Sunday, September 07, 2008

"Dominique, nique, nique . . ."

In the music industry, bands that achieve only one big signature hit are generally referred to as "one hit wonders." The artists may release more songs that just barely make it onto the charts, but essentially their careers are over.

To mark its 50th anniversary, Billboard magazine has released its list of ULTIMATE one hit wonders: Songs that made it all the way to number one, only to NEVER have the artist chart again.

If you tighten the definition of a one hit wonder to that level, it turns out there are only 12 songs that qualify.

The first to achieve this singular accomplishment was a group called The Elegants with their number one hit "Little Star." In the fifty years since, The Elegants never again made onto the Billboard Hot 100. However, they still periodically reunite for oldies festivals.

Then of course there's Denny Zager and Rick Evans with "In the Year 2525." The pair quickly went their separate ways after their signature hit. Today Zager lives in Nebraska and sells guitars; Evans is apparently somewhere in New Mexico living off the royalties from the song.

But my favorite has to be The Singing Nun and her song "Dominique." Gosh, whatever happened to this woman of God with the angelic voice?

Well, her real name was Jeanine Deckers. She forsook her religious vows and pursued a musical career. It never quite took off, and in 1985 Deckers and her lesbian lover killed themselves in a suicide pact.

Now that's an inspirational story!

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