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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MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT)
Barrett Strong (1959)
Barrett Strong gave Motown its 1st hit single with "Money" when it reached #2 R&B and 23 Pop in the U.S. It was later covered by The Beatles and Flying Lizzards among others. Strong went on to co-write several other hits for the label (many with Norman Whitfield); most notably for The Temptations.
Brit Robin Scott took on the 'M' persona and ruled the charts in America, Europe, Canada, Australia and South Africa with "Pop Muzik". In the UK, the disc peaked at #2.
NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE
Steam was originally a studio trio of musicians. A group was assembled when "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" became a hit. The single reached #1 in America and went Top 10 in Britain. In 1983, a remake by Bananarama peaked at #5 in the UK.
DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY
Thelma Houston (1976)
American R&B vocalist Thelma Houston provided Motown with 1 of its earliest disco hits when she recorded a remake of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' "Don't Leave Me This Way". The cover topped the US R&B, Disco and Pop charts. Its success soon spread around the world.
BABY GOT BACK
Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992)
American rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot was born Anthony Ray. His tribute to big butts enjoyed 5 weeks at #1 in America and went Top 10 in Australia and New Zealand. He never got back in the Top 40.
PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC
Wild Cherry (1976)
American white funk band Wild Cherry scored a hit with "Play That Funky Music". The timeless party song reached #1 in the USA and made the Top 10 in Britain, Canada and Australia.
ONE OF US
Joan Osborne (1995)
American singer / songwriter/ guitarist Joan Osborne's only chart hit "One Of Us" went Top 10 in America, Britain and Europe. The single topped the Australian and Canadian charts. Eric Bazilian (of The Hooters) penned the track. Its producer Rick Chertoff had previously produced Cyndi Lauper and Sophie B. Hawkins.
BORN TO BE ALIVE
Patrick Hernandez (1978)
French disco singer Patrick Hernandez wrote his sole hit single "Born To Be Alive". The disc reached #1 in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In Britain it went Top 10 as well as reaching #16 in America.
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE
New Radicals (1998)
"You Get What You Give" remains The New Radicals' sole hit song. Along with peaking at #5 in Britain, the disc was #1 in Canada and New Zealand. Lead singer Gregg Alexander produced the track. He co-wrote it with Rick Nowels, who has penned hits for Madonna, Belinda Carlisle, Ronan Keating, Stevie Nicks, Dido and Santana.
Toni Basil (1982)
American choreographer/ video director / actress Toni Basil enjoyed worldwide success with "Mickey". The cheerleader tribute reached #1 in America, Canada and Australia. In the UK, the disc reached #2.