The Seven Biggest One-Hit Wonders from North Texas

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Ed Steele
Still goin' strong(ish).

Today is One Hit Wonder day, allegedly marked by music journalist Steven R Rosen to honor the bands whose moment passed too soon. He was serious about this topic, even briefly publishing One Shot: The Magazine of One-Hit Wonders.

DFW has had its share of flash-in-the-pan chart success, and we've compiled the seven best examples. Some of these artists had their careers cut tragically short, and some were probably taken aback to be in the chart spotlight to begin with.

See also: Vanilla Ice at Grover's Bar & Grill in Frisco, 9/12/13: Review and Photos

Deep Blue Something - "Breakfast At Tiffany's"
We're kicking off the list with Deep Blue Something's "Breakfast at Tiffanys". The 1995 hit single landed on the Billboard Top 100 chart, and is probably the area's best example of a one-hit wonder.

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Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - "What I Am"
The Dallas-based band is most known for this 1988 track, but there's plenty more to the catalogue.

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Vanilla Ice - "Ice Ice Baby"
Maybe Vanilla Ice's career would have gone in a different direction had he been more grateful to Queen and Bowie for the sample.

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hoopjunkie_1958
hoopjunkie_1958

Steve Martin  King Tut  Date of chart topping - 7/8/87 #17 on the Pop Charts (originally from Waco, TX ) 

Roy Peterson 6/27/60 #7 Tell Aura I love Her (Denton, TX ) 

Point Blank 8/29/81 #39 Nicole ( Irving , Tx) 

Lisa Loeb technically charted with Do You sleep? at #18 in September of 1995 and I Do at #17 in November of 1997. 

Link ( Lincoln Browder) 6/20/98 #23 Whatcha gone Do ? 

(source: Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits) 


mattwolfgang
mattwolfgang

How is it that Possum Kingdom by the Toadies didn't make this list?  

I also question the inclusion of MC 900 ft Jesus.  I'm a fan (I bought Hell with the Lid Off at VVV when it was released) and he didn't have any "real" hits.  Even if you think he did, I would contend that his biggest hit was Truth is Out of Style.  It definitely got radio play.

Billboard: http://www.billboard.com/artist/276846/mc-900-ft-jesus/chart?f=359 

mattwolfgang
mattwolfgang

How is it possible that Possum Kingdom by The Toadies didn't make this list?

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

Bobby Day 'Rockin' Robin'.

warren_peace
warren_peace

Catherine, you know I love you.  But you missed out on the greatest one-hit wonder to ever come from N. Texas (solely because you are young, I get that).  The 1971 song D.O.A. by Bloodrock, from our neighbor city Ft. Worth, hit #36 on the Billboard chart and scared the LIVING POOP out of me as a child.  Still does.  I dare you to give it a listen and not be freaked.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1PLT0GljPA

inarchetype
inarchetype

1) Lisa Loeb was not based in Dallas at any time around when she was active as a musician. She had long since moved to the East Coast when she emerged.  Claiming her here is a bit disingenious.

2) Edie a "one hit wonder"? Seriously?  Are you a millennial or something?

enderspam
enderspam

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, "Wooly Bully"

Shame on you, Dallas Observer.

markzero
markzero

I'm reminded of Uptown's cover of "(I Know) I'm Losing You." :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXCGF1UmCb4

During the 1980s, on a Dallas, Texas-based Oak Lawn Records label, the song was covered by the group Uptown and transformed into an upbeat dance tune. This version achieved popularity at Dallas' famed Starck nightclub due to early play by DJ Rick Squillante and became a standard in many U.S. nightclubs, reaching the No. 80 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1987. -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(I_Know)_I'm_Losing_You#Cover_versions

CatherineDownes
CatherineDownes

@inarchetypeLisa Loeb is tooootally from Dallas. And while Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians did have other hits (as stated in the post), they're most known for their hit "What I Am." And yes, I am a Millennial.

CatherineDownes
CatherineDownes

@enderspam I thought about that, but he also did Little Red Riding Hood... so that's kind of a two-hit wonder, right?


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