Tonight on the One Hit Wonder Wednesday Night Shift with Craig Allen, we spotlight 1981.

7 pm: Diesel – Sausalito Summernight

Reached #18

This Dutch band is singing about a California road trip. Maybe that's why it barely cracked the Top 20 in the United States. But Canadians loved it because it was #1 there.

Sausalito Summernight (short) from Diesel Today on Vimeo.


 

8 pm: Joey Scarbury - "Believe It or Not" (Theme from Greatest American Hero)

 Reached #2

Sometimes hit TV shows produce hit songs. This one certainly did. It only lasted three seasons, sort of. Seasons 1 and 3 only had a handful of episodes. But I do remember watching the show all the time as a child.

"Believe It or Not" spent two weeks at #2, but never hit the top, held off by the Diana Ross and Lionel Richie duet "Endless Love." -  Songfacts.com


 

9 pm: Frankie Smith – Double Dutch Bus

Reached #30

Another song that was barely a hit. In fact, it's more known now because it has seen airplay for many years and it's been sampled a number of times.


 

10 pm: Bertie Higgins – Key Largo

Reached #8

Key Largo seems to get some love in songwriting. Just like Joey Scarbury earlier, Bertie rocked the 70s/80s beard.


 

11 pm: Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love

 Reached #31

I guess it's the"barely were hits" night. But it certainly helped become more known after Mariah Carey sampled it for her song "Fantasy."


Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash
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