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Gee Whiz – Bernadette Peters

Gee Whiz by Bernadette PetersAre 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 number 31 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1980.

Music listeners are a surprising bunch.

Listen to Gee Whiz by Bernadette Peters

Yet, unlike Bernadette Peters who has enjoyed a remarkably diverse and successful entertainment career, time has shown that “Gee Whiz” had no legs. I don’t remember hearing the song in the 1980s and I don’t think any radio station has played it since.

It’s not even included on Bernadette Peters’ greatest hits.

It’s a forgotten one-hit wonder and I’ll add it to a growing list of the worst one-hit wonders

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2 Responses to "Gee Whiz – Bernadette Peters"

  1. Murph says:

    Guy who wrote the comments about Ms. Peters and Gee Whiz being awful must be a throw back to the acid rock days of the 70’s. Although BP might not have the original nailed down she’s very close. I agree leave out the sax rip at the end. Otherwise, excellent.

  2. David Harris says:

    Why aren’t the pictures of Bernadette streaming? I think the song is beautiful and priceless. I have been looking everywhere for it!
    I don’t know what the guy’s problem is with the negative comments but he’s missing the boat!

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