THE 100% REAL ARCHIES SESSIONOGRAPHY: 1968-2008



THE ARCHIES
Are they FANTASY or REALITY?

The unexpected answer: They've been fantasy throughout most of their four-decade existence, but once upon a time in the 1960s, they were very much reality!  The information contained in this unprecedented sessionography proves it! Let's leave those animated Archies behind for a while and focus on the tremendous talents behind the short-lived studio group.

Believe it or not, a clash of egos brought The Archies into existence. The late Don Kirshner, CEO of the prestigious Screen Gems publishing group, was largely responsible for turning The Monkees into a multimedia phenomenon. His red-hot stable of songwriters and producers paved a path to the top of the charts for Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith. Amazingly, Kirshner's reward was job termination in early 1967, the aftermath of company politics gone sour and creative differences with the group. That convoluted Monkees story has been told elsewhere in great detail; no need to rehash it here.

When Kirshner heard that Archie Comic Publications and Filmation Studios were launching an animated Archie TV series, he made it his business to get involved. The shrewd dealmaker convinced all concerned that the new show'd be a surefire smash with a Rock 'n' Roll soundtrack. Hadn't The Beatles' 1966-67 run as animated rockers proved as much? Kirshner had his way, and true to his prediction, The Archies struck gold (and platinum) after he secured the assignment to market and publish their music. From the Fall of 1968 to the Spring of 1971, their candy-coated version of Garage Rock stormed radio airwaves in the United States, England, Canada, South Africa, Scandinavia and many other places around the globe.

Don Kirshner's legendary "golden ear" notwithstanding, the major figures in the Archies story are the musicians he hired. These are the folks who brought comic book favorites to life on vinyl. Up until now, most of their names have been shrouded in mystery. You can actually find entries in Rock history books that list Archie, Betty, Jughead, etcetera, as the musicians on Archies records! What shoddy scholarship, and what an insult to the many great talents involved. Should superb musicianship be hidden forever behind a cartoon image? Not hardly! Listed below, for the first time anywhere, is session information for every song recorded and released by The Archies between the years 1968 and 2008.


RON DANTE
Lead Singer for THE ARCHIES

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Jeff Barry and Toni Wine
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran and Gus Mossler
Recorded at RCA Studio A
New York City
July 1968*

WYB1-1077
Everything's Archie
(Jeff Barry)

WYB1- 1078
unreleased

WYB1- 1079
unreleased

WYB1- 1080
unreleased

WYB1- 1081
Love Light
(Jeff Barry)

WYB1- 1082
You Little Angel, You
(Jeff Barry)

WYB1- 1083
Truck Driver
(Jeff Barry)

WYB1- 1084
(Ain't No Doubt About It) I'm In Love
(Jeff Barry)

WYB1- 1085
Seventeen Ain't Young
(Jeff Barry)

WYB1- 1086
Boys And Girls
(Jeff Barry)

WYB1-1087
Bang-Shang-A-Lang
(Jeff Barry)

WYB1- 1088
Catchin' Up On Fun
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)
This song was covered by The Love Generation,
a group signed to Imperial Records.

WYB1- 1089
Circle Of Blue
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

WYB1- 1090
Hide And Seek
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

WYB1- 1091
Ride! Ride! Ride!
(Jeff Barry)

*RCA Victor (now part of Sony Music) was the distributor for Calendar Records, The Archies' record label. Herman Diaz, Jr. was a legendary music producer who headed RCA Victor's Latin music division. He produced Harry Belafonte's classic "Banana Boat Song" and all of Pérez Prado's hits including "Mambo Number Five". When RCA executives assigned him A & R supervision over The Archies, it was a signal that they anticipated lots of commercial dance music from the group! They wouldn't be disappointed, either. Writer/producer Joel "Jeff Barry" Adelberg, mentored by the legendary Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, came to the Archies project after a string of smash hit songs and productions for The Monkees, Neil Diamond and other acts. Carmine "Ron Dante" Granito, formerly of The Detergents, was an ex-Screen Gems Music songwriter as well as an in-demand jingle singer and background vocalist. Richard "Ritchie Adams" Ziegler (formerly of the '50s Doo-Wop group The Fireflies) and Mark Barkan were veteran Brill Building songwriters; Barkan penned most of Lesley Gore's big hits.


