The Friday 5×2: A Baker’s Dozen of One-Hit Wonders from 1971

Usually, I get these finished and leave them in the queue by about midweek, but I stopped before I got this done, figuring “I’ll do it Thursday.” Well, aquatic therapy left me so tired and sore I didn’t feel like writing yesterday, so I’m just working on this today. I have a Pocket queue full of posts to comment on, too. I’ll get to everything, promise.

Anyway, today I’d like to look at the thirteen one-hit wonders from 1971, which was a significant year for me for many reasons. I was going to stop at ten, but there were three songs I really didn’t want to do but thought I should, so I added them. Ergo, thirteen. Cathy Kennedy covered the #1’s from the early Seventies; these are the #2-#10’s.

  1. The Free Movement, “I’ve Found Someone Of My Own” This song was on the charts for twenty-four weeks, peaking at #5 on brother Kip’s 13th birthday (November 13, 1971). The Free Movement were a Los Angeles-based sextet that, soon after this record (on Decca Records) became a hit, signed with Columbia Records and recorded a full album, but would never again know the success they had with this one. Too bad, too: they were pretty smooth.
  2. The Undisputed Truth, “Smiling Faces Sometimes” This record peaked at #3 on September 4, 1971. This was a trio assembled by Norman Whitfield of Motown Records so he could practice his “psychedelic soul” production techniques. They had a few more hits on the R&B charts through the early Seventies.
  3. Jean Knight, “Mr. Big Stuff” Peaked at #2 on August 14. Jean, born Jean Caliste in New Orleans, recorded this for Memphis’s Stax Records, another great R&B label, and had another Top 40 single on the R&B chart (“You Think You’re Hot Stuff,” that peaked at #19 later in ’71).
  4. Daddy Dewdrop, “Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It)” Peaked at #9 on May 8. Songwriter Richard (Dick) Monda went undercover as Daddy Dewdrop to record this one, and probably wishes he had stayed undercover.
  5. The Bells, “Stay Awhile” Reached #7 on May 1. The Bells were from Montreal and had some success in Canada, but this is their one song that crossed the border.
  6. Ocean, “Put Your Hand In The Hand” Reached #2 on May 1. Gospel rockers Ocean were a Canadian band whose first album, recorded on the Yorkville label, was picked up by Kama Sutra Records, which, if you think about it, is somewhat incongruous.
  7. Brewer & Shipley, “One Toke Over The Line” Peaked at #10 on April 10. Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley had a pretty impressive catalog of folk-rock and country-rock songs, and evidently are still together performing. They charted again with “Tarkio Road” which never reached the Top 40.
  8. Sammi Smith, “Help Me Make It Through The Night” Peaked at #8 on March 27. Sammi was a country singer who had several other hits on the country charts, but just the one crossover hit.
  9. Wadsworth Mansion, “Sweet Mary” Peaked at #7on February 27. Wadsworth Mansion, also known as Wadsworth Family Mansion, were from Providence, Rhode Island that released two other singles after this, neither of which cracked the Hot 100, but they stayed together until 1982.
  10. Lynn Anderson, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” Peaked at #3 on February 13. Ms. Anderson was another popular country singer with a number of hits on that chart, but this was her one crossover hit.
  11. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Mr. Bojangles” Peaked at #9 on February 20. The NGDB has been around in one form or another for over 50 years, and is probably best known for their two Will The Circle Be Unbroken albums. This is a cover of Jerry Jeff Walker’s song; my favorite cover is Sammy Davis Jr.’s.
  12. Tom Clay, “What The World Needs Now Is Love (Abraham, Martin and John)” Peaked at #8 on August 14. Tom Clay was a radio personality who took the two songs and added clips from speeches by Martin Luther King and John and Robert Kennedy.
  13. Les Crane, “Desiderata” Peaked at #8 on December 4. Crane was a radio announcer and TV show host who was once married to Tina Louise of Gilligan’s Island fame.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 (plus three) for November 17, 2017.


