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A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

When I was a little kid, my dad showed up at the house with a record titled A Fifth Of Beethoven by Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band. We played this record to death. Disco meets classical music. A sound so good they added it to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. I’m going to go out on a limb here and call it sheer brilliance. Today, with sampling and mash-ups on radio formats like … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Also Sprach Zarathustra – Deodato

Also Sprach Zarathustra – Deodato

Also Sprach Zarathustra is one of the best-known instrumental one-hit wonders. You know the famous phrase: Dum. Dum. Dum. Da-dum! Very dramatic stuff. Of course, you probably also know the movie that made this song famous: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. It’s a must-see film and widely considered one of the greatest of all time. The song is based on the original music composed by Richard Strauss way back in 1896. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Amazing Grace – The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Amazing Grace – The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

One-hit wonders don’t get more unexpected or unlikely that this one. Today, we bring you “Amazing Grace” by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. No, that’s not some groovy mid-1970s rock band. It’s a cavalry regiment of the British Army, and the senior Scottish regiment. These bagpipe-laying, kilt-wearing lads have their own pipes and drums corp and in 1972, their version of “Amazing Grace” reached #11 on the Billboard Top 40, making The Royal Scots Dragoon … 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

Hooked on Swing – Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra

Hooked on Swing – Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra

Sometimes one-hit wonders are such brilliant songs, they deserve to rocket to the top of the charts and live a long, fruitful life forever on the charts. Other songs, not so much. In fact, some you listen to nearly 20 years after they charted on the Billboard Top 40 and you wonder aloud “What were people thinking or drinking to push this into the Top 40?” The 1980s were an era of excess (cocaine, big hair, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire – David Foster

Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire – David Foster

If you played the keyboards or piano in the 1980s, you learned the “Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire” by David Foster.” Why? One big reason. The girls loved it. It made you appear sensitive and in-touch with the feminine psyche. At least that’s how it remember it now. Back then, it may have been because Demi Moore starred in St. Elmo’s Fire and she was the sexiest woman in the land (her voice alone … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop