Monday, November 6, 2017

The Archies



I have had these two LP's since the early 1990s, glad I kept them as my Greatest 20 Hits CD is gone.
I didn't rip these, but might in the future, even if it has surface noise from being played a lot.

After I learned The Archies were sometimes placed as actual records on the back of cereal boxes you could cut out, I found the following pic.
Makes me wonder if it was 7 inch size, or bigger?
 



https://www.discogs.com/artist/292155-The-Archies
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Dante
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cuff_Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Archies

Took the following info from wikipedia - 
The fictional band's music was recorded by session musicians, featuring Ron Dante on lead vocals and Toni Wine on duet and backing vocals, and released as a series of singles and albums. Their most successful song, "Sugar, Sugar", became one of the biggest hits of the bubblegum pop genre that flourished from 1968 to 1973.

Production
A set of studio musicians was assembled by Don Kirshner in 1968 to perform various songs. The most famous is "Sugar, Sugar", written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim, which went to number one on the pop chart in 1969, sold over six million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
In Billboard's Hot 100, it was ranked as the number one song of that year, the only time a fictional band has ever claimed Billboard's annual Hot 100 top spot. Other Top 40 songs recorded by the Archies include "Who's Your Baby?" (U.S. #40), "Bang-Shang-A-Lang" (U.S. #22), and "Jingle Jangle" (U.S. #10). "Jingle Jangle" also sold over one million copies, garnering a second gold disc award.

Male vocals for the fictional Archies group were provided by The Cuff Links' lead singer Ron Dante and female duet vocals were provided by Toni Wine. Wine, who was only paid for the recording session and quit the group when the song became a huge hit, was succeeded in 1970 by Donna Marie, who in turn was replaced on the final recordings by Merle Miller. The only Archies song not to feature Ron Dante on lead was 1971's "Love Is Living In You", sung by Bob Levine (co-author of the song) and produced by Ritchie Adams. The last single, released 1972, was "Strangers in the Morning"; its B-side song was "Plum Crazy".

Discography
Music from the show was not only released on LP, but also sometimes on the backs of cereal boxes.
(Note: There are also many songs which were released only as part of broadcasts of their numerous TV series—not on singles or albums.[volume & issue needed]
The style of music from series to series tended to evolve as popular music tastes changed.)

Year - Album  - Record Label
The Archies
1968 The Archies -  Calendar Records
1969 Everything's Archie - Calendar Records @192
1969 Sugar Sugar  - RCA Victor
1969 Jingle Jangle -  Kirshner Records @128+192
1970 Sunshine -  Kirshner Records
1970 The Archies Greatest Hits  -  Kirshner Records
1971 This Is Love  -  Kirshner Records
1980 Drive The Boulevard - Morgan Music
1994  Sugar Sugar  - [Compilation] - Success  @320
1990 20 Greatest Hits - Black Tulip       
2008 The Archies Christmas Album - Fuel 2000 Records

Ron Dante
1970 Brings You Up - Kirshner           
1972 Ron Dante, The Webspinners - The Amazing Spider-Man: From Beyond The Grave, A Rockomic - Buddah Records   
1981 Street Angel - Handshake Records And Tapes               
2004 Saturday Night Blast - Artists Voice Records
2016 Anthology ?(2xCD, Comp) - Sunset Blvd Records [Compilation]

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