Monday, October 3, 2016

Artists Whose First Hit Was Their Biggest: Part 35

Here are 10 more artists in our music feature:

Ronny & the Daytonas

This group from Nashville, Tennessee astounded us with this great song in 1964.  They made the Top 40 but one other time, a #27 song.

Rooftop Singers
"Walk Right In"

This Folk trio scored a huge #1 song originally recorded in 1929 by Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers.  They aren't a One-Hit Wonder* as they landed another Top 20 hit, but nothing came close to "Walk Right In".  

Rose Royce
"Car Wash"

Here's an R&B band from Los Angeles that once backed the Temptations.  In 1976, Rose Royce scored a Platinum record with this #1 smash.  They also scored with "I Wanna' Get Next To You", underrated even at #10.  But of their six career hits, "Car Wash" was by far their biggest.

Rose and the Originals
"Angel Baby"

The only Top 40 hit for this group came from 1961--"Angel Baby".

Ruby and the Romantics
"Our Day Will Come"

This group enjoyed a #1 smash in 1963.  They got as high as #16 with their follow-up but were never able to match their first big hit.

Crispian St. Peters
"The Pied Piper"

It's been a while since we heard from an English act in our feature.  Here's another, Crispian St. Peters, who landed this #4 hit in 1966.  The next-best song he had was at #36.

Kyu Sakamoto

This Japanese artist went to #1 for three weeks with this song.  He never reached the Top 40 again, and tragically was one of 520 people killed in the crash of a Japan Airlines flight in 1985.

Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
"Wooly Bully"

This group from Dallas, Texas got as high as #2 with this Gold record.  They also hit #2 with "Lil' Red Riding Hood", but 50 years later, that latter hit doesn't come close to their first in popularity.

Tommy Sands
"Teen-Age Crush"

Tommy Sands hit #2 with this song in 1957.  He was able to post two other Top 40 hits, but nothing came close to his original.  He married Nancy Sinatra in 1960.

Samantha Sang

With help from the Bee Gees, fellow Australian Samantha Sang broke through with this big hit in 1978 which sold over two million records.  But Sang would never get another Top 40 hit.

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