Tunecaster has one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000, including 1962.
One Hit Wonders are songs which are the most popular by an artist.
There are different views on what qualifies a song for a One Hit Wonder.
A One Hit Wonder could be an artist that had only one song in the top 10, top 20, or even top 40.
On these pages, strictly speaking, an artist is a One Hit Wonder
if the artist had exactly one song make the pop or rock top 20.
No artist can be considered a One Hit Wonder who made the top 20 twice.
This strict definition may create some strange results where a supergoup
like Metallica makes the Pop Top 20 charts once, despite a long list of rock number one songs.
Superstar side projects with temporary or transient names may be technical One Hit Wonders.
Additionally, a One Hit Wonder listed on this 1962 page
may be a song that is significantly more popular than other songs by the same artist,
even though it did not make the top 20.
1962 One Hit Wonders Page
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Jimmy Elledge had a top 20 near miss with Funny How Time Slips Away. In the 1970s, he received some renewed interest with the country song One By One. This song was written by Willie Nelson.
It Will Stand
It Will Stand was the most popular song by The Showmen. The group received minor airplay with other songs like Our Love Will Grow. General Norman Johnson was the lead singer of The Showman, and of group Chairmen Of The Board.
I Know was based on the gospel song Just A Closer Walk With Thee. Although I Know was the only top 20 hit for Barbara George, she received some radio airplay with other songs like You Talk About Love. This song was written by Barbara George.
Hey! Baby featured harmonica player Delbert McClinton. Although Hey Baby was a number one hit for Bruce Channel, he never made the top 20 again. He received some airplay with other songs like the follow-up Number One Man.
Tuff was a top 20 one hit wonderinstrumental for Ace Cannon. The follow-up, Blues (Stay Away From Me) was fairly popular too. Ace Cannon was a saxophone player for Bill Black's Combo, whose group played on solo records by Ace Cannon too. The song Tuff was from album Tuff-Sax. This song was written by Ace Cannon.
Instrumental song Percolator (Twist) was a top 20 one hit wonder for Billy Joe And The Checkmates. He followed-up with Rocky's Theme, which received slight play. Billy Joe was actually Lew Bedell, a record producer, a New York radio and TV star, and comedian. The Checkmates here are not related to the Emile Ford Checkmates nor to The Checkmates, Ltd. This song was written by Lou Bideu and Ernie Freeman.
You Better Move On was a near top 20 miss for Arthur Alexander. He received airplay with some other songs too, like Anna (Go To Him). Arthur Alexander was a songwriter from Florence, Alabama. He wrote songs for many top artists of the 1960s and 1970s, including Sharing The Night Together, a 1978number one song for Dr Hook.
Ronnie Goodson was 12 years old when he wished that he was married. He later trumpeted on number one song Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) by John Fred & His Playboy Band. Although I Wish That We Were Married was the only top 20 hit for Ronnie And The Hi-Lites, the group received slight airplay with other songs, like A Slow Dance.
Emilio Pericoli With Giampiero Boneschi's Orchestra
Al Di La' was the only top 20 hit for Emilio Pericoli, who did not have any noticeable airplay with any other song. This song was remade in 1964 by Ray Charles Singers, and hit number 19 for that group. Emilio Pericoli With Giampiero Boneschi's Orchestra song was from the movie Rome Adventure.
Johnny Get Angry featured a kazoo solo. Joanie Sommers was a TV and movie actress. She received some airplay with other songs, including Kookie's Love Song, from the TV show 77 Sunset Strip, where she replaced Connie Stevens. This song was written by Sherman Edwards and Hal David.
Little Joey And The Flips
Bongo Stomp was the only top 20 hit and the only song that received noticeable radio airplay by Little Joey And The Flips.
Summertime, Summertime was a top 20 near miss song for The Jamies, who never received mentionable airplay with another song. The song was quite popular in 1958, but the 1962 revival was even more popular.
Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow was the only top 20 song for The Rivingtons. The group later received some notice with The Bird's The Word. In 1964, The Trashmen put these two songs together to create Surfin' Bird, and had its own one hit wonder.
Bobby Boris Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers hit number one in 1962 with Monster Mash. The song became a top 20 one hit wonder and a Halloween classic. Later in 1962, the monsters mashed again with his Christmas song follow-up, Monsters Holiday, which was quite popular too. In 1973, the original Monster Mash was re-released and reached number 7.
Do You Love Me was the only top 20 hit for The Contours. The song hit the top 20 a second time in 1988 when it was featured in the movie Dirty Dancing. The Contours also received some airplay with other songs like Shake Sherry and Can You Do It.
Telstar was inspired by the United States launch of the first communications satellite, which provided the first TV broadcasts across the continents. The Tornadoes followed-up Telstar with other instrumental songs that received some radio airplay like Ridin' The Wind and Robot. Telstar was written by Joe Meek.