George Morgan performs “Candy Kisses” On Country Style USA 1958.

Reached number # 1 on the lists on April 2, 1949, for three weeks. They sold more than two million copies, and it was the first and only number one of George Morgan's career.

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Candy Kisses:

EP cover George Morgan ( Columbia 1953 )
EP cover George Morgan ( Columbia 1953 )

Song written and recorded by George Morgan, for the Columbia label, was recorded on January 16, 1949, in Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Ave. North, Nashville, TN, was accompanied on the recording by, George Morgan [vocal], Grady Martin [lead guitar], Zeb Turner [guitar], Billy Robinson [steel], Ernie Newton [bass], Tommy Jackson [fiddle]. With the production of Art Satherley, released at the beginning of February 1949, it reached number # 1 on the lists on April 2, 1949, for three weeks. They sold more than two million copies, and it was the first and only number one of George Morgan’s career.

The song was included for the first time in George’s first album, In Memory Of Mister Nice Guy (Mountain Laurel Records 1950), in 1953, it is included in an EP, George Morgan (Columbia 1953), and in 1957, in the first LP of studio that records with Columbia, Morgan, By George! (Columbia 1957).

Story behind the song:

The song was developed one day in 1947 while George was on his way to work during his time on WWST radio as a talent early in the morning. During his trip, he buzzed next to the engine of his car while thinking of an ex-girlfriend with whom he had just broken. He had the song more or less thought in twenty minutes. In December 1948, Morgan got a record deal and signed with Columbia. Records. Just two weeks later, he was hired as a vocalist to replace Eddy Arnold in the Grand Ole Opry. Morgan debuted there on September 25, 1948, and remained for the next 27 years. At the age of 24, Morgan recorded “Candy Kisses” for Columbia Records in January 1949 and the song jumped to number one on the best-selling popular charts, where he stayed for three weeks. At the end of the year, “Candy Kisses” sold more than 2 million copies. The song was so significant for Morgan that she even called her first daughter, Candy. George Morgan, is the father of the country singer, Lorrie Morgan.

More than 30 versions of the song have been made.

Lp George Morgan ( Columbia 1957 )
Lp George Morgan ( Columbia 1957 )

Some versions :

Cowboy Copas 1949
George Morgan 1949
Red Foley 1949
Elton Britt & The Skytoppers 1949
Bud Hobbs with His Trail Herder 1949
Slim Whitman 1958
Gary Buck 1959
Hank Locklin 1963
Kitty Wells 1968

George Morgan – Candy Kisses Lyrics

Candy kisses wrapped in paper mean more to you than any of mine
Candy kisses wrapped in paper you’d rather have them any old time
You don’t mean it when you whisper those sweet love words in my ear
Candy kisses wrapped in paper mean more to you than mine do dear

I build a castle out of dreams dear I thought that you were building too
Now my castles all have fallen and I am left alone and blue
Once my heart was filled with gladness now there’s sadness only tears
Candy kisses wrapped in paper mean more to you than mine do dear

Single George Morgan ( Columbia 1949 )
Single George Morgan ( Columbia 1949 )

Miquel Batlle
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