Ella Fitzgerald was a one hit wonder

June 17, 2008

I was looking up songs on Wikipedia and I came across the one hit wonder pages, for the 1950s and the 1960s and the 1970s. That is, artists who only hit the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 40 list once in their careers. Combing through the lists, it’s interesting to see who were one hit wonders:

Ella Fitzgerald in 1960 for “Mack the Knife” (she covered Bobby Darin, who covered someone else)

Dave Brubeck in 1961 for “Take Five”

Andy Griffith in 1955 for (not the football routine) “Make Yourself Comfortable”

Count Basie in 1956 for “April in Paris”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1959 for “Battle hymn of the Republic”

Nina Simone in 1959 for “I Loves you Porgy”

Ernie from Sesame Street in 1970 for “Rubber Duckie”


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