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  1 The Men In My Little Girl's Life 8   Feb 1966  
  Mike Douglas  
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  The Men In My Little Girl's Life was the only top 20 hit for Mike Douglas. He also received some radio airplay the next year with his version of Cabaret.
Mike Douglas was best known for his long-running daily talk and variety TV show The Mike Douglas Show.
 

  2 Michelle 18   Feb 1966  
  David & Jonathan  
    YouTube    
  Michelle won the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year. The famous rock version by The Beatles was not released.
David And Jonathan was a Bible reference. David was actually Roger Cook. He became the singer for group Blue Mink. He also sang for The Pipkins. Jonathan was Roger Greenaway. The two Rogers also wrote for other artists. This song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
 

  3 The Cheater 10   Mar 1966  
  Bob Kuban And The In-Men  
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  The Cheater was the only top 20 hit for Bob Kuban. He received some radio airplay for others songs too, like The Teaser.  

  4 Elusive Butterfly 6   Mar 1966  
  Bob Lind  
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  Elusive Butterfly was the only top 20 hit for Bob Lind. He received some radio airplay with other songs like Remember The Rain.  

  5 Love Makes The World Go Round 10   Mar 1966  
  Deon Jackson  
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  This was the only top 20 entry for Deon Jackson. Follow-up Love Takes A Long Time Growing received some airplay. Love Makes The World Go Round was written by Deon Jackson.  

  6 Walkin' My Cat Named Dog   Apr 1966  
  Norma Tanega  
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  7 She Blew A Good Thing 10   Apr 1966  
  The Poets  
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  She Blew A Good Thing was the only top 20 hit for The Poets. The group received slight radio airplay with other songs like So Young (And So Innocent). Note that there were other unrelated groups with the same name. She Blew A Good Thing was written by Ronnie Lewis.  

  8 Oh How Happy 16   Jun 1966  
  The Shades Of Blue  
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  While Oh How Happy was the only top 20 hit for Shades Of Blue, the group received some airplay with other songs like Lonely Summer.  

  9 Cool Jerk 3   Jun 1966  
  The Capitols  
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  Cool Jerk was the only top 20 hit for The Capitols. The group received some radio airplay with other songs too, like We Got A Thing That's In The Groove.  

  10 Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) 19   Jun 1966  
  Swingin' Medallions  
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  Although Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) was the only top 20 hit for Swingin' Medallions, the group received minor airplay with other songs like She Drives Me Out Of My Mind.  

  11 Little Girl 9   Jul 1966  
  Syndicate Of Sound  
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  California garage band Syndicate Of Sound made a top 20 one hit wonder with Little Girl. The group followed-up with Rumors, which was moderately popular. Little Girl was written by Bob Gonzalez and Don Baskin.  

  12 Dirty Water 13   Jul 1966  
  The Standells  
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  Members of The Standells lived in California. When they visited the Charles River in Boston, they were inspired to write Dirty Water.
This song was the only top 20 hit for the group, but The Standells received some radio airplay with other songs like Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White. Dirty Water was written by Ed Cobb.
 

  13 They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! 1   Jul 1966  
  Napoleon XIV  
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  14 The Pied Piper 6   Jul 1966  
  Crispian St. Peters  
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  The Pied Piper only top 20 hit for UK singer Crispian St. Peters. A few months later, You Were On My Mind was a top 20 near-miss.  

  15 Sweet Dreams 15   Aug 1966  
  Tommy McLain  
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  This song, sometimes called Sweet Dreams (Of You), was a country classic written by Don Gibson, who made the song famous. Many artists had popular versions, including Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, Reba McEntire, and Elvis Costello. Tommy McLain was the only singer to make the top 20, and this was his top 20 one hit wonder.  

  16 Open The Door To Your Heart 16   Sep 1966  
  Darrell Banks  
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  This song was a top 20 one hit wonder for Darrell Banks, who wrote the song. He followed-up with Somebody (Somewhere) Needs You, which was a popular soul song.  

  17 Summer Samba (So Nice) 20   Oct 1966  
  Walter Wanderley  
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  Instrumental song Summer Samba (So Nice) peaked in at number 20 to give Latino organist and musician Walter Wanderley a one hit wonder  

  18 Psychotic Reaction 10   Oct 1966  
  Count Five  
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  Psychotic Reaction was the only top 20 hit for Count Five. The group received slight airplay with other songs like Mailman.  

  19 I Want To Be With You 10   Oct 1966  
  Dee Dee Warwick  
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  I Want To Be With You was a top 20 one hit wonder for soul singer Dee Dee Warwick. In 1969, she had a top 20 near miss with Foolish Fool.
Dee Dee Warwick was the sister of Dionne Warwick.
 

  20 Winchester Cathedral 1   Nov 1966  
  The New Vaudeville Band  
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  Winchester Cathedral was sung in the Vaudeville style of Rudy Valli, thus the group name. The megaphone style was actually achieved with a paper cup. This song was written by Jeff Stevens.  

  21 Bang! Bang! 4   Nov 1966  
  The Joe Cuba Sextet  
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  Bang Bang was a top 20 one hit wonder for New York City Latino band The Joe Cuba Sextet. The song was from album Bang Bang.  

  22 At The Party 7   Dec 1966  
  Hector Rivera  
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  At The Party was the only top 20 hit for Hector Rivera. He received slight airplay with other songs like I Want You I Need You I Love You. At The Party was written by Hector Rivera.  


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1966 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Winchester Cathedral
 The New Vaudeville Band
2They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!
 Napoleon XIV
3Bang! Bang!
 The Joe Cuba Sextet
4Cool Jerk
 The Capitols
5Elusive Butterfly
 Bob Lind
6At The Party
 Hector Rivera
7The Pied Piper
 Crispian St. Peters
8The Men In My Little Girl's Life
 Mike Douglas
9Love Makes The World Go Round
 Deon Jackson
10Little Girl
 Syndicate Of Sound
11I Want To Be With You
 Dee Dee Warwick
12She Blew A Good Thing
 The Poets
13The Cheater
 Bob Kuban And The In-Men
14Psychotic Reaction
 Count Five
15Dirty Water
 The Standells
16Sweet Dreams
 Tommy McLain
17Open The Door To Your Heart
 Darrell Banks
18Oh How Happy
 The Shades Of Blue

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Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1966. 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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