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The Rapper – The Jaggerz

The Rapper – The Jaggerz

“The Rapper” has nothing to do with rap music. “The Rapper” has nothing to do with hip hop or materials you can use to wrap up a sandwich in a fast food restaurant. What you can do with “The Rapper” is connect it directly to Donnie Iris and his 1980s hit, “Ah Leah.” And that means you can also connect “The Rapper” and “Ah Leah” to “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry. Aren’t one-hit wonders amazing? Stay … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Airport Love Theme – Vincent Bell

Airport Love Theme – Vincent Bell

Some instrumental one-hit wonders are completely forgotten. The “Airport Love Theme” by Vincent Bell has to be one of them. The fact that I’ve seen the disaster movie Airport multiple times and have no recollection of this song tells me that while the movie is enduring, the song is not. But for a moment, let’s look at Vincent Bell’s contributions to popular culture. A guitarist who was widely known as Vinnie Bell, he played guitar on … Read entire article »

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In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

We love summer. Who doesn’t? And we’ve always loved “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry. It’s one of many classic summer songs that are breezy, easy and always evoke sunburns, shades, friends, fun, and yes, even one-hit wonders. The original version of “In the Summertime” was released by British band Mungo Jerry in 1970 and became a worldwide smash, reaching #1 in a number of countries and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 here in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Venus Lyrics – Shocking Blue

Venus Lyrics – Shocking Blue

Click here to read how “Venus” became a one-hit wonder Venus lyrics The goddess on the mountain top, Was burning like a silver flame. The summit of beauty and love, And Venus was her name. She’s got it. Yeah, baby, she’s got it, Well, I’m your Venus, I’m your fire, At your desire. Well, I’m your Venus, I’m your fire, At your desire. [break.] Her weapons were her crystal eyes, Making every man mad. Black as the dark night she was, Got what no one else had. Whoa! She’s got it. Yeah, baby, she’s got it, Well, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Venus – Shocking Blue

Venus – Shocking Blue

We love a good Dutch one-hit wonder. As far as we know, the first band from the Netherlands to break into the American Billboard Top 10 was Shocking Blue, a Dutch rock band that formed in 1967. Their biggest hit? Lets be honest: Shocking Blue only had this one hit. But what a great hit the seminal “Venus” was. It hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970 and was a great … Read entire article »

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Top 5 Pig Songs for the Swine Flu Pandemic

Top 5 Pig Songs for the Swine Flu Pandemic

The porcine plague is real. Swine flu is now circling the globe and spreading quickly. The World Health Organization says we are very close to a full-fledged pandemic. There’s nothing funny about the flu (regular, bird, swine, etc.). Just your run-of-the-mill flu kills 36,000 people each year in the United States alone. But what strikes me as curious about the swine flu epidemic is the concept of “social distancing” described in a story on MSNBC. A … Read entire article »

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