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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 »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

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 »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex

The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex

The world needs more synthesized drums. At least that was the sentiment when Re-Flex released “The Politics of Dancing” in 1983. “The Politics of Dancing” is one of the definitive new wave songs of the early 1980s with its mix of mildly distorted guitars, British-accented vocals, soaring synthesizers and the distinctive Simmons Drum kit. Love the antiquated sound of synthesized drums. The Simmons SDS-V with its octagonal design became the go-to electronic drums for bands … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Valley Girl – Frank Zappa

Valley Girl – Frank Zappa

With a sharp sense of humor that skewered everything from politics to TV commercials to Beatles’ album covers and song titles such as “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,” “Stevie’s Spanking” and “I Don’t Want to Get Drafted,” Frank Zappa was one of the most unlikely artists to put a song anywhere near, much less in, the hallowed Top 40. But there it was in 1982 when “Valley Girl” made it to Number 32 on the Billboard … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

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 »

Filed under: 1960s, 1970s, Pop

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