RON FRANGIPANE

RON FRANGIPANE
Keyboard player for THE ARCHIES

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Jeff Barry and Toni Wine
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran and Gus Mossler
Recorded at RCA Studio A
New York City
July 1968*

WYB1- 5711
Time For Love
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

WYB1- 5712
Hot Dog!
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

WYB1- 5713
Don't Touch My Guitar!
(Jeff Barry)

WYB1- 5714
Kissin'
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)
Built around the lullaby "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" 
which dates back to the 1700s.

WYB1- 5715
La Dee Doo Down Down
(Jeff Barry)
cameo vocal by Jeff Barry

WYB1- 5716
You Make Me Wanna Dance
(Jeff Barry)

WYB1- 5717
Rock 'n' Roll Music
(Jeff Barry)
duet vocal by Jeff Barry

*This session and the preceding one produced the soundtrack songs for the 1968-9 "Archie" cartoon series. That season featured "Bang-Shang-A-Lang" and "Truck Driver", both sides of the first Archies single. The majority of songs was issued on Calendar Records' 1968 album The Archies, while the remaining seven ("Love Light", "You Little Angel, You", "Circle Of Blue", "Hot Dog", "Don't Touch My Guitar", "Kissin'" and "Rock And Roll Music") appeared on its 1969 follow-up, Everything's Archie. Those album versions sometimes differed from the telecast versions, as would be the case with future releases. Also at these sessions, eighteen minute-long novelty dance numbers were recorded, written by either Jeff Barry or Ritchie Adams and Mark Barkan. During the first season of “Archie,” these dances were used as preludes to the cartoon music videos. They were never issued on vinyl. An album demo exists containing fifteen of these unreleased songs in monaural mixes:

TYB1-1077-K-1
Do The Hamburber Hop
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

Do The Veronica Walk
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

Do The Banana Split
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

Do The Milk Shake
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

Do The Betty
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

Do The Fly Ball*
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

Do The Drag
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

Do The Touchdown
(Jeff Barry)

Do The Angel
(Jeff Barry)

Do The Grundy
(Jeff Barry)

Do The Surfer
(Jeff Barry)

Do The Stick Shift
(Jeff Barry)

Do The Rocket Ship
(Jeff Barry)

Do The Weatherbee
(Jeff Barry)

Do The Indian
(Jeff Barry)

*"Do The Fly Ball" was never broadcast on the TV series. 
Missing from this demo are "Do The Bubble Gum", "Do The 
Jughead" and "Do The Beanie", all Jeff Barry compositions.


JEFF BARRY
Producer and Bass Singer for THE ARCHIES

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Jeff Barry
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio A
New York City
November 1968*

WYB1- 8073
Feelin' So Good (SKOOBY-DOO)
(Jeff Barry-Andy Kim)
cameo vocal by Jeff Barry
This song became a Northern Soul hit
for Geno Washington + The Ram Jam Band
in a 1972 cover version.

*Soundtrack recording for "The Archie Comedy Hour" (1969-70) began with this session. "Feelin' So Good" b/w "Love Light" was released as the second Archies single. Both songs appeared on the 1969 Calendar Records album Everything's Archie. Andrew "Andy Kim" Joachim was a successful singer/songwriter whose first hits were cut for Jeff Barry's Steed record label.

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Jeff Barry and Toni Wine
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio A
New York City
January 1969*

XYB1- 3906
Melody Hill
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

XYB1- 3907
Bicycles, Roller Skates And You
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

XYB1- 3908
Sugar, Sugar
(Jeff Barry-Andy Kim)
cameo vocal by Toni Wine
Successful cover versions of "Sugar, Sugar"
were recorded by Wilson Pickett, UK group
Sakkarin, Reggae artist Duke Baysee
and Latin rockers El Chicano.

*This session produced The Archies' blockbuster third single, "Sugar, Sugar" b/w "Melody Hill." According to songwriter Mark Barkan, the famous "pour your sugar on me" line was added to "Sugar, Sugar" at a later session. Every song listed appeared on Calendar Records' 1969 album Everything's Archie. Toni Wine was a former Screen Gems Music songwriter and veteran session singer with "A Groovy Kind Of Love", "Candida" and numerous other hit compositions to her credit. Singing comedian Ray Stevens reportedly added hand-clap percussion to "Sugar, Sugar".

