Sugar and Spice (The Searchers song)

"Sugar and Spice" is a 1963 song by Merseybeat band The Searchers written by Tony Hatch under the pseudonym Fred Nightingale.[1] It made number two on the UK charts (on Pye) and number 44 in the USA charts.[2][3]

"Sugar and Spice"
Single by The Searchers
from the album Sugar and Spice
B-side"Saints and Searchers"
Released22 October 1963
Format7" single
LabelPye 7N15566 (UK)
Liberty 55646 and 55689 (US)
Songwriter(s)Fred Nightingale
The Searchers singles chronology
"Sweets for My Sweet"
"Sugar and Spice"
"Sweet Nothins"

The composer and producer of "Sugar and Spice": Tony Hatch, had produced the precedent Searchers' single: a cover of the Drifters' "Sweets for My Sweet" which had afforded the Searchers a #1 UK hit. Hatch, having written "Sugar and Spice" on the template of "Sweets for My Sweet", pitched his original song to the Searchers as the work of an as-yet unknown songwriter named Fred Nightingale, as Hatch felt the group might be dismissive of the song if they knew it to be their producer's work.

The first line of the chorus "Sugar and spice and all things nice" references the nursery rhyme What Are Little Boys Made Of?, while the second line of the chorus is the title of the well-known Pete Seeger/ Lee Hays composition "Kisses Sweeter than Wine".

The Searchers recorded a German rendering of the song entitled Süß ist sie [1], and also the French rendering C'est De Notre Age. [2], released in both countries by French Record Label, Disques Vogue.

Covers included a hit for The Cryan' Shames, whose version was released in 1966 on the Chicago-based Destination label.[4] The song became a local and regional hit for the band and finally peaked at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[5] The Cryan' Shames' recording of the song was included on the influential 1972 compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968.[6]


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  5. ^ "Sugar & Spice (Warner) Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  6. ^ "Sugar and Spice The Cryan' Shames". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-15.