One Hit Wonders

Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by rockgor, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Per GB's suggestion, here is a thread for one hit wonders. Are you wondering
    what one hit wonders are? Wikipedia says, "The term one-hit wonder is most
    often used to describe music performers with only one Top 40 hit single or for
    having one signature song which overshadows their other work."

    Here's another clue. If you type in the name of a song in the search
    window, and it come up with a singer's name after it, that may
    be a one hit wonder. But then again, it might be one of those singers
    who recorded everything like Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby.

    I remember several from the days of my yute. One of my favorites was

    Wolverton Mountain which was a million seller for Claude King in 1962.
    The lyrics refer to one Clifton Clowers who lived on the mountain. Turns
    out there really was such a guy. If you're curious you can read about him
    on Wikipedia (See the Claude King article) and see them both on Youtube.

    Wheel of Fortune by Kay Starr. This was a number one hit in 1952. But
    Kay did have another number one hit with Rock and Roll Waltz. Still,
    Wheel of Fortune seems to be the song usually paired with her name.

    Hello Muddah, Hello Faduh. A novelty tune in 1962 by Allan Sherman
    with music from an opera titled La Gioconda. (La Jo-cond-ah rhymes
    with anaconda although there is no snake in the opera.) Sherman
    was not a singer. He was a writer and producer of TV shows.

    Another of my favorites was from 1959. Gotta Travel On by Billy
    Grammer. Billy had a successful career, but no other big hits.

    And one suggested by Gordon, "TV and movie actress Shelley
    Fabares had several chart hits from 1962-1963, her best known being
    her chart-topping debut song, "Johnny Angel." (We used to
    have a neighbor who used that name. Why? Beats me.)

    Happy Listening
  2. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Great thread, GB and Rock!!!!!

    From the '50s


    I'll be back ......... no, wait, who said that? Could be another thread? LOL

  3. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for starting the thread Rock!

    Here are the ones I posted on the other board:

    "Tammy" Debbie Reynolds

    "True Love" Grace Kelly/Bing Crosby

    "You Light Up My Life" Debbie Boone

    "These Boots Were Made for Walking" Nancy Sinatra

    Here are some I looked up on Wikki but remember the tunes from the '50's.

    "Cry Me a River" Julie London

    "Autumn Leaves" Steve Allen

    "Band of Gold" Kit Carson

    "Eddie My Love" The Teen Queens

    "Ivory Tower" Cathy Carr

    "Sittin' in the Balcony" Johnny Dee

    "Almost Paradise" Lou Stein

    "Get a Job" The Silhouettes
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  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi GB, how nice to have new grandkids. Roman is kind of an
    unusual name. I see he weighed VII pounds and X ounces.
    I supposed the doctor examined him to make sure he had all
    the necessary fingers and togas.

    I don't remember those last 6 songs you posted at all.

    Diane, I don't remember the Tune Weavers either. The Weavers I
    remember. Used to have their records. Now I listen to them on

    Here's the guy who said:


    Arnold used to be Governor of California. Maybe like Jerry Brown,
    He'll Be Back.

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  5. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi y'all!

    Oh that is so interesting, about Roman being born. When I thought of this thread, the only song that came to mind (without using Wiki) was Happy Happy Birthday Baby!!!! :) Congrats, GB, to you and your family!

    Rock, your picture of I'll Be Bach made me laugh so hard. At first I didn't know what the pic referred to, then I scrolled up and read my post. :)

    I'm still pretty much out of it, energy wise, etc., with this virus. I can sleep for 18 hours a day. Yesterday, I posted on one of Mikie's threads, then I posted on my "I'm seeing a new doc" thread, then I posted that one song on the One Hit Wonders thread. Today I feel about the same. I'm going to make some breakfast (maybe oatmeal), then back to sleep.

    I'll be back soon as I can!

    Hugs, Diane
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  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    One of my favorites from the 80's was Toni Basil's Mickey. The video of her jumping around in a cheerleader's getup was soooo funny.

    Many people don't realize what a prolific composer Steve Allen was. He was a brilliant man and very successful in many areas. I always enjoyed seeing him on TV. His wife, Jayne Meadows, had a wonderful career and was soooo funny. She was very attractive and looked high falootin but did humor on many levels. Her sister, Audrey Meadows, was great as Jackie Gleason's wife in the Honeymooners. Oh, for those golden days of show biz. I miss them.

