one hit wonders

Devo (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for CBGB)

Strangely Influential One-Hit Wonders

Some one-hit wonders immediately fall from relevance while some influence an entire genre with their singular moment of fame. Here we have some whose influence lives on through many musicians still doing it today. CLICK […]

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Immediate Records - 1967

Today In Pop Music: August 20 – The Beatles Dodge Electrocution

Big time birthdays today include The Honeycombs bass player John Lantree (Have I The Right) who’s 72. His sister Ann ‘Honey’ Lantree was the inspiration for the group’s name, and was also their drummer, at […]


Vangelis - "Chariots of Fire" (Polydor, 1982)

One-Hit Wonders: Vangelis’ “Chariots Of Fire”

We’ve all done it: run in faux slo-mo down the driveway to the sounds of “duh-da-da-da-dah-dah” in our minds. (That would be the theme to “Chariots of Fire”.)


Kit Carson - Band of Gold (Capitol, 1956)

One-Hit Wonders: Kit Carson And “Band Of Gold”

Considering her stage name was the same as the American frontiersman and her one hit had the same name as a Motown tune famous in later years, it’s no wonder no one remembers [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kit […]


Barry Gordon (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

One Hit Wonders: Barry Gordon And “Nuttin’ For Christmas”

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Barry Gordon[/lastfm] was just three years old when he made his acting debut on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour. He was a worldly seven years old when he scored his lone Top 40 hit, “Nuttin’ […]


Paul Roberts of Sniff "n" the Tears (YouTube)

One-Hit Wonders: Sniff ‘N’ The Tears, “Driver’s Seat”

Forever connected to a single moment in time — the new wave explosion of 1979 — “Driver’s Seat” in the lone hit single from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sniff ‘n’ the Tears[/lastfm].


Where Did David Essex (Rock On) Discover American Rock And Roll?

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Essex[/lastfm] was a movie star in the 70’s and 80’s in his native England, but only had one top 10 hit here in America.  Rock On was a top 5 hit for him […]


Tommy James Lost A Hit To These One Hit Wonders

The song was written by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tommy James[/lastfm], and he was all set to record it, but instead gave it to this one hit wonder group from Brooklyn , New York. The organist of this […]


One-Hit Wonders: ‘Sailor,’ A Song By A Nurse Named Lolita Sung Entirely In German

An improbable hit-maker, Lolita Ditta scored a Number 5 hit in the US in 1960, with a song performed entirely in German. Performing under just her first name, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lolita[/lastfm] was an Austrian-born children’s nurse […]


He Was The Beatles Engineer – And Had His Own Hit In America

He looks like a recording engineer but can you picture the guy in the middle as someone who would have a top 10 hit here in the states?  He did just that in the summer […]