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Love You Like I Never Loved Before – John O’Banion

Love You Like I Never Loved Before – John O’Banion

“Love You Like I Never Loved Before” by John O’Banion comes to us directly from the Hall and Oates, Toto, Queen, Joey Scarbury and Frankee and the Knockouts production early 1980s songbook. The pounding piano is straight from Toto’s first hit, “Hold the Line” with some sly nods to Daryl Hall’s piano pounding on “Kiss on My List.” The soaring vocals have a touch of two-hit wonders Frankee and the Knockout’s vocal stylings on their biggest hit, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Baby, Come to Me – Patti Austin and James Ingram

Baby, Come to Me – Patti Austin and James Ingram

TV shows can transform tunes from good song to hit song. All it takes is a little timing, a little luck and that unplanned groundswell of support that pushes a song from a failed single or album track to Billboard number one song. In the one-hit wonder world, this phenomenon has occurred many times. Don’t believe me? How about these examples: “Welcome Back” by John Sebastian (The Theme from Welcome Back, Kotter) “Believe it or Not” by Joey … Read entire article »

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Nadia’s Theme – Barry De Vorzon

Nadia’s Theme – Barry De Vorzon

Let’s turn down the lights and get a little sensitive now. “Nadia’s Theme” is another unlikely 1970s one-hit wonder. But it’s not the only instrumental one-hit wonder to grace the Billboard Top 40. You can also add “Chariots of Fire Theme” by Vangelis, “Hooked on Swing” by Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra and the “Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire” by David Foster to name just a few. Click to hear more instrumental … Read entire article »

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Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day

Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day

As you dig deep into one-hit wonder history, you discover lots of one-hit wonder artists actually hit the Billboard Top 40 many times as songwriters for other artists. Today’s starring player fits that description perfectly. Alan O’Day has spent five decades in the music business writing hit songs or movie and TV theme songs other people made famous. Here is a quick list of his career highlights: “The Drum” by teen idol Bobby Sherman hit … Read entire article »

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Theme from Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not) – Joey Scarbury

Theme from Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not) – Joey Scarbury

Few songs cry out 1980s sitcom more than the “Theme from Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)” by Joey Scarbury. The distinctive piano intro. The simple, sugary sweet pop melody. The fact that the song is called “Theme from Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not).” And the album artwork. Even as a kid I knew this had to be one of the worst album covers ever. C’mon, you can’t do better than a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop