Exploring Unforgettable One-Hit Wonders: Musical Gems from the 60s and 70s

May 23, 2024

Ernie K-Doe, 'Mother-In-Law'

Step into the time machine of music and embark on a whimsical adventure through the eccentric world of one-hit wonders from the groovy decades of the 1960s and 1970s. From trippy psychedelic beats to funky disco rhythms, get ready to groove to the tunes that once ruled the airwaves and left a lasting mark on musical culture. Join us as we unravel the stories behind these fleeting hits, celebrating the creativity and audacity of the artists who dared to be different. So, grab your dancing shoes, tune in, and let's journey back in time to rediscover the magic of these unforgettable musical oddities!

In 1961, Ernie K-Doe, an African-American rhythm-and-blues singer recorded "Mother-in-Law", written and produced by Allen Toussaint. The song was a #1 hit in the U.S. on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard R&B charts. Toussaint also contributed the piano solo.

After several unsuccessful takes, Toussaint balled up the composition and threw it away as he was leaving the room. One of the backup singers, Willie Hopper, thought that it was such a good song that he convinced K-Doe to give it one more try.

Mountain, "Mississippi Queen"

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"Mississippi Queen" may sound like the kind of song to come out of the Skynyrd influenced world of southern rock, but it's actually performed by Mountain, a group of Long Island natives. The band got together in 1969, just in time to perform at Woodstock (talk about good timing) before snagging this #21 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. The group broke up two years later proving the adage that it's best to get in and get out.