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"Sugar", also known as "That Sugar Baby o' Mine", is a popular song by Maceo Pinkard, his wife Edna Alexander and Sidney D. Mitchell. Recorded by Ethel Waters on February 20, 1926, it soon achieved chart success. The song is not to be confused with a 1927 song titled "Sugar", written by Jack Yellen, Milton Ager, Frank Crum and Red Nichols. The song has been recorded by numerous artists, and is considered a jazz standard. Artists that have recorded the song include Adrian Rollini, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Fats Waller, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Kenny Davern, Ralph Sutton, The Manhattan Transfer, Linnzi Zaorski, and Lee Wiley. Vic Damone enjoyed chart success with the song in 1953 reaching the No 13 spot. 


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Have you heard 
What I've done, 
Found a word, 
Just the one, 
That takes the place of one I used to call 
Baby doll! 
It ain't new, 
It ain't old, 
But if you'll do 
What you're told, 
You'll find the answer if you take a look 
In Mr. Webster's dictionary book. 
The name is sugar! 
I call my baby my sugar, 
That is the reason why, maybe, 
That sugar baby is mine! 
I'm shoutin' 'bout him, 
Funny, he doesn't spend any money, 
All he can lend me is honey, 
That he can send anytime! 
I'd make a million trips 
To his lips, 
If I were a bee, 
'Cause they are sweeter 
Than any candy to me! 
That's why I'm sighin'; 
I get my taffy from sugar! 
What's more, I'm daffy 'bout sugar, 
That sugar baby of mine! 
My sugar's so refined, 
You can't find 
None like him in town; 
To make it more complete 
He's so sweet and so brown, 
He's special ration, 
Knows I'm just sweet on my sugar, 
No, I won't cheat on my sugar, 
That sugar baby of mine

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Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues. more »

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