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Favorite One-Hit Wonder...Any Genre, Any Decade


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Initial post: Dec 23, 2012 1:04:53 PM PST
Steve Vrana says:
The music world is littered with artists who captured the listener's ear and had a major hit, and then seemingly dropped of the planet. What's your favorite one-hit wonder?

My nod goes to goes to The Knickerbockers' 1966 hit, "Lies." Clearly influenced by the Beatles...but what mid-sixties band wasn't?

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 2:44:26 PM PST
Johnny Bee says:
In A Broken Dream - Python Lee Jackson

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012 4:34:13 PM PST
Steve,
'Lies' was the first song I thought of.
How about 'War' by Edwin Starr.
John

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 4:49:02 PM PST
Dr. Mikey says:
"Lies" is among my favorite songs of all time. The Knickerbockers also had some success with "One Track Mind." I bought a compilation of their songs and these were the only two decent ones on the whole disk. I just can't imagine a group who could do "Lies" could have nothing else to offer.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 5:40:41 PM PST
I love John Stewart, and he has an extensive catalogue, but the only song he had that was a hit, as far as I know, is the wholly unrepresentetive "Gold".

Shame, that.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 5:47:10 PM PST
Steve Vrana says:
Here's a song that I don't think I've heard on oldies radio--ever! Ian Whitcomb's "You Turn Me On (Turn On Song)" from the summer of 1965. I remember seeing him perform this on the piano on "Shindig" or "Hullabaloo." It bordered on being a novelty song, but I liked it. It peaked at No. 8 and was his only top 40 hit.

Another group that I thought should have had a longer career was the Capitols. "Cool Jerk" went top 10 in 1966. The lead singer was murdered in 1982 at the age of 39.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 6:44:33 PM PST
Dr. Mikey says:
@Steve -- I love Whitcomb's "You Turn Me On." I think it actually WAS a novelty song, done as a lark, as I've read. My wife has the original LP (one of the many reasons I married her: a great record collection!). I think Whitcomb went on to do pretty well on British and American stage, screen, and TV. He has written lots of critically acclaimed movie music and has several books.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 7:37:56 PM PST
Steve Vrana says:
Dr. Mikey, Thanks for the update. I did a quick search of YouTube and found numerous videos--dating back to 1966 to the present--where he plays the ukulele. Most of the songs are from the 20's and 30's, but he also did a Beatles cover. I bought my first uke a little over two years ago. It's my firm belief that if everybody learned to play the uke, the world would be a lot better place.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 8:21:00 PM PST
ED S. says:
Sooooooooooooo many one hit wonders I do love. One hit wonders ARE what most music is about.
The first song that came to mind is.......

"Playboy"-Gene & Debbie

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 8:26:24 PM PST
"Dominique" by the Singing Nun, on Phillips. That Lp, too, a thrift shop staple.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012 8:32:06 PM PST
Two Tub Man says:
867-5309 (Jenny) - Tommy Tutone

I love this tune, and bought the 45, which I've played dozens upon dozens of times. But I've never played
the B-Side, and never heard any of the band's albums. "(Jenny)" is the only tune I've ever heard by them.
I doubt anything else Tommy Tutone recorded could top " (Jenny)", anything else by them is bound to pale
in comparison!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012 8:37:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2012 8:38:41 PM PST
I was looking around on Jerry Fuller as producer--he did fairly well on Columbia with Gary Puckett & the Union Gap and O.C. Smith. The Knickerbockers were his first fairly big act as producer. Several hits:

Jerry Fuller on Challenge as producer of the Knickerbockers (early 1966):
Challenge 45s:
59268 All I Need is You/Bite Bite Barracuda
59293 Jerktown/Room for One More
59321 Lies/The Coming Generation (BB 12/04/65, #20/13)
59326 One Track Mind/I Must Be Doing Something Right (BB 3/19/66, #46/7)
59332 High On Love/Stick with Me (BB 7/02/66, #94/3)
59335 Chapel in the Fields/Just One Girl (BB 8/13/66, #106/2)
59341 Love Is a Bird/Rumors, Gossip, Words Untrue (BB 10/22/66, #133/1)
59348 Can You Help Me/Please Don't Love Him
59359 Sweet Green Fields/What Does That Make You
59366 Wishful Thinking/Come and Get It
59380 You'll Never Walk Alone/I Can Do It Better
59384 They Ran for Their Lives/As a Matter of Fact
Lps:
Knickerbockers, JERK AND TWINE TIME Challenge CH(S)-621
Knickerbockers, LIES Challenge CHS-622
("Can't You See I'm Trying" GC song; Lp pop chart debut 2/12/66; this version of the song predates Glen Campbell Capitol 5638 45 single by two months. GC is on the back cover liner notes on a 1980s German reissue of this Lp.)
Knickerbockers, LLOYD THAXTON PRESENTS THE KNICKERBOCKERS Challenge LP 12664 (Imperial release # series)

BB mentioned is Billboard.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 8:47:00 PM PST
Steve Vrana says:
Son of Flintstone - Here's a piece of trivia: Because "Dominique" topped the chart for four weeks, it kept "Louie Louie" at No. 2.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 9:02:22 PM PST
How about 'I Fought the Law' by the Bobby Fuller Four.
John

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 9:17:34 PM PST
ED S. says:
"Roses And Rainbows"-Danny Hutton....Now let's see. He had multiple MEGA-hits with a super group he founded several years later.

QUIZ: What is the supergroup?????

"Roses And Rainbows" just soars as a stand alone song. Not a big hit, but a radio song 1966(?) or so.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 9:24:37 PM PST
Are you talking Three dog night?

Hardly my idea of a supergroup.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012 9:28:28 PM PST
ED S. says:
Tell that to the rest of the world.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012 9:32:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2012 9:33:10 PM PST
Well, I'm part of the rest of the world and down this way they only had two hits, "Mama told me....." and ".....old fashioned love song" ( I actually prefer Paul Williams' version).

They are best known around these parts for their name referencing an Australian outback tradition.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 10:50:37 AM PST
Chazzzbo says:
Rolene - Moon Martin

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 2:34:15 PM PST
Sausalito Summernight- Diesel

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 5:08:34 PM PST
13 Questions - Seatrain
Hot Smoke and Sasafrass - The Bubble Puppy

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 5:19:22 PM PST
I just finished watching a doco on the Small faces and it amazed me to hear that they were a one hit wonder in the US (Itchycoo Park).

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 5:39:21 PM PST
Grandpa Tom says:
Just a few recollections:

Eve of Destruction-Barry Maguire
Harden My Heart-Quarterflash
Ride Captain Ride-Blues Image
Venus-Shocking Blue
Brandy-Looking Glass

Others will likely occur to me.

GT

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 7:17:12 PM PST
Mike B. says:
Thunderclap Newman - "Something In The Air"

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2012 7:34:12 PM PST
Rob says:
rock dude:
Hot Smoke & Sassafras is a favorite of mine, too. Some others that I like from that era:
Reflections of My Life-Marmalade
Evil Woman-Crow
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore-The Fuzzy Bunnies
Don't Pull Your Love Out On Me Baby-Hamilton, Joe, Frank & Reynolds
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