    GB, congratulations on the birth of Roman. I like the name. If it's good enough for his own book in the Bible, it's good enough for me.

    Love, Mikie
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  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I love these names. Anastasia has always been one of my favorites. I took four years of Russian in school but have lost most all of it from not using it. As they say, 'Use it or lose it.' You'll have to post pix of Roman so we can all enjoy him too. Again, congratulations to you all.

    Love, Mikie
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  8. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    BTW, Miley Cyrus' dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, had a country one hit wonder but I can't remember the name. It was a catchy little tune.

    Love, Mikie
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  9. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi everybody!

    Unfortunately, GB, I'm still down and out with this "virus" thingy. I just want to sleep, from mid-morning until the next morning. I'll wake a couple times, for hydration and to go to the BR. I'll eat a hearty meal in the morning. Then, poof! All my energy is gone.

    I'll have a good day, maybe two, and I won't overdo it. But it gets me again.

    Now people at Kevin's office are starting to get sick. Kevin's been having a nagging cough and snoring at night. Some of his coworkers were out sick a couple days last week, then returned to the office (toooooo early, if you ask me). I wish they stayed home til they felt better!

    I keep reading the Name Puns thread, and I'm smiling. I can't get my brain to process to post. Y'all have great puns!

    Mikie, Are you thinking of:

    BILLY RAY CYRUS, Achy Breaky Heart


    I'll be back soon, friends, when I feel better!

    Luv ya, Diane
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  10. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Dark Moon was a top ten hit for Bonnie Guitar back in the 50s on
    both the country and the pop charts. About the same time
    Gale Storm also recorded the song. It was a hit for her too.

    In the 1960s Mark Dining had a number one hit with Teen Angel.
    I remember dancing to it. The song was written by Mark's
    sister and her hubby. Don't know why Mark didn't have more
    hits. Had a good voice. I guess it's that old thing in show biz.
    The most important thing is luck.

    Also in the 50s The Browns had a number one hit with The Three
    Bells. The Browns were a trio. Jim Ed Brown was a mellow
    baritone; harmonized with his two sisters. They had some other top
    ten hits, but the Three Bells is the one associated with the group.

    Way back in 1935 Ozzie Nelson and his band had a hit with a
    tune called And Then Some. Harriet was the band's vocalist,
    but on this song Ozzie did the vocals. I guess everybody in the
    family sang but David. Just checked. There's a Youtube video
    of David singing I Want A Girl Just Like the etc. Sounds pretty
    good too.

    Hope you and Kevin feel better soon, Diane.
    Maybe it's time for me to hit the hay for a little nap. (Band
    plays Goodnight, Ladies as the house lights dim.)

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  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Good Morning,

    Got little sleep last night so my pea brain isn't working much so far. Debbie Boone had a one hit wonder but can't for the life of me remember it. She is Pat Boone's daughter and Rosemary Clooney was her MIL.

    Diane, I'm so sorry you guys are still sick. Seems this crud just hangs on. I hope you feel better. Yes, that was the song I couldn't remember. Thanks for posting it.

    Rock, do you ever watch those old PBS Our Music specials? Every time it's on, I want to buy the CD's but know that they would just sit on the shelf like all my other ones. I think the Browns are on one of those shows. Nick Clooney, Rosemary's brother, is one of the hosts.

    I tried to like some of these posts but website won't let me.

    Love, Mikie
  12. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Mikie, The Debbie Boone song was "You Light Up My Life". GB
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  13. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    The Thing, Phil Harris
    Chipmunk Song, David Seville
    Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb, Edd Byrnes

    Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Brian Hyland
    Purple People Eater, Writ and sung by Sheb Wooley
    Three Little Fishies, a novelty tune popular in the 40s
    and 50s. Recorded by several folks.

    All from the days of my yute. The Kookie song was a by product
    of the TV show 77 Sunset Strip which was very popular and
    starred Edd Byrnes, et. al.

    Sheb Wolley was in a couple films and made some other
    recordings. I read in a couple places that he helped a young
    cousin of his wife by buying him a guitar and giving him some
    lessons. The young fellow was Roger Miller.

  14. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Good grief,

    I posted thanking gb and it's just gone. Poof! Don't know what happens when posts disappear.

    Anyway, thanks, gb!

    Love, Mikie
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