'Sweets For My Sweet' - Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman

'Sweets For My Sweet' - Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman

As 60s' music exploded onto the music scene, the bands of the day needed that elusive hit single to give them the chart success, national and international exposure. The Searchers, a talented Liverpool band, found themselves in this position.

When Pye recording manager, Tony Hatch, heard a demo recording of The Searchers, he visited Liverpool to watch them perform, which paved the way for a recording contract.

The song chosen for their first single on Pye was Sweets For My Sweet, written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. It was a little-known song which had been recorded by The Drifters with little success. The Searchers revamped the song introducing a strong Mersey-beat feel to it. It catapulted up the charts, reaching the coveted No 1 position in August 1963. The Searchers had arrived!!

Over the years several artistes have recorded Sweets For My Sweet but none of them can compare to The Searchers' version. It is as if the song belongs to them.

The Searchers, of course, recorded many brilliant hit singles, but Sweets For My Sweet was the one that they needed for the first hit, so holds a special place in the hearts of Searchers' fans.

Other songs by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, include 'Little Sister', 'Surrender', 'His Latest Flame', 'Teenager in Love' and 'Save The Last Dance For Me'.

~ Thanks to Dave Starrett