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MacArthur Park – Richard Harris

MacArthur Park – Richard Harris

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Three Little Pigs” by Green Jelly was Jim Barton’s last foray into the world of heavy metal one-hit wonders. But did you think he would go gently into that good night? Sorry, no such luck.:) From time to time he will continue his contributions and adding to the wacky and wonderful world of One-Hit Wonders, starting with this famous song, “MacArthur Park,” by Richard Harris. A most delightful little book that should be on … Read entire article »

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In the Mood – Henhouse Five Plus Too

In the Mood – Henhouse Five Plus Too

Few songs make me want to pay an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor to remove my ear drums. But “In the Mood” by Henhouse Five Plus Too is in serious contention. This novelty song is pure garbage. It’s stupid. It’s silly. It’s dumb enough that to hear it once is more than enough. Remarkably, “In the Mood” by Henhouse Five Plus Too reached #40 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1977 and that’s good enough to land … Read entire article »

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One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

Dick Clark died today after suffering a heart attack following a routine outpatient treatment at a Los Angeles hospital. It’s hard to calculate and quantify the number of one-hit wonder bands and artists Dick Clark featured on American Bandstand during its 30-year run between 1957 and 1987. Virtually every American band (and many non-American bands) who found a place on the Billboard Top 40 appeared on American Bandstand. YouTube is filled with American Bandstand videos from one-hit artists … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, 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 »

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Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett

Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett

Halloween is one of the greatest American holidays. “Monster Mash” is one of the greatest one-hit wonders. Except it’s not. “Monster Mash” actually charted on the Billboard Top 40 two separate times in two separate years. With eleven years between the hits. The first time is 1962 when the novelty song was first released and “Monster Mash” reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40. Listeners lapped up the Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi references and the song became … Read entire article »

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Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith

Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith

Author’s note: Let’s take a break from heavy metal one-hit wonders and take a look at this little ditty, almost forgotten now but when it was a hit, it was one of those songs that embedded itself in your ear like an annoying mosquito, and you just couldn’t get the stupid thing out of your head. The seed for this article was sown during an overnight trip I took recently, and as I pulled out … Read entire article »

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