DISNEY'S "ENCHANTED" WITH A SPOONFUL OF "SUGAR SUGAR" @ 7 June 2010 10:22 PM
One of the greatest singing voices in the music industry, as well as the advertising industry, is that of the great Ron Dante. Not only has he lent his singing and producing talents to The Archies, The Cuff Links and hundreds of commercials from Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper to General Tire and Appleby's, he also is a Disney fan who has created music for The Little Mermaid series among other things. Oh and he produced albums for Barry Manilow, Cher and others.
But he'll be immortlized as the singing voice of Filmation's Saturday morning CBS cartoon, The Archies (which got over a 40 share at its peak), capable of astounding range that lends itself to multi-tracking perfectly. Forty-one years ago, "Sugar Sugar" from this cartoon group was the number one song of the year, eclipsing yes, The Beatles.
Anyway, I couldn't have been more delighted to hear him singing as well as producing again for Disney on the recent album Happily Ever After, a collection of studio versions of romantic Disney songs. Most are fine reproductions of these tunes by several excellent studio singers, but for the Oscar-nominated "That's How You Know" from Enchanted, Ron Dante does a Caribbean arrangement very reminiscent of his Kirshner days, recalling such songs as "Sunshine" and "Throw a Little Love My Way."
The Ronster's still got it, as his other recent albums also prove. But it's as cool as it can be to hear him doing one of the best Disney songs of recent years. You can download "That's How You Know" alone here or get the whole Happily Ever After album here.
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