After their success with Roy Orbison, Fred Neil released his own folk album in While the term later became slang for a drug dealer by the late Sixties, in the song could be an innocent play on words. A Candy Man was more properly a male person working at a candy making factory. Boys and men and boys were hired as cooks and machine operators. Females were hired to wrap candies and put them in tins or boxes, and sometimes given jobs to hand-dip candies in chocolate. If a woman was lucky she got to be a chocolate dipper and was paid the best wage a woman could obtain in the factory.
But all the male positions in a candy making factory got better pay. Women made a lot of candy at home as fudge making parties and taffy pulls were a form of entertainment in the late 19th C. In America, in the 17th and 18th centuries sugar was very expensive and sugar plantations were a source of immense wealth.
Sugar was a symbol or economic and political power. Many people in the 17th century in North America never had any candy. The Dutch bakers of New Amsterdam made macaroons, marzipan, sugar plums, ice cream and other confections for weddings and holidays. But getting candy at a grocery store was not the custom. While chocolate was available it was very bitter and mostly used in baking. Molasses was one item that was affordable and used to boil and make confections in the American kitchen.
But with the introduction of mechanization and candy making factories the price of sugar declined. During the 19th century sugar became readily available and was much more affordable. Sugar became associated with femininity. If a man was very fond of candy his masculinity was called into question.
Often candy was sold in unsanitary conditions to children. In the song by Roy Orbison the candy man is much more appealing than that of unscrupulous vendors selling dirty candy to children at the dawn of the 20th century.
However, it was not play listed in half the states in America, contributing to its lower national peak on the Billboard Hot at Roy Orbison was one of the few hit-makers to hold his ground, increasing his popularity despite the British Invasion.
While he toured with the Rolling Stones , Roy Orbison had several single releases and continued to chart into the Top Ten in Vancouver. In , tragedy struck again when two of his three children died in a fire that burned down his house in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Orbison won a Grammy Award for the duet. Roy Orbison died dead at 52 from a heart attack on December 6, References: Candy History , Candy History. Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure.
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