One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1982 – Charlene

“I’ve Never Been to Me” by Charlene

1328297In 1973, Charlene signed with Motown under the name “Charlene Duncan”, and released her first (and unsuccessful) single “All That Love Went to Waste” in January 1974. Three years later, she released a second album, It Ain’t Easy Comin’ Down, on Motown’s Prodigal label. It had the single, “I’ve Never Been to Me”, and the song reached #97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

In 1982, Tampa, Florida disc jockey Scott Shannon, then at WRBQ, started playing the song at the behest of a girlfriend. At the time, Charlene had lost her recording contract, and moved to England. The song caught on with audiences, and made the charts once again, this time it reached all the way to #3 on May 22, 1982.

In a attempt to capitalize on the song’s success, the following year, Charlene released another song, “Used to Be“, a duet with Stevie Wonder that was written by the writers of “I’ve Never Been to Me”, which did not reach the pop top 40 chart and only reaching #46 on the pop charts. She never again reached the charts.
This year, Charlene launched her official web site.

Here is her hit song, “I’ve Never Been to Me”:


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