Marvin Sease a.k.a. "The Candy Licker" (February 16, 1946 –
February 8, 2011) was an American blues and soul Singer/Songwriter known
for his racy lyrics.
Born in Blackville, South Carolina, Sease started as a gospel artist,
joining a gospel group called the Five Gospel Crowns, located in
Charleston, South Carolina. After singing with them, Sease then left at age
20 for New York City. At this young age settling into New York, he then
joined another gospel group called the Gospel Crowns. Having a preference
for the musical style of R&B, Sease left the gospel circuit to form his own
R&B group. In this group Sease was accompanied by his own three brothers,
and named the backing band Naglfar. This band did not find popularity and
eventually broke up. He did not quit performing musically, but began to
cover songs that started a career with a recurring gig at the Brooklyn club,
In 1986, he recorded a self titled album, featuring one of his more popular
songs, "Ghetto Man". This started his professional career with his fans in
the South's circuit of bars, blues festivals, and juke joints. While
promoting his self produced and publicized debut album, he entered a
recording contract with Polygram. With this contract, he was able to launch
his music nationally with the re-release of his self titled LP on Mercury
Records in 1987. This updated release of his previous material also included
the new ten minute track "Candy Licker," which became an instant success for
Sease through the South. Success had finally come to Sease without the
help of airplay which deemed his sound too explicit for the audience.
Over the next decade Sease released several more records for Mercury and
Jive Records, which ranked on the US Billboard R&B chart. Sease's success
was notably linked with his chart topping song "Candy Licker", and ensured a
strong female based following.
He was said to have a comparable sound to Johnnie Taylor and Tyrone Davis,
but without the commercial success.
Sease died of compilcations from pneumonia in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on
February 8, 2011, eight days before his 65th birthday.
There was a poster depicting Sease in the film, Pretty in Pink.