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Chevy Van – Sammy Johns

Chevy Van – Sammy Johns

Anybody remember the van craze of the 1970s? During that decade’s second half, thousands of brilliantly-painted vans with intricate artwork (often airbrushed on) rolled down the nation’s highways. The interiors of these rolling works of art were as elaborate as the outsides, with beds, plush carpeting, soft lighting, “captain’s chairs” up front, a good stereo system, and the obligatory citizen’s band radio (CB radios were an even bigger craze at that time). No expense was … Read entire article »

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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 »

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In the Mood – Henhouse Five Plus Too

In the Mood – Henhouse Five Plus Too

Few songs make me want to pay an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor to remove my ear drums. But “In the Mood” by Henhouse Five Plus Too is in serious contention. This novelty song is pure garbage. It’s stupid. It’s silly. It’s dumb enough that to hear it once is more than enough. Remarkably, “In the Mood” by Henhouse Five Plus Too reached #40 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1977 and that’s good enough to land … Read entire article »

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Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith

Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith

Author’s note: Let’s take a break from heavy metal one-hit wonders and take a look at this little ditty, almost forgotten now but when it was a hit, it was one of those songs that embedded itself in your ear like an annoying mosquito, and you just couldn’t get the stupid thing out of your head. The seed for this article was sown during an overnight trip I took recently, and as I pulled out … Read entire article »

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New York Groove – Ace Frehley

New York Groove – Ace Frehley

Editor’s note: Here is another post from Jim Barton, our resident rock and metal one-hit wonder expert. Because “New York Groove” was a song from a one-off solo project and guitarist Ace Frehley was a still-active member of Kiss when he had this solo hit, I originally wasn’t going to include it, as I personally don’t count such songs as true one-hit wonders. But after some debate, we decided “New York Groove” belongs on Top One-Hit … Read entire article »

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Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent

Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent

When Ted Nugent finally put to rest the Amboy Dukes and their psychedelic one-hit wonder, “Journey to the Center of Your Mind,” the “Motor City Madman” became a solo artist on Epic Records. His self-titled debut album was a huge seller and featured one of his most famous songs, the 8-minute-plus “Stranglehold.” His second solo album (my personal favorite), the blistering Free-For-All featured a pre-fame Meat Loaf on some of the songs. Yes, Meat Loaf … Read entire article »

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