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Chevy Van – Sammy Johns

Chevy Van – Sammy Johns

Anybody remember the van craze of the 1970s? During that decade’s second half, thousands of brilliantly-painted vans with intricate artwork (often airbrushed on) rolled down the nation’s highways. The interiors of these rolling works of art were as elaborate as the outsides, with beds, plush carpeting, soft lighting, “captain’s chairs” up front, a good stereo system, and the obligatory citizen’s band radio (CB radios were an even bigger craze at that time). No expense was … Read entire article »

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Love Jones – Brighter Side of Darkness

Love Jones – Brighter Side of Darkness

The curiously named Brighter Side of Darkness (whatever that means) started as a Chicago trio of high school students, including Randolph Murph, Ralph Eskridge and Larry Washington. Twelve-year-old Darryl Lamont was added a short time later; it was his voice that gave “Love Jones” its Jackson Five flavor and propelled the Brighter Side of Darkness’s biggest song to number 16 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1973. But soon there was a wholesale housecleaning of … Read entire article »

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I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges

I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges

Alicia Bridges has only a single hit; a single trip to the Billboard Top 40. But what a hit “I Love the Nightlife” was. It’s a party anthem. A disco classic. I always enjoyed listening to Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” in the 1970s and I remember this song slowly inching its way up the survey, finally peaking at No. 5 in December 1978. But that was the only time Alicia Bridges ever saw … Read entire article »

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Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn

Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn

Editor’s note: This assessment of Cheryl Lynn’s “Got to be Real” reflects the opinion of Jim Barton and not toponehitwonders.com. Some of us here actually like this song…but definitely not Jim. Long before American Idol, there was The Gong Show, where amateur singers, dancers and so forth showcased their talents (or lack thereof) for three celebrities. A huge gong dangled behind the celebrities and if one or more of them didn’t like the act, he … Read entire article »

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Magnet and Steel – Walter Egan

Magnet and Steel – Walter Egan

It’s time to celebrate “Magnet and Steel” by Walter Egan. But before we get there, does anybody remember a group called Night? They had two Top 40 hits in the summer of 1979, a rocker called “Hot Summer Nights” (#18 on the Billboard Top 40) and a ballad called “If You Remember Me” (credited to “Chris Thompson and Night” that reached number 17 on the Billboard Top 40). Thompson had also recorded with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band … Read entire article »

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Ma Belle Amie – Tee Set

Ma Belle Amie – Tee Set

This article was inspired when I heard this song on the car radio–for the first time in over 40 years! Despite the long gap since I had heard this tune, the “Ma Belle Amie” refrain still rang a bell, so to speak, and I decided to look it up in my old 1994 “car copy” of Joel Whitburn’s “Top Pop Singles” book when I got home. But the kicker was yet to come: Less than ten … Read entire article »

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