Category Archives: One-Hit Wonders

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1980 – Felix Cavaliere

“Only a Lonely Heart Sees” by Felix Cavaliere

Felix Cavaliere was
a member of the ’60s group, The Young Rascals (“Groovin'”). The band broke up in the early ’70s.

Cavaliere went on to release several solo albums during the 1970s.
His lone hit single was “Only A Lonely Heart Sees”, which peaked at #36 on April 19, 1980.
After appearing at Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary Celebration on May 14, 1988, the Rascals reunited, and went on a brief tour. Then the group split up into two factions – The New Rascals, and Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals. During 1995 Cavaliere was a touring member of Ringo Starr’s third All-Starr Band. The (Young) Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on May 6, 1997. Today, Felix Cavaliere still tours as Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals.

Here is Felix Cavaliere’s solo hit, “Only a Lonely Heart Sees”:

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One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1980 – Teri DeSario – “Yes, I’m Ready”

Teri Desario is a singer/songwriter from Miami, Florida. She was a classmate of Harry Wayne Casey (KC of KC and the Sunshine Band). Casey liked the original 1965 version of “Yes, I’m Ready” (by Barbara Mason) and wanted to re-record it. He was producing Teri DeSario’s album, Moonlight Madness, and had an idea to record the song as a duet. It was the first single released from the album in late 1979, and peaked at #2 on March 1, 1980. It was #2 for 2 weeks, and was kept from being #1 by Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.

Unfortunately for DeSario, she came around when Disco was in it’s dying days. She never had another U.S. hit. She recorded a couple of Contemporary Christian albums in the mid-80s.

More recently, she has just been a part of some production teams. Here she is in her heyday. And for the record, I didn’t recognize the song just by it’s title. But, it’s one of those songs, that as soon as I heard it, I remembered it:

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One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1980 – Steve Forbert – “Romeo’s Tune”

Steve Forbert is a singer-songwriter artist whose lone hit, “Romeo’s Tune”, reached #11 on February 23, 1980. At the time, Forbert was hailed as the “new Bob Dylan”. Forbet didn’t have any commercially succesful songs after that. It didn’t help that he had contractual issues with his record company, which prevented him from recording for several years. ’80s fans may recognize Forbert from his cameo appearance in Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” video, playing her boyfriend.

Steve Forbert still writes and performs songs. His songs have been recorded by several artists, including Rosanne Cash, Keith Urban, Marty Stuart and Webb Wilder.

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One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: Tom Johnston

“Savannah Nights” by Tom Johnston

Tom Johnston is better known as one of the founding members of The Doobie Brothers. Johnston wrote and sang many of the Doobie Brothers’ early hits, including “Listen to the Music,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “China Grove,” and “Long Train Runnin’.”

However, in 1975, after years of touring, Johnston, became severely ill and was hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer. The band was just about to go on tour when this happened. So they hired Michael McDonald, who became the new lead singer of the band. This changed their sound. So when Johnston was finally feeling better, and came back, he had no more influence. So, he left the group in 1977, and went solo.

He was not nearly as successful on his own. His lone hit was “Savannah Nights”, which peaked at #34 on January 12, 1980.

Johnston joined the Doobie Brothers when they reunited together for a brief tour in 1987 to benefit Vietnam veterans. This event led to the permanent reformation of the band. He is still with the Doobie Brothers today.

Here is Tom Johnston’s one solo hit, “Savannah Nights”:

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One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1980 – The Sugarhill Gang

Ahhh, the one-hit wonder! They have been around since music has been charted. There was definitely no shortage of them in the ’80s. There are many reasons for them. They could have been a fad. They may not have been able to handle their quick fame. Or, just because they were a one-hit wonder in the U.S. doesn’t mean they didn’t have hits in other countries. For the purpose of this new series, I will go through the One-Hit wonders in the U.S.
We’ll start with the One-Hit Wonders of 1980. First up:

“Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang

The Sugarhill Gang started off strong. Their hit, “Rapper’s Delight” was the first ever hip-hop song to become a top-40 hit. The song peaked at #36 on January 12, 1980.

All of the members of the group, Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank and Master Gee, hailed from Englewood, New Jersey. The Sugarhill Gang never again topped the charts, though they had a few minor hits, such as “Apache”, “Eighth Wonder”.
In 1999, they reunited and recorded Jump on It!, a hip hop children’s album. They continue to tour.

“Rapper’s Delight” was brought back to our attention with The Wedding Singer:

Here is the song:


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