A day for one-hit won­ders

Whangarei Report - - MUSIC - By Brian Kelly

Ac­cord­ing to The Bill­board Book of One-hit Won­ders, a one-hit won­der is “an act that has won a po­si­tion on the na­tional pop, Top 40 record chart just once”.

Septem­ber 25 is recog­nised as One-hit Won­der Day.

The Coast team had a bit of fun on the day ask­ing our lis­ten­ers to name their favourite one-hit won­der, and some real gems popped up.

One of my favourite one-hit won­ders was by an Amer­i­can singer, Nor­man Green­baum.

The for­mer goat farmer from the Bos­ton area made the top of the British Charts in 1970, with the hit Spirit in the Sky.

Green­baum is a bit of a one-hit won­der spe­cial­ist.

Be­fore Spirit in the Sky he be­longed to a band called Dr West’s Medicine Show and Jug band and in the early 60s they had a hit with a song called The Eg­g­plant That Ate Chicago.

Spirit in the Sky has popped up in many TV shows and movies, most re­cently in the movie Apollo 13.

In the UK, the song reached No 1 three times by var­i­ous acts.

Fol­low­ing Green­baum’s suc­cess in 1970, a band called Doc­tor and the Medics took it to the No 1 spot in 1986 and then in 2003, Gareth Gates and The Ku­mars re­peated that feat.

An in­stru­men­tal ver­sion of the song is used by the Los An­ge­les An­gels base­ball team when their line-up is in­tro­duced at base­ball games at their beloved Ana­heim Sta­dium. Not a bad one-hit won­der.

Many more one-hit won­ders were men­tioned by our lis­ten­ers, like Tubthump­ing by a band called Chum­bawamba. That 1998 hit was even nom­i­nated for Best British sin­gle at the British mu­sic awards.

Re­mem­ber Bobby Mc­fer­rin’s Don’t Worry Be Happy?

It hit No 1 on the US Bill­board charts in 1988 and won a Grammy Award a year later for best pop vo­cal.

The most un­usual thing about that song is Mc­fer­rin used only his body parts to make all the back­ing sounds.

It’s an­other one of those songs that’s made it to the movies fea­tur­ing in the Tom Cruise film Cock­tail.

I’ve just scratched the sur­face of the hun­dreds, maybe even thou­sands, of songs that be­came one-hit won­ders, like Pass the Dutchie, Come on Eileen, My Sharona and one of my favourite all time New Zealand sin­gles, For To­day by the Nether­world Danc­ing Toys.

So, what’s your favourite one-hit won­der?

The Coast team had a bit of fun on the day ask­ing our lis­ten­ers to name their favourite one-hit won­der, and some real gems popped up.

Bobby Mc­fer­rin had a one-hit won­der,

Brian Kelly is a host on Coast Break­fast ra­dio.

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