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Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis

Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis

It’s easy to forget that big-screen icon Bruce Willis once fancied himself a rhythm and blues singer. But he did. And under the moniker “Bruno” he delivered a debut album cleverly titled The Return of Bruno (see how he did that? Made buyers think they missed Introducing Bruno). We’ll add Willis to our growing list of actors-turned-singers-turned-actors. Or maybe it should be singers-turned-actors-turned-singers-turned-one-hit wonders. Let’s not argue semantics here. Celebrity crossover worked for David Soul … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

It’s Now or Never – John Schneider

It’s Now or Never – John Schneider

TV shows are often a great launching pad into musical stardom (or vice versa). David Soul parlayed his success as Hutch from Starsky and Hutch into a massive number one hit with “Don’t Give Up on Us” in 1977. John Schneider followed Soul’s lead and turned an Elvis Presley cover of “It’s Now or Never” into a #14 hit on the Billboard Top 40 in 1981. What do Soul and Schneider have in common? Let’s explore… Blonde … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

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 »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Don’t Give Up On Us Lyrics – David Soul

Don’t Give Up On Us Lyrics – David Soul

Click here to read how “Don’t Give Up On Us” became a one-hit wonder Don’t Give Up On Us lyrics Don’t give up on us, baby Don’t make the wrong seem right The future isn’t just one night It’s written in the moonlight Painted on the stars We can’t change ours Don’t give up on us, baby We’re still worth one more try I know we put a last one by Just for a rainy evening When maybe stars are few Don’t give up on us, I know We … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Don’t Give Up On Us – David Soul

Don’t Give Up On Us – David Soul

Some of the greatest (or silliest) pop songs ever written or recorded were by TV stars who crossed over to the Billboard charts. Here’s a short list for you: Rick Springfield from General Hospital (not a one-hit wonder but he gave the world “Jessie’s Girl” and for that we’ll always be grateful) Leif Garrett from Family in 1976 singing “I Was Made for Dancing” (not a one-hit wonder either and now known more for … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop