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.

5 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #274: ” THE CANDY MAN”- SAMMY DAVIS JR – JUNE 10, 1972

  1. While can’t claim to know the music of Sammy Davis, Jr., I always thought he was a great vocalist. And I’ve certainly heard more compelling tunes than “The Candy Man,” though I like the feel-good vibe – really sounds like a happy children’s song.

    I wonder whether your moderate rating could in part be explained by over-exposure. Unfortunately, when they keep playing the same song on the radio, it can ruin it. I don’t think “The Candy Man” had that kind of exposure in Germany at the time.

    To me, really great tunes hold up, even if you’ve heard them a million times. Others not so much. And while I would have given “The Candy Man” a higher rating, I can see the tune fall into that latter category.

  2. the streak of A-rated hits comes to an end.And rightfully so… though I’m with you on the idea that it brings back some good memories, even if the song is a little less than stellar.

    • Funny how often that happens- artist hates song has to have his arm twisted to record it- song becomes a huge hit.

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