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Jeff Barry and Toni Wine
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio A
New York City
Early 1969*

XYB1- 3949
Upside-Down, Inside-Out
(Jeff Barry-Andy Kim)

*"Upside-Down, Inside-Out" (also known as "Inside-Out, Upside-Down") 
appeared on the 1969 Calendar Records album Everything's Archie. 
It may have been slated for release as a single.

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Jeff Barry and Toni Wine
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio B and C
New York City
Mid-1969*

XYB1- 3960
You Know I Love You
(Jeff Barry)
This song is somewhat similar to "But You Know I Love You", 
written by Mike Settle and recorded the previous year by 
Kenny Rogers + The First Edition

XYB1- 3961
Señorita Rita
(Jeff Barry)

XYB1- 3962
Whoopie-Tie-Ay-A
(Jeff Barry)

XYB1- 3963
Archie's Party
(Jeff Barry)
duet vocal by Toni Wine

*By the time the material recorded at this and the next two sessions 
was released, Don Kirshner had changed the name of his record 
label from Calendar to Kirshner. Every song listed appeared on the 
1969 Kirshner Records album Jingle Jangle.

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Jeff Barry and Toni Wine
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio B and C
New York City
Mid-1969*

XYB1- 4118
Get On The Line
(Jeff Barry)
cameo vocal by Toni Wine
This song was covered by Glam
Rock band The Sweet.

*"Get On The Line" was recorded for and featured on Filmation's Saturday afternoon TV special "Archie and His New Friends". It aired in September 1969. This rousing choral rocker was originally slated to be the follow-up single to "Sugar, Sugar". Instead, it led off Side Two of the 1969 Kirshner Records album Jingle Jangle. The telecast version differs slightly from the album mix. A dynamite instrumental version surfaced in the 1970s, heard in the opening and closing credits of a foreign-release version of the "The Archie Comedy Hour".


TONI WINE
Duet and Background Singer for THE ARCHIES

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Jeff Barry and Toni Wine
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Recorded at RCA Studio B and C
Engineered by
Mike Moran
New York City
Mid-1969*

XYB1- 4177
She's Putting Me Through Changes
(Ron Dante-Richard Kim Milford)

XYB1- 4178
Jingle Jangle
(Jeff Barry-Andy Kim)
duet vocal by Toni Wine
cameo vocal by Jeff Barry

XYB1- 4179
Everything's Alright
(Ron Dante)

XYB1- 4180
Sugar And Spice
(Gene Allan-Ron Dante)

XYB1- 4181
Look Before You Leap
(Gene Allan-Ron Dante)

XYB1-4182
unreleased

XYB1- 4183
Justine
(Jeff Barry)

XYB1- 4184
Nursery Rhyme
(Jeff Barry-Andy Kim)
cameo vocal by Toni Wine
This is one of several known songs built around the 18th 
century nursery rhyme "Diddle-Diddle-Dumpling, My Son John". 
 Another is the 1961 Country hit "Sleepy-Eyed John" by Johnny Horton.

*Soundtrack recording for "The Archie Comedy Hour" was completed at this session. It was Toni Wine's last before quitting the group. This date also produced the first Archies single mixed to stereo, "Jingle Jangle" b/w "Justine". "Nursery Rhyme" b/w "You Little Angel, You" was released as a single in foreign territories; the telecast version of the former tune differs in its album mix. In 1987, "Sugar And Spice" would grace the flipside of a British dance remix of "Sugar, Sugar". Ron Dante's regular songwriting partner Gene Allan Schachter was, like him, a Screen Gems music veteran. The late Richard "Kim" Milford, co-writer of "She's Putting Me Through Changes", was the brother of actress Penelope Milford, Ron Dante's wife at the time. Every song listed appeared on the 1969 Kirshner Records album Jingle Jangle.

