I think I need to explain my subject for today’s M4…
Today’s theme, as Xmas Dolly says on her webpage, is
November 13th “Our Spotlight Dancer is “The Testosterone Three & Me” , Vandy J. & our theme is “One hit wonders of when you were in high-school”
When I saw this, I had to laugh, because I just did a whole series on Two For Tuesday about musical acts that were popular during my high school years, 1970-1974. And, as an added bonus, my good friend Cathy did a post last week of #1’s by one-hit wonders for 1970-1974. I joked that I was just going to reblog her post and be done with it.
Seriously, hers is a great post and if you haven’t read it, please do, because you’ll love it.
Now, she covered the #1’s, but, as you can see on this Wikipedia page, there were a whole bunch of songs by one-hit wonders that made the Top 40 during my high school years. In fact, the more I read, the more I realized I could end up with a list of a hundred songs from those years. I went through just the list of songs from 1970 and picked a good deal more than ten. I decided I was going to have to limit myself to just one year at a time. Today, 1970. And, just so you know, I’m not limiting myself to songs that peaked after September 1, which would have been the official start of my high school years. Here are a dozen songs, one for each month, that I liked from 1970 that were done by one-hit wonders.
- Crow, “Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me” This song peaked at #19 on January 10. Crow was a blues-rock band from Minneapolis that was active from 1967 to 1972 and reformed in 1980. They’re apparently still going, from what I read.
- Eddie Holman, “Hey There Lonely Girl” This peaked at #2 on February 21. The song was originally done by Ruby and the Romantics (“Our Day Will Come”) as “Hey There Lonely Boy.” Eddie had some hits on the R&B charts over the next few years, and is a sure bet to show up on oldies shows to sing this.
- The Jaggerz, “The Rapper” This peaked at #2 nationally on March 21 and went higher in selected markets. The Jaggerz are a band from Pittsburgh, PA that has been together since 1964, but had their best days from 1970 to 1977, after which they broke up for about ten years, reforming in 1989 and still going today.
- Norman Greenbaum, “Spirit In The Sky” Peaked at #3 on April 18. Note the opening lick sounds an awful lot like ZZ Top’s “LaGrange.” Norman, inspired by Porter Wagoner singing a gospel song on his syndicated TV show, decided “I can do that,” even though he knew nothing about gospel music. He says he wrote the song in about 15 minutes. Despite the fact that the song talks about Jesus, Norman is Jewish.
- Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” This peaked at #10 on May 9. It reached #7 on the Cash Box survey, #3 in the UK, and #6 in Canada. Over two million copies have been sold, and the composers, guitarist Junior Campbell and vocalist Dean Ford, received a citation from BMI when the song reached a million airplays in 1998.
- White Plains, “My Baby Loves Lovin'” The only song to reach its peak in June, it peaked at #13 on the 27th. The song was sung by session singer Tony Burrows, who also sang on Edison Lighthouse’s “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes” (which peaked at #5 on March 28), The Pipkins’ “Gimme Dat Ding” (peaked at #9 on July 18), and was later a member of The Brotherhood of Man, whose one hit, “United We Stand,” peaked at #13 the following week (July 4).
- Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride” The week after “United We Stand” peaked at #13, this song peaked at #4. The first word of the song, “Seventy-three” was the number of keys on composer Mike Pinera’s electric piano. He started with that, and the song evidently “wrote itself.”
- Pacific Gas & Electric, “Are You Ready?” Peaked at #14 on August 1. The title track from PG&E’s 1970 album, it was the only hit for them in their seven years of existence. They were a much bigger item on FM, I think.
- Hotlegs, “Neanderthal Man” Peaked at #22 on September 26. Hotlegs was a British pop group that would later form the basis for the band 10cc.
- Free, “All Right Now” Reached #4 on October 17. Free’s lead singer, Paul Rodgers, would go on to fame and fortune as the lead singer for Bad Company.
- 100 Proof (Aged In Soul), “Somebody’s Been Sleeping” Peaked at #8 47 years ago tomorrow. It took me a minute to place this one, but I remember liking it…
- The Presidents, “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years Of Love)” The only one-hit wonder to peak in December 1970, it reached #11 the day after Christmas. The Presidents were a soul band from Washington, DC. Another one I couldn’t place until I heard it.
This was fun. As we get more “freebie” days, I’ll do the rest of my high school years. Maybe even keep going and do the college years. You have been warned!
That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 13, 2017. Happy birthday, Kip!