We are in the midst of a series exploring the one-hit wonders to peak at #101 on Billboard‘s Bubbling Under singles chart. Some of the people on the list in this installment would be part of hit songs in other configurations, but not under their own names, or the names they use here.
“City of Windows”/Stephen Monahan (7/29/67, five weeks on chart). We have met Stephen Monahan here before. He once cut songs with Del Shannon and Bob Seger, was a record producer, and is today a chiropractor. “City of Windows” is elegantly produced pop bombast that must have sounded just fine up against the rest of the hits on the radio in the summer of 1967. (Learn more about Monahan’s career here.)
“As Long as You’re Here”/Zalman (Zally) Yanovsky (10/21/67, five weeks). You should recognize the name of Zal Yanovsky as one of the founding members of the Lovin’ Spoonful, and before that, the Mugwumps. “As Long As You’re Here” was written by the team of Alan Gordon and Garry Bonner, writers of the Turtles’ “Happy Together” and “She’d Rather Be With Me,” as well as Three Dog Night’s “Celebrate” and plenty of other songs. It’s seriously bent, with a chorus singing at the fade “is it a hit or a miss?” The B-side of the single was titled “Ereh er’uoy sa Gnol Sa,” and is exactly what you’d guess.
“Love and Let Love”/Hardy Boys (11/8/69, seven weeks). Pop music had come to kids’ TV in a big way by the fall of 1969, thanks in part to the success of the Monkees, the Archies, and other prefabricated groups. The Hardy Boys, based on the popular series of novels for boys, came to ABC in cartoon form that fall, and two albums were released under their name. Here Come the Hardy Boys features a photo of the real-life musicians who made the record. Two of those musicians, Reed Kailing and Jeff Walker, were from Wisconsin. There’s much more about the musicians and their Hardy Boys albums here. Based on the review, it sounds as if “Love and Let Love” isn’t representative of the rest of the music made under the Hardy Boys name, but it’s precisely what a record label releasing this kind of thing in 1969 would have demanded.
“Gotta Get Over the Hump”/Simtec & Wylie (9/11/71, one week). This Chicago soul duo was discovered by Chicago soul DJ Herb Kent and ended up with Mister Chand records, a label run by Gene Chandler of “Duke of Earl” and “Groovy Situation” fame. (The label’s logo featured Chandler’s face.) They cut a handful of singles and one album, titled Gettin’ Over the Hump. It contains “Gotta Get Over the Hump” as well as a cover of Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May.” When Chandler appeared on Soul Train in December 1971, Walter “Simtec” Simmons and Wylie Dixon did too.
“See What You Done Done (Hymn #9)”/Delia Gartrell (1/29/72, three weeks). Delia Gartrell is the wife of soul singer Mighty Hannibal, and she recorded a number of singles between the late 50s and early 70s, finally collected on a CD in 2008. Many of her songs commented on life as a black American in the 1960s. “See What You Done, Done” is a slow burner about the price paid by some young Americans for their service in Vietnam, and it’s a superb record you need to hear.
“We’ll Make Love”/Al Anderson (3/24/73, two weeks). Anderson is best known for his 22 years in the group NRBQ as guitarist and songwriter. He came to NRBQ from a band called the Wildweeds, which owed its record label one more album. Anderson fulfilled the commitment with a solo album, which contained “We’ll Make Love.” It would be 17 years before Anderson made a second solo album.
Couple of notes: I have gone back to earlier posts in this series and corrected the number of weeks each record spent on the Bubbling Under chart. I had ’em wrong before. And on Monday, we’ll step out of chronological sequence to devote a whole post to a song that should have appeared within the list of songs in this post.