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Mystery musicians: The one-hit wonders of 1981

When it comes to peeling off the names of one-hit wonders of the 1980s, fans will find the year 1981 has some truly unfamiliar names.

Believe it or not, these were the hits from bands we wouldn't hear from again:

-- Ah! Leah! (Donnie Iris): The song is so much fun, it has two exclamation points.
-- Somebody's Knockin' (Terri Gibbs): Also a top 10 hit on the country charts.
-- Believe It or Not (Joey Scarbury): Yes, the theme to Greatest American Hero. (Are you walkin' on air?)
-- Sausalito Summernight (Diesel):  The Dutch band hit gold with this song in the U.S., even though it was no favorite back home in the Netherlands.
-- Shaddup Your Face (Joe Dolce): So popular in Australia, this song has been re-recorded in the Aboriginal dialect.
-- Everlasting Love (Rachel Sweet): She intentionally projected the sultry schoolgirl image long before Britney Spears patented the look.
-- Hearts (Marty Balin): The only solo hit for the co-founder of Jefferson Airplane.
-- Just Between You and Me (April Wine): The Canadian rockers had plenty of other hits up north, but this tune would be the highest charting single in the rest of the world.

Which is your favorite one-hit wonder of 1981? Leave us a comment and we'll talk about the fan favorites during our upcoming podcast. Personally, I'm going with Donnie Iris. Classic.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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