One-Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1980 – Charlie Dore

“Pilot of the Airwaves” by Charlie Dore


Charlie Dore is a singer-songwriter from England. She started out in theater, then she joined a band that played bluegrass, western swing and hillbilly music. In 1978, she was spotted by Island Records and signed to a solo recording and publishing deal. She recorded an album, Where To Now, and the record company thought it was “too country”. So, they brought in UK producers Alan Tarney and Bruce Welch to re-record several tracks, one of which was her hit “Pilot of the Airwaves”.

After that, she left Island Records for Chrysalis. She recorded her second album, Listen, and again, the record company had her re-record the entire album. Although she re-recorded the album with Toto as the studio band, the album produced no hits.

Dore then got into acting again. While she was acting, she also wrote songs for other artists – one of her mot popular was “Strut” which was performed by Sheena Easton. She continues to write songs today, and every once in a while, comes out with a solo album.

But, her only hit was “Pilot of the Airwaves” which peaked at #13 on May 3, 1980:

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