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Posted on Mar 21, 2012 8:55:32 AM PDT
C. Kimbrough says:
Strawberry Alarm Clock had another hit. "Tomorrow" reached #23 in the USA.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 11:46:24 AM PDT
Steelers fan says:
I remember Blue Haze's version of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", the old Jerome Kern tune which was big for the Platters.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 11:47:52 AM PDT
Steelers fan says:
The follow-up to Looking Glass' "Brandy" was "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne", which made it to number 33 the following year, 1973.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 11:57:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2012 11:00:04 AM PDT
Steelers fan says:
"Things Get A Little Easier Once You Understand"--Think
"Games"--Redeye

If there were follow-ups, I'm unaware of them.

Note: Many (most?) "novelty" records were OHWs.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 12:02:28 PM PDT
Steelers fan says:
Mocedades was actually a bunch of clean-cut kids from--Spain. Not Latin America, but Spain, which is unusual for the U.S. charts.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 12:15:11 PM PDT
Steelers fan says:
"Mr. Turnkey" followed up "In The Year 2525", but it pretty much flopped.

Dutch rockers Focus (with Jan Akkerman) hit again with "Sylvia", which made it to no. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 1:24:01 PM PDT
greenblade says:
I think the Lemon Pipers had a mini-hit with "Jelly Jungle" after "Green Tambourine".

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 1:44:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2012 5:37:39 AM PDT
Steelers fan says:
The Lemon Pipers (from Oxford, Ohio) hit huge with "Green Tambourine", their third single, which went all the way to the top. They put out five more singles; the next two, "Rice Is Nice" and "Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade)", both made the Hot 100, reaching no. 46 and no. 51, respectively.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 1:54:49 PM PDT
tmoore says:
This is off topic - I know. Consider it a side note.

I always found it very humorous that the B-side to Strawberry Alarm Clock's Incense and Peppermints was a song called "The Birdman of Alkatrash".

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 5:09:50 PM PDT
Kil Roi says:
Son of My Father - Giorgio
If you've forgotten about this one from 1972, check it out on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KSLfhx_10M

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 8:15:11 AM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
'"Things Get A Little Easier Once You Understand"--Think'

I was just reading about that the other day -- hard to believe there was a time when something like that could even make a dent in the Top 40! :p It actually got as high as #23 in 1971 (according to Guterman & O'Donnell's 'The Worst Rock'n'Roll Records of All Time'), but it's one of those things that I'm guessing hasn't had much airplay since.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 10:58:51 AM PDT
Steelers fan says:
The pi//ed-off father's voice on the record sounds like character actor Richard B. Shull ("Holmes And Yoyo").

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 5:28:38 PM PDT
greenblade says:
OT Hey, how about a thread on pissed off dads on records. Here's two more: And The Cradle Will Rock (Van Halen) and We Don't Need No Education (Pink Floyd). Just missed Father's day, too.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 6:51:39 PM PDT
Giorgio is Giorgio Moroder, who went on to bigger and better things as producer of Donna Summer and the Village People, among other acts.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 9:34:24 AM PDT
I remember Crow's "Cottage Cheese" being on the charts. I still have the 45.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 9:39:25 AM PDT
Little Green Bag - The George Baker Selection- Danish late 60s rock band, very catcy song.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 9:42:36 AM PDT
I love you - The People
Talk Talk - The Music Machine
They're coming to take me away- Ha ha

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 9:57:12 AM PDT
Once upon a time there was a very, very funny gentleman named Eddie Murphy who collaborated with funkateer Rick James on a song called "Party All The Time".
Since then he's become cornier & cornier to the point of doing voiceovers for childrens' movies. Sigh

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2012 7:11:59 PM PDT
George Baker Selection had two hits.

"Paloma Blanca" reached #26 in 1975.
And "Little Green Bag" only got to #21 in 1970.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2012 7:18:11 PM PDT
What??? .... #33? ..... They wish!!!
"Sylvia" by Focus only got to #89 on the Billboard Hot-100.

And Zager & Evans' "Mr. Turnkey" did completely bomb.
In fact, it failed to chart at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2012 7:21:57 PM PDT
Correct, except "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" wasn't the followup.

There were two more singles (both uncharted) from their first album.
"Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" was the lead single from their 2nd album, one year later.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 9:45:56 AM PDT
Greenblade "Rice is nice" was the follow up to Green Tambourine. It made the charts. Maybe "Jelly Jungle" was after it?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012 10:09:38 AM PDT
Correct.

"Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade)" charted two months after "Rice Is Nice".

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 1:58:27 PM PDT
Steelers fan says:
Right, "Sylvia" made no. 89 the week of August 11, 1973. Sorry.
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Posted on Aug 27, 2012 3:02:09 PM PDT
Stratocaster says:
The information I found on Sylvia (per Answers.com) -

"Sylvia", a worldwide hit that reached #4 on the UK charts and #33 on the US charts.

Focus actually had quite a few charting singles throughout the 70's. Of course, that was in Europe. Here in the states, they were known mostly for Hocus Pocus, and that's about it. Sad for America though - they were (are) a great band!
Some of their charting singles in Europe:
Hocus Pocus
Sylvia
Harem Scarem
House Of The King
Bennie Helder
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