One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1983 – Pia Zadora

“The Clapping Song” by Pia Zadora

Pia Zadora was an actress whose first film was in 1964 in the classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. OK, it wasn’t a classic, but it was fodder for the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000.

18 years later, Zadora starred with Stacy Keach and Orson Welles in the movie Butterfly, with a plot around father-daughter incest. There are mixed messages about her acting in that movie. She won that year’s Golden Globe Award as “Best New Star of the Year”. At the same time she also was awarded “Razzies” as “Worst New Star” and “Worst Actress” in the 1982 Golden Raspberry Awards.

Pia Zadora was also a singer. She achieved success in Europe, and had several hit singles throughout the world. However, in the U.S., her only top 40 hit was her cover of the Shirley Ellis hit “The Clapping Song”. She peaked at #36 on February 19, 1983 with the remake.

In 2011, Zadora began a small attempt at a comeback with a cabaret show titled Pia Zadora: Back Again, And Standing Tall. In 2012, she will be performing her show with the Desert Symphony Orchestra at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California. In the meantime, you can catch her lone top 40 hit here:

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