Three Hit Wonders: Third Time’s The Charm or Three’s Company?
As anyone who knows this blog can tell you, what can be done once can be done again and again until this blogger gets tired. Having just moved my things into the Yahoo! Corporate Auxiliary Veranda #6 where I'm supposed to "keep it up, dude!" according to the I-think-he's-being-sarcastic blogger across from me who keeps holding sealed CDs up to his ear in hopes of divine inspiration when it appears to me that turning down the Complete Works of Spirit might be the first step in the right direction, I stare at my brand new wall and think about how I've done one and two-hit wonders and that three must be next. I check the number line near the accounting department and confirm that I am correct. Hooray for me. It will be a good day.
Here are the folks who have had three Top 40 hits on the Billboard Pop Charts!
25) Player -- "Baby Come Back," "This Time I'm In It For Love," 'Prisoner of Your Love": They're back with a new album that's apparently aimed at the soap opera crowd who for 25 years watched one of them play the part of Ridge Forrester, "the dynamic fashion magnate," says Wikipedia, on The Bold and the Beautiful.
24) Sir Douglas Quintet -- "She's About A Mover" "The Rains Came," "Mendocino": No soap opera stars here (that I know of), but Doug Sahm was considered to be a serious heavy-hitter, as is keyboardist Augie Meyers who's been known to play with Li'l Bob Dylan. Sahm and Meyers were also members of the supergroup the Texas Tornados. Sadly, they never released an album called Damn the Tornados.
23) Bananarama -- "Cruel Summer," "Venus," "I Heard A Rumour": Another fine trio that fared far better in the U.K., Bananarama are one of the most successful all-female groups of all-time. That no one played an instrument makes their records ever more fascinating since there appear to be drums and keyboards and even bass guitars on the songs. I guess the ugly people hide in the back. Take that, Ian Stewart!
22) Rupert Holmes -- "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)," "Him," "Answering Machine": Born David Goldstein, Rupert Holmes is far from a one-hit wonder. Aside from the two other hits listed above (all from his fifth solo album!), he also had a top-40 hit with the songs "Jennifer Tompkins" as a member of the Street People in 1970 and "Timothy," a hit for The Buoys in 1971 and about cannibalism. Hey, if you like Pina Colada, you'll love the taste of human flesh in the morning!