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Hold On – Jamie Walters

Jamie Walters debut album featured Hold On a 1995 one-hit wonderTwo-time one-hit wonders are a special breed. These are the artists who hit the Billboard Top 40 more than once with completely different bands.

J.D. Souther did it with the Souther Hillman Furay Band’s “Fallin in Love” and his solo hit “You’re Only Lonely.”

Nick Gilder counts for performing “Hot Child in the City” and writing “The Warrior” by Scandal.

Donnie Iris sang lead on “Ah! Leah!” and “The Rapper” by The Jaggerz.

Ann Wilson of Heart pulled of the feat with two duets: “Almost Paradise” by Ann Wilson and Mike Reno of Loverboy and “Surrender to Me” by Ann Wilson and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick.

You can add Jamie Walters to that rare list of two-time one-hit wonders for his 1995 hit, “Hold On.”

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But is Jamie Walters a one-hit wonder? Remember “How Do You Talk to An Angel” by The Heights from 1992? That theme song to the quickly cancelled Aaron Spelling TV show The Heights hit #1 in 1992, making The Heights a one-hit wonder. But since The Heights was basically a band created for a TV show and Walters was the lead singer of a fake band created for a TV show, should “How Do You Talk to an Angel” be counted as The Heights or by Jamie Walters?

I’ll let you ponder that one for a while as you listen to “Hold On” and realize that it’s a completely forgettable pop song that likely never would have charted without the lasting impact of The Heights and “How Do You Talk to An Angel.” So there’s that…

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2 Responses to "Hold On – Jamie Walters"

  1. madeinspain says:

    Ann Wilson is hardly a two times one hit wonder, as she had many hits with Heart, so I wouldn’t consider her as that.

  2. Michael Waterman says:

    Thanks for your comment madeinspain. My point is that Ann Wilson is a two-time one-hit wonder OUTSIDE of Heart. As a member of Heart, Ann and Nancy Wilson penned 20 Top 40 Billboard hits and sold more than 30 million albums. The fact that she hit the Top 40 twice–outside of Heart–is particularly impressive.

    Thanks for your comment.

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