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Stand By Me – Mickey Gilley

Stand By Me – Mickey Gilley

Mickey Gilley is a country music legend. But he’s a pop music one-hit wonder for his 1980 crossover hit from the Urban Cowboy movie that starred John Travolta. The definitive version of “Stand By Me” is performed by Ben E. King. It’s a classic that features one of the most famous bass lines in all of rock music. Gilley’s version is a bit more sleepy, a bit more somber, a bit more boring. But that didn’t matter … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

Wondering Where the Lions Are – Bruce Cockburn

Wondering Where the Lions Are – Bruce Cockburn

While many artists hit the Billboard Top 40 with their first release and just as quickly disappear into one-hit wonder oblivion, some artists have long distinguished careers that lead to critical acclaim, cult fame and even a small fortune. And yes, those artists can also notch their own one-hit wonders in the process. Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Barenaked Ladies, Jimmy Buffett, Ani DiFranco, Michael Hedges and … Read entire article »

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How Do I Survive – Amy Holland

How Do I Survive – Amy Holland

Sometimes with pop songs, all it takes to get your chance on the pop music charts is a good connection. Amy Holland had one fantastic connection in her soon-to-be husband, Michael McDonald, who produced Holland’s debut album Amy Holland in 1980. Yes, that’s the same Michael McDonald who was an early member of Steely Dan, whose founding member, Donald Fagen, notched his own one-hit wonder with “I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World).” McDonald was also the … Read entire article »

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I Believe in You – Don Williams

I Believe in You – Don Williams

Big Don Williams is a class act. He’s still out there strumming his guitar after five decades in the music business. In fact, he’s probably playing a small venue in middle-America tonight. With 17 number one hits on the country charts, he was deservedly inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. But today isn’t about Don’s country hits. It’s about the one time in his career that he crossed over from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

Take a Little Rhythm – Ali Thomson

Take a Little Rhythm – Ali Thomson

This song is a great example of why I write about one-hit wonders and the charms of these long-forgotten gems. I haven’t heard “Take a Little Rhythm” since about 1981. It’s a great example of a song that lights up the airwaves for a few weeks or even months. But five years later people vaguely remember it. Twenty-plus years later and it’s merely a musical footnote. That’s a shame, because “Take a Little Rhythm” has … Read entire article »

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Pilot of the Airwaves Lyrics – Charlie Dore

Pilot of the Airwaves Lyrics – Charlie Dore

Click to read how Pilot of the Airwaves became a one-hit wonder Pilot of the Airwaves lyrics Pilot of the airwaves Here is my request You don’t have to play it But I hope you’ll do your best I’ve been listening to your show on the radio And you seem like a friend to me Or a record of your choice I don’t mind I’d be happy just to hear your voice Saying this is for the girl Who didn’t sign her name Yes, she needs a dedication … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop