Exile - A Seemingly One-Hit Wonder Group From The Groovy Era – Reinvented

Music | December 28, 2018

The Exiles at the Granada Theater in Emporia, Kansas 9-7-2014. Originally known as 'The Exile’s, is an American band founded in Richmond, Kentucky. Source: (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

Throughout the history of American music, as well as music history in general, there have been countless notable groovy musical artists and bands. Thinking back to the time of peace, love and rock n’ roll, many epic musicians and groups come to mind including, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix… the list literally goes on and on.

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The list of “one-hit wonders” is also quite lengthy throughout American music history!

What we commonly refer to as a one-hit (music) wonder is a music group or solo artist that has accomplished popularity, however, only once! Typically, one-hit wonders will strike it lucky with a song that appeals to music fans, but only briefly.

Many one-hit wonders will accomplish a spot on the Top 40 Singles Chart, but do nothing else as especially notable in their career.

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A couple of notable one-hit wonder artists from the groovy era include Carl Douglas with his hit, Kung Fu Fighting and Norman Greenbaum with his hit, Spirit In The Sky. Both of these song titles seem so familiar but not necessarily the men who performed them.

American history has included many musical one-hit wonders including the onetime rock band, Exile.

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Exile was a rock n' roll band best remembered for their No. 1 smash hit, Kiss You All Over. This epic song, fondly remembered by countless people of the counterculture era, was released in 1978.  That year was at the tail end of the groovy era but was still groovy nonetheless.

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The Exiles, initially a groovy rock n' roll band, was formed by J.P. Pennington and was first known as, simply, Exile.

The Kentucky born band, Exile, was initially a rock n' roll group. The music group got some much-appreciated public exposure thanks to Dick Clark in the mid to late ‘60s. After achieving a huge hit with, Kiss You All Over, and no other (period specific) notable songs, the group reinvented themselves as a country music group. This strategy proved to be a great move for their career.

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The historical and classic song, Kiss You All Over, which is now and has always been so reminiscent of the groovy era will continue to live on in the minds and memories of many groovy people who grew up in the counterculture era. That being the case, many will typically only recognize, Kiss You All Over, as their single greatest musical creation.

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Rebeka Knott


Rebeka grew up in the 1960’s & 1970’s and has always subscribed to the theory that a positive attitude will take you far! She is a wife and mother of 3 with a fun-loving spirit, believing that family and relationships are invaluable.