One hit wonders
We’ve all done it: run in faux slo-mo down the driveway to the sounds of “duh-da-da-da-dah-dah” in our minds.
That would be the theme to “Chariots of Fire.”
The Dazz Band were the sum of two bands that played the clubs of Cleveland during the 1970s. By the early ’80s, they were on Motown, hitting the R&B charts and warming up for their lone single to make the pop charts.
A tumultuous band subject to the tumultuous whims of leader Kevin Rowland, Dexy’s Midnight Runners were a hit many times over in the UK. In the US, however, they’ve never managed to break free from the category known as One-Hit Wonders.
With a name like Kajagoogoo, it had to be good. At least once, anyway.
Though they had a string of hits in the UK over the course of more than fifteen years, Big Country found only one hit in the US… and we all know which one that is.
From the bedroom to the bathroom to the pop Top 20. So went the path traveled by “Weird Al” Yankovic to find his hit, “Eat It.”
An actress best known for her role in the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Jane Powell scored her lone Top-40 hit in 1956 with a cover of Bing Crosby’s “True Love.”
We keep hearing this one of the TV so let’s go back to ’69 and reconsider Norman Greenbaum, who joined the class of One Hit Wonders with his song, “Spirit in the Sky.”
Considering her stage name was the same as the American frontiersman and her one hit had the same name as a Motown tune famous in later years, it’s no wonder no one remembers Kit Carson and her one hit “Band of Gold.”