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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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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 »

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Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang – Silver

Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang – Silver

This gibberish could only have become a hit in the 1970s. Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang? Are you serious? What does Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang possibly mean? Listen to the first verse and it appears Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang means the couple needs to stay together. Or go grocery shopping. Or file their taxes. I’m unsure at this point. Verse two seems to imply things are not as they seem even though “baby has been so good to me” but “please … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

All Right Now – Free

All Right Now – Free

Free’s heavy metal credentials are tenuous; “All Right Now” would not have been included in our history of metal one-hit wonders were it not for the Bad Company connections of two of this group’s members, plus The Firm, another one-hit wonder featuring Paul Rodgers and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page with their one hit, “Radioactive.” “All Right Now’s” six-minute album version featured one of the most expressive guitar solos in rock history and played by the … Read entire article »

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The Americans – Byron MacGregor

The Americans – Byron MacGregor

“The Americans” by Bryon MacGregor may be one of the most bizarre one-hit wonders ever. It’s essentially a patriotic testimonial from a Canadian news anchor who applauds the pluck and moxie and charitable nature of Americans compared to many other countries across the world. It’s a spoken-word piece with “America the Beautiful” as the background. And it was a huge hit, reaching #4 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1974. That made Bryon MacGregor a … Read entire article »

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I’m Easy – Keith Carradine

I’m Easy – Keith Carradine

Academy Award-winning one-hit wonders are fairly rare. A look of Oscar-winning songs reveals the Academy clearly favors proven, conservative choices. But a few one-hit wonder pop songs have been either nominated or awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song, including: “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone (a winner) “Gonna Fly Now” (Theme from Rocky) by Bill Contil (a loser) “Jai Ho” by I’m Easy by A.R. Rahman (a winner) Add today’s entry by … Read entire article »

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