Caffé Latté presents a tribute to the All-Time 100
ONE HIT WONDERS
This group of musical acts is responsible for only 1 major hit in Britain & /or America spans the decades. After that initial taste of chart success, a significant follow-up eluded them.
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House Of Pain (1992)
White American hip hop group from L.A. made the Top 10 in the USA and Britain with "Jump Around", sampling Bob & Earl's "Harlem Shuffle".
A FIFTH OF BEETHOVEN
Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band(1976)
A disco US #1 single based on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony by a group revolving around classical & jazz musician Walter Murphy. It was later included on the 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack. Robin Thicke added vocals to it for his 2002 hit "When I Get You Alone".
WOULD I LIE TO YOU?
Charles & Eddie (1992)
American duo comprised of Charles Pettigrew and Eddie Chacon. The former died of cancer in 2001. The single reached #13 in America, #1 in the UK and went Top 10 hit in Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
GRROVEJET (IF THIS AIN'T LOVE)
Venetian DJ/ producer Spiller topped the charts in Britain, Australia and New Zealand with "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)". Guest vocalist Sophie Ellis-Bextor re-launched her solo career on the strength of its success.
C.W. McCall (1975)
With citizen band radios all the rage, American William Fries adopted the character of C.W. McCall for this country crossover hit. "Convoy" reached #1 in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It peaked at #2 in Britain. The song, featuring C.B. radio jargon, inspired the 1978 film of the same name.
The New Zealand-based outfit OMC (Otara Millionaires Club) scored global success with this catchy hit. "How Bizarre" made #1 in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It reached the Top 5 in the U.S.A. and UK.
HARPER VALLEY P.T.A.
Jeannie C. Riley (1968)
American Jeannie C. Riley placed 23 hits on the US Country Chart but only cracked the Pop Top 40 once. "Harper Valley P.T.A." reached #1 in America, Canada and Australia. It inspired the 1978 film of the same name.
HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER
Ini Kamozi (1994)
Ini Kamozi, a dancehall reggae artist from Jamaica, enjoyed #1 success in America, Europe and New Zealand with this hit from the film 'Pret-A-Porter' (aka 'Ready To Wear'). The single peaked at #4 in Britain and #2 in Australia.
SHAKE YOU DOWN
Gregory Abbott (1986)
American soloist Gregory Abbott wrote and produced his only hit "Shake You Down", which topped the US chart. He was formerly married to singer Freda Payne.
IN THE YEAR 2525
Zager & Evans (1969)
American duo made up of Danny Zager and Rick Evans. Both played guitar and sang on their only Top 100 entry. "In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)" looked into the future and the fate of mankind on this planet. It reached #1 in America and the UK.