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!
It's interesting how some songs become popular when used for TV advertising. The Brian Seltzer Orchestra's "Jump, Jive n' Wail" is a prime example how a commercial can thrust a song up the charts.
Back in 1998, The Gap featured the song in a commercial that featured people swing dancing in khakis. People clamored to find out who sang this fun, lively, throw-back song. The Brian Seltzer Orchestra (BSO) was founded by former Stray Cats lead singer, Brian Seltzer, so "Jump, Jive an' Wail" isn't his only hit (he scored a hit with the Stray Cats back in 1981 with "Stray Cats Strut."
"Jump, Jive, an' Wail" went up to #23 on America's Billboard Charts, and it rose similarly in the U.K. in 1998.
But BSO would not have another big hit. Not a big deal, as the song revived the interest in swing dancing. I remember people signing up for swing dance lessons, and I'm sure many ladies suffered concussions thereafter. And the 20-member band is still together!