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante and Donna Marie
with Jeff Barry, Bobby Bloom, Leslie Miller, 
Susan Morse and Maeretha Stewart
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio B
New York City
January 26, 1970*

ZYB1- 4816
Who's Your Baby?
(Jeff Barry-Andy Kim)
cameo vocal by Jeff Barry

*"Who's Your Baby?" was recorded for and featured on a prime time TV special called "The Archie/Sugar, Sugar/Jingle Jangle Show", which aired in March 1970. Coupled with "Señorita Rita", it was also issued as The Archies' fifth single. The single and telecast versions differ slightly. Ron Dante reports that numerous takes of "Who's Your Baby?" exist; a stereo mix has never been released. The song appeared on the 1970 Kirshner Records album The Archies' Greatest Hits. Donna Marie (real name: Marie Ladagona) had previously recorded singles for Columbia and Gateway Records. The late Bobby Bloom scored a massive hit with "Montego Bay"(produced by Jeff Barry) and co-wrote "Mony Mony" with Tommy James.  Background singer Susan Morse was in the original Broadway cast of the rock musical Hair. Both Leslie Miller and Maeretha Stewart were much-in-demand background vocalists of the 1960s and '70s.

Ron Dante
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio C
New York City
May 1970*

ZYB1- 5719
How Do You Know?
(Jeff Barry-Andy Kim)

ZYB1- 5720
Let Me Bring You Up
(Jeff Barry-Andy Kim)

*This session produced Ron Dante's first solo single for the Kirshner label, mixed and released in monaural sound. Rare promo copies of "Let Me Bring You Up" b/w "How Do You Know?" feature a mix that differs from the commercial release. 
Both songs appeared in stereo on the 1970 Kirshner Records album Ron Dante Brings You Up.

CHUCK RAINEY

CHUCK RAINEY
Bass player for THE ARCHIES

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Jeff Barry and Bobby Bloom
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio C
New York City
May 1970*

ZYB1- 5745
Waldo P. Emerson-Jones
(Jeff Barry-Andy Kim)
This song was covered by UK Pop
group Pickettywitch.

ZYB1- 5746
It's The Summertime
(Jeff Barry-Andy Kim)

ZYB1- 5747
A Summer Prayer For Peace
(Jeff Barry)
duet vocal by Jeff Barry

ZYB1 - 5748
Sunshine
(Jeff Barry-Bobby Bloom)
cameo vocal by Bobby Bloom

Every song listed appeared on the 1970 Kirshner Records album Sunshine. This was the last session at which Jeff Barry cut soundtrack material for the cartoon series. Bobby Bloom sings background and plays percussion (possibly piano as well). The single recorded at this session and the next, "Sunshine" b/w "Over And Over", was edited down to a shorter playing time and mixed to mono. Except for promo copies, it was the last Archies single released in monaural sound. In early 1971, another single would be pulled from this date: "A Summer Prayer For Peace", whose North-American flipside was the Ritchie Adams/Ron Dante production "Maybe I'm Wrong." In South Africa and several Scandinavian countries, "Summer Prayer" was a chart-topper.


BOBBY BLOOM
Percussionist and Background Singer for THE ARCHIES

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Jeff Barry and Bobby Bloom
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran and Art Polhemus
Recorded at The Hit Factory
New York City
May 1970*

ZYB1- 5775
Over And Over
(Jeff Barry-Ron Dante)

*"Over And Over" appeared on the 1970 Kirshner Records album Sunshine. Jeff Barry was recording Bobby Bloom's debut album at the Hit Factory around this time, and this Archies session may have been booked there for convenience's sake.



GARY CHESTER
Drummer for THE ARCHIES

Ron Dante
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio C
New York City
May/June 1970*

ZYB1- 5784
Lovin' Lady
(Ron Dante-Richard Kim Milford)

ZYB1- 5785
Sweet Taste Of Love
(Jamie Carr-Ron Dante)

ZYB1- 5786
Go Where The Music Takes You
(Ron Dante-Howie Greenfield)

ZYB1- 5787
Games
(Ron Dante)

ZYB1- 5788
A Million Voices
(Ron Dante)

ZYB1- 5789
Muddy River Water
(Gene Allan-Ron Dante)

ZYB1- 5790
Don't Let Love Pass You By
(Ron Dante)

ZYB1- 5791
Jo Anna
(Ron Dante-Kim Milford)

ZYB1- 5792
Mister Sun
(Ron Dante)

ZYB1- 5793
C'mon, Girl
(Jamie Carr-Ron Dante)

*Occasional Ron Dante co-writers William "Jamie" Carr and Howard "Howie" Greenfield were both former Screen Gems Music writers and associates of Don Kirshner. Carr was a solo artist signed to Kirshner Records, and Greenfield was the lyricist for many Pop hits dating back to the 1950s. Most of the songs produced by Jeff Barry for the Harlem Globetrotters(another Kirshner act) were Howie Greenfield/Neil Sedaka compositions. These Ron Dante sessions probably took place over the course of a week. At a later date, "C'mon, Girl" was overdubbed with a string and woodwind arrangement conducted by Ron Frangipane. Dante supervised the remixing, and the newly orchestrated track was issued as a single. Every song listed appeared on the 1970 Kirshner Records album Ron Dante Brings You Up. Recording information for Ron Dante's debut album appears in this sessionography because it overlapped with the recording of The Archies' Sunshine LP.

