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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 »

Filed under: 1960s, 1970s, Pop

In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida – Iron Butterfly

In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida – Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly weren’t so much metal as hard psychedelia; sounding sort of like a heavy Doors. But the San Diego band’s signature song, the rambling, 17-minute “In-a-Gadda-da-Vida” (translation: “This Song Really is Much Too Long”) was heavy for the time (1968) and influential in the development of metal. The drum solo set thousands of teenage boys banging on school desks. DJs on the new “progressive” FM rock stations (the forerunner of today’s album- and classic-rock … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Rock

Journey to the Center of Your Mind – The Amboy Dukes

Journey to the Center of Your Mind – The Amboy Dukes

Editor’s note: Another post from our resident heavy metal one-hit wonder expert, Jim Barton. Just after Blue Cheer thrashed and bashed their way up the Hot 100 with “Summertime Blues,” The Amboy Dukes, featuring a young Ted Nugent, unleashed their own hit with the proto-metal “Journey to the Center of Your Mind,” which peaked at Number 16 in the summer of 1968. That makes The Amboy Dukes a one-hit wonder. Even this early in his career, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Rock