GGACP Mini-Episode 73: One-Hit Wonders

Gilbert and Frank are at it again! Heartened by the deservedly warm response they got from Mini Episode #70: One-Hit Wonders (1966-1967), the pair put together a second 1HW podcast episode focusing on the years 1968-1969—although, as usual, they do stray a little off-topic from time to time. (But, then, this tendency is part of what makes Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast so endearing to its audience!)

Below are videos featuring a few of the songs covered, including a tune from a movie that wasn’t released until 1978 but from which, for some reason, Gilbert brings up (several times) a misheard lyric. I could be wrong about this, but I think that Gilbert is the only one who misheard this lyric, at least in the way that he claimed! Have a listen to the podcast and then check out the last two videos below, and decide for yourself whether that particular lyric is easy or difficult to understand.


“Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” – John Fred and His Playboy Band:

“Classical Gas” – Mason Williams (live, 1988):

“Green Tambourine” – The Lemon Pipers:

“Grazing in the Grass” – Hugh Masekela (live, 2010):

Note #1: I wasn’t able to find any performance videos of this song from the year that it charted (1968). The original recording was pleasingly heavy on the cowbell!

Note #2: Masekela’s former wife had enjoyed a one-hit wonder of her own the previous year. See if you remember the following tune; you may not know the words but this shouldn’t stop you from dancing along anyway. (Note to Gilbert: Now here’s a song I would love to hear you sing!)

“Pata Pata” – Miriam Makeba

The late Johnny Maestro, formerly of The Crests (“16 Candles”), fronted the group below; their “one-hit” offering peaked at #3 in February of 1969.

“Worst That Could Happen” – Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge:

Now for Gilbert’s “misheard lyric” from this Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta duet from the movie Grease. Many misheard lyrics have, over time, become nearly as well known as the actual ones, but I’d never heard of this particular one before! (Note to Gilbert: The words are “meditate” and “direction.”) 🙂

“You’re the One That I Want” – Grease feat. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta (1978):

“You’re the One That I Want” – Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta (live, 2002):






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