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Andy Kim

Andy Kim enjoyed major success on the pop charts as a singer, songwriter, and producer in the 1960s and '70s before experiencing a career resurgence in the new millennium. Born Andrew Youakim, he was the son of Lebanese expatriates who had settled in Montreal, Canada and run a grocery store. As a youngster, Youakim developed a passion for music, and when he turned 16, he left home with just $40 to his name, heading to New York City with a dream of breaking into the music business. He cut a few singles for several labels with no particular success before he met the noted songwriter and producer Jeff Barry who, with Ellie Greenwich, had penned several major hits for Phil Spector. Barry was impressed enough with a song the young man had written, "How'd We Ever Get This Way," to sign him to Steed Records, a label run by Barry. Youakim streamlined his name to Andy Kim and "How'd We Ever Get This Way" became a Top 20 hit in the United States and Canada in 1968. That same year, Barry was one of the writers and producers brought in to make music for the Archies, a fictive rock group appearing in an animated television series based on the popular comic book series. With Barry, Kim co-wrote two of the Archies' biggest hits, "Sugar Sugar" and "Jingle Jangle," and he also sang on some of the Archies' sessions, though Ron Dante was the primary lead vocalist for the "group." In 1969, Kim scored another solo hit, "So Good Together," and the following year he hit the Top Ten with a cover of "Baby I Love You," which Barry had co-written for the Ronettes. In 1974,, Kim rose to the top of the Billboard charts with the single "Rock Me Gently," but despite this success, his brand of simple, well-scrubbed pop, influenced both by bubblegum and the Brill Building songwriters, was falling out of favor; this would prove to be his last major hit in the United States. Believing his image and reputation were holding him back, Kim released an album in 1980 under the name Baron Longfellow; it was a modest success, and a second Longfellow album, Prisoner by Design, followed in 1984. However, it was in 1995, when Kim appeared at the Kumbaya Festival in Toronto (an annual fundraising event for AIDS charities) that he met Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies and discovered that a member of Canada's biggest group was a longtime Andy Kim fan. It was through Robertson that Kim learned he was held in high esteem by many noted Canadian musicians, and Kim found himself writing songs with Robertson and Ron Sexsmith, as well as appearing on-stage with Canadian indie rockers Broken Social Scene. In 2005, Kim, who has long been involved in charity work, launched the Andy Kim Christmas Show, an annual fundraising concert held at Toronto's Mod Club, in which Kim is joined on-stage by a number of Canadian pop stars ranging from Luke Doucet to Alex Lifeson of Rush, to perform seasonable material. In 2010, Andy Kim returned to the recording studio and released a comeback album, Happen Again, which included some of the songs he'd written with Robertson and Sexsmith. Kim's connection to Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew stayed strong through the years, and eventually the two collaborated on an album. The resulting It's Decided had a strong indie rock influence and featured contributions from Dave Hamelin of the Stills, John McEntire of Tortoise (and a multitude of other projects), and Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think. The album was released by Arts & Crafts in early 2015. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Andy Kim

    Sailing Away

    Sailing Away
    1 song

    Super '70s

    Super '70s
    1 song

    Classic Hits

    Classic Hits
    2 songs

Albums by
Andy Kim

Top Songs by
Andy Kim

  1.   Song
  2.   Rock Me Gently
  3.   Baby I Love You
  4.   How'd We Ever Get This Way
  5.   Sunday Thunder
  6.   Baby While You're Young
  7.   Gee Girl
  8.   This Is the Girl
  9.   You Girl
  10.   Do You Feel It, Too?
  11.   Love the Poor Boy
  12.   To Be Continued
  13.   I Want You
  14.   Let's Get Married
  15.   You Got Style
  16.   Mary Ann
  17.   Longest Time
  18.   Prologue/Who Has the Answers?
  19.   A Love Song
  20.   So Good to Have You Here
  21.   All in the Name of Steinem
  22.   Wonderful You
  23.   I Wonder If I Care as Much
  24.   This Guy's in Love with You
  25.   I Got to Know
  26.   Walkin' My La De Da
  27.   Oh, Pretty Woman
  28.   Sunshine
  29.   You Are My Everything
  30.   Fire Baby, I'm on Fire
  31.   And I Will Sing You to Sleep
  32.   Hang up Those Rock' N Roll Shoes
  33.   So Good Together
  34.   Shoot 'Em Up, Baby
  35.   If I Were a Carpenter
  36.   Rainbow Ride
  37.   Why Can't I
  38.   Please Be True
  39.   Judy Garland
  40.   It's Emotional
  41.   Didn't Have to Tell Her
  42.   Heaven Without a Gun
  43.   Resurrection
  44.   Who Came First
  45.   Sail On
  46.   Love Is
  47.   I Forgot To Mention
  48.   Love That Little Woman
  49.   Ordinary Kind of Girl
  50.   Mr Music Man
  51.   I Found Her
  52.   Here Comes the Mornin'
  53.   Love Has Never Been My Friend
  54.   Just Like Your Shadow
  55.   Foundation of My Soul
  56.   Sister OK
  57.   The Oh, Oh, Song
  58.   Forest Green
  59.   Good Good Mornin'
  60.   Someday
  61.   Pretty Thing
  62.   (I've) Been Here Before
  63.   Happen Again
  64.   I'll Be Loving You
  65.   Without You
  66.   This Is Me
  67.   3 Days In Heaven
  68.   Nobody's Ever Going Anywhere
  69.   Baby You're All I Got
  70.   By the Time I Get to Phoenix
  71.   Songs I Can Sing Ya
  72.   Circus
  73.   Rock Me Gently Part II

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