Once again, Gilbert Gottfried and co-host Frank Santopadre have brought listeners of Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast a highly entertaining episode. Mini-episode (aka Gilbert and Frank’s Amazing Colossal Obsessions) #76, which first aired on September 8, 2016, pays tribute to One-Hit Wonders of 1971—which happens to be one of your friendly blog author’s favorite years in music. As with the posts spotlighting Gilbert and Frank’s previous music episodes, relevant videos have been embedded for the viewing and listening enjoyment of blog readers everywhere. If you haven’t yet heard GAFACO #76, or even if you have, I suggest giving it a(nother) listen while you’re on this page, and pausing the podcast audio to fire up the corresponding video whenever a song is mentioned during the episode. Not all of the songs discussed are represented here, but for those that are, the videos appear in the same order in which the songs come up in the podcast. (All links open in new windows so that blog readers can easily toggle between two or more pages.)
By the way, if it seems as if I am weeks behind in posting about specific episodes of Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast … well, that’s ’cause I am, and I apologize for the delay. I’m still playing catch-up after having taken several weeks off to finish my book. My intention when I began this blog was to post occasionally about select episodes which aired before this blog existed, alternating with posts about Gilbert and Frank’s latest offerings; and in the latter case I will normally post a tribute blog within one or two weeks of a particular episode first being made available online (rather than a month and a half later, as is the case here). Since I have no way of going back in time, this self-imposed guideline doesn’t apply to podcast episodes that predate the creation of this blog. A fair number of GGACP episodes and mini-episodes had already been broadcast in the more than two years between the podcast’s first episode on June 1, 2014 and this blog’s inaugural post on August 1, 2016; and I intend to spotlight a few of my favorites from that time period. But when it comes to the newer content, I do prefer to post about specific episodes while they’re still relatively fresh. Hence my disclaimer for this blog post, which is late according to my standards but hopefully will still prove to be enjoyable for fans of GGACP!
Mini-Episode #76: One-Hit Wonders, 1971
“Rose Garden” – Lynn Anderson:
The above tune was composed by Joe South, a singer-songwriter who had a couple of Top Twenty hit under his own name—including this one, which peaked at #12 in 1969.
“Games People Play” – Joe South:
Ah, love! The theme from the 1970 film Love Story has been recorded many times by many different artists. One of its composers, Francis Lai, had his only Top Forty hit with the instrumental version in February of 1971.
“Theme from Love Story” – Francis Lai:
Songwriter Carl Sigman later added lyrics to Lai’s beautiful music, and the tune went on to be covered by a number of singers. Perhaps the best-known version is this one by the great Andy Williams, which coincidentally peaked at #9 on the charts the same week that Lai’s instrumental reached its own peak at the #31 position.
“(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story” – Andy Williams:
In addition to his success as a recording artist, Kris Kristofferson also wrote tunes with which other artists had hits. By coincidence, two of Kristofferson’s compositions peaked on the charts a week apart—on March 20 and March 27, 1971—for Janis Joplin and Sammi Smith, respectively. “Me and Bobby McGee” (click on the title to hear the original audio by Joplin) and “Help Me Make It Through the Night” both made the Top Ten, and each recording remains the best-known version of the song although both tunes have been covered by multiple artists.
“Help Me Make It Through the Night” – Sammi Smith:
“One Toke Over the Line” – Brewer and Shipley:
(Nope, I don’t have any plans to post the link to the Lawrence Welk version … anyone wanting to check out this embarrassment is more than welcome to search for it his or her own damn self! LOL)
“Put Your Hand in the Hand” – Ocean:
Who’d’ve thunk that a song about cannibalism would become a Top Twenty hit? Certainly not its composer, singer-songwriter Rupert Holmes (“Escape [The Piña Colada Song]”), who deliberately wrote the tune to be banned … although it didn’t quite work out that way. The success of the recording can probably be blamed on the record label’s and general public’s ignorance of the subject matter of The Buoys’ “Timothy.” Click on the title to hear the original audio, then check out a live performance by the group Dakota (founded by two former members of The Buoys, Bill Kelly and Jerry Hludzik).
“Timothy” – Dakota:
Dick Monda, under the name Daddy Dewdrop, became a one-hit wonder when his playful ditty “Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It)” peaked at #9 in May of 1971. (Click the title to hear the track.) If the song sounded familiar to legions of record-buyers, it was due to the fact that Monda was also the music producer for the Saturday-morning cartoon, Groovie Goolies, and had written the tune for one of the show’s episodes. He then later altered some of the lyrics for the single release. Here’s the original incarnation.
“Chick-a-Boom” – The Rolling Gravestones:
“Mr. Big Stuff” – Jean Knight:
“Smiling Faces Sometimes” – Undisputed Truth
“Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (click the title to listen to the track) made brother-and-sister act Mac & Katie Kissoon a one-hit wonder in the United States (Middle of the Road reached #1 with the song in the U.K.).”Chirpy” was also recorded by a group called the California Gold Rush; lead vocal was provided by none other than Ron Dante of The Archies (“Sugar, Sugar”) and The Cuff Links (“Tracy”).
“Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” – The California Gold Rush: