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This song was written by Jon Stroll and Bobby Weinstein, who recorded as the short-lived duo Weinstein & Stroll. "Sweet Cream Lady" is a slang term for a prostitute, which is clearly the subject of the song: "They will love you in the darkness, and refuse to recognize you in the light. Tell the socialites to look the other way." (thanks, Robert - Citrus Heights, CA)
This novelty song was the first single released from Dimensions, which was the Box Tops last studio album. Tommy Cogbill and Chips Moman took over production duties for the album from Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. The Box Tops lead singer was Alex Chilton, who went on to form Big Star.
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