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio C
New York City
June 1970*

ZYB1- 5902
Who's Gonna Love Me?
(Gene Allan-Jeff Barry-Ron Dante)

ZYB1- 5903
Suddenly Susan
(Gene Allan-Jeff Barry-Ron Dante)

ZYB1- 5904
Love And Rock 'n' Roll Music
(Gene Allan-Jeff Barry-Ron Dante)

*In foreign territories, "Who's Gonna Love Me?" appeared as the flipside of the "Summer Prayer For Peace" single. Every song listed appeared on the 1970 Kirshner Records album Sunshine.


NEIL BRIAN GOLDBERG
Lead, Background Singer and Producer for THE ARCHIES

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Neil Brian Goldberg
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
A Jeff Barry Enterprises Production
Arranged and Produced by
Neil Brian Goldberg
Associate Producer:
Ron Dante
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
George Klabin and Mike Moran
Recorded at Sound Ideas Studios
New York City
June 1970*

ZYB1- 5936
Mister Factory
(Nancy Cal Cagno-Neil Brian Goldberg)

ZYB1- 5937
Dance!
(Nancy Cal Cagno-Neil Brian Goldberg)

ZYB1- 5938
Comes The Sun
(Nancy Cal Cagno-Neil Brian Goldberg)

ZYB1- 5939
One Big Family
(Nancy Cal Cagno-Neil Brian Goldberg)

*Songs for "Archie's Funhouse", the 1970-71 edition of the cartoon series, were cut at this and subsequent summer sessions. These were the last soundtrack recordings for Filmation Studios produced under Jeff Barry's auspices. Except for "Oh, Sweet Suzy", an update of the Stephen Foster classic "Oh! Suzannah", every title was arranged, produced and written by Neil Brian Goldberg (although Ron Dante remembers doing the vocal arrangements). The name of Jeff Barry's wife Nancy Cal Cagno appears in the songwriter credits for publishing purposes. Goldberg, a one-time Cameo-Parkway recording artist, was a staff songwriter and producer for Jeff Barry's Steed label. The remaining 28 tracks that he produced for The Archies have never been issued commercially, but all 32 can be heard on a DVD box set of "Archie's Funhouse" episodes released by Classic Media in 2008. For more in-depth information see my Neil Brian Goldberg profile. Every song listed appeared on the 1970 Kirshner Records album Sunshine; the telecast version of "One Big Family" includes an instrumental break edited out of the album mix.


DONNA MARIE
Duet Singer for THE ARCHIES

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante and Donna Marie
with Jeff Barry, Leslie Miller, Merle Miller 
and Susan Morse
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Produced by
Jeff Barry
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio C
New York City
August 1970*

ZYB1- 5968
Together We Two
(Jeff Barry-Andy Kim)

*This was the final Archies recording session produced by Jeff Barry, as well as Donna Marie's last recording with the group. "Together We Two" b/w "Everything's Alright" was the last charting Archies single in the United States. "Together We Two" appeared on the 1971 Kirshner Records album This Is Love. Background singer Merle Miller would later become a founding member of Bette Midler's background vocal group The Harlettes.

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Leslie Miller, Merle Miller and Susan Morse
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Conducted by
Ritchie Adams
Produced by
Ritchie Adams and Ron Dante
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio C
New York City
Late 1970*

ZYB1- 6465
Don't Need No Bad Girl!
(Ritchie Adams-Alan Lee Gordon)

ZYB1- 6466
Maybe I'm Wrong
(Ritchie Adams)

ZYB1- 6467
Easy Guy
(Ritchie Adams-Bob Levine)

ZYB1- 6468
What Goes On?
(Ritchie Adams-Alan Lee Gordon)

ZYB1- 6469
Should Anybody Ask
(Ritchie Adams-Bob Levine)

