CLASSICS: ONE/TWO HIT WONDERS (SINGLES)
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.
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.
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 Napster.
Jefferson Airplane was one of the many huge rock bands of the 60’s-70’s. They sang a lot of psychedelic type music; psychedelic music was the kind of music that you could stomach unless you were drunk or high. Literally. LOL. When I think of Jefferson Airplane, I think of Woodstock and such. I wasn’t ever a true fan of this group; however, there were two songs from this 1967 album called “Surrealistic Pillow,” that has been my all-time favorites from them. The first is called is called “White Rabbit.” Grace Slick (lead singer) sang her ass of on this song. I absolutely love the beat in this song, it was so hot for a song produced in the 60’s era! When you first listen to it, it almost sounds like troops getting ready for the battle of their lives! But, when you actually listen to the lyrics, you realize they’re actually singing about drugs, which was not uncommon especially during the sex revolution. The second song which happens to also be on the same album is called “Somebody To Love.” I love “Somebody To Love” because it reminded me of the kinds of music that was written during the “Flower Power Era.” Although, in my opinion, this particular album isn’t psychedelic, but it has more of a “Mama’s and The Papa’s” sound to it. You just may like it.
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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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All I can say is, thank goodness for Rhapsody. If this was the very best of Macy, then I really didn’t miss much! Macy does not have a great singing voice, just was one of those people that got lucky and struck it big with a hit song. Macy is like one of those drunk family members at parties, that know every single words to every single song, and sings all of them at every family function LOL. I’ll just come out and say it; she reminds me of Billie Holiday a lot, in that she spent most of her time in the recording studio blasted! The only difference between Macy and Billie, is that if I had to pick an artist to listen to for a day, I’d rather listen to Billie. The one and only song I liked from Macy (and I”m sure many would agree), is the one big hit called “I Try.” The song “I Try” seemed to be that one song that really suited her voice; perhaps maybe because that was the energy she was in at the time of that recording. It was a very slow and mellow song, yet the texture of her voice, and the way she sang the song made it fun to listen to. I did manage to find one other choice song called “I’ve Committed Murder,” which has a very hot beat in my opinion. I think you’ll like the lyrics too, it’s actually quite funny. I wasn’t feeling the album she released last year either. I don’t know, maybe I should give her another chance? I’m kind of saddened, because had Macy just stayed sober a little bit more often, I think she had the potential to have an awesome singing career.
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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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