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.


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." -


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
Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash
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