ZYB1- 6470
Throw A Little Love My Way
(Gene Allan-Ron Dante)
cameo vocal by Merle Miller

ZYB1- 6471
Carousel Man
(Ron Dante-Rob Gengo)

ZYB1- 6472
Hold On To Lovin'
(Gene Allan-Ron Dante)

*Every song listed appeared on the 1971 Kirshner Records album This Is Love. The late Alan Lee Gordon co-wrote the Rock 'n' Roll standard "Happy Together" as well as other hits with his regular writing partner Gary Bonner. Bob Levine was a sometime member of the Super K stable of Bubblegum Rock writers; he recorded a single for Mercury Records called "Bad Girl". Rob Gengo later co-wrote material for the 1975 cult album Spider Man: Rock Reflections of a Super Hero.

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Leslie Miller, Merle Miller and Susan Morse
A & R Supervision for RCA Victor by
Herman Diaz, Jr.
Arranged and Conducted by
Ritchie Adams
Produced by
Ritchie Adams and Ron Dante
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Mike Moran
Recorded at RCA Studio C
New York City
Early 1971*

AYB1- 4518
This Is Love
(Ritchie Adams-Bob Levine)
cameo vocal by Merle Miller

AYB1- 4519
This Is The Night
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

AYB1- 4520
Little Green Jacket
(Ritchie Adams-Mark Barkan)

*"This Is Love" b/w "Throw A Little Love My Way" was the eighth Archies single. The songs co-written by Mark Barkan date from 1968 and the earliest Archies record dates; Jeff Barry-produced versions may exist. Every song listed appeared on the 1971 Kirshner Records album This Is Love.

PHIL CODY

PHIL CODY
Songwriter (and lead singer?) for THE ARCHIES

The Archies
featuring Bob Levine???
Arranged and Conducted by
Joe Renzetti???
Produced by
Ritchie Adams???
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Unknown engineer
Studio unknown
New York City
Mid-1971*

AYKM- 6117
Love Is Living In You
(Phil Cody-Bob Levine)

*There is no information for this Archies session in the RCA/Sony Music archives. It may not be a commercial record date at all, but a demo session whose product was issued as a finished master. For years, Ritchie Adams was erroneously believed to be the lead singer.  Arranger Joe Renzetti believes it was Neil Brian Goldberg, but neither he nor NBG remember being at the session. Singer/songwriter Phil Cody was signed to Kirshner Records at the time, which would explain how Don Kirshner had access to one of his demos. When he decided to release "Love Is Living In You" as an Archies single, Kirshner probably assigned Ritchie Adams the task of overdubbing it; Joe Renzetti says the prominent autoharp heard on the track isn't something he'd have put in a musical arrangement. Recently, claims that co-writer Bob Levine was the lead singer have surfaced. The vocalist sounds very much like Phil Cody, but Cody refuses to discuss The Archies! The whole truth about this release may be known someday. Mixes in both mono and stereo exist.

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante
with Merle Miller
Arranged and Conducted by
Jimmy “Wiz” Wisner
Produced by
Ron Dante
Executive Producer:
Don Kirshner
Engineered by
Eliot Scheiner
Recorded at A & R Recording
New York City
April 5-12, 1972*

BYKS-4713
Strangers In The Morning
(Ron Dante-Howie Greenfield)

BYKS-4714
unreleased

BYKS-4715
Plumb Crazy
(Ron Dante)

*This was the final record date and the final single recorded by the original Archies group. Ron Dante recalls Jimmy Wisner (favorite music director of Tommy James) conducting a large studio band at the session.

The Archies were inactive from 1972 to 1974. Then in September 1974, Filmation Studios revived the group in a new animated series called "US of Archie." The songs they performed were thematic compositions based on events in American history; copyrighted titles include "Alexander Graham Bell," "Fulton's Steamboat", "The Giver", "The Great Divide," "His Light Helped Light The Way", "Horace Mann", "Long Wave Old Glory" and the "US of Archie" theme song. The main songwriters were Norm Prescott and (writing under his wife's name, Yvette Blais) Ray Ellis. Ellis, a key figure in early Rock 'n' Roll, had written incidental music for the original Archie cartoon shows. Music production was handled by Jackie Mills, best known for his work with Bobby Sherman, Davy Jones and The Brady Kids; the sessions were held at Larrabee Sound in North Hollywood. Tom McKenzie, formerly of the Doodletown Pipers, was the lead singer. The series ran for just one season (1974-5), and then was syndicated. Two of the sixteen episodes, "The Great Divide" and "Mr. Watson, Come Here" were issued on a 1975 Peter Pan soundtrack album, but the "US of Archie" songs never got an official release. For that reason, they fall outside the scope of this discography.


