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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/01/30 13:11:29 (permalink)
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Now... do you remember "Girls Are Out To Get You" by The Fascinations? It was on a MAYFIELD record.
About (Like Elvis) To Spin Out, Ort. Carlton in 30601-Land.
P. S. Nor do I have the apparent health problems that beset The King! It's fitting, isn't it, that he died on his throne....


Nope, I don't know that song! I'll start looking, though.

I heard the Laura Lee on a compilation, Sweet Soul Music: Voices From The Shadows that Allmusic describes as "An audio companion of sorts to Peter Guralnick's excellent book on Southern soul...." an assessment I would agree with; IMO Guralnick's tryptich Sweet Soul Music, Feel Like Going Home, and Lost Highway represents the pinnacle of American music writing, along with his outstanding two volume Presley biography Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love.[url='http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47E16D84CAA7F20D0902D41C7BC7CFE1DCD63F98611294950D3BB34458C047AAF5FFA8481F1AF2BEA78EFFF2EE85B10D0CAF154FCDC6E713C8FE4A464323A42166858&sql=10:gvfuxqr5ldfe']You can hear a 30 second snippet of "Separation Line" here.[/url] And the CD is still available, if you are interested in having the music rather than the actual item.

And while we're at it, how about Arthur Alexander's "Rainbow Road" on that same collection? And doesn't that name lead you to Mighty Sam McClain? If you haven't heard his 1992 "comeback" Give It Up For Love, you really should. The title track alone is worth playing over, and over, and over. Again, you can hear the snippet at [url='http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47E16D84CAA7F20D0902D41C7BC7CFE1DCD63F98611294950D3BB34458C047AAF5FFA8481F1AF2BEA78EFFF2EE85B10D0CAF154FCDC6E713C87EEA16A38365B6675&sql=10:knfrxqegldfe']allmusic[/url].

James Carr fascinates me; the story of the man trying to overcome his issues in order to make his art is very moving. I don't have either of his Goldwax albums, but I have a later vinyl 2-disc set where disc one is You Got My Mind Messed Up and disc 2 is A Man Needs a Woman... I'll settle for that. There is nothing like his version of Dan Penn's "Dark End of the Street". The pain just jumps out of the grooves.

Eddie Hinton fans might want to check out Jimmy Thackeray and the Drivers' album of covers, We Got It; their version of "I Still Want to Be Your Man" is killer.

I first heard "Nickel and a Nail" at a Billy Price show almost 30 years ago; I looked up the original.

There is just so much, so much music from that era that was at least as good or better than what came over the radio. Not that I didn't love what I heard, but there was so much more.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/01/30 23:28:30 (permalink)
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Is there an official definition of One Hit Wonder? Inquiring minds want to know (O.K. so maybe one mind - mine). Is an artist with a #1 hit and only a #47 follow-up a OHW? How about #9 and #99? Or #15 and #125?


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That is a fine question. My kneejerk answer would be that, generally, the first wouldn't quite do it but the latter two probably would. It depends on other factors, like a hometown advantage, how much airplay a cut received in spite of its low chart position, how well remembered it is today, how many other hits the artist enjoyed, and so forth.
If you want REAL one-hit wonders, though, you can only count groups or peole who had one # 1 record followed by absolutely nothing... especially if it's nothing for years and years. The ultimate one-shotters are The Silhouettes, whose sole hit was the great "Get A Job," and who remained together with all original members, still actively performing, until lead singer Walter Horton died in 1997. Hey, that's 40 full years of soldiering on, and never reaching any chart but those kept in individual hearts. You can't do better than that.
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P. S. If you really want a treat, flip the original "Get A Job" 45 and play the backside, "I Am Lonely." It is absolutely gorgeous. The only other unknown B-side that comes close is "How Can I Find True Love?" by The Del Vikings, the flip of "Come Go With Me." ("Love" was the intended A-side, by the way, as clearly marked on the FEE BEE original -- a friend of mine found one in a junk store in Spartanburg for ten cents.)
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/01/31 19:59:30 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

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Originally posted by plb
Is there an official definition of One Hit Wonder? Inquiring minds want to know (O.K. so maybe one mind - mine). Is an artist with a #1 hit and only a #47 follow-up a OHW? How about #9 and #99? Or #15 and #125?


plb,
That is a fine question. My kneejerk answer would be that, generally, the first wouldn't quite do it but the latter two probably would. It depends on other factors, like a hometown advantage, how much airplay a cut received in spite of its low chart position, how well remembered it is today, how many other hits the artist enjoyed, and so forth....


