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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

Telephone Man – Meri Wilson

Telephone Man – Meri Wilson

Cheese. Pure titillating cheese. That’s how I would describe “Telephone Man” by Meri Wilson. It’s the soul-stirring story of a woman who rents an apartment and is visited by the telephone man who is there to…install her telephone line. At least that’s the arc the story follows. But if you read between the lines, maybe this telephone is really just a euphemism. A little double entendre, if you know what I mean. The opening … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) – Maynard Ferguson

Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) – Maynard Ferguson

Here’s an unexpected twist for you: two versions of Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now” hit the Billboard Top 40 in 1977. The first and most successful version is by Bill Conti from the official soundtrack recording of Rocky. This is the song that makes you want to drink raw eggs and run until you puke. It hit #1 on the Billboard Top 40 and also won a Grammy Award for Best Original Song in 1977. Then … Read entire article »

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Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) – Bill Conti

Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) – Bill Conti

I still remember the first time I heard the theme from Rocky. I was riding in my parent’s Ford Country Squire station wagon when the song came on the AM radio. I suddenly wanted to leap from my seat and bash through the window so I could run alongside the station wagon. With “Gonna Fly Now” playing in my head, I was going to conquer my fear of snakes. I was going to eat four … Read entire article »

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You Light Up My Life Lyrics – Debby Boone

You Light Up My Life Lyrics – Debby Boone

Click to read how You Light Up My Life became a one-hit wonder You Light Up My Life Lyrics So many nights I sit by my window Waiting for someone to sing me his song So many dreams I kept deep inside me Alone in the dark but now You’ve come along You light up my life You give me hope To carry on You light up my days and fill my nights with song Rollin’ at sea, adrift on the water Could it be finally I’m turning … Read entire article »

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You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone

You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone

Ten weeks. Ten long weeks. That’s how many weeks “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone spent at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100. At the time, that was the longest-lasting #1 hit of all time. Better than Elvis. Better than The Beatles. Better than everyone, in fact, until Boyz II Men landed at #1 for 13 weeks with “End of the Road” in 1991. That’s 70 days. That’s 2.5 months. That’s a really … Read entire article »

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