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Black Betty by Ram Jam

Black Betty by Ram Jam

Editor’s note: Jim Barton, our resident heavy metal expert, puts his own spin on the classic “Black Betty” by Ram Jam. Although Michael has already written about Ram Jam and Black Betty, I also wanted to include it in this survey of rock one-hit wonders and heavy metal one-hit wonders since Ram Jam’s debut album was on the fringes of metal and their second (and last) LP Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram was … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Cherry Baby – Starz

Cherry Baby – Starz

Does anybody remember a song called “You Take my Breath Away” by Rex Smith, a Number 10 hit in 1979? The sappy, syrupy ballad (diabetics, get out your insulin!) was from a TV movie called Sooner or Later, which he starred in. I sure remember it: The song was nearing its peak position at the time my parents and I moved to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. At the time, music was still commonplace on … Read entire article »

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The Boys are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy

The Boys are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy

A heavy metal band from Ireland with a black lead singer/bassist (the late Phil Lynott, RIP 1986), Thin Lizzy was truly unique. They are also another one of those artists that radio forgets recorded and played more than one song, in this case, “The Boys are Back in Town.” Other great songs include “Jailbreak” (at least Ariel, my pathetic bar band on Kauai thought “Jailbreak” was great when we were butchering it every night as … Read entire article »

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Love Hurts – Nazareth

Love Hurts – Nazareth

The Everly Brothers were one of the most popular artists of the early rock era. Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles and even Hall and Oates were just a few artists who were heavily influenced by them. “Bye-Bye Love,” “Cathy’s Clown” and “All I Have to do Is Dream” were only a few of the Everlys’ big hits. Certainly their most famous song was “Wake Up Little Suzie” in 1957. The lyrics about a teenage couple … Read entire article »

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Movin’ – Brass Construction

Movin’ – Brass Construction

Disco is the greatest form of music in really tiny doses. Or the most disposable. A song like “Movin'” by Brass Construction is exhibit A in that argument. When people first heard this song on the dance floors of disco clubs, they lapped it up like a starving kitten snarfs Meow Mix. Then they let it settle in, percolate a bit, and discovered they liked it. A lot. Movin’ by Brass Construction reached #14 on the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Easy Livin – Uriah Heep

Easy Livin – Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep (named for a character in Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations) and Deep Purple are two of the earliest bands to introduce progressive-rock elements to heavy metal. Without these two groups, it would be difficult to imagine the existence of one-hit wonders Rush, Triumph, Queensryche, Metallica, Dream Theater, even Tool. British rockers Uriah Heep were also one of the first groups to incorporate “swords ‘n sorcery” lyrics in their songs and soon, songs about castles, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock