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The Hollywood Argyles

Introduction The Hollywood Argyles were a short-lived studio group assembled by producer/musician/songwriters Kim Fowley and Gary Paxton. They achieved popularity…

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Introduction to Celebration (featuring Mike Love)

Introduction Celebration was a short-lived group formed by Beach Boys’ Mike Love during the 70s music era, as his side…

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Introduction to Joe Barry

Introduction Joe Barry was an American swamp pop singer hailing from Louisiana, known for his only big hit and now-oldies…

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Introduction to Jimmy Elledge

Introduction: Jimmy Elledge (1943-2012) was an American country singer and musician from the 60s music era. He is primarily known…

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John Fred and His Playboy Band

Introduction John Fred and his Playboy Band was a pop and blue-eyed soul group led by John Fred Gourrier (1941-2005).…

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Introduction to Johnny Ferguson

Introduction Johnny Ferguson (born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1937) is an American country and pop singer-songwriter from the 60s music…

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One-Hit Wonders: Joe Jeffrey Group

Introduction One of the numerous “one hit wonder” groups, The Joe Jeffrey Group fleetingly surfaced in the 60s music scene. …

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One-Hit Wonders: Joe Jones

Introduction Joe Jones was an American R&B singer-songwriter, who was responsible with forming the all-girl group The Dixie Cups.  His…

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One-Hit Wonders: Just Us

Introduction Chip Taylor (real name James Wesley Voight, most known for penning songs such as “Wild Thing”; also the brother…

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One-Hit Wonders: John and Ernest

Introduction John & Ernest were another of those “one hit wonder” acts, who scored short-termed popularity via the Top 40…

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One-Hit Wonders: Bobby McFerrin

Introduction Bobby McFerrin is an American singer known for his late 80s music era hit, the very catchy “Don’t Worry,…

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One-Hit Wonders: Toni Basil

Introduction Toni Basil is an American singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, choreographer and director whose song “Mickey” became a hit during the…

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One-Hit Wonders: Dexys Midnight Runners

Introduction Dexys Midnight Runners are best known as one hit wonders especially in the United States, through their single “Come…

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One-hit Wonder: Lipps Inc.

Introduction Lipps Inc. is a short-lived R&B and disco group who scored a hit single and now-oldies music classic tune…

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Life and Music Career of Vangelis

Introduction Vangelis is a Greek pianist, composer and arranger who received an Oscar for his score in the blockbuster movie…

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One-Hit Wonder: Nena

  Introduction Nena was a German classic rock, post-punk and new wave group hailing from Berlin. The band was fronted…

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One-Hit Wonder: Steam

Introduction Steam was a classic rock and pop band known for their only hit “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him…

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One-hit Wonders: Carl Douglas

Introduction Carl Douglas is an R&B and pop singer-songwriter, recording artist and “one hit wonder” from Jamaica known for his…

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One-Hit Wonders: The Tornados

Introduction The Tornados are an English instrumental/classic rock and roll group formed during the 60s music era. Although they are…

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One-hit Wonders: Napoleon XIV

Introduction American singer-songwriter Jerry Samuels turned himself into a one hit wonder as Napoleon XIV, who made a big hit…

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One-hit Wonders: Wild Cherry

Introduction Wild Cherry was a funk rock group hailing from Ohio. They are known for their single “Play that Funky…

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The Short Life and Career of Minnie Riperton

Introduction Minnie Riperton is most known for her 70s music era-hit “Lovin’ You” which features her very’ high “whistle register”…

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One-hit Wonder: The New Vaudeville Band

Introduction The New Vaudeville Band was a novelty group from England formed by songwriter Geoff Stephens. Their bright and cheerful…

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One-hit Wonders: Barry McGuire

Introduction Barry McGuire is a rock and contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and musician known for his only #1 hit, the protest…

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One-hit wonders: M

Introduction M was a new wave/synth pop “group,” a one-man project of English singer and musician Robin Scott. M gained…

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One-hit wonders: The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls The Weather Girls are a female R&B and dance music duo originally consisting of Izora Armstead and…

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One hit wonders: Starland Vocal Band

Introduction Starland Vocal Band is a now-defunct American pop and country band, known for their biggest hit “Afternoon Delight” during…

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One-hit wonders: Shocking Blue

Introduction Shocking Blue is a now-defunct classic rock band from The Hague, Netherlands, known for their international hit single “Venus”during…

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Artists Profile: Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys

Introduction Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys are one of those classic rock and country rock bands that oldies…

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Artists Profile: Cathy Jean and the Roommates

Introduction to Cathy Jean and the Roommates Cathy Jean and the Roommates (sometimes spelled as “Roomates”) are a US vocal…

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Artists Profile: Cate Brothers

Introduction to Cate Brothers Oldies music fans will probably recognize the Cate Brothers. Consisting of twin brothers Earl and Ernest…

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Artist Biography: Cannibal and the Headhunters

  Introduction One of the pioneers of the Los Angeles’ “East Side Sound,” Cannibal and the Headhunters achieved their only…

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Artist Biography: Bruce Channel

Introduction Bruce Channel is an American rock n roll/pop/country/rockabilly singer-songwriter known for his #1 pop hit “Hey! Baby” during the…

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One-Hit Wonders: Bull and the Matadors

Introduction Bull and the Matadors are a defunct American funk band from Illinois, known for their 60s music era-hit single…

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Boomer Castleman: One-Hit Wonder and Inventor

Introduction Boomer Castleman (1945-2015) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and inventor hailing from Texas. Oldies music fans…

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One-Hit Wonder Billy Bland

Introduction to Billy Bland American R&B artist Billy Bland (born on April 5, 1932, Wilmington, North Carolina) achieved fame with…

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The Short Music Career of Kit Carson

Introduction to Kit Carson Kit Carson was an American singer in the 40s and the 50s music era; not much…

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Gino and Gina

Introduction to Gino and Gina One-hit wonders Gino and Gina were a pop music duo who achieved their only hit…

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The Life and Music of Tony Bellus

Introduction to Tony Bellus Tony Bellus (born Anthony Bellusci in Chicago, Illinois, 1936) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (he…

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The Life and Music of Buzz Clifford

Introduction to Buzz Clifford Buzz Clifford is a pop singer-songwriter from Berwyn, Illinois. He started his recording career probably during…

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One-Hit Wonders: Brighter Side of Darkness

Introduction Brighter Side of Darkness is now a defunct American R&B and soul group whose way to their brief fame…

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The Brief Career of One-Hit Wonders The Gadabouts

Introduction: The Gadabouts were a 1950s white doo-wop group who faded as quickly as they came. They came from Chicago,…

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The Brief Music Career of Deane Hawley

Introduction to Deane Hawley Deane Hawley (born William Deane Hawley on December 18, 1937 – died 2002) was an American…

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One-Hit Wonders Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford

  Introduction to Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford were an American male-female duo…

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The Short Musical Career of Crazy Elephant

Introduction to Crazy Elephant Crazy Elephant is one of the several manufactured studio groups by the Kasenetz-Katz production duo during…

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Climax and Their Only Hit “Precious and Few”

Who is Climax? Climax is a now-defunct American pop and classic rock band formed during the 70s music era. The…

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One-Hit Wonders: Cymarron

Introduction: Cymarron is a now-defunct American soft rock band from the 70s music era. They achieved momentary fame through their…

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One-Hit Wonders: Crabby Appleton

Introduction: Crabby Appleton is a now-defunct American pop-rock band from Los Angeles, California. Singer-songwriter Michael Fennelly (formerly of Millennium) founded…

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One-Hit Wonders: Claudine Clark

Introduction: Claudine Clark is an American R&B singer born in Georgia but spent her formative years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her…

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Introduction to City Boy

Introduction: City Boy was a classic rock band originating from Birmingham, England. The band was known for their only US…

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Blues Image and Their Only Hit “Ride Captain Ride”

Introduction Blues Image is a US classic rock band hailing from Tampa, Florida in the mid-1960s. Founded by Mike Pinera,…

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The Story of Cliff DeYoung, Actor and Singer

Introduction to Cliff DeYoung Cliff DeYoung (born Clifford Tobin DeYoung in 1945) is an American actor, singer and musician, having…

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Bunker Hill and His Only Hit “Hide and Go Seek”

Introduction to Bunker Hill Bunker Hill (born David Walker on May 5, 1941 – died in the 1980s) was an…

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Les Crane and His Hit Spoken Record “Desiderata”

Introduction to Les Crane Les Crane (1933-2008) was an American radio disc jockey, television personality, and a one-time recording artist,…

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The Story and Career of Actress-Singer Cheryl Ladd

Introduction to Cherry Ladd Cheryl Ladd is an American actress and singer who became famous in 1970s for her role…

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One-Hit Wonders Ashton, Gardner and Dyke

Introduction to Ashton, Gardner and Dyke Ashton, Gardner And Dyke were formed in 1969, consisting of Tony Ashton (vocals and…

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The Short Music Career of Bell and James

Introduction to Bell & James Bell and James were an American duo hailing form Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia.  LeRoy Bell and Casey…

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The Short Music Career of The Echoes

Introduction to The Echoes The Echoes were a one-hit wonder American white doo-wop who had a sole hit in the…

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The Story and Music of The First Class

Introduction to The First Class The First Class was a studio project for singer-songwriter John Carter, formed in the UK.…

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The (Curious) Story and Music of The Fendermen

Introduction to The Fendermen The Fendermen were a short-lived rockabilly duo, a one-hit wonder by virtue of the single “Mule…

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Valerie Carr and Her Only Hit “When the Boys Talk about the Girls”

Introduction to Valerie Carr Valerie Carr (born 1936), is a New York-born African-American singer whose exquisite vocal talent led her…

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The Very Short Music Career of The Little Dippers

Introduction to The Little Dippers The Little Dippers were short-lived pop and easy listening outfit during the early 60s music…

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One-Hit Wonders the De John Sisters

Introduction to The De John Sisters The De John Sisters were a 1950s vocal duo, consisting of Julie and Dux…

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The Dartells and Their Only Hit “Hot Pastrami”

Introduction to The Dartells were a short-lived 60s music era American rock and roll group formed in Oxnard, California in…

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One-Hit Wonders The Ivy Three and Their Hit “Yogi”

Introduction to The Ivy Three The Ivy Three was an American pop group from the early 60s music era consisting…

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The Islanders and Their Hit “The Enchanted Sea”

Introduction to The Islanders The Islanders were a American one-hit wonder act from the 50s music era consisting of accordionist…

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One-Hit Wonders The Glencoves and Their Hit “Hootenanny”

Introduction to The Glencoves The Glencoves were a 60s music era folk/pop combo who came down to history as a…

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The Hillside Singers with “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”

Introduction to The Hillside Singers 70s music era folk group and one hit wonders The Hillside Singers were originally assembled…

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The Glass Bottle – “I Ain’t Got Time Anymore”

Introduction to The Glass Bottle The Glass Bottle was a now-defunct contemporary rock and pop group who rose fleetingly in…

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The Short Music Career of The Chicago Loop

Introduction to The Chicago Loop was a short-lived pop/rock band formed in Chicago, Illinois. The core members of the group…

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One-hit Wonders The Chartbusters

Introduction to The Chartbusters The Chartbusters were a 60s music era rock and roll band hailing from Washington D.C. They…

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The Casinos and Their (Surprise) Doo-Wop Hit “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”

Introduction to the Casinos Even when the doo-wop era had long already faded during the 60s music scene, the nine-strong…

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One-Hit Wonders The Carefrees

Introduction to The Carefrees The Carefrees were a short-lived British all-girl group consisting of session vocalists Lynne Cornell (who was…

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Robin Luke with His Only Hit “Susie Darlin'”

Introduction to Robin Luke Los Angeles, California-born rockabilly singer Robin Luke may be considered a one-hit wonder through late 50s…

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One Hit Wonders of the 60s

The 1960s is probably the most phenomenal decade when it comes to music — there’s the British Invasion, folk and…

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One Hit Wonders of the 2000s

The music scene of the new millennium wasn’t bereft of one-hit wonders, especially on the American charts, which they used…

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One Hit Wonders of the 1980s

The term “one-hit wonder” refers to an artist who enjoys a hit on the national US chart — most specifically…

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Kris Jensen and His Only Big Hit “Torture”

Introduction to Kris Jensen Kris Jensen will go down in history as one of the one-hit wonder acts in modern…

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One-hit Wonder Singer Joy Layne

Introduction to Joy Layne 50s music-era singer Sandy Duncan look-(and sound-) alike pop singer Joy Layne achieved her first and…

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The Story and Music of Jerry Keller

Introduction to Jerry Keller Arkansas-born Jerry Keller is a pop singer-songwriter, whose fleeting popularity occurred in the 50s music scene.…

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Introduction to Gerry Granahan aka “Dicky Do’s and Dont’s”

Short career summary on Gerry Granahan Gerry Granahan (born in 1932 in Pennsylvania) is a 50s music-era singer-songwriter and record…

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One-Hit Wonders Alive N Kickin’

Introduction Alive N Kickin’ (aka Alive and Kicking & Alive’N Kickin’) were a one hit wonder band out of Brooklyn,…