KELLY-LYNN as VERONICA



DANI KNIGHTS as BETTY
Lead and Background Singers for the 21st century ARCHIES

The Archies
featuring Ron Dante,
Kelly-Lynn and Dani Knights
A Ron Dante Production
Arranged and Engineered by
Ted Perlman and Scott Erickson
Produced by
Ron Dante
Recorded at The Ranch and Westlake Audio,
Los Angeles
June/July 2008*

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Here Comes Santa Claus
(Gene Autry-Oakley Haldeman)

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Up On The Housetop
(Benjamin Russell Hanby)

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Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
(Johnny Marks)

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A Holly Jolly Christmas
(Johnny Marks)

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Jingle Bell Rock
(Joe Beal, Jim Boothe)

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
(Tommy Connor)

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Run, Rudolph, Run 
(Marvin Lee Brodie-Johnny Marks)

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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
(Fred Coots-Haven Gillespie)

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
(Ralph Blane-Hugh Martin)

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Sleigh Ride
(Leroy Anderson-Mitchell Parish)

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Archie's Christmas Party
(Ron Dante)

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Christmas In Riverdale
(Ron Dante)

*Every song listed appeared on a 2008 Pendulum Records CD called The Archies' Christmas Album featuring Betty + Veronica. The chance to cut a holiday-themed album brought the Ron Dante-led Archies group back into the recording studio for the first time in 36 years. The backing band was led by '70s Pop legend Bo Donaldson. Kelly-Lynn Federman is a Christian artist and frequent session singer on Disney music projects. South African emigrée Danielle van Zyl (Dani Knights) is an aspiring Country singer. No matrix numbers are available for the tracks. No singles were released from these sessions.


HUGH McCRACKEN
Lead Guitarist for the original ARCHIES

Confirmed Archies Musicians (1968-72):

JOEL "JEFF BARRY" ADELBERG . . . percussion
DAVE APPELL . . . guitar
BOBBY BLOOM . . . percussion
GEORGE DEVINS . . . percussion
SAL DiTROIA . . . guitar
RON FRANGIPANE . . . keyboards
AL GORGONI . . . guitar
CESARIO "GARY CHESTER" GURCIULLO . . . drums
HUGH McCRACKEN . . . lead guitar
RUSSELL GEORGE . . . bass
NEIL BRIAN GOLDBERG . . . guitar
JOEY MACHO . . . bass
TRADE MARTIN . . . guitar
HAROLD "RAY STEVENS" RAGSDALE . . . percussion
CHUCK RAINEY . . . bass
HILLIARD "BUDDY" SALTZMAN . . . drums
DAVID SPINOZZA . . . guitar
DON THOMAS . . . guitar

Archies Christmas Album Musicians:

ROBERT WALTER "BO" DONALDSON . . . keyboards
GEORGE EISAMAN . . . guitar
SCOTT ERICKSON . . . keyboards
BILL HAARBAUER . . . drums
TED PERLMAN . . . guitar, keyboards
TIM PIERCE . . . guitar
RICHARD KEITH THIBODEAUX . . . bass*

*"Ricky" Keith Thibodeau is an actor as well as a musician. As a child, he portrayed Little Ricky on the "I Love Lucy" TV series.

REAL ARCHIES RECORDING SESSIONS

Sessionography Annotated and Compiled by
DC Hampton Jacobs
Researched by Claudia Depkin and Parris Bowe
at RCA/BMG (Sony Music) Entertainment Archives,
New York City

Thanks to
Mark Chadbourne, Dan Giddings, Craig Harmon,
Phil X. Milstein, Tom Mourgos, Ciro Oliva,
Laura Pinto (The Pineapple Princess!),
Doyle Tatum and Donny Thompson

Special Thanks to Jeff Barry, Ron Dante,
Donna Marie Clauss, Neil Brian Goldberg,
Tom McKenzie, Susan Morse and Joe Renzetti

Dedicated to the memory of
Keith Davideit and Don Kirshner