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.