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Who remembers this one?! One of my favorites later covered by Lambert Hendricks and Ross (among others):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jojuPQXMm44
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Milli Vanilli is my vote for a no hit wonder!! They even won a Grammy without singing!
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Hurricane Smith - "Oh Babe, What Would You Say?"
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Jimi Hendrix only had one hit and it was a cover of All Along the Watchtower. #20 in 1968
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJV81mdj1ic

Ram Jam, the controversial song Black Betty from 1977. My mom and I literally had to pull over from laughter the first time we heard this song on the radio.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R044sleOW6I

This was a hit, but you have to click on it to hear what it was. haha!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhUkGIsKvn0
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First time I ever heard anyone refer to Hendrix as a one-hit wonder. The term usually refers to someone or a group who does one record that charts and then pretty much disappears. So I wouldn't exactly call him, possibly the most influential electric guitarist of the century, a "one-hit wonder."
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He had a few hits over here in the UK, ahem. Interestingly, Red House did not appear on the original US pressing of Are You Experienced, as it was considered 'too hip' for the US audience...

And of course, "Smash Hits" was released in 1968, which was an incredible achievment for someone who had only one hit.... Smile
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I had "Purple People Eater" when it first came out. But Sheb Wooley had more than a few hits. He recorded some hysterically funny stuff as his alter-ego, Ben Colder, including a really funny version of "Hello Walls."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuL0giSO8f0



As Sheb Wooley he was also an actor- a semi-regular on Rawhide as well as roles in High Noon and The Outlaw Josey Wales.

My information has Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley as a one-hit wonder. He may have written for other folks but his recording of Purple People Eater was the only hit he ever sang.

Scroll down to 1958 in this link and you'll find it listed as a one-hit wonder:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_195......d_States
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First time I ever heard anyone refer to Hendrix as a one-hit wonder. The term usually refers to someone or a group who does one record that charts and then pretty much disappears. So I wouldn't exactly call him, possibly the most influential electric guitarist of the century, a "one-hit wonder."


Agreed. Same goes for The Dead.
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What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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On Mar 6, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
I had "Purple People Eater" when it first came out. But Sheb Wooley had more than a few hits. He recorded some hysterically funny stuff as his alter-ego, Ben Colder, including a really funny version of "Hello Walls."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuL0giSO8f0



As Sheb Wooley he was also an actor- a semi-regular on Rawhide as well as roles in High Noon and The Outlaw Josey Wales.

My information has Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley as a one-hit wonder. He may have written for other folks but his recording of Purple People Eater was the only hit he ever sang.

Scroll down to 1958 in this link and you'll find it listed as a one-hit wonder:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_195......d_States


I re-read your reference to Ben Colder, and now see what you are talking about. I didn't know Wooley recorded under a different name. Still, as Sheb Wooley, PPE was a one-hit wonder. Smile
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As Sheb Wooley he also had a number one hit on the US country carts with "That's My Pa" in 1962. He also had many other singles that charted in the top one hundred.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheb_Wooley#Singles

But, yes, he is best remembered for Purple People Eater.

I think that "one-hit wonder" is being interpreted in different ways on this thread. As I said earlier, I've always thought of it as referring to someone (or a group) having just one recording that charted big and then was never heard from again.
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That's also my understanding of the term.
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There are many famous singers and groups who NEVER had a number one record and yet would hardly be considered "one-hit wonders."

The names are really pretty surprising:

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Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who, James Brown. These are legends who have written songs that changed the course of rock, and will live on as classics for as long as there are music lovers roaming the planet. In fact, all of these artists appear within the top twenty slots of VH1′s 100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll list, compiled by polling some of the greatest musicians and rock scholars around. So obviously these guys know how to pen a tune. But it would probably surprise you to learn that all these HUGE rock forces have NEVER had a number one song!

Well, more specifically, they’ve never topped the charts on the Billboard Top 40 chart, which factors in both sales and airplay and is viewed as the official ranking system in the US (as opposed to the genre charts). But still, it’s pretty insane that these musical monsters haven’t scaled this mountain and tasted Billboard glory. Sure they might have number one albums, gold/platinum records and tons of cash, but it’s all about the songs, man! Head up the gallery above and let your mind be blown but these 25 unforgettable rock titans who’ve never gone all the way on Billboard. Their classic tracks are number one in our hearts, if not on the charts…


http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2013-10-3......ber-one/
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Not use if he was a 1 hit wonder but I do not remember any of his others.

Jody Reynolds "Endless Sleep" Another suicide song. But rescued...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er_3nGCoo4c
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In reference to several above posts, Janis Joplin had only one hit as part of Big Brother and the Holding Company, but had another as a solo artist. This has also happened to a number of other musicians, having only one as a solo artist, although one (or more) with a group.
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I seem to remember reading a long time ago that record companies loved "1 hit wonders" as they made tons of money on them and never had to pay them what they paid a star.
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As Sheb Wooley he also had a number one hit on the US country carts with "That's My Pa" in 1962. He also had many other singles that charted in the top one hundred.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheb_Wooley#Singles

But, yes, he is best remembered for Purple People Eater.

I think that "one-hit wonder" is being interpreted in different ways on this thread. As I said earlier, I've always thought of it as referring to someone (or a group) having just one recording that charted big and then was never heard from again.

I completely understand the term one-hit wonder. One hit then gone. When I thought of PPE last night, I thought it was a one-hit wonder, but before posting, I googled and sure enough it showed up on the link I provided above as a one-hit wonder, so I went ahead and posted. Just sayin'.
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It's no big deal, Bob.
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I know. Smile
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