Interesting point, isn't it? I'm thinking 'Top 40' is the yardstick, but looking online over radio charts from stations of my youth, they're often shown as a 'Top 20' or even a 'Top 10' - a pretty high spot to hit for anyone.

Is it a 'one-hit wonder' if the same song charts twice, like the Surfaris' 'Wipeout'? And if two versions hit at the same time, like 'Concrete and Clay' by Eddie Rambeau and Unit 4+2, do they have to share?

Hometown advantage is something else - as far as I know, 'Mother in Law' is Ernie K. Doe's one and only, but I saw him a few years back at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, and I can't help thinking he still charts locally.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/01/31 22:30:06 (permalink)
Ort. Carlton,

Your definition of One Hit Wonder sounds more objective than what I'm using. Which is if I remember 1 song by them, but only 1, then they are a OHW. Here are a few more using my definition from another PBS oldies show:

A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young & the Innocents (also saw her last week)
Do You Love Me – Contours (saw them last week as well)
For Your Love – Ed Townsend
Romeo & Juliet – Reflections
Tossin’ and Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis
Since I Fell for You – Lenny Welch
Remember Then – The Earls
Daddy’s Home – Limelighters (I remember something about it being an answer song to another with the same singer?)
Once In a While – Chimes (not sure if I remember it or not)
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – The Casinos
In the Still of the Night – The Satins (I remember it being voted 1 or 2 all time greatest hit on some oldies station)
Peppermint Twist – Starliters
Sea Cruse – Frankie Ford (already discussed, he came on the show after Little Richard and he made Little Richard look normal)
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/01/31 23:59:13 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.
Originally posted by plb
Hometown advantage is something else - as far as I know, 'Mother in Law' is Ernie K. Doe's one and only, but I saw him a few years back at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, and I can't help thinking he still charts locally.


Vince,
As they would say in New Orleans, Ernie hasn't been long passed: July 5, 2001. He operated Ernie K-Doe's Mother-In-Law Lounge at 1500 North Claiborne Avenue in N. O. for years; it's still there (they reopened after Katrina), even if Ernie isn't.
His real name was Ernest Kador, Jr. (Of course, Kador is pronounced "K-DOE" in New Orleans!)
Ernie saw some more chart action with his follow-up "Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta," which did especially well in the Beach Music region of the Carolinas. The record after that charted on both sides: "I Cried My Last Tear"/"A Certain Girl." He returned to the national charts once more with "Popeye Joe" in 1962.
What's always been interesting to me is that the initial 45 pressing of "Mother-In-Law" was incorrectly mastered at 33-1/3 RPM for the 45 and sounds strange indeed (you can get almost an identical effect by playing your copy at that speed!). Duh! Only a few thousand were so released, modtly in and around New Orleans, but a friend of mine has one he bought in Atlanta at a thrift store for a quarter.
By the way, the flip, "Wanted, $10,000.00 Reward" was the intended A-side!
K-Doeically, Ort. Carlton in Chilly Athens, Georgia.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/01 00:51:18 (permalink)
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Your definition of One Hit Wonder sounds more objective than what I'm using. Which is if I remember 1 song by them, but only 1, then they are a OHW. Here are a few more using my definition from another PBS oldies show:
A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young & the Innocents (also saw her last week)
Do You Love Me – Contours (saw them last week as well)
For Your Love – Ed Townsend
Romeo & Juliet – Reflections
Tossin’ and Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis
Since I Fell for You – Lenny Welch
Remember Then – The Earls
Daddy’s Home – Limelighters (I remember something about it being an answer song to another with the same singer?)
Once In a While – Chimes (not sure if I remember it or not)
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – The Casinos
In the Still of the Night – The Satins (I remember it being voted 1 or 2 all time greatest hit on some oldies station)
Peppermint Twist – Starliters
Sea Cruse – Frankie Ford (already discussed, he came on the show after Little Richard and he made Little Richard look normal)


PLB,
I have to check myself or I'll turn into an academic and pedantic purist! -- No, not really, but after being in and out (mostly out) of radio for years, one-hit-wonders is an especial favorite field of mine. I DO tend to get right academic about such simply because there are so many people who would qualify if we extended the parameters... plenty of folks I wouldn't even be familiar with! (Find my dumb spot(s) and I'm easily stumped.)
Everyone you named is a good candidate for one-shotdom... Ed Townsend, especially. He must have produced a hundred great singles for other artists (many of which he wrote)... the man was a genius.
"Daddy's Home" by Shep & The Limelites was the 1961 answer to "A Thousand Miles Away" by The Heartbeats from 1956 (and again in 1960!).
The Reflections' follow-up, "Like Columbus Did," reached # 96 for one week. "Poor Man's Son" fared better, tromping up to # 55 on Billboard.
And how many better one-hit-and-pffft! artists are there than Lenny Welch? He had been recording for Cadence since 1958 or 1959, but had failed to follow up his 1960 hit "You Don't Know Me" (# 45) with even a blip on the charts. Label owner Archie Bleyer really liked the guy and hated to turn him loose. "Tell you what, Lenny," he said. "I think I've found a song that's perfectly suited to you. Give it all you got. I'll promote it all I can. After that, if it stiffs, I'll hunt you up a new label." Take after take, Lenny sang his heart out. Archie recalled that he started crying watching him and remarked "That man is literally wringing his soul out, singing that." They kept the most emotion-laden take, overdubbed the orchestra, and released it. It sold 900,000 copies. Until Archie closed down Cadence Records, Lenny Welch remained in his artist stable. Lenny went on to have "Two Different Worlds" (# 61 in 1965 for Kapp) and "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" (the Neil Sedaka song) for the Commonwealth United label (# 34 in 1970).
It's quite a feat to outdo Little Richard, but Frankie Ford is a prime candidate for who could (too bad Esquerita never was on television!). I understand that Frankie disappeared after Hurricane Katrina, but I can't find any mention of his supposed death online. If anything, the backside of "Sea Cruise" is even better: "Roberta." But his greatest 45 (IMHO, anyhow) is "Alimony."
The Chimes: what a gorgeous record! I have it on a well-worn TAG 444 copy; the surface noise only adds to the charm.
Thanks for your great list of suggestions, and by all means keep 'em coming!
Sitting On My B-Side Typing This, One-Shot Ort. Carlton in Well-Represented-On-The-Charts Athens, Georgia.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/01 01:26:52 (permalink)
just like romeo & juliet-by michael and the messengers, I think.
Did we mention it?
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/01 07:46:24 (permalink)
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Ort. Carlton,

Your definition of One Hit Wonder sounds more objective than what I'm using. Which is if I remember 1 song by them, but only 1, then they are a OHW. Here are a few more using my definition from another PBS oldies show:

A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young & the Innocents (also saw her last week)
Do You Love Me – Contours (saw them last week as well)
For Your Love – Ed Townsend
Romeo & Juliet – Reflections
Tossin’ and Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis
Since I Fell for You – Lenny Welch
Remember Then – The Earls
Daddy’s Home – Limelighters (I remember something about it being an answer song to another with the same singer?)
Once In a While – Chimes (not sure if I remember it or not)
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – The Casinos
In the Still of the Night – The Satins (I remember it being voted 1 or 2 all time greatest hit on some oldies station)
Peppermint Twist – Starliters
Sea Cruse – Frankie Ford (already discussed, he came on the show after Little Richard and he made Little Richard look normal)



Crap, I remember all of them
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/02 20:43:15 (permalink)
Ort. Carlton,

You asked for it, here are a few more using my definition from yet another PBS oldies show:
Tonight (Could be the Night) – the Velvets
Denise – Randy & the Rainbows
Rama Lama Ding Dong – the Edsels
So Much In Love – the Tymes (I see from the web that they had a number of other charted songs, but I do not remember them)
Coney Island Baby – the Excellents
What’s Your Name – Don & Juan
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me – Mel Carter
Close Your Eyes – the Five Keys
At My Front Door – the El Dorados
Till Then – the Classics
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/03 08:50:27 (permalink)
Did Garnet Mimms have any other hits besides "Cry Baby"? That's a favorite that I mistakenly left off my list of requests in that other thread.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/05 01:31:29 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
My right knee is bothering me tonight (periodic arthritic flare-up), so I'm going to post these few more one-shotters that I've thought of, hopefully answer one message, and head home.
1) Murphy's Law -- Cheri.
2) Birthday -- Underground Sunshine.
3) So Much Love -- Faith, Hope & Charity.
4) Pilot Of The Airwaves -- Charlie Dore.
5) Video Killed The Radio Star -- The Buggles.
6) Jenny/867-5309 -- Tommy Tutone. Someone ought to open up a nice eatery/drinkery (brewpub?) in Winder, Georgia and name it Jenny's. Its phone number would naturally have to be (706) 867-5309. That number is (ahem!) available there.
7) Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On The Bed-Post Overnight? -- Lonnie Donegan.
8) The Wayward Wind -- Gogi Grant.
9) Michael -- The C. O. D.'s.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/05 01:36:41 (permalink)
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Did Garnet Mimms have any other hits besides "Cry Baby"? That's a favorite that I mistakenly left off my list of requests in that other thread.


Sandy,
Yes, several. My knee is too sore for me to hobble over to grab the chart book tonight, or I'd be more specific. Rest assured, many of the others were as good as "Cry Baby," which I still think is one of the greatest records of all time. My dad called it well: "Son, that's straight out of the African Baptist Church. It's almost too good to be a hit." Over the ensuing years, I've probably worn ten copies of it out, playing it for people.
Not Crying (But In Pain), Ort. Carlton in Much Warmer Athens, Georgia.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/05 01:42:21 (permalink)
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Ort. Carlton,
You asked for it, here are a few more using my definition from yet another PBS oldies show:
Tonight (Could be the Night) – the Velvets
Denise – Randy & the Rainbows
Rama Lama Ding Dong – the Edsels
So Much In Love – the Tymes (I see from the web that they had a number of other charted songs, but I do not remember them)
Coney Island Baby – the Excellents
What’s Your Name – Don & Juan
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me – Mel Carter
Close Your Eyes – the Five Keys
At My Front Door – the El Dorados
Till Then – the Classics


PLB,
Dang, you're good.
The Velvets were the only rhythm & blues group in history ever to come out of Odessa, Texas! Roy Orbison turned them up, brought them to Fred Foster at Monument Records, and a fair amount of success followed. I even have a couple of their utterly nonchart 45s... every one's a winner.
The El Dorados also had "I'll Be Forever Loving You," which was also on VEE-JAY.
Randy & The Rainbows charted once more with "Why Do Kids Grow Up." They lay dormant for years, then recorded anew for AMBIENT SOUND circa 1980.
I'll peck in more when my kneecap quits its throbbing game.
Involuntarily Doing The Wobble Walk Tonight, Ort. Carlton in Lovely Athens.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/13 01:31:04 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
I've accumulated a handful more for you.
1) Cold, Cold Winter/442 Glenwood Avenue -- The Pixies Three. Yes, both sides of the same record! They did chart again, but this was their biggie. I own every one of their six singles -- but not their LP. I guess I'll find that someday... unless I venture to their hometown of Hanover, PA. and scrounge.
2) Soul Coaxing (Ame Caline) -- Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra. One of the most beautiful instrumentals ever to hit the national charts. The first pressing of the 45 is entitled "Ame Caline (Soul Coaxing)." Go figure.
3) How Long -- Ace. Everyone knows this. Now -- what else does ANYONE remember by them?
4) Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams) -- Jessie Belvin. This never reached the Billboard Hot 100, but sold so well on the Rhythm & Blues charts that it is still played as a classic oldie today. It has quite a story behind it: one that I will write when I can make a road trip to Hope, Arkansas....
5) Shannon -- Henry Gross. One of the only love songs ever written to a departed dog... or so I was once told.
6) Witchi Tai To -- Everything Is Everything. You KNOW that Mr. Van Driesen in Beavis & Butt-Head had THIS LP on an 8-track (it actually WAS issued thus)!
7) Heaven On The Seventh Floor -- Paul Nicholas. Here's one for you 1976 bubble-gummers!
8) Living Next Door To Alice -- Smokie. Poor Alice.
More when they accumulate adequately.
Don-Quixotitically One-Shotting At Windmills-But-They're-Really-Spinning-45s, Ort. Carlton in Unhyphenated-Athens,-Georgia.
P. S. Okay... I lied about the hyphens.
P. P. S. What I Am -- New Bohemians. How could I forget? Deep Ellum at its best.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/13 11:36:32 (permalink)
The Critters, "Mr Dyingly Sad"... I know, they had a couple minor hits otherwise, but only made a splash with this one.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/13 21:12:58 (permalink)
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Dearfolk,
I've accumulated a handful more for you.
...
3) How Long -- Ace. Everyone knows this. Now -- what else does ANYONE remember by them?
...


