“Sugar Don’t Bite” Performed by Sam Harris (1984)

October 5, 2009


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Sam Harris – Sugar Don’t Bite (1984) Peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Oklahoman Sam Harris is a Motown male vocalist in from Eighties era. This is a bit out of my area of knowledge since I sort of shut down on Pop music in the Eighties. Basically it was pretty much crapolla IMHO (as were the clothes and hairstyles). Other than spending hours and hours listening to the Prince and Bob Marley catalog I decided soon in the Eighties that the early Rock and Roll, Pop and Soul music was the best and my Oldies love affair began full throttle.

But a history of Motown would be incomplete if I didn’t touch upon a few of the artists that came along after the “Golden Age,”  so let’s start the ball rolling with the super talented performer Sam Harris.

Long before there was “American Idol”  hosted by Ryan Seacrest there was “Star Search” hosted by Ed McMahon (not the mediocre “Star Search” reprise hosted by Arsenio Hall ;-(). I watched religiously as did most of America and so I certainly knew Sam Harris.

Sam was the first winner of “Star Search” who won everyone over with his version of “Over The Rainbow” as seen here in this 1984 clip from the show.

Motown then  swooped Sam up and signed him to a record deal.  Only two LPs were done on him with one hit record from each set and then before you know it he was off to live life after Motown — just like that.

Here is the promotional video for the biggest hit of Sam’s Motown career.  Leave it to Motown to take a great ballad singer and try to turn him into a typical Eighties pop travesty so that he would fit into the MOR category of the times.

Now in case you thought that you were getting your melodies confused — yes the 1985 Madonna song “Papa Don’t reach” sounds just like this song! But have no fear because according to Sam,  the writers of the song  Donna Weiss and Bruce Roberts,  sued Madonna and won! So it came out ok in the end.

Sam is doing just fine making his living singing. Trust he still has pipes that just won’t quit.

You may keep up with his doings by following his blog Sam Harris.Com and his SamTube.com YouTube Page.

The Blog The A.v. Club also has a nice interview with Sam from 1998.  Good reading.

Musically Yours,

sondanyr2

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