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

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