Andy Kim left Montreal for New York in 1967, at the age of 15, to concentrate on his dream of entering the pop-music world. There Kim was signed by songwriter Jeff Barry to his new label, Steed Records. The two became a phenomenally successful songwriting team, beginning with Kim’s recording of their “How’d We Ever Get This Way,” a major hit in 1968 in both Canada and the US. There followed a string of ten hit Kim recordings, most co-written with Barry for the teen market, including the million-sellers “So Good Together” and “Baby, I Love You” (the latter by Barry with Phil Spector). Kim had equal success co-writing with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich for The Archies and their televised cartoon series. One of these tunes, “Sugar, Sugar,” released in 1969, sold over 13 million copies.
In 1974 Kim moved to Los Angeles, returning frequently to Montreal. Kim and his brother Joe (his manager) formed Ice Records and released the album Andy Kim and his composition “Rock Me Gently.” This recording signalled a more mature sound in Kim’s songwriting than his earlier “bubblegum” or “teenybopper” style. The single reached the number one position in Canada and the US and was very popular in the United Kingdom and abroad.