Singer-songwriter Andy Kim, the son of Lebanese immigrants, was born Andrew Joachim in Montreal on December 5, 1952. He was still a 16 year old high school student when he adopted “Andy Kim” as his stage name and released his first hit, “How’d We Ever Get This Way?” in 1968. That single was followed by nearly a dozen more chart makers, from “Shoot ‘Em Up, Baby” and “So Good Together” to a pair of Ronettes remakes: male versions of the girl group classics “Be My Baby” and “Baby I Love You.” The former sold a million; the latter earned Andy a Juno Award as Canada’s “Top Male Vocalist.” All of the above were released in the U.S. on the Steed label.
Kim worked quite a lot with writer-producer Jeff Barry. In the summer of 1969, they co-wrote “Sugar, Sugar,” which became not only a #1 hit for The Archies but also the RIAA Record of the Year. (Although few knew it, Ron Dante, the lead singer of The Archies, had a second single in the Top 10 at the very same time — as Ron also recorded as The Cuff Links (“Tracy”). Kim and Barry went on to write additional songs for The Archies, The Monkees and others.
In 1974, Andy signed with Capitol and scored a #1 million-seller right out of the box with “Rock Me Gently.”
In 2009 Andy Kim was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
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