One-hit wonders

B. Bumble & The Stingers

This short-lived act was one of several US acts formed by pop svengali Kim Fowley as an outlet for his production and song writing talents at Rendezvous Records. Comprising (at any one time) B Bumble (real name R C Gamble), Don Orr, Terry Anderson and Jimmy King, this American outfit first came to attention with their 1961(...)

Plastic Bertrand

Plastic Bertrand was the alias of new wave prankster Roger Allen François Jouret, a native of Belgium who appropriated the sound and style of the new wave movement in order to give it a gently satirical poke in the ribs while scoring several European hits in the process. Jouret began his musical career as a drummer for(...)

Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler

America was split by controversy in 1966 over a single that entered the US chart by this former member of the US Army Special Forces, whose leg was injured in a booby trap while on active service. Until the late Spring of 1965, Barry had been stationed in Vietnam. It was at that time that he(...)

Toni Basil

Toni Basil was born Antonia Christina Basilotta but her date of birth is a matter for some speculation - estimates seem to veer between 1943 and 1950. She appeared in the film Easy Rider (1969) and was the choreographer for American Graffiti (1973) amongst other movies. Her hit record Mickey (1982) - written by pop overlords Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn(...)


Voyager formed in Newbury (Berkshire) - originally as The Paul French Connection -  and charted in 1979 with Halfway Hotel. Voyager disbanded in 1981, with the original members returning to the studio to record the album Eyecontact in their spare time over a period of two years. Paul French Vocals, keyboards Paul Hirsh Vocals, guitar, keyboards Chris Hook Bass,(...)