Thursday, April 24, 2014


Good Morning, Class of  '64
Top One Hit Wonders

 A group or singer that has only one hit record before returning to obscurity.
Someone who performs popular music who makes one successful record and then no others.

A person or act known mainly for only a single success.

I'm in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the One-Hit Wonder Wall. I'm still very troubled by the fact that I'm in the hall and my dad isn't.
 Debby Boone
(daughter of Pat Boone)
On a shelf, in the kitchen, the radio played some country and popular tunes of the day. In the warmth of summer, as you passed by the open kitchen window, your ears might pick up sugar in the morning, sugar in the evening, sugar at suppertime or, maybe, the trading post and obituaries. 
 In those early and mid to late fifties, our preschool and grade school years, music had already become an important part of our lives. We listened as country artists were played on the 78s. We listened some more to the rock stars on the 45s and learned how to insert that little plastic adapter so the record would fit on the 78 spindle.
We listened, too, riding along in the car. Standing up at the back of the front seat (we were that small, once), just to be closer to those in front and to see what was going on, we would listen to the music being played on the car radio.
When television came along, we watched Your Hit Parade on Saturday nights, not always happy with how the songs were rendered. They didn't sound like the originals, after all, and we knew our music, didn't we?
    One Hit Wonders from 1955
  Earth Angel
Reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart for three weeks in early 1955 and No. 8 on the pop chart.
The Penguins version ranked No. 152
on Rolling Stone's list of the
500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen
by the Library of Congress to be added to
the National Recording Registry.
The Penguins - 1955 

Let Me Go Lover
By January 1955 Joan Weber had hit No. 1
on all the Billboard charts
(the Disk Jockey chart,
the Best Seller chart,
and the Juke Box chart).
by Patti Page
On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at No. 8;
on the Best Seller chart, at No. 24;
on the Juke Box chart, at No. 12.
by Teresa Brewer and The Lancers
 It reached No. 6 on the Billboard chart.
(Even though she was said to have a
"dime store" voice, Joan Weber's recording was
 the most successful version of the song.)
  Joan Weber - 1955

Lillian Briggs
 I Want You To Be My Baby
Lillian Briggs was the first woman to achieve super-star status at the dawn of rock 'n roll in the early 1950s.
She was named "The Queen of Rock & Roll" by The Sydney Morning Herald at the same time that the media began referring to Elvis Presley as the "King".
Her first single was 1955's "I Want You to Be My Baby". The song sold over 1 million copies and
hit No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
(It was on her yacht "Monkey Business" that the
photo of Gary Hart with Donna Rice was taken and ended his presidential ambitions.)
Lillian Briggs - 1955

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