The Friday 5×2: One-Hit Wonders From 1976

So far, I’ve done my level best not to include any disco in these lists. This time, though, I was caught between having to do two TV themes (I’m doing one) and “Junk Food Junkie,” throwing in a song or two I don’t recall (and still don’t after hearing them), or doing a couple of disco tunes, and chose the third option. Still, there are some real favorites of mine here.

  1. Elvin Bishop Group, “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” Bishop was an original member of The Butterfield Blues Band and played with them through 1967’s The Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw. He returned to his native Texas and started doing country as well as blues. This was the only hit for them, which peaked at #3.
  2. Starbuck, “Moonlight Feels Right” You already know how much I love this song, so I’ll just mention that it reached #3 in 1976.
  3. Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back In Town” This Irish hard-rock band had already reached #1 in their native Ireland and #6 in the UK with their first single, a rock version of the pub song “Whiskey In The Jar,” but this was the only song to crack the Top 20 in the US, peaking at #12.
  4. Henry Gross, “Shannon” Originally a member of Sha Na Na, Henry left in 1970 to concentrate on singing and sonwgwriting. He wrote this song to commemorate the passing of Brian Wilson’s Irish Setter, Shannon. It reached #6 on the Hot 100, #5 on the Cash Box survey, and #1 in Canada and New Zealand, but only got to #32 in the UK.
  5. Starland Vocal Band, “Afternoon Delight” This quartet from Washington, DC reached #1 with this song and parlayed it into a six-week variety show on CBS during the summer of 1977. Two of the members, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, wrote “I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” and later co-wrote “Take Me Home, Country Roads” with John Denver.
  6. Keith Carradine, “I’m Easy” From the 1975 Robert Altman film Nashville, it won the 1976 Oscar for Best Original Song, the only one the movie won (it was nominated for five Academy Awards). It reached #17 on the Hot 100 and earned Carradine a Golden Globe.
  7. Bellamy Brothers, “Let Your Love Flow” A country duo from Darby, Florida, this was their only crossover hit, which reached #1 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as #21 on the Country chart. In 1979, they reached #1 on the Country chart with “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me” and had a few other Country #1’s in the Eighties.
  8. The Wing And A Prayer Fife And Drum Corps, “Baby Face” As I recall, this song had reached the Top 20 in every decade beginning in the Twenties when this disco version came out. This song was the reason our first cat, Kismet, was called Kittyface, because I used to carry her around the house singing “Kittyface, you’ve got the cutest little Kittyface” to her. She wasn’t thrilled.
  9. Cyndi Grecco, “Making Our Dreams Come True” Both the theme songs from Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley reached the Top 20 in 1976. This is the theme from the latter, just because I like it better. It only reached #25. One comment about the song was that it was better than the show. That’s a little harsh…
  10. Andrea True Connection, “More, More, More (Part 1)” Former porn actress Andrea True used the money she earned in Jamaica doing commercials for a real estate company, which she couldn’t bring into the US because the US imposed sanctions due to the election of a pro-Castro president, to record the demo of this song. By that time she had tired of making adult films, saying she’d rather work as a waitress or a typist than make another one. The song reached #4 on the Hot 100, and a followup single, “N. Y., You Got Me Dancing” reached #27 the following year.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for December 15, 2017.

11 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: One-Hit Wonders From 1976

  1. There are some good ones here (not much of a fan of “Baby Face” but we can overlook that choice). During this time I wasn’t listening to radio all that much, but I regularly watched The Midnight Special TV show which kept me up with a lot of the hits and many of these artists performed these songs on that great music show.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

    Like

    1. There were some great music shows back then: ABC’s “In Concert,” NBC’s “The Midnight Special,” “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert,” and an interview show hosted by Chip Monck that was really informative. They all ran on Friday night into Saturday morning, so I’d end up climbing into bed at close to 3 AM, unless Mom got up and told me to go to bed…

      Like

  2. Like almost all of these, especially “Fooled around and fell in love.” I felt that was my theme song for a while. NOT a fan of “More, More More.” Happy Friday, John. How are you doing with therapy?

    Like

    1. Finished my therapy yesterday. I’m doing better than I had been when I started, but am still dealing with a lot of knee issues. I’ve talked to my orthopedist and we’re going to start hyaluronic acid injections starting in January, and there’s a great aquatic center very close to home where I can continue what I started with the therapists. Whether I can do it while I’m doing the injections or will have to wait until I’m finished is up in the air until I talk to my orthopedist. Thanks for asking!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I have heard (through my transcription work) that the hyaluronic acid injections can work very well and provide relief for a while. I type for orthopedic docs so I “know” a thing or two. Glad to hear you are progressing.

        Like

  3. Hey John.
    Another fabulous set here. My favs are Fooled Around and Fell in Love (#1 in my opinion. Love that song!), Moonlight Feels Right and Afternoon Delight. Also Let Your Love Flow is a feel-good song.
    I got a kick out of your comment about “Kittyface”… LOL! I can just see you carrying her around singing that to her. Cute!

    I had no idea that Keith Carradine who sang “I’m Easy” was the same Keith Carradine who starred in Dexter! I checked him out on Wikipedia: he was quite talented and sure has done a lot with his career (actor, singer, songwriter). He was creepy in his role of the serial killer on Criminal Minds too.
    I also didn’t know that “More, More, More”‘s Andrea True was a porn star! I love surprise facts!

    And now I’d kinda like to go check out some Laverne & Shirley episodes, thank you very much… That song will probably be my earworm all weekend…

    Michele at Angels Bark

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s