Over the last 10 days, over on my ‘other’ Facebook account, I’ve been enjoying a musical challenge, selecting one hit wonders.
Yes, those artists that have 1 song, that reaches the peak (or very nearly the peak) of the charts, and they never have another song enter the charts again. Some of these are deliberate, either being a charity effort, or where a pair of acts get together, to make one record, and never work with each other again. There are others, like The Archies, who were never meant to have a hit record in the first place, but lo, and behold, they did.
Oh PS, for reference of this piece, I’m talking about artists who are one hit wonders in the UK, as they may, like the Archies, have had more than one hit elsewhere, but for my reference, I’m working on UK lists.
But just think of all the other artists, who dreamt of careers, when their record reaches the Top 5 of the charts, and can never follow up that success, ever again, how it must feel? Yes, I must admit, I’ve had nothing all that modern on my list. The most recent, a song from 1994, which I plucked from the depths of anonymity, simply because it was a ‘jazzed up’ version of the Charleston! They were a Dutch group, Doop, and had a number of hits in their own country, but just 1 in the UK, the same name as the group! Most of mine were from the 60’s, and 70’s, unsurprisingly.
Why nothing very vintage, you may be asking? Well, there was no UK chart until 1953, so it wasnt an option. Which is why I rescued Doop, just to get something from my favorite era. Which means that tonights video artist is a one hit wonder in the UK. The fact that she’d been a major star for nearly a dozen years by then, and would have charted many times, if we’d had a chart, is beside the point. So I guess she never fretted too much that she only had one chart hit in the UK, I’m sure.
So its fair to say that the little thing, of 1 UK hit for her, may not have actually meant a lot. I apologize in advance for the quality of the film, but it is over 60 years old, so…