On this day in music history: September 14, 19…

On this day in music history: September 14, 1968 – “The Archie Show” animated cartoon series makes its television network debut on CBS. Based on the comic strip created by Bob Montana, the series is produced by Norm Prescott and Lou Scheimer of Filmation Studios. The show follows the adventures of Archie Andrews and his Riverdale High School friends Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle and Jughead Jones. The quintet also appear as a pop band called The Archies, performing two songs per episode. The music on the program is overseen by former Monkees music supervisor Don Kirshner. Much like The Monkees, Kirshner assembles a team of top songwriters and producers to create music for the series, with the songs being largely written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim. Singers Ron Dante and Toni Wine provide the singing voices for the characters. Dante and Richie Adams take over production of the latter period Archies releases. The fictional cartoon band releases nearly a dozen singles and five full length albums during the original run of the show, and after. The Archies debut single “Bang Shang-A-Lang” (#22 Pop) lands in the top 30 on the pop charts during the first season. The group score a massive hit with the classic “Sugar, Sugar” (#1 Pop) in the Fall of 1969, selling over six million copies in the US, several million more around the world. Only seventeen episodes of the series are produced, but remains in syndication for ten years through 1978.