The Hollywood Argyles

Kim Fowley

Introduction The Hollywood Argyles were a short-lived studio group assembled by producer/musician/songwriters Kim Fowley and Gary Paxton. They achieved popularity with their 60s music era hit single and now oldies music classic “Alley Oop,” and the group went on to become a one hit wonder. A bit more on The Hollywood Argyles … Read more

Introduction to Celebration (featuring Mike Love)

Mike Love

Introduction Celebration was a short-lived group formed by Beach Boys’ Mike Love during the 70s music era, as his side project. The band also consisted of members from the rock group King Harvest (known for their catchy hit “Dancing in the Moonlight”), among others. The group scored their only hit with “Almost … Read more

Introduction to Joe Barry

Joe Barry

Introduction Joe Barry was an American swamp pop singer hailing from Louisiana, known for his only big hit and now-oldies music classic “I’m a Fool to Care” (released on Jin Records) during the early 60s era. Although generally considered as a one-hit wonder, Barry also charted with another single “Teardrops in My … Read more

Introduction to Jimmy Elledge

Jimmy Elledge

Introduction: Jimmy Elledge (1943-2012) was an American country singer and musician from the 60s music era. He is primarily known for his only hit and now oldies music classic “Funny How Time Slips Away,” which placed on the Billboard Top 40 chart during this decade, making him a one hit wonder. Brief … Read more

John Fred and His Playboy Band

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). John Fred and His Playboy Band scored their only major hit single “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” in during the late 60s music era and now an oldies music classic. After his … Read more

Introduction to Johnny Ferguson

Johnny Ferguson

Introduction Johnny Ferguson (born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1937) is an American country and pop singer-songwriter from the 60s music era. He started as a disc jockey on several of local stations in Nashville. He cut out demo recordings which were noticed by an MGM executive Arnold Maxin. Maxin invited Ferguson to … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Joe Jeffrey Group

Joe Jeffrey Group

Introduction One of the numerous “one hit wonder” groups, The Joe Jeffrey Group fleetingly surfaced in the 60s music scene.  Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, this pop/soul-oriented band, led by founder and singer Joe Stafford, had a hit with the catchy oldies music classic “My Pledge Of Love,” released under Wand Records.  Subsequent … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Joe Jones

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 only major hit was “You Talk Too Much” during the 60s music era.  He figured in some legal issues as well, concerning claims that he took the credit for the songs he … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Just Us

Chip Taylor

Introduction Chip Taylor (real name James Wesley Voight, most known for penning songs such as “Wild Thing”; also the brother of actor Jon Voight and uncle of actress Angelina Jolie) and session musician and producer Al Gorgoni  were known as the pop musical duo Just Us, based in New York.  They released … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: John and Ernest

John and Ernest

Introduction John & Ernest were another of those “one hit wonder” acts, who scored short-termed popularity via the Top 40 hit “Superfly Meets Shaft” in 1973.  The novelty duo comprised of John Free and Ernest Smith.  But no sooner after their second single “Soul President Number One” , which failed to chart, … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin

  Introduction Bobby McFerrin is an American singer known for his late 80s music era hit, the very catchy “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” which became a Grammy Award winner. Although more known as a one-hit wonder, McFerrin is one of the original and distinctive singers in his time, is adept at several … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Toni Basil

Toni Basil

Introduction Toni Basil is an American singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, choreographer and director whose song “Mickey” became a hit during the 80s music era. “Mickey” is Basil’s only Top 40 hit, making her a one hit wonder. More on Toni Basil here in this article. Dancing and acting career Toni Basil was born … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Dexys Midnight Runners

Dexys Midnight Runners

  Introduction Dexys Midnight Runners are best known as one hit wonders especially in the United States, through their single “Come on Eileen” which was one of the biggest hits of the 80s music era. But in their native United Kingdom they amassed several major hits such as “Geno,” “There, There My … Read more

One-hit Wonder: Lipps Inc.

