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Joanne – Michael Nesmith and the First National Band

Joanne – Michael Nesmith and the First National Band

Davy Jones of The Monkees died on leap day, February 29, 2012. Only three Monkees remain. The world mourns the passing of another teen idol. While The Monkees had 12 Top 40 hits, only one member of The Monkees had a solo song reach the Billboard Top 40. And it ain’t Davy Jones. It’s Michael Nesmith with his 1970s twangy soft-rock ballad, “Joanne.” Never heard it before? I’m not surprised. This song reached #21 on the Billboard Top 40 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country

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

I Can Help – Billy Swan

I Can Help – Billy Swan

Country crossover hits are an interesting phenomenon. In the 1980s there were a bunch of tunes that crossed over from venerable acts like Micky Gilley, Sylvia and John Schneider (from the Dukes of Hazzard). The 1990s were chock-full of country crossover hits from Shania Twain, Faith Hill and many more artists who are completely removed from one-hit wonder status as multi-Platinum recording artists. In the 1970s, you get songs like “I Can Help” by Billy … Read entire article »

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Fallin’ in Love Lyrics – Souther Hillman Furay Band

Fallin’ in Love Lyrics – Souther Hillman Furay Band

Click here to read how “Fallin’ in Love” became a one-hit wonder Fallin’ in Love Lyrics Here I go again it’s all right Full moons grown to brighten the night I been looking there seeing the light It’s sure shining bright yea Well honey believe in it it being free mm Nothing to loves like nothing to be Youve got once a lifetime to see just how much of your dream Honey to feel like fallin in love just to know Honey to feel like … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country, Rock

Fallin’ in Love – Souther Hillman Furay Band

Fallin’ in Love – Souther Hillman Furay Band

There are quite a few “supergroups” on our one-hit wonder lists (Band Aid, GTR and Derek and the Dominos are just a few). The Souther Hillman Furay Band is on that list as well. We think there are two reasons why. 1. Supergroups sometimes write great songs that instantly catapult them to the top of the charts (“Layla” by Derek and the Dominos is a perfect example) 2. Supergroups write one really great song and a bunch of really … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop