Billboard #1 Hits: #274: ” The Candy Man”- Sammy Davis Jr. June 10, 1972. #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Candy Man”- Sammy Davis Jr
- Record Company-MGM
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
- Time: 3:10
- B-side:”I Want To Be Happy”
- Album-Sammy Davis Jr. Now
- Grade: C
- Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
In the summer of 1972 it seemed like this was the song of the summer- every time I turned the radio on for even a brief period of time changes are you’d heard “Candy Man.” Odd that three Rat Packers had big late career hits with songs that we kind of so-so. Dean with “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.”- Frank with ‘Strangers In The Night” and Sammy [pound for pound one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century}- with Candy Man. I don’t think its very good but it brings back good memories and I liked Sammy – so I can’t give it anything lower than a C. Sammy did get a Grammy-nomination for Best Male Vocal Performance. The song originally appeared in 1971 in the movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.