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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

Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks

Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks

Scotty McCreery, the 17-year-old from Garner, N.C., won American Idol tonight. That’s 10 seasons of Idol and 10 winners who have gone on to fame (Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks) and relative obscurity (Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks). Taylor Hicks is an interesting study since he is one of only two American Idol winners to place a single song in the Billboard Top 40 (the other is 2010 winner, Lee DeWyze). But Hicks single … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Pop

Stay the Night – Benjamin Orr

Stay the Night – Benjamin Orr

The Cars are back. Yes, the original version of The Cars, one of the seminal New Wave bands, is releasing their first record since 1987’s Door to Door. That’s good news for fans of the band since the record, Move Like This, essentially sounds like their late 1970s or early 1980s classics like The Cars and Candy-O. The sad news is that it’s the original Cars lineup, minus one key member: bass player Benjamin Orr who … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Feelings – Morris Albert

Feelings – Morris Albert

You could start today and write songs the rest of your life and never, ever write anything half as sensitive as “Feelings” by Morris Albert. This song is so weepy, sensitive and in touch with its inner goodness and sadness, it makes me want to hurl. There must have been something in the water in 1975 that inspired songwriters to produce easy listening dreck that captured the sensitive zeitgeist but holds absolutely no relevance today. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

One in a Million You – Larry Graham

One in a Million You – Larry Graham

Ready for an obscure and forgotten one-hit wonder that reached the Billboard Top 10 in 1980? I give you “One in a Million You” by Larry Graham. Remember it? Dig deep. Search your inner soul. If you’re drawing a blank, you’re not alone. I don’t know that any soft rock station in America plays “One in a Million You” anymore. But in 1980, Larry Graham was enjoying success as a smooth-singing solo artist. In my mind, he deserved it … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia – Vicki Lawrence

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia – Vicki Lawrence

If you grew up in the 1970s, you remember Vicki Lawrence from the Carol Burnett Show, where she was a key player from 1967 – 1978. It’s amazing that Lawrence spent 11 years on a top-rated TV show, but most people I know would never peg Vicki Lawrence (or “Mama”) as the singer of “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” Perhaps that’s because it was the pre-MTV and YouTube eras and I had never … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop