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About Michael Waterman

I'm an obsessive music collector, cataloger, commenter and trivia nut. Sometimes I'm even a listener. One-hit wonders have always been a guilty pleasure.

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Tane Cain – Holdin’ On

Tane Cain – Holdin’ On

Today’s one-hit wonder is another example of marriage helping result in a Billboard Top 40 hit. Tane Cain was a journey-woman singer with middling success in Los Angeles and San Francisco-based bands. It was her marriage to Jonathan Cain that helped her secure a solo record deal back in 1982 and her only Top 40 hit. While you may not know Jonathan Cain’s name, I’m willing to bet you a dozen bagels you recognize his keyboard … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Who’ll be the Fool Tonight – Larsen/Feiten Band

Who’ll be the Fool Tonight – Larsen/Feiten Band

“Who’ll be the Fool Tonight” by the Larsen/Feiten Band has to be on Toto’s forgotten third album titled Turn Away. Or maybe it’s on their second album, Hydra. Or maybe I heard it as b-side from Steely Dan’s 1977 masterpiece, Aja. Or possibly it’s an out take from one of Boz Scaggs’ late 1970s records. No matter what late 1970s or early 1980s pop reference you choose, “Who’ll be the Fool Tonight” is immediately recognizable–even if … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Joanne – Michael Nesmith and the First National Band

Joanne – Michael Nesmith and the First National Band

Davy Jones of The Monkees died on leap day, February 29, 2012. Only three Monkees remain. The world mourns the passing of another teen idol. While The Monkees had 12 Top 40 hits, only one member of The Monkees had a solo song reach the Billboard Top 40. And it ain’t Davy Jones. It’s Michael Nesmith with his 1970s twangy soft-rock ballad, “Joanne.” Never heard it before? I’m not surprised. This song reached #21 on the Billboard Top 40 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country

Gee Whiz – Bernadette Peters

Gee Whiz – Bernadette Peters

Are you kidding me? “Gee Whiz” by Bernadette Peters is awful. Simply awful. Production-wise it’s a throwback to the 1950s with a 1970s sultry saxophone solo for about four bars in the middle section. Peters emotes and has the chops to hit all the right notes but somehow this song falls completely flat. It’s songs like these that make you both love and loathe Billboard pop music charts. “Gee Whiz” climbs all the way to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies

And now, dear friends, a candidate for worst one-hit wonder ever. “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies is a love-it-or-hate-it ditty by beloved Canadian band, Crash Test Dummies (at least they were beloved in Canada for a few years). Hear more: Canadian one-hit wonders The lyrics focus on kids with abnormalities (white hair, birthmarks and Pentecostal parents). A bold move since the song potentially offends all people with white hair, birthmarks and “lurch and shake” religious … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

An American Trilogy – Mickey Newbury

An American Trilogy – Mickey Newbury

There aren’t many patriotic one-hit wonders. “Dawn of Correction” by The Spokesmen is one. But “An American Trilogy” by Mickey Newbury has to top this fairly small and exclusive list. Based on three 19th century songs (“Dixie” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” from the Civil War and an African American spiritual in “All My Trials”), “An American Trilogy” was first arranged and performed by Mickey Newbury who reached #26 on the Billboard Top … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country