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Heroditus 10-11-2019 08:08 PM

The Cascades---Rhythm of the Rain

fitness1 10-11-2019 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by joe white (Post 6184216)
Chevy Van from Sammy Johns

I always play that in a bar setting and do a trivia for a free drink if anyone can name Sammy as the artist. I'm not sure anyone has ever got it right;)

fitness1 10-11-2019 08:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Photojeep (Post 6184405)
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"Billy Don't Be A Hero" by Paper Lace (I think)
or

Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods.

Papar Lace was "The Night Chicago Died"

Steve DeRosa 10-11-2019 08:18 PM

One Hit Wonders - Your Favorite
 
This one hit the NYC area in Summer 1970, just before my freshman year of college - I had been in a horn band in high school (Howard Levy was our keyboard player) so this one caught my ear from the get-go:



Never got to see it, but I understand BS&T used to cover it as an encore back in the day - probably knocked it out of the park with the original horn section and David Clayton-Thomas' vocals (Bice is nice - I've heard their current cover - but DCT is one of a kind)...

guitar george 10-11-2019 10:22 PM

Maybe this one.


DenverSteve 10-11-2019 10:51 PM

The Weather Girls - "It's Raining Men". Co-written by Paul Shaffer.

Brucebubs 10-11-2019 10:56 PM

'Eloise' by Barry Ryan.



He had a follow up single 'Kitsch' but that was kinda it internationally.

Everton FC 10-11-2019 11:53 PM

How can anyone have just one, "One Hit Wonder"?

My sister had the Billy Swan 45, "I Can Help". Great song.

I won't include "On and On" by one of my all-time favourite singer-songwriters, Stephen Bishop, nor Andrew Gold's "Lonely Boy", because both had success w/their songwriting outside their radio "hits"...

Probably my all-time one-hit faves are Randy Vanwarmer's "Just When I Needed You Most", Youngbloods "Get Together", "Falling" by LeBlanc & Carr, and Climax's "Precious and Few". Others:

"Shannon", by Henry Gross (love this song)
"Feelings", by Morris Albert
"Baby Come Back", by Player
"How Long Has This Been Going On?" by Ace (Paul Carrick of Squeeze/Mike and the Mechanics, on lead vocals)
"Sunshine" by Jonathan Edwards (Great album, by the way)

Still more;
"Afternoon Delight" - Starland Vocal Band
"Magnet and Steel" - Walter Egan
"Thunder Island" - Jay Ferguson
"Midnight At The Oasis" - Maria Muldaur

In the early 80s, New York City, college radio was what I listened to. Pigbag's "Papa's Got A New Pigbag", is still a great song. Was a big hit on the College Radio/Club charts. So many songs were "One Hit Wonders" on the college/alternative radio dials back then, as well as when MTV was born - songs like "Love Plus One" by Nick Heyward and Haircut 100, or "Tenderness" by General Public, but both bands/artists had long careers, unlike Billy Swan, or Pilot, or Henry Gross. Of the 80's "One Hit Wonders", "Melt With You" by Modern English falls into this category. "Ditto" Nik Kershaw's "Wouldn't It Be Good". And Red Rockers "China".

Fun topic. Thanks for the idea!

DenverSteve 10-11-2019 11:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Everton FC (Post 6184535)
How can anyone have just one, "One Hit Wonder"?...

Because that was the question - and it lets everyone contribute. ;)

Fogducker 10-12-2019 02:58 AM

Does "Achy Breaky Heart" qualify? Only 2 chords too!

Fog

KenL 10-12-2019 08:37 AM

"Brandy" by Looking Glass was mentioned earlier. It gets played quite a bit on our local "hippie radio" and I always thing about what a nicely put-together song it is.

Good story, great vocals and guitar, an all-around excellent pop song.

ManyMartinMan 10-12-2019 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Fogducker (Post 6184588)
Does "Achy Breaky Heart" qualify? Only 2 chords too!

Fog

No. Billy has had numerous hits.

joe white 10-12-2019 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by fitness1 (Post 6184418)
I always play that in a bar setting and do a trivia for a free drink if anyone can name Sammy as the artist. I'm not sure anyone has ever got it right;)

Todd, I had an acoustic trio in the late 90's that also would cover Chevy Van. We obviously weren't a "dance band" but one new years gig, an older couple immediately hit the floor and slow danced to Chevy Van. They were both head to shoulder, eyes closed and somewhat oblivious to everything in the room except each other and the song. When we finished the song the rest of the pub clapped and cheered for the couple. They hugged, kissed and thanked us for playing the song. It was a memorable experience for us. The power of a single song.

fitness1 10-12-2019 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by joe white (Post 6184712)
Todd, I had an acoustic trio in the late 90's that also would cover Chevy Van. We obviously weren't a "dance band" but one new years gig, an older couple immediately hit the floor and slow danced to Chevy Van. They were both head to shoulder, eyes closed and somewhat oblivious to everything in the room except each other and the song. When we finished the song the rest of the pub clapped and cheered for the couple. They hugged, kissed and thanked us for playing the song. It was a memorable experience for us. The power of a single song.

Pretty cool....moments like that you wish you had on video!

bill austin 10-12-2019 02:22 PM

https://youtu.be/KNM5g2ARGyY


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