CLASSICS: ONE/TWO HIT WONDERS (SINGLES)

Here’s a fun song I really loved back in the day. It’s called “I Can’t Wait,” from a 2 person group from the U.K. called Nu Shooz, and the song was released in 1986. The song comes from the album called “Poolside.” This is a fun dance/pop song that always kept me moving. The song peaked @ #3, and stayed  23 weeks on the charts. I just love the beat to this song, it’s so unique, I really can’t think of another song right now to compare it too. The song was so popular, I’ve seen it on just about every compilation CD advertised, and I think that included “Time Life.” There was also another hit from this same album (which is also cute I think), and it’s called “Point Of No Return.” “Point Of No Return” peaked at #28, and stayed on the charts for 22 weeks. The title “Point Of No Return,” sounds like it could be a movie theme doesn’t it? LOL..

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Now, Michel’le is not a favorite artist of mine, but when her song “No More Lies” came out in the very later part of 1989, it was as though it went viral. Does anybody remember it? My opinion is that, the song became a hit because of its catchy phrase “doo doo doo doo.” She didn’t have a whole lot of vocal control (in my opinion); on a lot of her songs it was almost like listening to Minnie Mouse’s sister. She was just one of those lucky performers that got their hands on a good producer, that gave her great lyrics and good music to back it up. This is one of those situations where having a “good beat” paid off in the long run. Yet, the song did seem to appeal to a lot of young people then, and like many teenage songs in that era, they were often in response to the “playa” mind set. In 1990, the song peaked at #7, and stayed within the top 100 for 29 weeks. Oh, I almost forgot, there was another song I really liked, which she actually sang the best out of all the songs in this album. The song is called “Something In My heart,” and she really showcased all the power and potential of her voice. The sad part was, this song’s highest peak was only at 31 on the music charts.  I think it was then, I started to have an awareness that people started to care more about the beat, than the lyrics and quality. There were a couple of cute & danceable songs on this same album though. Check out her entire album on Spotify’s web player here. It’s kinda cute.

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I love Rita Coolidge. I love her singing voice, it’s so smooth and so relaxing. She has one of those voices you can listen to while relaxing on a beach somewhere. I know I really shouldn’t have her under the “One Hit Wonders” category. However, there isn’t an album that she’s produced where I’ve like nearly the entire album either. But, when she got a hit, I usually loved it! The one song that has always stuck in my head, was a song called “We’re All Alone (1976),” and it remains one of my favorite songs from her throughout her career. Now, there are a few other songs I love from her. “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher,” which I believe was first song by the legendary Jackie Wilson. The next song is another interpretation she did of a song called “Fever,” which was first song by Little Willie John in 1956. I also love the song she did called “All Time High,” which was the theme song to one of the James Bond movies, called “Octopussy.”

Rita was born 1945 in America, and she’s is both singer and songwriter. Although she’s a decent songwriter, unfortunately she hasn’t had a hit since the 1980s. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, her last truly big hit was in 1977 when “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher” hit number 2 on the American pop charts. She was married to Kris Kristofferson, and has actually written a lot of songs with him to my understanding. You may remember Kris Kristofferson, from the movie “A Star Is Born (1976),” co starring along side Barbra Streisand.

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Lipps Inc. was a very popular dance musical group during the early 80s. They were a hit all over the world including Hong Kong and Australia. You may remember them by one of their biggest hit of their career called “Funkytown (1979).” The song “Funkytown” catapulted their carer in the same way that “Rapper’s Delight” did for “The Sugar Hill Gang.” The beautiful thing about those two songs is that, both are remembered, and both are likely to drive guests crazy at any old school party! And unfortunately, both songs were so popular that they overshadowed any other work they have done. It’s so sad, this was yet another group I would have loved to see where their career would have gone. Culturally mixed groups that played disco music was so difficult back in the day on so many levels; not that it’s not difficult now, but the landscape has changed.

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The song I would like you to draw your attention to, is a song called “All Night Dancing (1979),” it was on the “B” side (45) of “Funkytown.” This is sch a nice song, and it did not get nearly as much attention as “Funkytown.” It has a great beat, danceable pace, and a great melody. It kind of reminds me of the ethnic dance movie themes that exploded all over the 80s. You know, movies such as “Flash Dance,” “Beat Street,” and “Breakin’.” When you listen to the lyrics, it’s about having a good time on the dance floor, however, the whole feel of the song still reminds me of a young innocent girl who has positive dreams of stardom in the industry. Definitely an 80s period song, pointing to a specific era. This is the 12 inch version, I think it’s a little bit too long in my opinion for this type of song, but it’s still a really nice one. Take a listen with Spotify.

