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!”)
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.
Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen (1972)
One of a kind, these guys were!
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!
Driver’s Seat – Sniff And The Tears (1979)
This was SUCH a good song! I’m still amazed there was no followup.
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.
The Rapper – Jaggerz (1970)
This was their only big one, though chief songwriter Donnie Iris would score with “Ah! Leah” in 1981.
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!)
Romeo’s Tune – Steve Forbert (1979)
This talented bloke deserved better than this one great hit.