one hit wonders

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 […]

08/20/2012

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”.)

02/22/2012

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 […]

12/26/2011

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’ […]

12/22/2011

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].

10/22/2011

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 […]

10/19/2011

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 […]

10/03/2011

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 […]

05/13/2011

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 […]

04/21/2011

Was The Song ‘Welcome Back’ Written On A Piece Of Cardboard?

I’ve heard for years that [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Sebastian[/lastfm], whose group [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Lovin’ Spoonful[/lastfm] had a slew of hits, wrote all their songs on pieces of cardboard, some from  cardboard that was used to pack […]

02/22/2011

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