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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:08 pm
by Rob Hall
Dominic wrote:
felonious munk wrote:
Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted


How are you defining one hit wonder?

He had another three top ten hits.

Were Whole Wide World & Another Girl Another Planet bona fide hits?

I was going to suggest Brimful of Asha but the follow-up, Sleep On The Left Side, reached number 23, so maybe even this doesn't count!

In which case, how about Jilted John?


Apologies. In the interest of historical accuracy, I hereby withdraw my nomination of Wreckless Eric's "Whole Wide World". I almost forgot for a moment there that we were being serious about this.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:17 pm
by Dominic
Sorry, Rob for 'enculer des mouches'. Both those songs were hits in my heart, at least.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:08 pm
by taiyo no otosan
Thanks Dominic for reminding me of that great expression.

And thanks Rob for reminding me what a great song Whole Wide World is. I shall have to dig it out and have a listen.

My one hit wonder offering is "Mah Na Mah Na" by that Italian bloke, which started out as a soundtrack to a porn film and ended up being sung by a bunch of muppets.

Now I remember, Pierro Umiliani. Mind you, I don't know if it was actually a hit by anybody's criteria.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:08 pm
by Charlie
Hugh Weldon wrote:Heard the Only Ones Another Girl Another Planet quite by chance the other day.

Besides thinking how good it was, it struck me how they must have worked on it, the way it builds etc, quite sophisticated for 'punk'.

Worryingly, this is what you hear as you wait for attention on the Vodaphone helpline

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:20 pm
by Charlie
kevin wrote:One hit wonder heaven.

Freda Payne - Band Of Gold

Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted

Joe South - The Games People Play

Alerted by the Jimmy Ruffin fan, I have to point out two more who don't belong in this category either.

Freda Payne had several other big records on the radio, and 'Bring The Boys Home' was a bona fide hit, an even better song than 'Band of Gold'

For Joe South, 'Games People Play' may well be the song that earns him the most in performance income from radio play, but 'Walk a Mile in My Shoes' was a very big hit too, and I think he had the first hit version of his own song 'Hush', which reappeared several times since, by Billy Joe Royal, Deep Purple and Kula Shaker. One of the great singer-songwriters of his generation (he also wrote 'I Never Promised You a Rose Garden'), Joe definitely shouldn't be classed in this category.

Maybe you need another category - people who look like one hit wonders at first glance but turn out to be substantial writers/producers/etc

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:52 pm
by r.allibone
how about tom hark by elias and his zig zag jive flutes?the tune is still around, but how many remember this version ?does anyone know if there were any earlia african versions?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:06 am
by Dayna
Green Onions by Booker T. & the M.G.s

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:10 am
by garth cartwright
i've been using iTunes to buy one hit wonders of my childhood. Here's a few:

Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Ace Frehley - New York Groove
Arlo Guthrie - City Of New Orleans
Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right
Stargard - Which Way Is Up (disco was great for one hit wonders!)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:29 am
by uiwangmike
Ther was an episode of the Goodies where the chaps set up an offshore pirate radio station, but for some reason I forget, had only one record, this one:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=gS15ACUhTww

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:03 pm
by Dayna
I thought Berlin was pretty. I can remember having a CD by them called Riding On The Metro.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:36 pm
by NormanD
garth cartwright wrote:Arlo Guthrie - City Of New Orleans
"Alice's Restaurant" was a bigger hit, no? It even spawned an Arthur Penn movie and a string of nationwide franchised cafés of the same name.

Norman

OK, I made the last bit up.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 2:11 pm
by Alannah
Minnie Riperton (Lovin' You - a personal favourite to screech out in the shower)

Alicia Bridges (I Love the Nightlife - ditto)

Anita Ward (Ringing my Bell - ditto once more - I love singing...)

Meri Wilson (Telephone Man - singing hey lolly lolly, hey lolly lolly, get it any way you can! Fab lyrics!)

Christie (Yellow River)

and, of course, the wonderful Joe Dolce - Shaddup You Face - always a witty riposte in polite company

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:09 am
by judith
Gustav Holst - The Planets Suite.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:22 am
by r.allibone
judith wrote:Gustav Holst - The Planets Suite.
nice one judith widening the field somewhat.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:34 pm
by kas
Vivaldi - Le Quattro Stagioni