The Friday 5×2: TV Themes, Part Whatever…

It’s been a long while since I did a TV Themes post. I had to go back through the playlists I created (which you can find here, here, here, and here, and there are probably others hanging around I just haven’t found). Over time, some of the videos I chose have dropped off YouTube (or were pulled off), so as I went through the themes I had, I thought of ones that weren’t there, and put them in.

  1. Danger Man In the US, this was Secret Agent, starring Patrick McGoohan as John Drake, and the theme was different.
  2. The Honeymooners Jackie Gleason, who was an immensely talented man, and an immense man in general, wrote this one as “You’re My Greatest Love.”
  3. The Jackie Gleason Show Another Gleason composition called “Melancholy Serenade” served as theme song for his 1960’s variety show. We would watch this with Dad on Saturday nights.
  4. The Munsters This is a version with the rarely-heard lyrics.
  5. Rawhide We talked about Frankie Laine the other day on Two for Tuesday.
  6. MAS*H I could have sworn this was on one of the playlists, which means it was probably eliminated when someone deleted their account. Anyway, the song is “Suicide Is Painless” from the original movie.
  7. The Avengers The original theme for this show, when it was in black-and-white and starred Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackmon. It was written and performed by Johnny Dankworth. Earlier this year, I pitted this theme against the one used during the Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson years in a Battle of the Bands, and this one didn’t win. Nevertheless, I like this one.
  8. Hawaii Five-O Another one that must have been deleted since I built the playlists, because I can’t imagine I would have left it off.
  9. Alfred Hitchcock Presents Composed by Charles Gounod as “Funeral For A Marionette.”
  10. The Tonight Show Theme The one played by Doc Severinsen and the NBC Orchestra during the Johnny Carson years. Written by Paul Anka as “Toot Sweet,” it’s also called “Here’s Johnny!”

I’ve come to the conclusion that I really need to rebuild these lists, or at least figure out what I have before I try another one of these. If you want to suggest more themes, be sure and look through the ones I have first.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for November 10, 2017.

The Friday 5×2: Your “Saint” Songs

I’m impressed: you came up with quite a few songs with “saint” in the title. Eight, plus one with a band that had “saint” in the name. I added a tenth that I remembered, to bring us up to ten. And here they are…

  1. Foo Fighters, “Saint Cecilia” Cathy came up with several suggestions, starting with this one. She had it down as “St. Isabella,” and I could have sworn I had seen that one, but couldn’t find it. It might have been this one, which Jeanne also suggested. It was the title track from their 2015 EP, and reached #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart the following year.
  2. Mötley Crüe, “Saints of Los Angeles” I impress myself sometimes: I got all the umlauts in! Cathy also suggested this. It was the title track from their ninth and final LP from 2008. Helped along by its presence in the video game Rock Band, it reached #5 on the Hot Mainstream Rock chart and was nominated for a Grammy in 2009.
  3. U2 and Green Day, “The Saints Are Coming” Ever since the “free album on iTunes” debacle, U2 has been on my “naughty” list. Also from Cathy, this was originally done by the Scottish punk-rock band Skids on their 1979 debut album Scared To Dance. The cover reached #51 on the Hot 100 in 2006.
  4. Doris Day, “Ol’ Saint Nicholas” Birgit said she remembered a song by either Doris Day or Kate Smith (or both) that had “saint” in the title, and I found this. I know, it’s not Christmastime until after Thanksgiving, but it’s like everyone is starting “the most wonderful time of the year” early, so I added it.
  5. J. S. Bach, “St. Matthew Passion (Final Chorus)” Ed told me he sang this in college, where his choir director used it as a way to teach people who didn’t speak German how to sing it, and that the words, when translated, are beautiful. The whole piece is almost three hours long.
  6. Judas Priest, “Saints In Hell” Jeanne contributed this one. From their 1978 album Stained Class.
  7. Sara Evans, “Saints and Angels” Sandi wasn’t sure if The Waterboys or country singer Sara Evans did this originally. From what I gather, The Waterboys got it from Sara. This was on her 2000 album Born To Fly, and was the third single from it, released in September 2001. It peaked at #16 on the Hot Country Singles chart and at #3 on Billboard’s “Bubbling Under” Hot 100.
  8. Orbital, “The Saint” Jeanne also recommended this theme song from the Sixties TV show The Saint starring a young Roger Moore, who would have made a dynamite James Bond when the show was on. I think he was a bit long-in-the-tooth to play him in the Seventies. I haven’t done a collection of TV Themes in a while. Maybe next week?
  9. St. Paul and The Broken Bones, “Call Me” SDC suggested this one, and while the song title doesn’t have “saint” in it, the band’s name does. They’re a six-piece “blue-eyed soul” band from Birmingham, Alabama, and they’ve released two albums and two EP’s. This is from 2014’s Half The City.
  10. “St. Trinian’s Fight Song” From the British “St. Trinian’s” movies, popular in the Fifties and based on a cartoon of the same name about a girls’ school where the girls are little hellions. Mary and I used to watch them when Channel 11 in Chicago would run them as the late Sunday evening movie. The first, 1954’s The Belles of St. Trinian’s, featured the redoubtable Alistair Sim in dual roles, as the headmistress as well as her bookie brother. They attempted a reboot of the series not long ago, and it was much less innocent and much less successful.

