This posting is actually a comment from Dr. Steven Farram in response to a previous article about song titles with the word, sugar. I searched and found some vinyl covers.
In the 1960s many original songs from the West were translated from English to local Asian languages and dialects; the lyrics may differ in meaning but music and rhythm are retained. These 3 song samples are only a few of them.
Thanks, Steven for the support. Your expertise is always welcome.
Thanks for mentioning the Wilson Pickett song Sugar Sugar. I had never heard it and had to look it up. It is actually a version of The Archies song, but a more mature version.
It's great. Girl band The Teepees, from either Singapore or Malaysia, did a version of the same song (following The Archies style) in Malay. They called it Perchaya-Lah (Believe It). It was on an EP on the Eagle label.
And both Nancy Sit and Lara and The Trailers did versions of Nancy Sinatra's Sugar Town. Both of them sing it in Chinese.
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