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Here are the US 1964 one hit wonders. All the one hit wonder songs by the artists you remember, and maybe some one hit wonders you forgot. Find a one hit wonder.
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  1 Midnight Mary 11   Jan 1964  
  Joey Powers  
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  Midnight Mary was the only top 20 hit for wrestling instructor and TV exercise show producer Joey Powers. He followed-up with Billy Old Buddy, which received slight radio airplay.  

  2 Popsicles And Icicles 4   Jan 1964  
  The Murmaids  
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  Although Popsicles And Icicles was the only top 20 hit for The Murmaids, the group followed-up with Heartbreak Ahead, which received slight radio airplay. Popsicles And Icicles was written by David Gates.  

  3 Surfin' Bird 8   Jan 1964  
  The Trashmen  
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  Surfin' Bird was a combination of 1962 top 20 one hit wonder Papa Oom Mow Mow and 1963 song The Bird's The Word, both by The Rivingtons. This was the only top 20 song by The Trashmen, whom later released other popular songs with bird themes.  

  4 Hey Little Cobra 8   Feb 1964  
  The Rip Chords  
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  This was the only top 20 hit for The Rip Chords, whose members Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher also recorded under Bruce And Terry.  

  5 California Sun 10   Feb 1964  
  The Rivieras  
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  California Sun was the only top 20 song for The Rivieras, who received some notice for other songs including a remake of Rockin' Robin. California Sun was written by Henry Glover.  

  6 Who Do You Love 6   Feb 1964  
  The Sapphires  
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  This was the only top 20 song for The Sapphires. Follow-up Gotta Have Your Love missed. Who Do You Love was written by Kenny Gamble and Jerry Ross.  

  7 Navy Blue 7   Mar 1964  
  Diane Renay  
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  Navy Blue was a top 20 one hit wonder for Diane Renay, whose follow-up, Kiss Me Sailor, just missed the top 20. Navy Blue was written by: Bob Crewe, Eddie Rambeau, Bud Rehak.  

  8 Penetration 18   Mar 1964  
  The Pyramids  
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  The instrumental song Penetration was the only top 20 hit for The Pyramids.The group received slight airplay with other songs like Midnight Run. This song was written by Steve Leonard.  

  9 Hi-Heel Sneakers 14   Mar 1964  
  Tommy Tucker  
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  Hi-Heel Sneakers was the only top 20 song for blues performer Tommy Tucker. This song was written by Robert Higgenbotham.  

  10 Rip Van Winkle   Mar 1964  
  The Devotions  
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  The song about fairytale character Rip Van Winkle received moderate radio airplay for The Devotions. The group did not receive noticeable radio airplay with any other song. This song was written by Raymond Sanchez.  

  11 Suspicion 3   Apr 1964  
  Terry Stafford  
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  When Terry Stafford released the Elvis Presley song Suspicion, many people confused this performance for the 1962 recording by Elvis.
Terry Stafford did not have another top 20 hit, but the follow-up, I'll Touch A Star, was a near miss. Suspicion was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Schuman.
 

  12 We Love You Beatles   Apr 1964  
  The Carefrees  
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  We Love You Beatles, a song tribute to The Beatles, was the most popular song by The Carefrees. The group followed-up with Aren't You Glad You're You, which received slight radio airplay.  

  13 Don't Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man) 8   Apr 1964  
  The Serendipity Singers  
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  The Serendipity Singers reached number 8 with Don't Let The Rain Come Down. The follow-up, Beans In My Ears, was moderately popular too.  

  14 Wish Someone Would Care 13   May 1964  
  Irma Thomas  
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  Wish Someone Would Care was the only top 20 song entry for popular soul singer Irma Thomas. This song was written by Irma Thomas.  

  15 (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet 11   May 1964  
  The Reflections  
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  The Reflections followed-up (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet with other songs that received some radio airplay, like Poor Man's Son.
The extra here is a live perfomance of (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet many years later.
 

