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

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