So Groovy: One-Hit Wonders Of The 1960s
The 1960s was a decade of change socially, politically, and especially musically. The events that happened in the world of music during the 1960s helped to shape music into what it is today. That decade has also gifted us with some of the best hits of all time, even if they’re now considered oldies. While some bands during that time exploded in popularity, becoming some of the biggest groups in the world, others just managed to sneak a hit track or two onto the U.S. charts before fading into obscurity. Let’s travel back in time to the ’60s to be reminded of some of the greatest songs of the decade and see which ones have stood up to the test of time.
One four-man band resembles The Beatles but only had one hit!
“Eve Of Destruction” – Barry McGuire
Released in 1964 and written by P.F. Sloan, “Eve of Destruction” is a protest song. However, the best-known recording was by Barry McGuire who recorded the track between July 12th and 15th in 1965. It was released under Dunhill Records with the backup of musicians such as P.F. Sloan, Hal Blaine, and Larry Knechtel.
Although the vocal track was a rough mix, it was leaked and was played by disc jockeys. Regardless, the song was an instant hit and the final version of the song was never even released. The song went on to hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the UK Singles chart.
There’s a reason people still rock out to “Louie Louie” today.