  16 The Girl From Ipanema 3   Jul 1964  
  Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto  
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  The Girl From Ipanema won the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. Astrud Gilberto, with no experience, sang part of the song because she was the only person there who could sing in English. She wound up recording many songs, including her version of the 1966 number 20 Walter Wanderley hit Summer Samba (So Nice).
In 1962, Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd hit number 3 with Desafinado, an instrumental song. The song The Girl From Ipanema was from album Getz/Gilberto.
 

  17 Farmer John LIVE 20   Jul 1964  
  The Premiers  
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  Farmer John was the most popular song by The Premiers. This song was originally done by Don And Dewey, the writers, in 1959. The Premiers recorded the song in a studio with a live audience. The Premiers received minor airplay with other songs too like Get Your Baby. There were other unrelated groups called The Premiers. The song Farmer John LIVE was from album Farmer John.  

  18 I Wanna Love Him So Bad 8   Aug 1964  
  The Jelly Beans  
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  I Wanna Love Him So Bad was the only top 20 hit for The Jelly Beans. The folow-up, Baby Be Mine, received some radio airplay. This song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich.  

  19 Mixed-Up, Shook-Up, Girl 18   Aug 1964  
  Patty And The Emblems  
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  Mixed-Up, Shook-Up, Girl was the only top 20 hit for Patty And The Emblems. The group received minor radio airplay with other songs too like I'm Gonna Love You A Long, Long Time. Mixed-Up, Shook-Up, Girl was written by Leon Huff.  

  20 (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am 11   Aug 1964  
  Nancy Wilson  
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  (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am was a top 20 one hit wonder for famous soul and jazz singer Nancy Wilson.  

  21 Funny 4   Oct 1964  
  Joe Hinton  
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  This song, with the hook line 'funny how time slips away,' was the only top 20 hit for popular soul singer Joe Hinton. This song was written by Willie Nelson.  

  22 Little Honda 9   Oct 1964  
  The Hondells  
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  The Hondells made the popular top 20 version of this song, just weeks after the original version by The Beach Boys was released. A few months later, The Hondells came out with Younger Girl, which was moderately popular.
The Hondells included members Chuck Girard from The Castells, Glen Campbell, and Gary Usher. Little Honda was written by Brian Wilson.
 

  23 Tobacco Road 14   Oct 1964  
  The Nashville Teens  
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  Tobacco Road was the only top 20 hit for The Nashville Teens. The group followed-up with other songs that received slight radio airplay like Google Eyes.  

  24 Last Kiss 2   Oct 1964  
  J. Frank Wilson And The Cavaliers  
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  Although Last Kiss was the only top 20 hit for J. Frank Wilson, he received minor airplay with other songs like Hey Little One and Six Boys. In 1974, Last Kiss was remade by Wednesday and received moderate radio airplay. In 1999, a Pearl Jam remake of Last Kiss reached number 2 pop and number one rock.  

  25 Have I The Right? 6   Oct 1964  
  The Honeycombs  
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  Although Have I The Right was the only top 20 hit for The Honeycombs, the group received some airplay with other songs like That's The Way.  

  26 Ringo 4   Dec 1964  
  Lorne Greene  
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  Lorne Greene was a long time actor, most famous for his role in TV series Bonanza. Ringo was his only top 20 hit song.  


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1964 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Last Kiss
 J. Frank Wilson And The Cavaliers
2The Girl From Ipanema
 Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto
3Suspicion
 Terry Stafford
4Popsicles And Icicles
 The Murmaids
5Funny
 Joe Hinton
6Who Do You Love
 The Sapphires
7Have I The Right?
 The Honeycombs
8Navy Blue
 Diane Renay
9Ringo
 Lorne Greene
10I Wanna Love Him So Bad
 The Jelly Beans
11Don't Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man)
 The Serendipity Singers
12Little Honda
 The Hondells
13Hey Little Cobra
 The Rip Chords
14Surfin' Bird
 The Trashmen
15California Sun
 The Rivieras
16Midnight Mary
 Joey Powers
17(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am
 Nancy Wilson
18(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet
 The Reflections
19Wish Someone Would Care
 Irma Thomas
20Hi-Heel Sneakers
 Tommy Tucker

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Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1964. 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 super group 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 1980 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. Is it really a one hit wonder? You decide.

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