Sexy Eyes by Dr. Hook

Dr. Hook is one of those 1970s groups that a lot of people know by name.  I would imagine, though, that most people don’t remember many, if any, of Dr. Hook’s hits (and they had several).  It’s interesting, though, that a group which had top 20 hits in five out of ten years of the 70s is so easily forgotten.  And, surprisingly enough, one of those forgotten hits was one of the group’s highest charting.

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Ai No Corrida by Quincy Jones

It isn’t unheard of for the artist credited on a track not to be the one who actually sings on that track.  Carlos Santana, for example, made a career of it.  But while many Santana tracks are still receiving airplay, one artist whose credited tracks are much more difficult to hear on American radio is famed producer Quincy Jones.

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Dreamtime by Daryl Hall

When Daryl Hall wasn’t making hit albums and singles with John Oates (along with the occasional now-forgotten song), he certainly kept busy during the 70s and 80s.*  In addition to writing and producing, he also recorded some music on his own.  American terrestrial radio has pretty much forgotten, but he had some success in the mid-80s with a hit called “Dreamtime”.

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Your Imagination by Daryl Hall and John Oates

If one were to make an objective list of the most successful duos in American music during the pop era by sales and chart successes, one would have to include Daryl Hall and John Oates.  However, if I were to make a list of the most disrespected duos in America music in the pop era, I would also include Daryl Hall and John Oates.  Add to that the fact that they did have so many chart smashes, and it’s easy to see how a single that was not so successful could be forgotten so totally.  And that’s exactly the fate of the duo’s 1981 single “Your Imagination”.

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Rocky by Austin Roberts

Many times an artist who hits the top ten is better known for acting. For example, within a three-year period during the 80s, actors Don Johnson, Bruce Willis, and Patrick Swayze hit the top ten for their first and only time. For an artist to be better known for his work on an animated children’s show, though, is a much rarer instance. Such is the case for Austin Roberts, one of those artists now thought to be a one-hit wonder…even though he wasn’t.

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’65 Love Affair by Paul Davis

Occasionally, an artist will have a hit single but not be happy with the song.  Sometimes, artists get tired of having to perform their biggest early hits after some time; occasionally, you might even read of an artist expressing disgust, or even hatred, toward one or more such songs.  It’s rarer, though, that an artist expresses disgust at the recording process so much that the hit single doesn’t appear on best-of compilations, but that appears to be what happened with the highest charting single of Paul Davis.

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I Want You by Savage Garden

Occasionally, a band or artist will have a single which becomes a fairly good-sized hit but which becomes a forgotten song because of other songs the band/artist has released which completely overshadow the single in question.    Even if a band is known for only a few songs, the huge hits can almost drive the songs that were just big from people’s minds.  That appears to be the case for the late 90s band Savage Garden.

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We Don’t Talk Anymore by Cliff Richard

Some artists have an amazing amount of chart success in their native country without having much of an impact in the United States music scene at all.  Others eventually do hit the charts in the USA, sometimes almost two decades after starting their music careers.  In that second category we find Cliff Richard.

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Missing by Everything But The Girl

Occasionally a band will spend years in relative obscurity and then, finally, suddenly break through with one big hit before settling back into the same obscurity from whence that band had come.  One such band, at least as far as the American music-buying public was concerned, was Everything But The Girl.

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