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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

Sweet Baby – Stanley Clarke and George Duke

Sweet Baby – Stanley Clarke and George Duke

One of the things we like most about writing about one-hit wonders is hearing long-forgotten songs for the first time in years. “Sweet Baby” by Stanley Clarke and George Duke is a great example of a song that was popular for a short time, then disappeared from the charts. But listening to it today, the song is remarkably fresh. Well, maybe not fresh, but it’s definitely enduring. It’s that kind of early ’80s soul ballad … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB

It’s impossible to not love “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia).” It’s sweet Philly soul. It’s disco. It is written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the same guys who gave the world The O’Jays and many more soul bands. “TSOP” is recorded by MFSB. An abbreviation for Mother, Father, Sister, Brother and featuring soaring vocals by The Three Degrees. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In fact, you can make a strong argument … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Charlene – Anthony Hamilton

Charlene – Anthony Hamilton

Neo-soul is a very good thing because I’m a sucker for classic soul music. The kind of music Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Marvin Gaye produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s. So any time I hear about a neo-soul artist, I quickly check them out. Anthony Hamilton is one of my favorites. His second record titled Comin’ from Where I’m From is a terrific, soulful collection of music that earned Hamilton’s soulful voice three … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Hip Hop

Use Me – Bill Withers

Use Me – Bill Withers

Editor’s note: Bill Withers is NOT a one-hit wonder. But he is an American original and a great vocalist who deserves greater acclaim. He also helped Grover Washington Jr. become a one-hit wonder for their 1981 smash, “Just the Two of Us.” Another song from my all-time top 10. Bill Withers released “Use Me” in 1972 on his great record titled Still Bill. This is solid, soulful music by a man who should be far more … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin

Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin

Editor’s Note: Aretha Franklin is no one-hit wonder. She is simply amazing and sometimes I write about amazing songs here. So enjoy. This is my all-time favorite song and my favorite all-time earworm. No matter how many times “Rock Steady” by Aretha Franklin plays in my head, I NEVER get tired of it. The funky vamp. The unbelievable Bernard Purdie drum beat. The interplay between the horns and Hammond organ. And of course, Aretha’s unparalleled … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s