Saturday, April 5, 2014

E is for "Easy Lover"

Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!

Okay, you've caught me on a technicality when I say that Philip Bailey's (and Phil Collins') "Easy Lover" is a one-hit wonder. Obviously, we all know Phil Collins is a big star with tons of hits. And Philip Bailey is a member of the iconic funk band Earth, Wind, and Fire.

BUT...Bailey's solo career does only include one big hit, "Easy Lover." It's an infectious 80s song about a warning to guys about a very dangerous woman who will seduce you and leave you like a bad habit. I LOVE this song. I remember singing this with a fellow camp counselor during skit night at summer camp.

Philip Bailey's voice is incredible. You can distinctly hear his falsetto, 4-octave range voice on any Earth, Wind, and Fire song, and it's a nice compliment to Phil Collin's pop voice style. Philip Bailey "Easy Lover" was his leading single on his solo album, Chinese Wall, which was also produced by Collins. It remains his only big solo hit.

But don't feel bad for Mr. Bailey. The man has had an amazing career. As a member of Earth, Wind, and Fire, he has SEVEN Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.


32 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I definitely remember that song. Not my type of music, but it was definitely catchy.

Pat Dilloway said...

His biggest solo hit was singing backup to Phil Collins.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

So much talent -- it was a great song.

Chris said...

I don't remember this one but I love your theme! I'll be checking back to see what other "one hit wonders" you come up with.

The Pedestrian Writer visiting from the A to Z blogging challenge

Robin said...

This is sad, but I didn't even realize that this included Philip Bailey. I always considered it a Phil Collins song....

jaybird said...

You are killing me with these songs...Bringing back so many memories. I love it.

Stepheny Houghtllin said...

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David P. King said...

Wow! Phil is so young in that vid. Now this one I have heard before! :)

Tony Laplume said...

Well, good to see you're back on track. Possibly this ended up being Bailey's only solo hit because it sounds...very '80s, and kind of gimmicky to have Collins co-star. Probably should have gone completely solo in that first one. But still a good song!

Michelle Wallace said...

I LOVE Earth, Wind & Fire... one of my favourite groups. Their music was way ahead of it's time...
Writer In Transit

cleemckenzie said...

Thanks for the video. Loved the music!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm a sucker for Phil Collins. I liked this song. I still know all the words.

Jay Noel said...

Wow, David's right. Phil Collins looks really young.

Julie Flanders said...

You're so right this is infectious. I'll be singing it in my head the rest of the night now. Like Diane, I still know all the words LOL.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Haven't heard this one in a long time. But my Phil Collins song will always be Another Day in Paradise.

Entrepreneurial Goddess said...

Hello there. Earth, Wind & Fire...ahhh...music to my ears! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the challenge!
Entrepreneurial Goddess

Morgan said...

Love your theme, Jay! Really, really fun. :)

mooderino said...

Great song, terrible video.

mood
Moody Writing

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

And now this song will be in head for the rest of the day…. Sigh.
Despite that, I'm really enjoying your theme. :)

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
Minion, Capt. Alex's Ninja Minion Army
The 2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

Helen Baggott said...

Love that song!

Jenna Howard said...

Funny, I thought that was a Phil Collin's song too.

And that sweater vest....awesome.

Glenda Cates said...

I have always enjoyed this song and both singers as well as the Band.

Lexa Cain said...

Yay! I know this one! I love Phil Collins and never knew that about E, W & F. Great song -- great post!

Rusty Carl said...

I always loved that song... and I don't think I ever realized it was anything but a Phil Collins song. I should have been paying closer attention.

Kevin Hunsperger said...

This is one of my favorites too. I can't get enough of it. Thanks for the flashback. :)

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