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Hold On – Jamie Walters

Hold On – Jamie Walters

Two-time one-hit wonders are a special breed. These are the artists who hit the Billboard Top 40 more than once with completely different bands. J.D. Souther did it with the Souther Hillman Furay Band’s “Fallin in Love” and his solo hit “You’re Only Lonely.” Nick Gilder counts for performing “Hot Child in the City” and writing “The Warrior” by Scandal. Donnie Iris sang lead on “Ah! Leah!” and “The Rapper” by The Jaggerz. Ann Wilson of Heart pulled … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Ah! Leah! – Donnie Iris

Ah! Leah! – Donnie Iris

“Ah Leah” has to be one of the greatest examples of nerd rock from the 1980s. It’s like Bill Nye the Science Guy was miraculously merged with one-part Buddy Holly and two-parts Elvis Costello to create the persona of Donnie Iris and the Cruisers. Watch the video for proof. But if you just listened to the song, you might get hooked and peg this band as a Loverboy-like ’80s rock band with big guitars and harmonies. Remarkably, Donnie … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

The Rapper – The Jaggerz

The Rapper – The Jaggerz

“The Rapper” has nothing to do with rap music. “The Rapper” has nothing to do with hip hop or materials you can use to wrap up a sandwich in a fast food restaurant. What you can do with “The Rapper” is connect it directly to Donnie Iris and his 1980s hit, “Ah Leah.” And that means you can also connect “The Rapper” and “Ah Leah” to “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry. Aren’t one-hit wonders amazing? Stay … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

It’s time to honor one of the all-time classic one-hit wonders. “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry sounded amazing when it was released in 1976 and still sounds amazing today. It’s white-boy funk at its finest and makes people shake their booties, even if they detest 1970s music. Ask any songwriter and it’s likely they’ll tell you that one or two of their best songs were written in a fit of inspiration. While it’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop