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I Still Believe – Brenda K. Starr

I Still Believe – Brenda K. Starr

I’m sharing a two-hit wonder today to connect the dots between two additional one-hit wonders from the 1960s and 1970s. I love me some musical math. Brenda K. Starr’s biggest hit is “I Still Believe” from 1988. This ballad reached #13 on the Billboard Top 40 and was followed up by “What You See Is What You Get” when that tune reached in #24 in 1988. The second song is completely forgettable late-’80s pop. If … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

More Today Than Yesterday – Spiral Starecase

More Today Than Yesterday – Spiral Starecase

Few songs are more joyous, more ebullient than “More Today Than Yesterday” by Spiral Starecase. You could be a cynic. You could be depressed. You could be a misanthrope. But I doubt you could hate “More Today Than Yesterday.” It’s too happy. It’s too innocent. It’s too, well, brilliant. And if you watch Spiral Starecase perform “More Today Than Yesterday” and keep your eyes focused on the shuffling feet of bass-playing Bobby Raymond, I’m certain you’ll fall … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB

It’s impossible to not love “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia).” It’s sweet Philly soul. It’s disco. It is written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the same guys who gave the world The O’Jays and many more soul bands. “TSOP” is recorded by MFSB. An abbreviation for Mother, Father, Sister, Brother and featuring soaring vocals by The Three Degrees. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In fact, you can make a strong argument … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Joy – Apollo 100

Joy – Apollo 100

We love the silly, distinctive instrumental one-hit wonders that break through all the traditional pop music to become an unexpected hit. “Joy” by Apollo 100 definitely fits that description. Who would have guessed that a rock version that is basically a note-for-note remake of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach would ever become a hit that was played on Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 radio show. Then again, in the early 1970s, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Featured