The Nitty Gritty

But more than all of those I am an entertainer. I carry around a ukulele with me for the same reason a gangster carries a gun; better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Stage or sidewalk, Your Pal Pete shows are just where they happen.
Currently, I'm working on a musical, RagnaPOP(or she's got the bomb), set to premiere at this year's Capital Fringe Festival. I'm also working on music, comedy, and musical comedy; for kids and/or adults.
The fruit of these projects will be available on this site, so check back regularly!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

One Hit Wonders Who Have Had More Than One Hit

Stardom is a funny thing, especially in the music business. Who know what catches millions of sets of ears to make a song a hit? And why is it than some people can only do it once? History is another thing, as time goes on things get remembered differently, regardless of the facts to the contrary. One of the definitions of "One Hit Wonder" is an artist who have only one hit on the Billboard top 40. This definition ends up classifying such accomplished artists as Jimi Hendrix ("All Along The Watchtower" #20) and Janis Joplin ("Me and Bobby McGee"#1) as one hit wonders. The perception of some of the most notorious one-hit wonders does not always jive with the facts.

1. Vanilla Ice- "The" Hit:"Ice Ice Baby"
I don't blame people for forgetting the amplified abortion that was "Play That Funky Music", but that doesn't change the fact that it hit #4 before he slid his way into obscurity. He got sued for sampling without crediting the song of the same name; but money aside, I'm surprised any one would want to take credit for it.

2. A Taste of Honey- "The" Hit: "Boogie Oogie Oogie"
Before it became known as the "kiss of death award", the Best New Artist Grammy was something that people took very seriously. So when A Taste Of Honey won it in 1979 over The Cars and Elvis Costello, people went nuts. But before they went gently into that obscure night they had another hit in 1981 with "Sukiyaki", that is mostly remembered by people my age is it's quoting in Doug E. Fresh's "La Di Da Di"-"It's all because of you, I'm feeling sad and blue.." Besides, if you look at the list of best new artists winnershere, you'll wonder why they were EVER taken seriously.

3. The Romantics- "The" Hit: "What I Like About You"
Its appearance in EVERY FUCKING COMMERCIAL notwithtanding, that song was actually not a hit. Two songs they released 3 years later were bigger hits with one, "Talking In Your Sleep", hitting #2. But the song was so popular that they named a 1990 greatest hits collection after it.

4. Richie Valens- "The" Hit: "La Bamba"
This was actually the B-side of his biggest hit, "Donna", eventually making it into the top 30. Valens learned the spanish lyrics phonetically, like most of the people that heard it when it became a hit in the 80's, since Richie didn't speak much Spanish.

There are more but I'm tired.

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