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Dave & Sugar
Genres Country
Years active 1975-1982
Former members
Dave Rowland
Jackie Frantz
Vicki Hackeman
Patti Caines
Melissa Dean
Sue Powell
Jamie Jaye
Cindy Smith
Lisa Alvey
Regina Leigh
Lori Mason

Dave & Sugar was a pop-styled country music trio that enjoyed its peak success in the mid- to late-1970s.

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Biography

The trio was fronted by Dave Rowland (born January 26, 1942 in Los Angeles, California), while the "Sugar" part was composed of two female vocalists. The lineup changed several times during its run of success; the original singers were Jackie Frantz and Vicki Hackeman. Through the late-1970s and early-1980s, the other singers included Patti Caines, Melissa Dean, Sue Powell, Jamie Jaye, Cindy Smith, Lisa Alvey, Regina Leigh and Lori Mason.

Before forming Dave & Sugar, Rowland was part of the Stamps Quartet, and later the Four Guys. He also was a prominent member of country singer Charley Pride's road show. By 1975, with Pride looking for a backup band, Rowland hired Frantz and Hackeman, and Dave & Sugar was born. They soon signed a deal with RCA Records.

The trio's first single, "Queen of the Silver Dollar" (written by Shel Silverstein, and originally recorded by Dr. Hook in 1972) broke into the Top 25 of Billboard magazine's country singles chart in early 1976. Their next single, the uptempo "The Door is Always Open", became their first No. 1 hit in July.

Their peak run garnered nearly one dozen Top 10 singles, including two more No. 1 hits - "Tear Time" (1978) and "Golden Tears" (1979). Other hits included "I'm Gonna Love You" (1976); "That's the Way Love Should Be," "Don't Throw It All Away" and "Knee Deep in Lovin' You" (1977); "Gotta Quit Lookin' at You Baby" (1978); "Stay With Me" and "My World Begins and Ends With You" (1979); and "Fool By Your Side" (1981).

Rowland broke away from the trio briefly during the early 1980s to try a solo career, but two single releases failed to make much of an impact.

Discography

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Albums

Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country US
1976 Dave & Sugar 3 RCA Victor
1977 That's the Way Love Should Be 10 157
1978 Tear Time 8
1979 Stay with Me / Golden Tears 20
1980 New York Wine Tennessee Shine 47
1981 Greatest Hits 35 179
Pleasure 31 Elektra
1982 Sugar Free 56

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1975 "Queen of the Silver Dollar" 25 21 Dave & Sugar
1976 "The Door Is Always Open" 1 1
"I'm Gonna Love You" 3 2
1977 "Don't Throw It All Away" 5 5 That's the Way Love Should Be
"That's the Way Love Should Be" 7 6
"I'm Knee Deep in Loving You" 2 4
1978 "Gotta' Quit Lookin' at You Baby" 4 9 Tear Time
"Tear Time" 1 3
1979 "Golden Tears" 1 2 Stay with Me / Golden Tears
"Stay with Me" 6
"My World Begins and Ends with You" 4 7
"Why Did You Have to Be So Good" flip
1980 "New York Wine and Tennessee Shine" 18 10 New York Wine Tennessee Shine
"A Love Song" 40
1981 "It's a Heartache" 32 37 Greatest Hits
"Fool By Your Side" 6 Pleasure
"The Pleasure's All Mine" 32
1982 "Natalie" 77 Sugar Free
"Why Didn't I Think of That" flip
"Lovin' Our Lives Away" 84

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