One Hit Wonder Wednesday: 5 Decades on One Show
This week we've got songs from the 1960's, '70s, '80s, 90's and the aughts from artists that only had one hit, now we wonder where they are.
"Variety is the spice of life" is a proverb that goes back to the late 18th century. Now, there's nothing wrong with the music of that era. In fact, Beethoven Mozart, Handel, Hayden, Schubert and others made memorable compositions that are still with us today. You just can't dance to it. This week on One Hit Wonder Wednesday, we give you songs from the 20th and 21st century- one song each from five different decades of rock and roll. We're not saying it's a dance party all night, but you can definitely keep the beat, and we know you're going to love the variety of the greatest hits.
1960's | Sugar Sugar | The Archies
The Archies are a one hit wonder mostly because not only are they not a "real band," they are not even real people- it's a cartoon. Andy Kim of "Rock Me Gently" fame co-wrote this song, but it's the singer who is notable. Ron Dante was a one hit wonder twice; as the voice of the Archies and he was the lead singer in the Cuff Links. Ron went on to a career as a successful producer, shaping Barry Manilow's first nine albums.
1970s | I Can Help | Billy Swan
Billy Swan had several hits on the Country charts, but this was his only crossover hit. And what a hit it was, charting across the globe. Billy recorded the song in just two takes, playing an organ his friends Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge gave him as a wedding gift.
1980s | Captain of Her Heart | Double
We're going deep for this lost one hit wonder form 1985. Double was a Swiss duo that was never able to build on their U.S. success with this one song.
The 1990s | Whoomp! (There It Is) | Tag Team
All the party people are still waving their hands in the air when this song comes on (even if it is just for an insurance commercial).
The 2000s | Bad Day | Daniel Powter
You didn't have to be an American Idol fan to know this song, it was played everywhere in 2006. The first few notes are enough to recognize it. 'Idol' fans remember it as the song played as contestants were sent home, with Daniel performing his hit live on the season finale. (In case you forgot, the season 5 winner was Taylor Hicks.)
We're covering five decades of One Hit Wonders this Wednesday on the Night Shift, along with the Greatest Hits of the '70s, '80s and more- enjoy the show!
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