Gary: At 73 years of age, I decided to take up the guitar, I have a teacher, a Taylor GS Mini, a Epiphone 339 ebony electric, so who knows where this will go. I own a lot of books, yes books on Music and Rock and Roll, it’s history and artists.
I have decided to go through one book from A to Z and write about all of the songs and artist’s that only made the Billboard Top 40 “Once”. The authority will be Joel Whitburn’s Top 40 hits 1955 to 2000 7th Edition. Now being as old as I am you know I will not go much further than the 70’s, Sorry.
So this will be easy because we will start with the letter
Ace, Johnny, who in February 1955, had a # 17 Song, Pledging my Love. The reason only one song, Johnny shot himself in December of 1954, playing Russian Roulette backstage in Huston, the song was released after his death.
Ace, a British Rock Group. In April 1975, they had a # 3 Hit with a song called How Long. They would disband in 1977 and the leader Paul Carrack would joined Mike and the Mechanics.
Acklin, Barbara, in August 1968 had a # 15 Hit Love makes a Woman. Barbara was from Chicago and died at the age of 56 from pneumonia.
Adams, Johnny from New Orleans, had a # 28 hit July 1969, Reconsider Me. He would die of Cancer in 98 at the age of 66.
Adderly, Julian or “Cannonball”, had a # 11 hit in January 1967, Mercy Mercy Mercy. He would die of a stroke in 1975 at the age of 46.
Ad Libs, The, would have a # 8 hit in Feb, 1965 with The Boy from New York City. They were from Newark New Jersey.
Akens, Jewel had a # 3 Hit in Feb/65 with The Birds and Bees. He was from Huston Texas and was a singer and producer. He died March 2013.
Albert, Morris from Brazil had a # 6 hit in August 1975 “Feelings”. His song, well not really in 1988 he was found guilty of plagiarism, the song was called Pour Toi recorded in 1956 and lost 88% of his royalties.
Alexander, Arthur in March 1962 had a # 24 hit with You Better Move On. He was from Alabama and died in 1993 at the age of 53.
Alive and Kicking, in July 1970 had a # 7 hit with Tighter and Tighter. The group was from New York City and Bruce Sudano the Organ player was married to the late Donna Summer.
Allan, Davie and the Arrows, a session guitarist from L.A. He had a # 37 hit in September 1962 with Blue’s Theme
Allison, Gene In March of 1958 had a #36 Hit with You Can Make it if you Try. He was from Pegram Tennessee and left us in 2004.
Amazing Rhythm Aces, a Country Rock group from Memphis. July/75 #7 Third Rate Romance (I bought their Album)
Amboy Dukes, Chicago Group with Ted Nugent July/68 # 16 Journey to the Center of the Mind
Anderson, Lynn, Country Singer from North Dakota, Dec/70 # 3 Rose Garden
Applejacks, The (Dave Appell) Philadelphia Studio group #16 October/58 Mexican Hat Rock
Aquatones, Long Island New York (Gary, I love this song, one of the best slow-dancing or gringing songs of the 50’s) May/58 #21 You
Argent, (Rod Argent) from England, July/72 #5 Hold You Head up
Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, England Aug/71 # 40 Resurrection Shuffle (Great Song)
Austin, Sil from Florida and a Tenor Sax Man, Nov/56 #17 Slow Walk
Some of the Billboard listings just did not fit in our blog and if they were your favourites, sorry I just could not list every one as there are 26 letters in the alphabet and I’m not getting any younger and I have just started.