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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 12: Singer/Songwriter/Photographer Steve Forbert poses at Steve Forbert in Song and Pictures at Tinney Gallery on October 12, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

This has been so much fun playing those flashes in the pan, so to speak, all day long.  I could come up with a hundred, but here are ten killer songs by artists who just could not repeat:

 

Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman (1969)

Produced by Pete Townshend, who also plays bass on the track (billed as “Bijou Drains!”)

Thunderclap Newman - Something In The Air

Subscribe to The Best Of for more classic music history, videos and playlists: http://bit.ly/WdJ36u "Something in the Air" was a number one hit for The Who's Pete Townshend's other band Thunderclap Newman in 1969. Townshend created the band to showcase songs written by former The Who chauffeur, also a drummer/singer/guitarist/songwriter, John "Speedy" Keen.

 

Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White (1969)

He had another hit, but he gave it away.  The beautiful “Rainy Night In Georgia” by another one-hit wonder, Brook Benton.

 

Black Betty – Ram Jam (1977)

Leadbelly on steroids.

Ram Jam - Black Betty

Official music video for "Black Betty" by Ram Jam Listen to Ram Jam: https://RamJam.lnk.to/bestofYD Subscribe to Ram Jam on YouTube: https://RamJam.lnk.to/subscribeYD Follow Ram Jam: Facebook: https://RamJam.lnk.to/followFI YouTube: https://RamJam.lnk.to/subscribeYD Spotify: https://RamJam.lnk.to/followSI Lyrics: Whoa, Black Betty (Bam-ba-Lam) Whoa, Black Betty (Bam-ba-Lam) Black Betty had a child (Bam-ba-Lam) The damn thing gone wild

 

Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen (1972)

One of a kind, these guys were!

Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody (Studio)

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen is an American country rock band founded in 1967. Members included founder George Frayne, John Tichy, Billy C. Farlow, Bill Kirchen, Andy Stein, Paul "Buffalo" Bruce Barlow, Lance Dickerson, and Bobby Black. The band's style mixed country music, rockabilly, and blues, on a foundation of boogie-woogie piano.

 

Motorcycle Mama – Sailcat (1972)

Amazing there’s any video of this band at all, since they broke literally right after this first and only single of theirs was released!

Sailcat - Motorcycle Mama

Sailcat performs their hit song Motorcycle Mama the album of the same name, August 1972, first national television appearance. Produced by Pete Carr SAILCAT 1972 - Johnny Wyker - Vocals, Rythm Court Pickett - Vocals, Bass Ronnie Brown-Guitar Rodney Davis- Guitar Bill Connell- Drums

 

Driver’s Seat – Sniff And The Tears (1979)

This was SUCH a good song!  I’m still amazed there was no followup.

Sniff 'n the tears - Driver's seat (full song H.Q.)

Sniff 'n the tears - Driver's seat Full song with re-edited video. Enjoy H.Q. sound.

 

You Get What You Give – New Radicals (1998)

After scoring a worldwide hit with this beautiful song, chief member Gregg Alexander quickly became bored with the artist side of the music business, broke the group up and decided to write and produce songs for others.

New Radicals - You Get What You Give (Official Video)

Music video by New Radicals performing You Get What You Give. (C) 1998 Geffen Records #NewRadicals #YouGetWhatYouGive #Vevo

 

The Rapper – Jaggerz (1970)

This was their only big one, though chief songwriter Donnie Iris would score with “Ah! Leah” in 1981.

The Jaggerz - 'The Rapper'

Here is 'The Rapper' by The Jaggerz from 1970, their #1 hit. The video consists of about 50 compilation LPs, Tapes, and CDs The Rapper has appeared on since 1970. And I am still missing about 10.

 

Hocus Pocus – Focus (recorded 1971, released in US 1973)

Possibly my favorite hard rock song in existence.  I guess it was pretty much impossible to follow up THIS song!  Check this amazing double-speed performance from “The Midnight Special” (LOVED that show!)

Focus - Hocus Pocus Live '73

Dutch prog-rockers Focus giving a breathtaking performance on NBC´s Midnight Special. Thijs van Leer - Vox, Flute, Organ Jan Akkerman - Guitar (-god!) Bert Ruiter - Bass Pierre van der Linden - Drums Announced by the lovely Gladys Knight

 

Romeo’s Tune – Steve Forbert (1979)

This talented bloke deserved better than this one great hit.

Romeo's Tune - Steve Forbert 1979

Taked of the album Jackrabbit Slim (1979), which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1980.

 

~@andregardner