One Hit Wonder Wednesday: The Groovy 1970’s
If you ever had a lava lamp, a mood ring or a pet rock, you're going to love this week's foray into the far out 1970s on our One Hit Wonder Wednesday.
We're betting you or someone you know had some of these songs on 8 track tapes. If you spent part of your childhood listening to the radio while you duked it out in Rockem Sockem Robots, toured the world in your Viewmaster, drew hypnotic designs with a Spirograph or dreamed of raising a colony of Sea Monkeys, you're going to love this week's show.
None of these artists were as big as Elton John, Billy Joel, Abba, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac or the Doobie Brothers who had countless hits and were in heavy rotation, but each managed to hit the music charts just once- that's all it takes to be a one hit wonder. How many of these do you remember?
Me and Mrs. Jones | Billy Paul | 1972
This may be the best cheatin' song of all time. Number one for the last three weeks of 1972, the song sold two million copies and won Billy Paul a Grammy. Although the lovers met every day at the same cafe, he was never able to score another hit record.
Right Place, Wrong Time | Dr. John | 1973
Malcom John Rebennack Jr. has the distinction of being a one hit wonder, but also a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Legendary in New Orleans, his mass appeal was only captured this one time when he was in the right place.
Undercover Angel | Alan O'Day | 1977
Like Dr. John, Alan O'Day is unique. He is one of very few singer-songwriters who wrote a #1 hit for themselves and someone else. (O'Day wrote "Angie Baby" for Helen Reddy.) The Righteous Brothers took his "Rock and Roll Heaven" to #4 before Alan O'Day turned his attention to television writing for the Muppet Babies and National Geographic.
Magic | Pilot | 1974
There are many songs called "Magic," with The Cars, Coldplay, Olivia Newton-John and Justin Timberlake all pulling hits out of the hat. This one is memorable right from the start, "Oh, oh, oh, it's magic, you know."
My Maria | B.W. Stevenson | 1973
His real name was Louis, but his friends called him "Buckwheat." Although the country singer never scored another crossover hit, this song went #1 on the Country charts again in 1997 and won Brooks & Dunn a Grammy Award.
Can you dig it? Listen for these 1970's one hit wonders and more of the greatest hits on the Night Shift with Craig Alan.
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