Quick trivia question: Which was the only comics-related record to hit Number One for the entire year? “Hey Jude”? Not even close!
The biggest hit in comics history is â€œSugar Sugarâ€!
Weâ€™ve had songs about comic book characters and songs by the cartoonists themselves. But this is a first! A song BY comic book characters.
It was 1969 and the biggest hit of that entire year, beating out such timeless songs like â€œHonky Tonk Womenâ€ by the Rolling Stones and â€œHairâ€ by the Cowsills, was â€œSugar, Sugarâ€ by The Archies. The Archies? Who knew that Archie could sing? Who dreamed that Reggie could play guitar? Who thought Betty would ever master the tambourine?
But this wouldnâ€™t be DJ David Bâ€™s comics tunes if we brought you a popular record that the public has heard a million times before. So we dug deep into our archives to present this very, very rare recording by the late Sydney Greenstreet (1879-1954), co-star of such classic films as The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca.
Iâ€™ll bet youâ€™ve never heard â€œSugar Sugarâ€ sung like this before!
— C. Yoe (in the funny papers)