Sweets For My Sweet

Album: Greatest Hits (1963)
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  • This song was written by Mort Shuman and was originally recorded by The Drifters in 1961. The Searchers' version, which was produced by Tony Hatch, climbed to the top of the UK charts following an appearance on the Merseybeat edition of the TV show Thank Your Lucky Stars.
  • The songwriter Mort Shuman commented on the Searchers cover in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "Well, they got the words wrong - it's 'Your tasty kiss,' not 'Your fair sweet kiss' - but I thought it was fine. They had a different sound to the Drifters but it wasn't necessarily inferior. It was so infectious and that is all you wanted from those singles."
  • This song was later recorded by Tina Charles and CJ Lewis, who both also had UK hits with it.
  • This was featured in the 1988 film Buster. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 7, 1961, the Drifters were one the acts to appear in concert at the Forum in Wichita, Kansas...
    At the time their original version of "Sweets For My Sweet" was at #28 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, four weeks later it would peak at #16 {for 1 week} and it spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #10 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1954 and 1966 the group had thirty-six Top 100 records; five made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Save the Last Dance for Me", for three weeks in 1960...
    Besides "Save the Last Dance for Me", their four other Top 10 records were "There Goes My Baby" {#2* for 1 week in 1959}, "Up On The Roof" {#5 in 1963}, "On Broadway" {#9 in 1963}, and "Under The Boardwalk" {#4 in 1964}...
    * The week "There Goes My Baby" peaked at #2, the #1 record for that week was "A Big Hunk O Love" by Elvis...
    Note: The other acts appearing at the Wichita concert were The Platters, Del Shannon, Brook Benton, U.S. Bonds, Dee Clark, the Cleftones, and Curtis Lee {WOW!!!, must have been a great concert}.
  • Eric from ValenciaName me one New Zealandesque rock'n'roll band known beyond New Zealandesaque shores and I'll eat my knees.
  • Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumI love The Searchers version of this song, I have a cd with all their hits and it starts with this song; its very TOP. It's written by Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus who wrote many beautiful songs like "Save the last dance for me".
  • Noel from Christchurch, New ZealandThe Searchers version was the best as was a lot of British groups at that time . Another song buy the Searchers was Twist & Shout They were no. 2 Beatles no. 1 With their version. Remember The USA market was always a hard market to crack as they would only let certain groups in at any one time to keep rock & roll theres1 but when all said and done ROCK AND ROLL was world wide right from 1956, even down in Australia & New Zealand Noel Martin NZ.
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