Well, correct me if I'm wrong, and if I am I'll eat a bug, but Paul Carrack was in that group, then did some solo work (Suburban Voodoo being one album of his) before joining Squeeze long enough to record 'Tempted', their biggest hit here in the States (in fact, it may have been their only significant charter here, making my favorite band of the '80s a one-hitter), right?
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/14 02:06:48 (permalink)
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The Critters, "Mr Dyingly Sad"... I know, they had a couple minor hits otherwise, but only made a splash with this one.


Mosca,
When you listen to that single, you'll hear singer Don Ciccone (sp.?)'s voice crack when he sings "Take my hand and walk with me." Even after 17 takes, he still cracked at that spot. Y'see, he wrote the song for his girlfriend, who was in the studio while they were recording, and every time he'd sing it, he'd look up at her and she'd whisper "Yes." -- So the story goes, they're still together nearly 40 years later.
What an utterly gorgeous record.
I'll add a postscript later. The library is closing, as usual.
Rapidly The Stockcar Boy, Ort. Carlton in 30601.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/18 13:31:38 (permalink)
I have a vague memory of a song called "Mill Valley" sung by a bunch of kids and their teacher. Tell me this wasn't just a bad mushroom.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/18 14:03:18 (permalink)
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I have a vague memory of a song called "Mill Valley" sung by a bunch of kids and their teacher. Tell me this wasn't just a bad mushroom.


It wasn't a 'shroom - it was Miss Abrams & the Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class' 1970 hit.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/18 23:35:31 (permalink)
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I have a vague memory of a song called "Mill Valley" sung by a bunch of kids and their teacher. Tell me this wasn't just a bad mushroom.
It wasn't a 'shroom - it was Miss Abrams & the Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class' 1970 hit.