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You know, when I look at Aaron Neville, I would have never guessed that he would have the kind of voice he has. Aaron is a huge success story, and has managed to put out 4 platinum albums during his career to prove it. I think Neville is a great singer, but a lot of his music wasn’t my taste to be honest. However I should worn you, he is what I call “the remake king.” He has done a LOT of redoes of music from other artists. I’ve read one article that they’ve compared him to Sam Cooke. Well, I think that person need to get their ears checked; because not only do I think their music is different, but their voices are different. Neville is more of a “falsetto,” type of singer, were as Cooke projected his voice a lot more. Just my humble opinion. Now, as always, there is always a ying and yang to my reviews. Just because I don’t particularly care for most of his music, don’t mean he is not worthy of being written about. What makes him worthy is the duets he has done with Linda Ronstadt. I love me some Ronstadt! There is one song that I really loved from them called “Don’t Know Much.” There is also another song that was a huge hit that I like, it’s called “Tell It Like It is.” Maybe my visitors would like his kind of music?

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Ok guys, I am REALLY dating myself here. What are the chances of you finding Black American talking about this oldie (in this day and age)?!! LOL. To be honest, I don’t know if this is a one hit wonder or not, because I don’t listen to Japanese music (unless I am watching a martial arts picture). Mr. Kyu Sakamoto recorded an album in 1961, which included a song called Sukiyaki. Sukiyaki became a  huge hit in the United States, and around the world. It was basically a “puppy love” song; a guy singing about how sad he is because his girl basically dumped him. Interestingly, the song’s lyrics has nothing to do with the actual meaning of the word “Sukiyaki.” You can read more about the song and Kyu Sakamato from Wiki here. Many artist around the world covered this song, including “Taste Of Honey,” and Selena.

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Here is a perfect example of how our classics are fading away forever (just like our libraries). Regina, made a song called “Baby Love (1986).” It’s a very nice danceable pop/dance song that was huge in the 80’s. It actually was one of my many favorite club songs back in the day. Now, I can’t find it anywhere! I can’t even locate a full album for this artist. I’ve tried GooglePlay, iTunes, and Amazon. I found no new digital copies available for sale; but I did find a used vinyl copy available for purchase here. Please help save our musical history and culture, by rating your music on any streaming service you use! Request any music favorite music you do not see in your streaming service library. Thank you.

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Heart was one of those groups that struggled, and put out a LOT of albums before they struck big, with their hit song “These Dreams” in 1985. It is a really nice ballad (I think). But unfortunately,  Ann Wilson (lead singer) and her sister Nancy Wilson, qualify to be on my “One Hit Wonders List,” because they never had a hit that matched the success of “These Dreams.” Although to my understanding they are still a big hit in Canada (where they were first discovered). I have selected an album similar to a greatest hits album, so that you can choose for your self whether or not you like this group. The only other song I thought was kind of cute from this album was a song called “Magic Man.” Edit: I understand that Heart had quite a few number one hits during their career; however, “These Dreams,” is really my only ultimate favorite from Heart, it’s the song I remembered the most, therefore it is on my “One Hit Wonders List.” Just because I am not die-hard fan, doesn’t mean I can’t like one or two songs. No one is going to like every single song their favorite artist makes. This is why bloggers do highlights.

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You know, to any fans of Denroy’s music, I apologize before hand for what I am about to say. I’m sure you’ve read me blog about this before; I absolutely hate it when musicians from the island try to Americanize their own music. To me, it’s sounds so unauthentic when artists do this. Then again, he could have been trying way too hard to appease his record label. After listening to this album, you can appreciate why some artist bust their ass to own their own record label, so they can have full creative control of their albums. There are very few artists that can mix American/rock style of music with reggae, and sound good. This album almost sounds like it was produced by Eddie Grant (which is another artist I don’t care for). It is my opinion that Denroy should have only stock with either all reggae style of music, or all American.  Unfortunately, the only song that I liked out of his entire career, is the one that became his biggest hit; “I’ll Do Anything For You.” – VintageNewscast.com

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Actually, these guys are 3 hit wonders in my book. I really expected more out of their career, because they were actually a very talented group.  James “Jim” Seals, and Darrell “Dash” Crofts split up some time in 1980s after their label dumped them. The lead singer James screwed with my head for a very long time, because the texture and inflection of his voice sounded like an exact replica of Cat Steven’s voice. In fact, I actually thought he was trying to be like him for a while. I’ve heard that they’ve started recording a gain, but I haven’t really looked for their music hard enough to be honest. They’re best known for “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl,” and “Closer.” Which happens to be my three favorite songs I love from them.

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Kano was a band from Italy. I’m not sure if they still perform together. A lot of their earlier music is very similar to Giorgio Moroder. Most of their music was disco and electronic. Actually some of their music sounds like new age (space age sounds) I’d almost like to say Depeche Mode, but it’s not exactly that kind of music either. I don’t know if there are a lot of Kano fans, but, no offense, they qualify to be on my “One Hit Wonders” category. Because the only song I liked throughout their entire career is “I’m Ready (1981).”

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