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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Celebrate Fort Worth’s one-hit wonders

Tuesday was one-hit wonder day, celebrating bands that had one hit that ruled the airwaves for a few weeks. ‘Come On Eileen’ by Dexys Midnight Runners anyone?

Here are some one-hit wonders with Fort Worth connections:

PAUL AND PAULA, “Hey Paula,” NO. 1, 1963

Recorded in Major Bill Smith’s Fort Worth studio.

BLOODROCK, “D.O.A.,” NO. 36, 1971

One of the weirdest songs ever to hit the airwaves. The band, from Fort Worth, wrote and recorded this song about the aftermath of a plane crash. Their first three albums were produced by Grand Funk Railroad’s producer, Terry Knight.

The original members consisted of Jim Rutledge (vocals and drummer), Lee Pickens (lead guitar), Nick Taylor (rhythm guitar), Ed Grundy (bass), and Stevie Hill (keyboards). Drummer Rick Cobb III came on board beginning with the group’s second album, according to the Texas State Historical Association.

BRUCE CHANNEL, “Hey! Baby,” NO. 1, 1962

Also recorded in a Fort Worth studio with none other than Delbert McClinton on harmonica. As KTCK’s Hardline often reminds us, McClinton, whose father worked with mine at Rock Island Railroad, gave John Lennon some harmonica playing tips. Love Me Do anyone?

96 Tears by ? Mark and the Mysterions. Though from Michigan, a member of the band wears at UT T-shirt on the cover of their album. 

Other Great Texas one hit wonders:

ARCHIE BELL AND THE DRELLS, “Tighten Up,” NO. 1, 1968

From Houston, Texas.

ROY HEAD AND THE TRAITS, “Treat Her Right,” NO. 2, 1965

Still covered by rockers like Bruce Springsteen.

BARBARA LYNN, “You’ll Lose a Good Thing,” NO. 8, 1962

If you haven’t heard it, check it out. It’s awesome.

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