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One Hit Wonders / 1960
One Hit Wonders
A new decade has dawned, the hard edge of Rock and Roll has been suppressed and Pop Music Rules!
Elvis is discharged from the Army and goes to Nashville, he never will regain the Raw Energy of the Sun Days, his first release is “Stuck On You”. The Great Tony Williams leaves the Platters and is replaced by Sonny Turner. Dion and the Belmonts disolve and Dion records under the name Dion. Bobby Darin marries Sandra Dee and Connie Francis is crushed. Ben E. King leaves the Drifters to go it on his own. But there is hope; a 30 year old Detroit native, Berry Gordy Jr. writes a song called “Money” and is able to raise enough money to form his own label Tamla. Now that makes the future look better.
Sandy / January 1960 / Larry Hall / #15 BB
Larry left us in 1997.
Teen Angel / February 1960 / Mark Dinning / #1 BB
His sister wrote the song, unfortunately he used drugs and alcohol and left us at 52 in 1986.
Rockin’ Little Angel / February 1960 / Ray Smith / #22 BB
The recording band included, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Grady Martin & Bill Justis, it sold over 3 Million copies. Unfortunately Ray ended his own life in 1979.
Money (would become a standard written by Berry Gordy Jr.) / April 1960 / Barrett Strong / #23
Barrett is still singing today!
Let the Little Girl Dance / May 1960 / Billy Bland / #7 BB
He left the music business in 1963.
Ooh Poo Pah Doo PT II (I love this song) / May 1960 / Jessie Hill / #28 BB
He was from New Orleans and left us in 1996.
Love You So / June 1960 / Ron Holden / #7 BB
Another favourite, he died in Mexico in 1997.
Alley Oop (not one of my favourites but it was #1) / July 1960 / Hollywood Argyles / #1
Well Gary Paxton, one half of Skip & Flip was the driving force.
Mule Skinner Blues / July 1960 / The Fendermen / #5
Unfortunately it is obvious, they called themselves the Fender Men, because the both played Fender Guitars.
Image of a Girl / August 1960 / The Safaris / #6 BB
They were a Los Angeles based group.
A Million to One / September 1960 / Jimmy Charles / #5
He started singing again and resides in Texas.
You Talk Too Much / November 1960 / Joe Jones / #6 BB
Joe left us in 2005.
Stay / November 1960 / Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs (who wrote Little Darlin’) / #1 BB
I love this song, it is the shortest song ever to reach #1. He is still active today!