Dearfolk,
I guess you had to be in her homeshroom.
Fungily, Ort. Carlton in Magic Circle Athens, Georgia.
P. S. Rita Abrams continued her project on and made another record with her 4th. grade class, so I am told.
P. P. S. I've got that 45, a copy of it's UTTERLY non-chart follow-up (deejay copy -- sorry, no undrilled stock here), and THE LP, which I scored someplace for the likes of 50 cents. -- I mentioned this song on my "What Would You Like To Hear Me Play?" thread, somewhere around here... which reminds me, I've got more to post... both there and here.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/18 23:51:58 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
More one-shot artists, after an impromptu "think-tank" gathering at the new great bar Trappeze in Athens last Friday and Saturday nights (after the library closed).
1) Tobacco Road -- The Nashville Teens. Sure, they had several more lower-rung singles, but this is the only one most folks remember. -- Does anyone remember "Google Eye" by them?
2) Come On Down To My Boat -- Every Mother's Son. Of course "Put Your Mind At Ease" did okay, but nobody plays that as an oldie anymore... or do they?
3) Time Has Come Today -- The Chambers Brothers. I heard the long version on WGOE in Richmond once. Just recently, I scored that LP for 50 cents in playable condition.
4) Pictures Of Matchstick Men -- The Status Quo. And to think that "Gentleman Joe's Sidewalk Cafe" was the intended side!
5) Tragedy -- Thomas Wayne. It doesn't sound right unless it's played off an utterly destroyed original FERNWOOD 109 single.
6) Barefootin' -- Robert Parker. What a masterpiece! It was arranged and produced by Wardell Quezergue, known in New Orleans as The Creole Beethoven. The man never produced a bad record.
7) D. O. A. -- Bloodrock. When they first performed this, Jim Rutledge (their lead singer) was still playing drums. When the record broke out, they found another drummer.
8) Number Wonderful -- The Rock Flowers. The better version, years later, was by Jay & The Techniques (yes, the same group) on EVENT Records.
9) You Are The One -- The Sugar Bears. Yes, I have their LP. Does anybody know who the female singer on here is? C'mon, hazard a guess... I'll tell you who it is later. You've heard of her.
10) Toast And Marmalade For Tea -- Tin Tin.
11) Michelle -- David & Jonathan. Does ANYBODY else remember them?!?!?!?!?
12) The Little Space Girl -- Jessie Lee Turner.
13) Ambrose (Part Five) -- Linda Laurie. Jus' keep walkin'.
14) Ma! He's Making Eyes At Me -- Lena Zavaroni. Gee, I thought that Zavaroni was some new kind of pasta....
15) Al Di La -- Emilio Pericoli.
16) Volare -- Domenico Modugno.
17) Freight Train -- The Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group. This may well have been the only record from the British skiffle craze to chart in America, and it was on CHIC Records out of Thomasville, Georgia!
18) Hootenanny -- The Glencoves. Now go find my "I'll Play For You" thread for the flipside. Groovy.
19) Shake A Tail Feather -- The Five Du-Tones. The only major hit ever to come out on the ONE-DER-FUL label.
20) Twine Time -- Alvin Cash & The Crawlers With The Registers Band. This was on the above's sister label, MAR-V-LUS.
Enough.
Chartfully, Ort. Carlton in Athens.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/19 00:39:54 (permalink)
It's often said that Kim Carnes was the female vox on the Sugar Bears "You are the one".Never seen any verification on that though.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/19 10:25:28 (permalink)
Ort. Carlton-

Sorry, but Status Quo only counts as a "one-hit wonder" here in the States - after "Pictures of Matchstick Man", Status Quo became a hard rock boogie band, and have remained wildly popular in the UK with the same members for over 30 years, selling millions of albums of essentially the same boogie crap.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/19 11:01:12 (permalink)
"Come On Down to My Boat Baby"... I always wondered about that song. She's tied to the dock? What sort of weird backwoods action is going on here? And the guy's going to cut her free and then what? Keep her captive himself? Sounds like it to me. Creepy. But it has a good beat and you can dance to it; I give it an 87.

Sometimes a band that you think was a one-hit wonder wasn't. I was thinking about The Fortunes and "You've Got Your Troubles", in 1965. But The Fortunes repeated, 6 years (and eons in pop music evolution) later with "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feelin' Again"!
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/19 11:08:23 (permalink)
"Pictures of Matchstick Men" and The Status Quo... I always got them confused by what to my ears was the sound-alike band The Lemon Pipers. If "Rice is Nice" hadn't made it far enough up the charts to register on my tympanic membrane I would have nominated "Green Tambourine" by the Pipers for this thread.
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/19 11:18:51 (permalink)
Sorry for the string of individual posts; my mind races sometimes when I start writing about this stuff!

The Chambers Brothers actually started off as a gospel folk group; I have a really nice old Folkways album that they did with Barbara Dane, the jazz and blues cum protest singer, where they really light up the harmonies. Especially nice to me is the give and take on "Pack Up Your Sorrows", the Richard Fariña tune.

How about that Dr Demento favorite "Telephone Man", by Meri Wilson?
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/19 11:22:44 (permalink)
Ort Carlton-

I'm glad to se eyou mentioned the pride of my hometown of Niagara Falls, NY, Antonio LoTempio and his sister Carol, AKA
Nino Tempo & April Stevens.

Did you know that Nino was a child actor, appearing in "The Red Pony" in 1949, and then played sax with Maynard Ferguson's big band? He also appeared in "The Glenn Miller Story", playing the Benny Goodman character, and was in "The Girl Can't Help It" and "Operation Petticoat". Nino also was in Phil Spector's studio band the Wrecking Crew.

