‘Ariel’ by Dan Friedman – Classic Hit or Miss
Today’s Classic Hit or Miss is one hit wonder Dan Friedman!
Born and raised in Paramus, New Jersey, Friedman received his first guitar when he was 9, in 1964, and started writing songs. When he was a teenager, he played weddings and bar mitzvahs as part of Marsha and the Self-Portraits, sent out demos and majored in music at City College of New York where one of his teachers was guitarist David Bromberg. By the time he was 20, in 1975, he had a manager and a recording contract with Cashman and West’s Lifesong label.
In the United States he is described as a one-hit wonder, following his 1977 hit song “Ariel”, which reached # 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed in the chart for five months. “Ariel” has been described as a “quirkily irresistible and uncategorizable pop song about a free spirited, music loving, vegetarian Jewish girl”, from Paramus, New Jersey, where he grew up. It is the only Billboard Top 40 song to contain the word Paramus.
Although “Ariel” did not make the UK Singles Chart, “Lucky Stars”, a duet with Denise Marsa taken from his second album Well Well Said the Rocking Chair, made #3 in the UK in late 1978, and both “Woman of Mine” and “Lydia” were lesser chart hits there.
Unlike many one-hit wonders, Friedman has continued to write and perform songs into the 2000s.