So, we’ve taken care of the first half of the Seventies, and today we start the second half with 1975. Many of the one-hit wonders from this year and presumably the next couple are disco tunes, and you’ll be happy to know I avoided them. I hope you don’t find too many EBS specials among the ten I chose.
- Shirley & Co., “Shame Shame Shame” Shirley & Co. were a seven-piece disco band fronted by the late Shirley Goodman. They reached #1 on the dance chart and #12 on the Hot 100 with their one hit. It did better in Europe, reaching #6 there.
- Sammy Johns, “Chevy Van” Country singer Sammy Johns had several singles for Warner Brothers-Curb and Elektra records, none as popular as this, which reached #5 and was certified Gold. Known more for his songwriting than his singing, he passed away in 2013 at the age of 66.
- Ozark Mountain Daredevils, “Jackie Blue” The Daredevils, from Springfield, Missouri, reached minor success the year before with “If You Wanna Get To Heaven,” which rose to #25. Apparently, however, to qualify as a One-Hit Wonder, you have to have only one record that reached the Top 20, so that qualifies them.
- Benny Bell, “Shaving Cream” One that reached the Top 20 thanks to Dr. Demento. Benny Bell was a popular recording artist in the Forties with his risqué songs, such as this one. He made a comeback long enough to give us this one, and Western Civilization is eternally grateful. It reached #18 according to Tunecaster, but only #30 according to Wikipedia. You be the judge.
- Ace, “How Long (Has This Been Goin’ On)” Ace was led by Paul Carrack, who later did vocals for Mike + The Mechanics. It sounds like a song about adultery, but Carrack explained he wrote the song when he learned that bassist Terry Comer had been playing with a couple of other bands on the side. Pretty much the same thing. It reached #3 in both the US and Canada (Cash Box had it at #1).
- Jessi Colter, “I’m Not Lisa” Country chanteuse Colter has had some success on the Country charts, but this was her one big single, reaching #1 on the US and Canadian Country charts and #4 on the Hot 100. She has been married to both Duane Eddy and Waylon Jennings and collaborated heavily with the latter.
- Pilot, “Magic” Pilot was a Scottish rock group formed by two substitute members of the Bay City Rollers, David Paton and Billy Lyall. This reached #5 in the US, #1 in Canada, and #11 in the UK. A followup, “January,” only reached #87 in the US but topped the chart in the UK.
- Morris Albert, “Feelings” Albert, from São Paolo, Brazil, claimed to have written the lyrics and music for this one, for which French composer Loulou Gasté sued him, as he had written the melody. Albert lost and had to fork over 88% of the royalties. The song reached #6 in the US and was certified Gold, which made Gasté very happy.
- Jigsaw, “Sky High” Jigsaw was a British band formed in the late Sixties, fronted by keyboardist Clive Scott and drummer/vocalist Des Dyer. This reached #3 in the US and #9 in the UK and was a hit all around the world, particularly in Japan. The had a couple of other songs that failed to reach the Top 40 in the US. As songwriters, Scott and Dyer wrote “Who Do You Think You Are?” which was covered by Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods and reached #15 for them.
- Consumer Rapport, “Ease On Down The Road” Consumer Rapport was a soul and disco studio group from New York City. The song is from the stage production and movie The Wiz and was later covered by Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in 1978, when the movie came out. This cover reached #1 on the Hot Dance Singles chart, #19 on the Soul Singles chart, and got to #20 on the Hot 100.
Sorry I’m a little late with this. I’ve been busier than a one-armed paperhanger today. Anyway, that’s your Friday 5×2 for December 8, 2017.