We All Wonder What Happened to These One-Hit Wonders from the '70s

By | May 17, 2018

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The 1970s was a decade of diverse music, from rock 'n roll and folk to disco to funk. The radical changes in the types of songs that hit the Billboard charts meant there were many different recording artists releasing popular songs. Many of the best tunes of the 1970s – the songs that we have come to associate with the decade – were recorded and performed by one-hit wonders. These singers got their one moment in the spotlight. Some of the classic 1970s songs by one-hit wonders have become memorable anthems of the decade.

Vicki Lawrence Is More Famous For Comedy

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Although she was better known as an actress and comedian, Vicki Lawrence was also an accomplished singer. “The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia” climbed to the number one spot on the Billboard Charts in 1973 and was the only hit song by Lawrence, who was better known for her appearances on the variety show The Carol Burnett Show. The Southern Gothic song was penned by Bobby Russell in 1972, and he originally planned to offer the song to Liza Minnelli. When that didn’t work out, he presented it to Cher to sing solo but her then-husband, partner and manager Sonny Bono forbade her from recording it. The tune landed in Lawrence’s lap. Lawrence’s recording sold more than a million copies and spent two weeks at the top of the charts. It was covered by other artists, including Reba McEntire.