60 Of The Most Bizarre One Hit Wonders Of The 1960s and 1970s

By Sarah Norman | December 10, 2023

Roy Clark, "Yesterday When I Was Young"

Prepare to be transported back in time as we dive into the world of music to explore the quirkiest and most eccentric one-hit wonders that graced the airwaves during the colorful decades of the 1960s and 1970s. From psychedelic pop gems to offbeat disco delights, join us on a musical journey filled with delightful oddities, unexpected chart-toppers, and artists whose fleeting moments in the spotlight left a lasting imprint on music history. Get ready to groove, laugh, and reminisce about the most bizarre and unforgettable tunes that captured hearts for a moment, forever etching their place in the annals of musical curiosities. Let's turn up the volume and rediscover the delightful eccentricities of the bygone era's one-hit wonders!

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Who knew that total bummer of a song written from the perspective of someone on their death bed would be such a big hit? In 1969, Roy Clark's version of "Yesterday When I Was Young" soared to the top of the charts in Canada and the United States. To make things even stranger, this version of the song was played at baseball legend Mickey Mantle's funeral in 1995.

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

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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.