’70s One-Hit Wonders Nostalgia Part Two
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 7th January 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
’70s One-Hit Wonders Giving Us All Kinds Of nostalgia trips – Part Two
You read our 14 thought and dance provoking One Hit Wonders of the 1970s yesterday. Here’s 14 more to get you singing and dancing to chase away the January Blues!
- Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles
With its snide, almost taunting tone, “Video Killed the Radio Star” made the top of the singles charts in 16 different countries across the globe. Though it crushed the charts when it came out, this one-hit wonder had another reason for its longevity.
British New Wave group The Buggles covered this immensely popular tune, and their weird spacey video accompanying the 1979 single became the very first music video ever shown on MTV. Some overly sensitive viewers apparently thought it was overly violent because a television blows up in the clip.
- Me and Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
What a scandalously good tune! And who but Billy Paul could make something so wrong sound so beautiful? Never has infidelity had so much soul to it. “Me and Mrs. Jones” closed out 1972 at No. 1 on the charts, and that was just the beginning.
The single was certified platinum, selling two million records. Billy Paul managed to snag a Grammy for his hit, and though he had other singles afterward, all were eclipsed by this one’s success. Trivia time: younger generations will definitely remember Turk singing this one on Scrubs, repeatedly.
Did you find yourself singing along without even hearing the song? You’ll definitely remember these next hits.
- Stealers Wheel – Stuck in the Middle With You
First things first, because you know it’s the first thing that popped into your head: that gruesome scene from Reservoir Dogs will forever influence the way we hear this 1973 one-hit wonder. But seriously, how can you not know this song?
Scotsmen Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan recorded it, debuting on Top of the Pops on the BBC in 1973. Behind the scenes, the tune featured the assistance of legendary songwriting pair Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the dynamic duo that had helped propel Elvis to stardom.
- American Pie – Don McLean
Some one-hit wonders are successful because of the atmosphere that created them, or a genre that was once popular. Then there’s that rare song that breaks the mold. You know this song, your friends know this song, the entire world knows this song, and what’s more, it never gets old.
It may not be entirely fair to label Don McLean a one-hit wonder, but his follow-up singles couldn’t even touch the massive success of this epic tune. McLean proved that not only could a song over eight minutes become the stuff of legends, but that we could learn all the words.
- Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
Wipe away those tears, if you can. “Cat’s in the Cradle” is that song that will make you tearfully call up your dad to remind him you love him. Its haunting lyrics mean that no matter what time of day you hear it, it will strike a chord in your heart.
Chapin’s wife Sandy wrote the poem that inspired this 1974 hit, and it was about her first husband’s relationship with his politician father. But as time went on, Harry Chapin came to realize he was expressing his own fears about his relationship with his son.
Tearing up from the memories? You’ll definitely get a kick from these next songs.
- The Devil Went Down To Georgia – The Charlie Daniels Band
If you want an incredible slice of home-cooked Americana, look no further. You can just feel the ghoulish flames licking off of the violins in this 1979 hit song, because there’s such fast and furious fiddling, you’d swear they’re on fire.
The song employs a classic story of a boy being dared to a fiddling match with the Devil himself, with his evil adversary being totally surprised. Most recently, a viral video featured a man playing in tune with a washing machine whose rhythm totally matches the song.
- Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton
Modern audiences all know Minnie’s daughter, funny gal and Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph. This sugary 1975 song was written to soothe her young daughter. Minnie had a formidable vocal talent as a coloratura soprano, but only gave us a taste of it here.
Written by her and her husband, and soaked with calming sounds like chirping birds, it was a perfect vehicle to show off Minnie’s incredible four octave range. Tragically, the singer passed away from cancer just a few years after her song made waves.
- Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
Few songs could be so hauntingly wistful, let alone a one-hit wonder. Move over, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, because this song has arguably the greatest saxophone solo of all time. Just ask Lisa Simpson. And its guitar solo even influenced Slash’s in “Sweet Child o’ Mine“.