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 “Funkytown” during the disco’s waning years in the 80s music era. Although the Minnesota-based band is labeled as a one-hit wonder, they also went on to score more hits mostly on … Read more

Life and Music Career of Vangelis

Vangelis

Introduction Vangelis is a Greek pianist, composer and arranger who received an Oscar for his score in the blockbuster movie Chariots of Fire during the 80 music era. The score’s unorthodox orchestration is one of the most memorable moments in the 80s oldies music scene. His talent encompasses many genres that include … Read more

One-Hit Wonder: Nena

Nena

  Introduction Nena was a German classic rock, post-punk and new wave group hailing from Berlin. The band was fronted by Gabriele Susanne Kerner, whose stage moniker “Nena” also became the band’s name. Nena rose to international stardom with their song “99 Luftballons” during the early 80s music era. Although a “one … Read more

One-Hit Wonder: Steam

Steam

Introduction Steam was a classic rock and pop band known for their only hit “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” during the late 60s music era and eventually became a “one hit wonder” song and oldies music classic. “Steam” didn’t really exist as a band, and the track was instead recorded … Read more

One-hit Wonders: Carl Douglas

Carl Douglas

Introduction Carl Douglas is an R&B and pop singer-songwriter, recording artist and “one hit wonder” from Jamaica known for his novelty hit “Kung Fu Fighting.” It became a big transatlantic hit during disco’s peak in the 70s music era. We explore a little bit more on Carl Douglas here in this article! … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: The Tornados

The Tornados

Introduction The Tornados are an English instrumental/classic rock and roll group formed during the 60s music era. Although they are regarded as a one hit wonder, their only smash hit single “Telstar” earned a distinction as being the first UK single to hit #1 in the United States. Needless, to say, it … Read more

One-hit Wonders: Napoleon XIV

Napoleon XIV

Introduction American singer-songwriter Jerry Samuels turned himself into a one hit wonder as Napoleon XIV, who made a big hit with a novelty single “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” during the 60s music era. Hardly an “oldies music” in the true sense of the word but a nostalgic piece nonetheless. … Read more

One-hit Wonders: Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry

Introduction Wild Cherry was a funk rock group hailing from Ohio. They are known for their single “Play that Funky Music,” a number one hit during the mid-70s music era. Although they went on to have minor hits such as “Baby You Don’t Know,” “Hot to Trot,” “Hold On,” and “I Love … Read more

The Short Life and Career of Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton

Introduction Minnie Riperton is most known for her 70s music era-hit “Lovin’ You” which features her very’ high “whistle register” vocals. Not only has it become an oldies music favorite, it is also a classic ballad for lovers of all ages. The singer with the unique multi-octave range reached the peak of … Read more

One-hit Wonder: The New Vaudeville Band

The New Vaudeville Band

Introduction The New Vaudeville Band was a novelty group from England formed by songwriter Geoff Stephens. Their bright and cheerful old-time-tune single “Winchester Cathedral” became a surprise transatlantic Top 10 hit during the 60s music era, and has now become an oldies music classic. More on the New Vaudeville Band here in … Read more

One-hit Wonders: Barry McGuire

Barry McGuire

Introduction Barry McGuire is a rock and contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and musician known for his only #1 hit, the protest song “Eve of Destruction,” which is now an oldies music classic. He was a former member of the New Christy Minstrels who emerged as one of the successful figures of the folk-rock … Read more

One-hit wonders: M

M

Introduction M was a new wave/synth pop “group,” a one-man project of English singer and musician Robin Scott. M gained international recognition for their hit “Pop Muzik.” It was a for the electro-pop and dance genre for it was new musical style during that day. It became a huge transatlantic hit during … Read more

One-hit wonders: The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls The Weather Girls are a female R&B and dance music duo originally consisting of Izora Armstead and Martha Wash. Initially known as Two Tons o’Fun, the Weather Girls scored a big hit and now- camp oldies classic hit (as well as party anthem and “gay anthem”) “It’s Raining Men” … Read more

One hit wonders: Starland Vocal Band

Starland Vocal Band

Introduction Starland Vocal Band is a now-defunct American pop and country band, known for their biggest hit “Afternoon Delight” during the 70s music era, where it topped the US Billboard Hot 100. Although they had minor hits such as “California Day” and “The Light of My Life,” Starland Vocal Band is most … Read more

One-hit wonders: Shocking Blue

Shocking Blue

Introduction Shocking Blue is a now-defunct classic rock band from The Hague, Netherlands, known for their international hit single “Venus”during the early 70s music era; in the States it went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although they notched other hits, they are mostly considered as a one hit wonder especially … Read more

Artists Profile: Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys

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 music fans will probably remember. The band was founded in New York. They are known for their only hit and charting single “Good Old Rock and Roll,” which almost made it to … Read more

Artists Profile: Cathy Jean and the Roommates

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 group who started their career during the 60 music era. They rose to relative fame through their only hit single “Please Love Me Forever” which landed on the Top 20 of the … Read more