The Sugar Shoppe came together in Toronto as a studio project in 1967. Peter Mann had relocated from New York and met up with Laurie Hood, who was in her last year of a scholarship at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music.
They also teamed up with Lee Harris (who had three years of vocal training), and London, Ontario native Victor Garber who was acting in the University of Toronto's Hart House and moonlighting in coffeehouses around Toronto.
At the time of the band's inception Mann had re-arranged Bobby Gimby's anthemic song "Canada" which they released as their inaugural single in 1967 on Yorkville Records. They had one more single for Yorkville in 1967 called "The Attitude" which was also included on the 'Yorkville Evolution' compilation album.
From there they moved to Capitol Records for a full-length self-titled album in 1968. The song 'Skip-A-Long Sam' was released as a single in August 1968. It reached #73 on the RPM Top singles chart. In November 1968 "Privilege" was released and only reached #93 on the same chart.
Sugar Shoppe would finally move to Epic Records in 1969 briefly to release a version of Laura Nyro's "Save the Country" which managed to crack the RPM Top 50 Adult Contemporary chart in November 1969 reaching #37. The band folded in 1970.
Laurie Hood would go on to take an office job with Toronto Sound Studio working for Terry Brown and Doug Riley. She eventually became a well-respected session singer for the likes of Klaatu ("California Jam" and "Juicy Luicy"), Shooter, Myles And Lenny (along with Sugar Shoppe bandmate Lee Harris), and eventually for such luminaries as Anne Murray in the '80's; Victor Garber would find fame as a stage and screen actor starring in the hugely successful 1996 Hollywood blockbuster film 'Titanic' and in the television series 'Alias' among others; Manning went on to form Tundra who were signed to A & M Records in the early '70s.
with notes from David Bradley and Laurie Hood.
Canada/Thoroughly Modern Millie (Yorkville) YV-45009
1967 Ca-na-da [mono]/Ca-na-da [stereo]
The Attitude/If I Were A Carpenter (Yorkville) YV-45015
Skip-A-Long Sam/Let The Truth Come Out (Capitol) 2233
Privilege/Poor Papa (Capitol) 2326
Save The Country/Easy To Be Hard (Epic) 5-10517
The Sugar Shoppe (Capitol) ST-2959
"The Attitude" on 'Yorkville Evolution' (Yorkville) YVM-33001
cut on 'Back To Cool' (Capitol) SL-6673
"If I Were A Carpenter" on 'CTV's After Four' (Yorkville) YVM-33003
"Easy To Be Hard" on 'Happening Sounds!' (Columbia) CSPS-392
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