Scotsman Gerry Rafferty was a member of Stealer’s Wheel, which had yet another one-hit wonder themselves, but as a solo artist, there was no topping this legendary tune that hit charts worldwide in 1978. How much does this one take you back?
- Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Swede
ABBA weren’t the only ones making a splash in the 1970s. As the name would suggest, “Hooked on a Feeling” was indeed sung by a Swedish rock group. In fact, it was made by mashing together two cover songs, one Swedish and one American.
The “ooga-chaka” opening to the song would later take on a life of its own, long after the single went number one in 1974. It accompanied that weird dancing baby from the Ally McBeal TV show that would become one of the world’s first viral videos in the 1990s.
- How Long – Ace
It’s the opening bass riff that an entire generation of young gentlemen just had to learn in order to impress their love interest. The fact that the bass is the lead-in to this popular soft rock ballad is actually rather ironic.
While the song’s lyrics would imply that it’s about being cheated on by a lover, it’s actually about a betrayal of another kind: the lead singer discovered his band’s bassist had been moonlighting with another group! The song has continued to generate a life of its own, having gone on to be covered by such greats as Rod Stewart and Bobby Womack.
- Black Betty – Ram Jam
Though the rock band Ram Jam became ’70s one-hit wonders, their guitarist already had over a decade of experience in the music business. Bill Bartlett had previously been part of the psychedelic ’60s pop group Lemon Pipers, which had topped the charts with “Green Tambourine” back in 1968. The group Ram Jam was formed around the presence of the guitarist.
The thumping “Black Betty” was a rock reworking of a short song by the legendary blues guitarist Lead Belly. While Ram Jam’s version of the song became an international hit, it was not without its controversy. The NAACP took umbrage with its lyrics, and attempted to institute a boycott.
- Pop Muzik – M
It’s bizarre, it’s undeniably quirky, it’s hopelessly catchy, and it heralded the beginning of an era dominated by the genre of new wave. Its title’s spelling and the sound of the song would lead you to believe it came out of Germany or another place in Continental Europe that had championed electronic music.
However, the group M was a collaborative project centred around English musician Robin Scott. This synthesizer-dominated song served as the perfect bridge between the dying brand of disco and the electro-pop sound that would define the next decade. Irish rock giants U2 would go on to remix the song and use it to open their tours in the late ’90s.
- Dancing In The Moonlight – King Harvest
What happens when you gather a bunch of talented American musicians in Paris? The result is this gentle, soothing hit that you can’t help to sway to, just as the lyrics would want you to do. The band King Harvest went through several iterations, and even received support from former members of the Beach Boys.
However, they never managed to attain the success that this ’70s one-hit wonder brought them. Today, modern audiences will be far more familiar with a different version of this song, its instantly-recognizable 2000 cover by Toploader. Chances are, few modern listeners will realize that the hit is in fact a cover.
- Beach Baby – The First Class
With a songwriter bearing the surname Shakespeare, chances are, you’re practically guaranteed at least one chart-topping single, and that’s precisely what British pop group The First Class got in 1974 with their single “The First Class”. The group’s country of origin may come as a surprise, because lead singer Tony Burrows manages to pull off a fairly convincing American accent.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
The Top Ten World’s Most Beautiful Women
1 Jeannie Robinson (Mamma)
2 Marilyn Monroe
3 Raquel Welch
4 Bettie Page
5 Princess Diana
6 Grace Kelly
7 Audrey Hepburn
8 Brigette Bardot
9 Sophie Loren
10 Liz Hurley
Reserve Ava Gardner.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Give me a place to stand, and a lever long enough, and I will move the world.”
Happiness is…a brand New Year with lots of hope.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Do you know what’s odd? Every other number.
Love is…when every day is Valentine’s Day
A time to listen to 70s music…A time to listen to today’s music.
©2021 Phil M Robinson