I Want Candy (Re-Recorded / Remastered) (2:42)

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“I Want Candy” is a song written and originally recorded by The Strangeloves in 1965 that went to number 11 in the United States. It is a famous example of a song that uses the Bo Diddley beat (see Bo Diddley).

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“I Want Candy” was written by Bert Berns, Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer in 1965. As writer/producers, Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer had already scored big hits for other artists, including “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Angels. For this song, the trio took on the moniker of The Strangeloves, and recorded the tune themselves, augmented by studio musicians (co-writer Berns was not involved in the studio recording).

The female vocal half screaming half singing “Baby!” in the middle was an unknown session singer.

Although Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer used their real names in the writing and production credits of this single, they claimed The Strangeloves were actually three Australian brothers (and ex-sheep farmers) named Giles, Miles and Niles Strange. Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer dressed up in shaggy wigs and exotic clothing for publicity photos as The Strangeloves.

“I Want Candy”, The Strangeloves’ second single, became a top 10 hit in Canada and hit #11 in the US. The record failed to chart in the UK—or in The Strangeloves’ so-called “native” country, Australia.


“I Want Candy” has been covered numerous times by other artists since The Strangeloves’ original recording.

In the UK, the song first hit the UK Singles Chart in 1965, covered by Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, who took it to number 25.[1]


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