Forgotten Favorites #31: When A Cover Outperforms The Original
In 1963, The Ronettes release what would become one of their signature songs, “Baby I Love You”. The tune hit #24 for the group. Just six years later, it would be re-recorded by another artist, who turned it into a Top Ten hit.
In 1969, “Baby I Love You” became the first Gold Record for Andy Kim, who would later hit #1 in Billboard with “Rock Me Gently”. But did you know that in ’69, Andy Kim had even bigger chart success with a song he co-wrote? A song that was performed by a band that didn’t really exist? The tune that he co-wrote with Jeff Barry was credited to The Archies, and part of their animated series on CBS. Here’s what you may not have known: Among the myriad vocalists on “Sugar Sugar” are Ron Dante, Andy Kim, Jeff Barry, Toni White, and Carole King (yes, the Carole King) – and there were others, too. ”Sugar, Sugar” stayed on top of the charts for four weeks, and was the #1 song of the year in 1969.
So for today’s Forgotten Favorite, we’ll happily give you some great performance footage of Andy Kim’s “Baby I Love You”, one of those rare instances where the cover outperformed the original. And, just for fun, we’ll throw in “Rock Me Gently” and “Sugar, Sugar” as well.
Baby I Love You – Andy Kim, 1969
Rock Me Gently – Andy Kim, 1974
Sugar, Sugar – The Archies, 1969