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!
In 1985, a movie nicknamed a "Rock N' Roll Fable" called Streets of Fire came out. It starred the alluring Diane Lane and William Defoe. The film bombed, but something DID come out of it....the top 10 hit "I Can Dream About You" by Dan Hartman.
The music video featured a scene from the movie where an all-African American group, The Sorels, performs the song (comedian and film maker/directer Peter Townsend is one of the members). So when the song became a hit, people thought the group in the movie actually sang the song.
We were all shocked to learn that some white guy sang it! I remember seeing him on Soul Train. Dan Hartman was the epitome of "blue-eyed soul." In fact, Dan Hartman had written "I Can Dream About You" for Daryl Hall & John Oats. But for the movie, the song featured in that concert scene was sung by a studio singer. Dan Hartman had to fight to get his vocal used for the soundtrack and the music video. He did release two other singles from his album, but "I Can Dream About You" would be his only hit, peaking at #6 in 1985.
Despite that, Dan Hartman continued to work as a songwriter and producer. He collaborated with Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, and co-wrote James Brown's "Living in America." Dan Hartman died in 1994 due to a brain tumor related to AIDS.
Below is not the original music video, as this second version was released to let people know who REALLY sang "I Can Dream About You."