm In A Tea Cup
," was recorded initially by The Fortunes.
Lynsey didn't start out as either a composer or performer; she was a successful commercial artist and was designing record sleeves when she decided to try her hand at songwriting. "Sugar Me" was written originally for Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, but she was asked to record it herself.
Barry Green, under the name of Barry Blue, had five Top 40 hits in the UK in the mid seventies including the #2 charting "(Dancing) On A Saturday Night."
This topped the singles charts in several European countries, including Belgium, The Netherlands and Spain.
Lynsey explained to the UK's Independent reporter Spencer Leigh how she came to record this song: "We wrote 'Sugar Me' for Peter Noone, but [manager] Gordon Mills heard my demo and thought it would a good single for me. There had been the massacre at the Munich Olympics and I was told that it would be better not to have a Jewish name. I took De from my mother’s maiden name, De Groot, and my father’s middle name was Paul."