Andy Kim Elected to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

Andy Kim is the newest member of the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.

Kim will be honored for his career and music achievements during the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Neill Dixon, the president of Canadian Music Week, said "Andy Kim’s contributions to the Canadian and international music community are truly remarkable in his 50+ year career. As a former recipient of the Indie Award for Favorite Solo Artist during Canadian Music Week, we are so proud to have him as part of the CMW alumni and are thrilled at his induction into the Hall of Fame."

Kim was born Andy Youakim in Montreal, Quebec, although his year of birth (1946 or 1952) is on ongoing controversy. He moved to New York and released his first single, I Loved You Once, in 1963 on United Artists Records but it was five years before he hit mainstream success. The single How'd We Ever Get This Way?, released in 1968, reached number 9 in Canada and 21 in the U.S. He followed with two more minor hits that same year in the U.S. that didn't chart in Canada, Shoot 'Em Up Baby (1968 / #31 U.S.) and Rainbow Ride (1968 / #49 U.S.).

Outside of his own records, Andy and Jeff Berry co-wrote the song Sugar Sugar in 1968 which went on to be one of the biggest records of the year in 1969 for the cartoon band The Archies (voiced by Ron Dante).

Over the next two years, Kim had two hits with songs from the catalog of the Ronettes, Baby, I Love You (1969 / #9 U.S. / #1 Canada) and Be My Baby (1970 / #17 U.S. / #6 Canada) but his biggest hit came in 1974 when he hit the top of the charts in both the U.S. and Canada with Rock Me Gently. He returned to the Canadian charts again in 2004 after the Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson talked him into coming out of retirement with I Forgot to Mention (2004 / #10 Canada).

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