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!
I love good R&B, funk music. And in 1997, Mark Morrison from the U.K. scored a huge international hit with his song, "Return of the Mack."
The song is about a guy who had his heart broken, but now he's back with a vengeance. I guess "mack" means slick "pimp daddy" or whatever. Or maybe cool guy like "Mack the Knife." Either way, the guy gets his swag back and I guess is a rock star with all the ladies again.
Being a St. Lousian, I always associate this song with Cardinals centerfielder Ray Lankford. They played this song whenever he came up to bat. Maybe it was because he left St. Louis to play with the Padres for a couple seasons before coming back to finish his career here in 2004 (his first year with St. Louis was in 1990).
And this song holds a special place in my heart. After a decade of rejections and quitting the writing-thing, I decided to give it one more try back in 2010. I remember playing "Return of the Mack" on my computer while I was completely redoing my blog to focus on my writing.
I think Mark Morrison could use a comeback of his own. This remains his only hit, and he's spent way more time in jail after peaking at #2 here in the US Billboard charts. He's gotten in trouble with the law for firearms violations to fights at nightclubs.
He's currently NOT in jail, but hopefully this Mack doesn't return to the "Big House."