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Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn

Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn

Editor’s note: This assessment of Cheryl Lynn’s “Got to be Real” reflects the opinion of Jim Barton and not toponehitwonders.com. Some of us here actually like this song…but definitely not Jim. Long before American Idol, there was The Gong Show, where amateur singers, dancers and so forth showcased their talents (or lack thereof) for three celebrities. A huge gong dangled behind the celebrities and if one or more of them didn’t like the act, he … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Who’ll be the Fool Tonight – Larsen/Feiten Band

Who’ll be the Fool Tonight – Larsen/Feiten Band

“Who’ll be the Fool Tonight” by the Larsen/Feiten Band has to be on Toto’s forgotten third album titled Turn Away. Or maybe it’s on their second album, Hydra. Or maybe I heard it as b-side from Steely Dan’s 1977 masterpiece, Aja. Or possibly it’s an out take from one of Boz Scaggs’ late 1970s records. No matter what late 1970s or early 1980s pop reference you choose, “Who’ll be the Fool Tonight” is immediately recognizable–even if … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Goin’ Down – Greg Guidry

Goin’ Down – Greg Guidry

If you confuse “Goin’ Down” by Greg Guidry for The Little River Band, don’t be embarrassed. Just go with it. You could also mistake “Goin’ Down” for something from Ambrosia, Climax Blues Band, Player, the Doobie Brothers or “Steal Away” by two-hit wonder Robbie Dupree. Big harmonies. Smooth, soulful voice. Indistinct vocals. And by indistinct I mean you encounter the problem mentioned above that makes it virtually impossible to determine who is actually singing the song. That’s not … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) – Chilliwack

My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) – Chilliwack

Chilliwack is playing in my head once again. It must be 1981. I was in junior high. MTV was brand new. This song was HUGE. The hook is devastatingly simple: “Gone, gone, gone she’s been gone so long/She’s been gone, gone, gone so long/Gone, gone, gone she’s been gone so long/wonder if I’m ever gonna see my girl” Read the “My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)” lyrics Admit it. You loved the song. I still love the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop