One Hit Wonder Wednesday on The Night Shift -1984
It's another One Hit Wonder Weds Night Shift with Craig Allen starting at 7 p.m. on 98.7 WFGR.
The last few weeks we've been highlighting the One Hit Wonders of the 1980s and this week we focus on 1984.
NIK KERSHAW – WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD: Nik is from Bristol, England and no relationship to country singer Sammy Kershaw. "Wouldn't It Be Good" is basically a turntable hit as it only reached the Top 40 back in 1984, but was featured on the Top 40 stations in GR.
ROCKWELL - SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME: Being the son of Motown legend Barry Gordon helped Kennedy "Rockwell" Gordy grow up with music in his soul. Imagine the stories he has from hanging out at Hitsville, USA. Backing vocals from non other than Michael Jackson helped "Somebody's Watching Me" reach #1 on the R&B chart and #2 on the Pop Charts.
TALK TALK - ITS MY LIFE: This British techno-pop-rock band's first song had the same name as the band "Talk Talk" and would only reach #75, "It's My Life" only reached #31 in 1984, but would go on to be covered by No Doubt featuring Gwen Stefani in 2003. Both versions are here so you can compare.
GENERAL PUBLIC -TENDERNESS: This British pop band was formed by two former members of one of my favorites Brit Bands The English Beat - Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger. While the band did do a cover of "I'll Take You There" that charted. "Tenderness" would be the band's only original hit and thus qualifies as One Hit Wonder.
AUTOGRAPH - TURN UP THE RADIO: What radio guy can argue with that title, yes please "Turn Up The Radio!" This would be the LA Rock band's only hit song on the pop charts reaching #29 in December.
Chart positions verified from Joel Whitburn's Pop Annual.