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One-hit Wonders The Flying Machine

Short introduction to the Flying Machine The Flying Machine were an English pop band active between the late 1960s to…

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One-hit wonders High Inergy and their hit “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)”

Introduction to High Inergy High Inergy were a 1970s all-girl R&B/soul/disco quartet. They consisted of sisters Vernessa and Barbara Mitchell,…

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One-hit wonder The Jamies of “Summertime, Summertime” fame

A short introduction to The Jamies 1950s group The Jamies are known for their only major hit, “Summertime, Summertime.” The…

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David Geddes – “Run, Joey, Run”

Introduction to David Geddes David Geddes is a singer and sometime drummer/vocalist of the band The Fredric (who were alternately…

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One-hit wonders the Crescendos with their song “Oh, Julie”

Short introduction on the Crescendos The Crescendos were a short-lived American rock and roll group, originating from Nashville, Tennessee. Their…

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King Harvest – “Dancing in the Moonlight”

American rock band King Harvest goes down to history as one of the countless one-hit wonders (despite the second and…

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The Duals – “Stick Shift”

Introduction The Duals were a Californian surf rock duo formed in the 1960s, consisting of Henry Bellinger and Johnny Lageman.…

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Introduction to the Champs

Introduction to the Champs The Champs were an rock and roll combo, most fondly remembered for their instrumental track “Tequila”…

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Teri DeSario – A One-Hit Wonder

Introduction to Teri DeSario Teri DeSario is an American singer-songwriter whose single “Yes I’m Ready” almost topped the Billboard pop…

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The Caravelles – “You Don’t Have to be a Baby to Cry”

Introduction The Caravelles have gone down to history as one-hit wonders through their 1963 pop hit “You Don’t Have to…

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Cyndi Grecco Sings the Theme Song for “Laverne & Shirley”

Short career summary on Cyndi Grecco A one-hit wonder artist, Cyndi Grecco achieved fleeting fame in the 1970s. Her most-remembered…

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Jeanne Black – “He’ll Have to Stay”

Brief career summary on Jeanne Black Jeanne Black (Strange), is an American country and pop music songstress who scored a…

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One-hit wonder Paul Dino and his single “Ginnie Bell”

Short career summary Paul Dino is a former American singer-songwriter and musician, who appeared fleetingly as a teen crooner in…

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Frederick Knight – a One Hit Wonder with “I’ve Been Lonely for So Long”

Short introduction to Frederick Knight One-hit wonder Frederick Knight had a significant hit with “I’ve Been Lonely For So Long”…

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Tommy Facenda – “High School USA”

Introduction to Tommy Facenda Tommy Facenda was also known during his heyday as “Bubba” especially when he joined Gene Vincent’s…

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Mike Clifford – A One-Hit Wonder

Career summary Known for his 1962 pop hit “Close To Cathy,” American singer-songwriter Mike Clifford might well be included in…

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Marcie Blane – “Bobby’s Girl”

A short introduction to Marcie Blane Marcie Blane is now one of those “one-hit wonders” through her #3 pop hit…

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Morris Albert – “Feelings”

Short career summary on Morris Albert Mauricio Alberto Kaisemann aka Morris Albert is a soft rock singer and songwriter who…

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One-hit Wonder Daddy Dewdrop with “Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes Love It)”

Short career summary on Daddy Dewdrop Richard Monda aka Daddy Dewdrop is an American singer-songwriter and musician known for his…

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Who is Leapy Lee?

Introduction Leapy Lee is an English singer, actor, comedian and (later) writer whose single “Little Arrows” became the best-selling single…

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Preston Epps, the Bongo King

Introduction to Preston Epps Preston Epps is an American percussionist whose #14 Billboard single “Bongo Rock” in 1959 had virtually…

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The Detergents – “Leader of the Laundromat”

Introduction to the Detergents Specializing in comic parodies, the Detergents were a 1960s group whose record “Leader of the Laundromat”…

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Pete Drake and His Talking Steel Guitar

Introduction to Pete Drake Pete Drake was a pedal steel guitar player who made a name for himself first and…

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One-hit Wonder The Jaggerz with “The Rapper”

Introduction to the Jaggerz The Jaggerz were a classic rock group known for their only true hit “The Rapper”. Founder…

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One-Hit Wonders Apollo 100

Introduction Apollo 100 was a short lived 1972 group of studio musicians who were put together by multi-instrumentalist and arranger…

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