Andy Kim has sold over 30 million records and is a member of the Song Writers Hall of Fame, two achievements that can’t be overlooked. Additionally, he’s penned “Sugar, Sugar” and “Rock Me Gently”; two of music’s most memorable songs from the 1960s and ’70s, respectively.
Hopes to see the Canadian transplant on tour in New York came to an abrupt halt when headliner, Kevin Drew, encountered some trouble with immigration. The two were scheduled to perform at the Bowery Ballroom on April 3rd.
“I so looked forward coming back to New York,” says Kim, who spent his early recording years there and was scheduled to tour with Kevin Drew, a fellow Canadian musician who helped found the Toronto-based music collective Broken Social Scene. “Somehow or another, his working papers just got lost in the ether and they sent it somewhere else and they couldn’t retrieve it and it’s down to the final hour, so the show had to be postponed.”
Without a tour to promote, Kim recalled how he was able to make a splash in the highly talented music pool on the 1960s: with the help of a young American disc jockey named Scott Shannon.
“I wrote the song, produced it. I was hoping that someone would pick it up. No one did,” says Kim. “We started getting some interest here [in Canada] but nothing in the US. Then all of a sudden, Scott Shannon gives give a career beyond careers.”
Listen to Scott Shannon’s full interview with Andy Kim below.