Thanks to all who contributed. That’s your Friday 5×2 for November 3, 2017.

The Friday 5×2: RIP Fats Domino

Whatever I had planned for this week is going to have to wait. We lost one of the great pioneers in rock ‘n’ roll and R&B the other day, Antoine “Fats” Domino. He was 89 years young. Here are a few songs I chose that I happen to like, and I hope you do, too. I tried not to pick ones everyone was familiar with.

  1. “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” Fats was a big influence on The Beatles, but I don’t remember them covering any of his songs. He covered several of theirs, though. This is a non-album single he released in 1969. I’m just sorry it didn’t chart; I almost like his version better.
  2. “Lady Madonna” One of two Beatles covers he did for his 1968 album Fats Is Back, this was released as a single and just made it to #100 on the Hot 100. Cash Box had it at #87.
  3. “Lovely Rita (Meter Maid)” Also from Fats Is Back, this was released later in 1968 but failed to chart.
  4. “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” Fats wasn’t above doing standards occasionally. This was from his 1961 album Let The Four Winds Blow but wasn’t released as a single until 1963. It got as high as #114, what Billboard calls “the bubbling-under chart.”
  5. “I’m Ready” This was released in April 1959 and reached #16 on both the Hot 100 and Cash Box top singles chart and #7 on the R&B chart.
  6. “Korea Blues” The flip side of his 1950 single “Every Night About This Time,” which peaked at #5 on the R&B chart. I liked it for its historical significance. Notice that Fats’ voice is about an octave higher here.
  7. “Don’t You Lie To Me” From February 1951. It failed to chart, but I like it, anyway.
  8. “I Want To Walk You Home” A hit for him in 1959, it reached #8 on the Hot 100, #9 in the Cash Box chart, #1 on the R&B chart, and #14 in the UK. My favorite of his songs.
  9. “Blue Monday” Fats and a ton of other music acts, including Little Richard, Gene Vincent, The Treniers, The Platters, and Julie London, were in 1956’s The Girl Can’t Help It, starring Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell. This was one of Fats’ contributions, and reached #5 on the Hot 100, #8 on the Cash Box chart, #1 on the R&B chart, and #23 in the UK.
  10. “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In” Fats’ New Orleans roots show here. He played this at the end of his shows. I won’t spoil the fun by telling you what will happen, but it’s worth the twelve-minute investment in time. Trust me on that.

I have this vision of Fats in his white suit making his way into Paradise. Bless him. Au revoir, Fats Domino.

Thats the Friday 5×2 for October 27, 2017.

The Friday 5×2: “Hello” “Again” (with Manic Monday)

Great news! Sandi, over at Flip Flops Every Day, has a Manic Monday prompt this week!