Ahmet Ertegun thought "Deep Purple" was total crap, but Nino & April won the Grammy for best rock record in '63 for it. April had solo hits before teaming up with ther brother, like "Gimme a Little Kiss, Will ya Huh".
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/19 12:55:08 (permalink)
Vicki Lawrence "That's the Night That the Lights Went Out in Georgia"
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/19 17:08:08 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

Dearfolk,
More one-shot artists, after an impromptu "think-tank" gathering at the new great bar Trappeze in Athens last Friday and Saturday nights (after the library closed).
1) Tobacco Road -- The Nashville Teens. Sure, they had several more lower-rung singles, but this is the only one most folks remember. -- Does anyone remember "Google Eye" by them?
2) Come On Down To My Boat -- Every Mother's Son. Of course "Put Your Mind At Ease" did okay, but nobody plays that as an oldie anymore... or do they?
3) Time Has Come Today -- The Chambers Brothers. I heard the long version on WGOE in Richmond once. Just recently, I scored that LP for 50 cents in playable condition.
4) Pictures Of Matchstick Men -- The Status Quo. And to think that "Gentleman Joe's Sidewalk Cafe" was the intended side!
5) Tragedy -- Thomas Wayne. It doesn't sound right unless it's played off an utterly destroyed original FERNWOOD 109 single.
6) Barefootin' -- Robert Parker. What a masterpiece! It was arranged and produced by Wardell Quezergue, known in New Orleans as The Creole Beethoven. The man never produced a bad record.
7) D. O. A. -- Bloodrock. When they first performed this, Jim Rutledge (their lead singer) was still playing drums. When the record broke out, they found another drummer.
8) Number Wonderful -- The Rock Flowers. The better version, years later, was by Jay & The Techniques (yes, the same group) on EVENT Records.
9) You Are The One -- The Sugar Bears. Yes, I have their LP. Does anybody know who the female singer on here is? C'mon, hazard a guess... I'll tell you who it is later. You've heard of her.
10) Toast And Marmalade For Tea -- Tin Tin.
11) Michelle -- David & Jonathan. Does ANYBODY else remember them?!?!?!?!?
12) The Little Space Girl -- Jessie Lee Turner.
13) Ambrose (Part Five) -- Linda Laurie. Jus' keep walkin'.
14) Ma! He's Making Eyes At Me -- Lena Zavaroni. Gee, I thought that Zavaroni was some new kind of pasta....
15) Al Di La -- Emilio Pericoli.
16) Volare -- Domenico Modugno.
17) Freight Train -- The Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group. This may well have been the only record from the British skiffle craze to chart in America, and it was on CHIC Records out of Thomasville, Georgia!
18) Hootenanny -- The Glencoves. Now go find my "I'll Play For You" thread for the flipside. Groovy.
19) Shake A Tail Feather -- The Five Du-Tones. The only major hit ever to come out on the ONE-DER-FUL label.
20) Twine Time -- Alvin Cash & The Crawlers With The Registers Band. This was on the above's sister label, MAR-V-LUS.
Enough.
Chartfully, Ort. Carlton in Athens.


1) I actually have these guys doing both of these songs on a videotape of 1965's 'Pop Gear', in color, wide-screen, lipsynched splendor along with the Beatles, the Animals, and plenty of no-hit wonders!
3) The Chambers rule! I saw these guys a few short years ago at Music Midtown and they had a great vibe, as they say in 1967. Did their cover of 'I Can't Turn You Loose' chart well?
11) Yeah, I remember their song...was 'You've Got to Hide Your Love Away' by the Silkie covered here already?
14) I thought a Zavaroni was something you used on a hockey rink...
17) I was never sure - did Lonnie Donnegan's 'Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight' count as skiffle?
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RE: One Hit Wonders...So good and so Gone... 2008/02/19 21:03:04 (permalink)
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Sometimes a band that you think was a one-hit wonder wasn't. I was thinking about The Fortunes and "You've Got Your Troubles", in 1965. But The Fortunes repeated, 6 years (and eons in pop music evolution) later with "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feelin' Again"!


Thanks for reminding me, I really liked both of them.
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