One Hit Wonder Wednesday: Rock & Roll Heaven
On this week's One Hit Wonder Wednesday on the Night Shift, we remember those who have passed, including Charlie Daniels and Benny Mardones.
They say rock and roll is forever and that's a mighty long time, but I mean to tell ya...the stars only live forever through the music they have left behind. Don't think it's going to be a somber One Hit Wednesday this week on the Night Shift- we plan to turn it up and celebrate the lives of these artists who impacted the Billboard charts just once and have now passed on.
Charlie Daniels | October 28, 1936– July 6, 2020
A Country Music legend known for his legendary tale "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Charlie Daniels was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. He died earlier this year in Nashville at the age of 83.
Jerry Garcia | August 1, 1942– August 9, 1995
A founding member of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia performed with the band throughout their 30-year career. Twenty-five thousand Deadheads gathered at a public memorial after his death in 1995, just eight days after his 53rd birthday.
Benny Mardones | November 9, 1946- June 29, 2020
Another musician we lost in 2020. You may not recognize Benny's name, but you will definitley know his big hit song when you hear it. Sadly, his lifestyle mirrored that of too many tragic rock stars and his career derailed after a promising start. Mardones died on June 29, at age 73 from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Van McCoy | January 6, 1940– July 6, 1979
It's another one of those names that may not trigger any recollection, but hearing "The Hustle" will take you right back to the Summer of 1975 when you couldn't get away from that song on the radio. Although he never had another hit single as an artist, McCoy was a noted songwriter and producer. A heart attack ended his life prematurely at age 39.
Bobby Bloom | January 15, 1946– February 28, 1974
Born in Brooklyn, Bloom is remembered for taking us all to "Montego Bay." A happy song, the circumstances surrounding his death are gloomy and mysterious, involving depression and the cleaning of a firearm.
Listen for these songs and more on the Rest In Peace edition of One Hit Wonder Wednesday on the Night Shift with Craig Alan on K102.5