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One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

Dick Clark died today after suffering a heart attack following a routine outpatient treatment at a Los Angeles hospital. It’s hard to calculate and quantify the number of one-hit wonder bands and artists Dick Clark featured on American Bandstand during its 30-year run between 1957 and 1987. Virtually every American band (and many non-American bands) who found a place on the Billboard Top 40 appeared on American Bandstand. YouTube is filled with American Bandstand videos from one-hit artists … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, 1980s, Pop

24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

The 1970s were huge for one-hit wonders. But like all decades, only a tiny percentage of songs released during the 10 years between 1970 and 1980 reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40. It’s these elite few that became the top songs of the 70s. Eight of the ten years in the 1970s saw one-hit wonders hit #1 on the Billboard Top 40. There were two songs in 1970, two in 1973, five in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Featured, Lists

Ring My Bell – Anita Ward

Ring My Bell – Anita Ward

“Ring My Bell” is one of many disco one-hit wonders. And like many disco one-hit wonders, once this song by Anita Ward left the charts, so did people’s desire to buy Ward’s music. She never again charted. But “Ring My Bell” lives on loud and strong. In fact, it’s one of many 1970s disco one-hit wonders that still has legions of fans today. Songs like “The Hustle” by Van McCoy or “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop