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Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations

Album: Build Me Up ButtercupReleased: 1968Charted:
  • This was written by Mike D'Abo and Tony Macaulay. D'Abo was lead singer of Manfred Mann, and Macaulay was a successful songwriter who also wrote The Foundations hit "Baby Now That I've Found You" as well as songs by The Hollies, Andy Williams and The New Seekers.
  • David Essex, who was unknown at the time but went on to success with "Rock On," was offered this song, but he turned it down as he didn't like the title.
  • This was featured in the 1998 film There's Something About Mary. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England for all above
  • This was featured in the 2001 pilot episode of the spy drama Alias, "Truth Be Told," when Sydney Bristow's (Jennifer Garner) ill-fated boyfriend sings it on the campus lawn before he proposes to her.
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It's been learned that Clem Curtis, lead singer with the Foundations on their 1969 hit, "Baby Now That I Found You*" (#11 in 1968), has died from lung cancer. He was 76...
Born in Trinidad, Clem came to England when he was 15 and became a professional boxer. He joined a local group, The Ramong Sound as a backup singer but, after many changes he emerged as the lead singer and the group was now called the Foundations. Clem also sang lead on "Back On My Feet Again" (#59 in 1968), but left the group before their 1969 hit, "Build Me Up Buttercup"(where Colin Young sang lead; it peaked at #3)...
After a solo career, he went on to perform in musicals in London's West End...
May he R.I.P.
* Besides the above three records the group had two more Top 100 songs; "n The Bad, Bad Old Days" {#51} and "My Little Chickadee" {#99}, both in 1969...
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Thanks to Barry (Sauquoit,NY) for the info. Love it. Today (01-16-15) I heard this song on the radio again. And I swear that I too notice a wavering in the lead singer's voice on this song. I agree with Bubblesk (Memphis TN) on that. What caused it??? I'm not going batty am I?? No. Love this song. It is in my Dad' s record collection of 50s and 60s singles & that's where I heard it from when I grew up in the late 90s. I got the song on a later 60s hits compilation CD & the vocalist's wavering voice is still on there! Guess I'm not crazy after all. But then....... I also love their other big one, "Baby Now That I Found You". I wonder if any of The Foundations are still alive? The Sixties were way way way back there!Babbling Babette - Tulsa Ok
Build Me Up, Buttercup is also played at Angels Stadium during the seventh inning stretch. The fans sing along on the part that goes "Hey hey hey!"Howard - St. Louis Park, Mn
On February 16th 1969, "Build Me Up Buttercup" by the Foundations peaked at #3 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on December 29th, 1968 at position #84 and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 15 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
And on February 24th, 1969 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
After spending three weeks at #3 on the Top 100, it then fell to #4 and remained there for two weeks...
Their next biggest hit, "Baby, Now That I've Found You", just missed making the Top 10, it peaked at #11, and stayed there for three weeks before falling to #12.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
To the singer: seriously, dude, dump the b--ch!Cyberpope - Richmond, Canada
It was recently made into a musical by Tony Macauly. Great show, saw the premier in Cocoa Florida. Look for it.Jan - Villas, Nj
What a fab song from 1968! Loved it when I saw the movie "There's Something About Mary" too cause it brought back a lot of memories. Someone said the lead singer on the record sounds like his voice is shakey. So I listened to it on a CD compilation of Golden Oldies & it actually does sound strange. A kind of wavering in his voice. Or could it be just poor recording production? Guess we'll never know for sure. Does anyone out there know??? Anyway, I remember seeing photos & an article about The Foundations in Song Hits magazine back in 1968 and wondered if they were from England since their teeth looked so poorly. But I still love the song!Bubblesk - Memphis, Tn
OWWW! Love the Foundations & love this song from 1968! Is it just me or does the lead singer sound like he has a shakey voice or slight tremble to his vocalizations? Or could it be the production quality? Anyway, it's a terrific song & brings back a lot of good memories. It's just that question I still have all these years about the lead singer & that trembling vocalization.Elmer - Westville, Ok
Go to YouTube and do a search for Julia Nunes. She does a version of this on ukulele that I just absolutely love.Jim - Morgantown, Wv
love this song....it has also become attached with bpd (borderline personality disorder)....ie...emotional vampires...Rhett - North Bend, Wa
Interesting that the other memorable song, Baby Now that I've Found You was written by Mccauley who wrote this. They are both very catchy and have more meaning than the typical pop tune. In each the singer wants and needs the person sung about more than she needs him. Very cute the way they did a video of the whole cast, singing in various vignettes, this song at the end of There's Something About Mary. I especially like the cops! And the teenaged, blue-tuxedoed Ben Stiller!Rod - Gainesville, Fl
This song was also in Shallow Hal.Katy - Lyndon, Vt
I am 48 years old. My older sister bought this 45 single when it was first released in 1968-69'. It was on UNI records. I like it alot,a real bouncy tune. Every time I hear it. It takes me back to the first time I heard it. It is one of those timeless songs. They play it alot on your oldies stations. Is a bit sad that you only here this and "Baby Now That I've Found You" on the radio. They were a multi-racial UK group (The Foundations). The above column about David Essex (Rock On). Says he did "Easier Said Than Done" is wrong. That was done by a group called The Essex. Who were american. That is from the early 60's.Wayne - Salem, Va
I love this song, every time i hear it it gives me this picture of that T.V series little house on the pr airy.Mavis - Suva, Fiji
Try this - listen to Build Me Up Buttercup, then listen to Lit's Addicted. It's the same song written in a completely different tone.Mark - Augusta, Ga
I got a bet going, did William Shatner ever sing this song?Charles - Portland, In
This song was covered by The Goops. The Cover was used in the movie Mallrats. A music video for the cover was made which featured Jay and Silent Bob.Alex - Austin, Tx
There was a scene in a Red Dwarf episode, that this song was played for a musical montage type flashback -- it's been stuck in my head ever since!Cyberpope - Richmond, Canada
I agree with Pete from Australia. I also love seeing the cast of There's Something About Mary singin this song! I especially love seeing BRETT FAVRE OF THE GREEN BAY PACKERS sing along!!!!! Who knew he was a movie star too? (Ha ha!)Meredith - Wauwatosa, Wi
I love this song, I love 1968 tunes!!Sarah - Kennewick, Wa
During the 4th quarter of Badger games at the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium, they play this song. The student sections sing along, and the sound system always cuts the song off a few lines before the end, at which point the students all finish off the lyrics a cappella, usually in perfect unison. It's a trip to hear!Eric - Milwaukee, Wi
i love it too, loved it when the cast of Something about Mary , sang it at the endPete - Nowra, Australia
I just love this song. It's so cute!Caitlin - Upper Township, Nj
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