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Traveling Wilburys were an English–American supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. Originating from an idea discussed by Harrison and Lynne during the sessions for Harrison’s 1987 album ‘Cloud 9’, the band formed in April 1988 after the five members united to record a bonus track for Harrison’s next European single. When this collaboration, ‘Handle With Care’, was deemed too good for such a limited release, the group agreed to record a full album. The song is an Adelaide One-Hit Wonder reaching #4 in 1988.
This week’s One-Hit Wonder is ‘Working Man’ by Canadian singer Rita MacNeil. An Adelaide #5 hit in 1989. Rita has had a long and distinguished career in her native land and ‘Working Man’ has gone on to become an anthem for coal miners around the world.
This week’s One-Hit Wonder is ‘One Perfect Day’ by 1980s Melbourne band ‘Little Heroes’. From their second album ‘Play by Numbers’ it reached #6 in 1982.
This weeks OHW is ‘Oh Yeah’ by Swiss electronic duo Yello. A #5 hit in 1988, they made a whole bunch of fun albums.
This week’s OHW is ‘Part of the Union’ by the Strawbs. A national #4 hits in 1973 this song has gone on to become a favourite the the Union Movement. The piano player on the recording of this track was the one and only Rick Wakeman, one of the most famous ‘Prog’ musicians of all-time. The Strawbs, lead by Dave Cousins have had a long and very successful career and made many wonderful albums, my favourite being ‘Deadlines’ (1977)
This weeks OHW is ‘All Around My Hat’ by Steeleye Span. A wonderful and unique band that included vocalist Maddy Prior, they made a series of superb album in the folk revival style. An Adelaide OHW it reached #19 in 1975.
This week’s OHW is ‘Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick’ by the late great Ian Dury and his band ‘The Blockheads’. A No.14 hit in Adelaide in 1979 and a worldwide smash. What a wonderful musician he was, and very funny, my favourite lyric “He didn’t paint the Mona Lisa, that was some Italian geezer”
This weeks OHW is The Alan Parsons Project’s 1982 hit ‘Eye in the Sky’ from the album of the same name. This song is an Adelaide OHW reaching #14. My favourite of his many albums.
This week’s OHW is Dennis Waterman’s song ‘I Could be so Good for You (The Theme from Minder)’. a #10 hit in 1983. Loved that show, Arthur Daley and ”er Indoors” 🙂
Ric Ocasek (1944 – 2019), was an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He was co-lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Cars. This week’s OHW is ‘Emotion in Motion’, a #7 hit nationally. It is from his second album ‘This Side of Paradise’.