“Dirty Dancing” is a film classic, which has sold over 35 million album soundtracks and 6 million copies on DVD, and after 3 decades, continues to enchant generations of fans….old and new. Sugar Productions was involved in reflecting this timeless dance movie that explores the summer of 1963 and released in August ’87.
As we hear this low budget independent movie written by Eleanor Bergstein about her own childhood family holidays in the Catskills mountains, follows the adventures of Baby & Johnny as they fall in love. The documentary written and produced by John Sugar featured comments from Patrick Swayze, leading lady Jennifer Grey and leading American choreographer Kenny Ortega. As we heard the ‘Dirty Dancing’ phenomenon continues as each new generation embraces this classic love story. The film remains fresh, relevant and as engaging as when we first saw it back in 1987. This record-breaking film still has many fans, quoting the corny lines, singing the songs and sometimes even trying the dance moves. For many it’s the perfect date-movie and the ultimate girls-night-in treat and its appeal shows no sign of fading.
Programme presented by Mark Goodier broadcasts on Absolute Radio – Sunday 3rd December 2017.
In this special programme, set to the soundtrack of Hall and Oates song writing craft, we heard about how they write their songs and how they see their remarkable music partnership after nearly fifty years together.
Presented by Mark Goodier the programme charted the duo’s first hit in 1974 through a remarkable sequence of their ’80s worldwide hits.These guys were big Daryl Hall and John Oates smooth, passionate take on Philly soul brought them enormous commercial success – including six American number ones singles. The one hour programme revealed that the 80’s was a career high in terms of commercial success, producing a stream of great songs and albums that still sound as good today as when they were first released, Daryl & John continue their passionate relationship with music and with their fans, with album releases and regular live shows today.
With unique comments from Daryl Hall and John Oates the programme gave a revealing insight into the duo’s longevity for Absolute Radio – Broadcast Sunday 12th November 2017.
Sugar Productions filmed and produced an interview with Laura Mvula exploring her recording of the Jacksons’ funk song “Dancing Machine” has been updated with producer Naughty Boy. Laura’s unique version of ‘Dancing Machine” is due for release in later in 2017.
Laura Mvula is a British soul singer-songwriter from Birmingham, many may recall her debut album, ‘Sing to the Moon’, released in 2013 and a Top 10 album in the UK Charts.
She has collaborated with many artists including Nile Rodgers, Wretch 32 and now comes her recording with Naughty Boy. Recently Laura was working with The London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Arts Centre and producer John Sugar spoke to Laura Mvula , filming and recording at Metropolis Studio in London. The mood in the studio was upbeat and after we heard the finished recording of “Dancing Machine” we totally understood why.
Sugar Productions is delighted to be working with singer and Wet Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow. His new album “Mysterious” is released March 2017 and Marti has produced the album himself working hard with an impressive group of fine session players in LA, Dublin and London. A special deluxe release of the album features an in depth interview exploring the music and Marti’s impressive 30 year career.
Producer John Sugar spoke with Marti, discussing the album track by track and his musical journey. Sugar Productions not only recorded the interview but filmed the proceedings at Rak Studios in London for Arctic Poppy Music supporting the album release providing on line content for fans.
“John, you are such a musical man the way you put it together is wonderful, its such a pleasure to be interviewed by someone who knows many aspects of music, I know the fans will love it as I do” Marti Pellow
Naughty Boy is one of the UK’s leading music producers and is renowned for his production work with Emile Sande, Sam Smith and Mary J Blige. He is currently producing an album celebrating the Motown label’s finest songs reinventing them in a contemporary way and bringing the songs blinking into the light of the 21 st Century.
Sugar Productions was asked to film and produce an interview with Naughty Boy talking about his exciting new music project andreveal the exciting names performing on the record slated for release later in 2017.
Producer John Sugar spoke to Naughty Boy filming and recording at Metropolis Studio in London
The Motown Album as yet untitled is very much a work in progress and so far features Shezar, UK rappers Krept and Konan, Emile Sandi and Izzy Bizu. More names are lining up to take part in this rebooting of the Motown legacy. More information as we get it !
Sugar Productions Ltd is delighted to be producing an exciting new media event in collaboration with a talented team. ‘HI-YA’ is a celebrity based website which will allow people to exchange creative and entertaining messages from high profile personnel to each other. Aimed squarely at a young demographic ‘HI – YA’ will sit well alongside Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook as the must have accessory for a growing young media aware market, making worldwide messaging from a smart phone, laptop or tablet, fun and profitable. Please see short animation below for more information about ‘HI – YA’
Hi Ya Animation
This celebrity orientated product is to launch in late 2016 / Early 2017.
They don’t make pop stars like Marc Bolan any more! He was anything you wanted him to be – gay or straight, hippy mystic or teen idol and for a (brief) period the most famous man in British music.
Timed to coincide with the anniversary of his tragic death (16 th September 1977) this programme reveals Bolan, the man, his remarkable story and his timeless music with comments from friends and family plus contemporary musicians revealing their feelings about Bolan’s enduring music and in the process giving a contemporary view of this unique musical icon.
In Production – To Be Broadcast on BBC Radio September 2017
Presenter Miranda Sawyer presents a special magazine programme exploring the better realises of the month with exciting guests and reviews of the best product Universal Music has to offer via the label’s excellent web site U Discover music.com also available on You Tube. Please check our promo for a flavour of the half hour show.
Sugar Productions Ltd was involved the production of a unique recording. ‘The Art of Paul McCartney’ is a 32-track album featuring some of the finest performers of today paying tribute to the greatest! The recordings feature covers of Paul McCartney’s songs from his Beatles and solo career by the some of the world’s leading artists with Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey, Jeff Lynne and more recently announced by new recording label – Arctic Poppy Records.
The list of artists also includes; Billy Joel, Steve Miller Band, Willie Nelson, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, and Corinne Bailey Rae (see picture). The songs covered include “Live and Let Die,” “Let It Be,” “Yesterday,” “All My Loving,” “Things We Said Today,” “The Long and Winding Road,” and many other classic McCartney compositions.
Sugar Productions Ltd was delighted to be involved in this creative project producing a film record of the project with a DVD, audio documentary, plus detailed sleeves notes for the deluxe CD box sets.
When Jimi Hendrix returned to his native America as a star, the country he knew had changed.
Presenter Tom Robinson explores the pressure the guitarist was under to make an explicit political declaration and how Jimi’s beliefs and racial outlook would not be shaken by the political trends of the time. Hendrix a former member of the parachute Regiment was ultimately a patriot (the programme explores his military career.) He rejected the mystical racist separatism of the Nation of Islam who’d successfully recruited Muhammad Ali to their struggle.
In fact, the guitarist was suspicious of any activist which saw race as the eye of the hurricane circling America and even more suspicious of black organizations which sought to recruit him. Jimi spoke through his guitar – the stage at Woodstock was the place where Hendrix took his chance to make a key statement about the Vietnam war. Towards the end of his set as he launched into ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ it was an eloquent (and wordless) statement. An epic deconstruction of the national anthem familiar to every American. Many saw it as a political statement against the Vietnam war. In retrospect however, it can also be read as a swan song for the era of peace and love and for Hendrix himself, who died in his sleep the following year.
Broadcast March 2016 BBC Radio 4 Xtra