Friday, October 7, 2016

Artists Whose First Hit Was Their Biggest: Part 41

We're winding down our look at artists who set a high bar with their first hit, which wound up being the biggest of their career.  Here are 10 more:

"A Lover's Concerto"

Adapted from Johann Sebastian Bach's Minuet From The Anna Magdalena, this female trio scored a #2 smash of three weeks with "A Lover's Concerto".  The Toys reached #18 with their follow-up, but nothing they did ever measured up to their first hit.

"Heart And Soul"

This group, named after a Vulcan Princess in the classic television series Star Trek, hit #4 in 1987 with their one and only hit.

Ralph Tresvant

Tresvant left the group New Edition for a solo career and promptly hit #4 with this song.  He landed another Top 10 in a collaboration with Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross and BBD ("The Best Things In Life Are Free") but never matched the pace set by his initial hit.

"Wild Thing"

This English group from Andover gave us a garage classic with their first song, a #1 hit in 1966.  Their final hit, "Love Is All Around", gave them a Top 10 as well at #7.

Andrea True Connection
"More, More, More"

This group named after its lead singer rose to #4 with this song in 1976, but her next-best attempt stalled at #27.

"So Much In Love"

A lot of great groups from Philly--here's one that scored a #1 hit with their first.  They went on to rack up 10 career hits, including the #7 song "Wonderful!  Wonderful!", but nothing came close to their original.

Undisputed Truth
"Smiling Faces Sometimes"

This group reached #3 with this hit in 1971.  They were never able to reach the Top 40 again.

"Chariots Of Fire"

From one of the all-time classic movies of the same name, here is Greece's Vangelis.  He enjoyed this #1 hit in 1981, his one and only chart entry.

Randy Vanwarmer
"Just When I Needed You Most"

This artist gave us a big hit with his first effort, a #4 song that sold over one million copies.  That didn't help him afterward; his next-best peaked at #55.

Suzanne Vega

New York's Suzanne Vega vaulted to #3 with this great song, one of The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era*.  She returned to the Top 10 in 1990 with "Tom's Diner", but is best known for her first hit.

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