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You Light Up My Life Songwriter Commits Suicide

You Light Up My Life Songwriter Commits Suicide

“You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone was an inspirational love song and the biggest-selling song of 1977. In fact, it’s one of the top-10 biggest-selling songs of all time according to Billboard Magazine. Sadly, the life of “You Light Up My Life” songwriter Joseph Brooks wasn’t quite as inspirational as the successful songwriter committed suicide on May 22, 2011. Brooks was facing 91 counts of rape, sexual abuse, criminal sexual act and assault … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Pump Up the Volume – M/A/R/R/S

Pump Up the Volume – M/A/R/R/S

Another instrumental one-hit wonder for you today. Well, maybe it’s not a “pure” instrumental one-hit wonder because you hear vocals in the mix. But nearly all the vocals are samples from other records. So I’m considering them “instruments” instead of “vocalists.” The people behind the Grammy Awards clearly agreed since they nominated “Pump Up the Volume” by M/A/R/R/S for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. It lost to sax player David Sanborn. Click to hear more Grammy Award … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Hip Hop

Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor

Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor

This is a tremendous song. A tremendous performance. A striking video. This song turned Sinead O’Connor into one of the most iconic artists of the 1990s and beyond. Her later behavior transformed O’Connor from beloved to scorned to hated to misunderstood. All within a few years of the release of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Remarkable. Originally written by Prince for one of his many side projects, The Family, “Nothing Compares 2 U” is vintage … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

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

Knock on Wood – Amii Stewart

Knock on Wood – Amii Stewart

Even if Amii Stewart didn’t have two “iis” in her first name because one obviously wasn’t enough. Even if “Knock on Wood” wasn’t an enduring disco one-hit wonder. Even if no one remembered “Knock on Wood” all these years later (plenty of people still do, of course). I would still have to honor Stewart for her gutsy fashion choice for her album cover. Not many men or women can select such a, well, I’m not really sure … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Jai Ho – A.R. Rahman

Jai Ho – A.R. Rahman

There aren’t many one-hit wonders that have won both a Grammy Award and an Oscar. In fact, “Jai Ho” is pretty much it. In 2008, Slumdog Millionaire was packing movie theaters with its crazy compelling story of a poor, illiterate kid who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire . As the movie ends in an exciting rush of requited love and joy, you see the cast in a train station … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s