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

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