The Strangeloves were a garage rock trio based in New York City that became famous during the mid 1960s. Formed in 1964, the lineup consisted of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer who made up the famed team of songwriters and producers known as FGG Productions. As The Strangeloves, they had a string of mostly self-penned hits that included what would become this band's signature song, the frenetic, Bo Diddley-styled "I Want Candy" (1965). Prior to forming The Strangeloves, the trio had already scored hits for other bands and artists that included such oldies classics as The Angels' "My Boyfriend's Back" (1963).
The Strangeloves debuted in late 1964 on the Pop/Rock charts with "Love, Love (That's All I Want From You)," which became a minor hit. The band's fame took off the following year with "I Want Candy" which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became The Strangeloves' greatest hit. This smash was followed by two Top 40 hits: the hand-clapping "Cara-Lin" (1965) and the energetic "Night Time" (1966). Other hits included a cover of the Johnny Otis-penned "Hand Jive" (1966). The Strangeloves had their final chart entry in 1968 with "Honey Do" before disbanding later that year.
Feldman, Goldstein, and Gottehrer also had two minor hits in 1966 as The Sheep: "Hide & Seek" and "I Feel Good." With The Angels, they had another hit in 1965 credited to The Beach-Nuts, "Out In The Sun (Hey-O)." In addition, Feldman and Goldstein had two hits with "Because Of You" (1966, credited to Rome & Paris) and "Bubble Gum Music" (1969, credited to The Rock & Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Co. Of Philadelphia 19141).
- On December 4, 2018, Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer reunited as The Strangeloves for the first time in over 50 years to perform "I Want Candy," "Cara-Lin," and other hits at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, with backing provided by Yo La Tengo.
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- Cara-Lin 1965
- I Want Candy 1965
(This song later also became a hit for Bow Wow Wow (1982).)
- Night Time 1966
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