The Archies Biography

Created for mass consumption by bubblegum-pop genius Don Kirshner (the man who gave us the Monkees), the Archies were the ultimate manufactured pop group. They existed on television and on their record sleeves as pure animations, based on the comic book characters of the same name. The voices behind the singing cartoon characters were vocalists Ron Dante (Carmine Granito, 22 August 1945, Staten Island, New York, USA), Toni Wine and Andy Kim, who were later called upon for touring purposes. Kirshner was astute enough to employ solid commercial writers of some standing, including Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. After several minor successes, the group released one of the biggest-selling singles in the history of RCA Records. ‘Sugar Sugar’ became a transatlantic number 1, hogging the top spot in Britain for over two months. Back in the USA, where the television series was extremely popular, the group enjoyed another Top 10 hit with ‘Jingle Jangle’ before suffering the sharp plunge into obscurity common to animated creations. Aside from the numerous compilation releases, their albums have been repackaged several times under different titles.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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