Glad you’re back, Sandi! Now, here are the rules for Manic Monday:

Each Monday, I’ll present a new song title, and you come up with a post using it by next Sunday. Ping back to this post, so others can read! I just got back to blogging, so this is a few days late!

If you are not a WordPress user, provide link to your post in comments.

It can be fiction/non-fiction, poetry, subject can be dark, serious or humorous – however many characters you want- just have fun with it! It doesn’t have to pertain to the song, whatsoever. (click here for past song titles)

The rules are…there are no Rules! (except using the title of the song part)

Sandi’s prompt this week is “Hello Again” by The Cars. Since I do a playlist on Fridays, I thought that would be a good way to handle the prompt this week. Here’s what I did: I came up with ten songs, five that had “hello” in the title and five that had “again” in the title.

  1. Todd Rundgren, “Hello It’s Me” I remember hearing this on Wolfman Jack’s syndicated radio show and instantly liking it. It’s actually an older song, from 1968, and I understand it was the first song Todd composed. It was his only Top Ten hit, reaching #5 on the Hot 100 in 1973.
  2. Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Alone Again (Naturally) I’ve used this song in a number of playlists and I don’t care. It combines a nice tune with morose lyrics, and people liked that in 1972, when it spent six non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and was #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the year.
  3. The Beatles, “Hello Goodbye” Most Beatles songs are credited to Lennon-McCartney, but after a while you can tell which of them wrote it. In this case, Paul wrote it and it was the first song released by The Fab Four after manager Brian Epstein died. It was a non-album track with “I Am The Walrus” as the flip side, but Capitol Records, who did stuff like this all the time, included it on the Magical Mystery Tour album. It was a #1 in the US (Billboard and Cash Box), the UK, Canada, Australia… pretty much everywhere in 1967-68.
  4. Gene Autry, “Back In The Saddle Again” This was Gene’s signature song, cowritten by him and Ray Whitley and first released in 1939.
  5. Lionel Richie, “Hello” You knew this was coming, right? Richie recorded this for his second solo album, 1983’s Can’t Slow Down, and it was the third song released from that album in 1984. It hit #1 on the Hot 100, the R&B chart, and the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as the RPM (Canada) Singles and Adult Contemporary charts.
  6. Dolly Parton, “Here You Come Again” Title track from her 1977 album, it was her first crossover hit, reaching #3 on the Hot 100, #7 on the RPM Singles chart, #1 on RPM‘s Country and Easy Listening charts, #1 on the Billboard Country chart and #2 on its Easy Listening charts.
  7. The Doors, “Hello, I Love You” Off of 1968’s Waiting For The Sun, it was released as a single that year and reached #1 in the US and Canada and #15 in the UK.
  8. The Three Degrees, “When Will I See You Again?” A song by Gamble and Huff, it was one of the most-successful “Philly Soul” songs, reaching #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #2 on the Hot 100, and #4 on the R&B charts in the US, and spent two weeks atop the UK Singles chart. The group sang this at Prince Charles’s 30th birthday party, so he must have been a fan.
  9. Louis Armstrong, “Hello, Dolly! One of Satchmo’s signature tunes, he released his record in 1964 and it ended The Beatles’ streak of three #1 singles in a row. It was #3 for the year, behind “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You,” and won the Grammy in 1965 for Song of the Year. It was the highlight of the 1969 movie of the musical that starred Barbra Streisand. I thought it was, anyway.
  10. Dionne Warwick, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” From the 1968 musical Promises, Promises, the team of Burt Bacharach, Hal David, and Dionne Warwick took this to #1 on the US and Canadian Adult Contemporary charts, #6 on the Billboard and Cash Box singles charts, and #3 on the Canadian singles chart. I was tempted to use Bobbie Gentry’s version, which spent 19 weeks on the UK singles chart, including one week at #1, but decided against it for some reason.

And that’s your Friday 5×2, as well as my entry in this week’s Manic Monday, for October 20, 2017.