Song Lyric Sunday – The Candyman Can.

It’s been some time since I took part in the Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, in fact, it was even longer ago than I realised! I’ve not taken part since the 13th of February. Time flies by, it’s about time I took part again. It’s a fantastic challenge, hosted by Jim Adams.

The Last time I took part, the theme was songs that feature lyrics with the contractions of Can’t, Don’t, Shouldn’t, Won’t. 

Click on the link below to see my post:

This week the theme is Sweet, Honey, Sugar, Candy, Chocolate suggested by Angie of King Ben’s Grandma. 

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

So, in my usual way, I turn to a golden oldie rather than something that’s been in the charts recently. This one is probably a very obvious one considering the prompt and I probably won’t be the only one to choose this song but I had to choose it. It dates from 1971.

The sone, The Candyman, was written for the film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Anthony Newley had been a child actor in the UK and had also written songs and released singles and had been in the Rex Harrison version of Dr. Doolittle. He had also been married to the actress of Dynasty fame, Joan Collins. He co-wrote this song but was not happy with the version sung in the film and he released his own version shortly afterwards.

Then the following year, Sammy Davis Junior released his version of this song and it became a huge hit for him.

I tried to find these three versions for you so you can compare and contrast them.

I hope you enjoyed these contrasting versions. Oh, and if you are interested my favourite candy bar is called a Crunchy. I don’t know if that is available in the US, but it’s fantastic.

I hope you enjoy hearing this song again 🙂

I have included these word prompts:


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People are far too complicated to be able to describe in a few words so I am not even going to try.

15 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – The Candyman Can.”

    1. I didn’t realise until I did the research for this, that Anthony Newley wrote the song for the film and then Sammy Davis Junior had a hit with it afterwards. That’s the great thing about this challenge is you always learn something new. Thank you 🙂

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  1. Sammy’s version is fantastic.
    I have a Crunchy confession – I am so fascinated by dunking them into a cuppa. I don’t think you will approve because I know you a tea connoisseur….but I cannot help myself. My BAKE OFF goal is to try to make honeycomb. I bought myself a special mat to make it, but the instructions make it all sound very hazardous, so I am going to wait until Jack is back.

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    1. I have done something similar with Kit kats and also the australian chocolate bar, the Tim Tam 🙂 Yes, I’ve never made honeycomb but I think it involves hot temperatures and adding bicarbonate of soda to hot molten caramel. 🙂

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