My Favorite One Hit Wonders of the 70s - Undercover Angel (#10)

@FourWalls (15902)
United States
July 1, 2016 9:23pm CST
It was a long two days, with the trip to Cincinnati (and, true to form, Wayne Hancock didn't stop playing until about 12:45 AM after going on at 10:15 PM), the drive home, a barium swallow study (normal, thank God), then a trip to Columbus, Indiana for a weekend tournament. All settled in my room, I'm ready (as I see Scott [@teamfreak16 ] already is) to start the next countdown. This one pays homage to our favorite one-hit wonders of the 1970s. #10: Undercover Angel - Alan O'Day Alan O'Day was a one-hit wonder only in that this song was the only song he sang to make the top 40. This wasn't his only trip to the top ten as a songwriter, however. His song "Rock and Roll Heaven" was a #3 hit for the Righteous Brothers, and in 1974 his spooky "Angie Baby" went to the top of the charts when released as a single by Helen Reddy. The 70s were great for good pop songs, and this was terrific. That opening electric piano was instantly recognizable as the beginning of O'Day's sole top 40 hit, a #1 smash about a man finding a woman to love. While O'Day never had another top 40 hit, he did have several other quality songs (see the two listed above that he wrote). If you have the opportunity to find his song "Kaziah's Children," a true story about a woman who paints portraits of fallen soldiers as gifts to the grieving families, give it a listen. It'll show you there was much more to him than his one hit. Alan O'Day died of brain cancer in 2013. He left behind a legacy of classic songs that he wrote, and this one that he sang. Undercover Angel Written by Alan O'Day Recorded by Alan O'Day From Appetizers, 1977 Alan O'Day's sole #1 hit as a singer: His number one song from 1977. This song was number one for one week.
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• United States
2 Jul 16
I always loved this song Four Walls. So sweet and catchy.
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@JohnRoberts (65469)
• Los Angeles, California
2 Jul 16
I have heard of the songs he wrote but did not recognize his #1 at all or don't remember. I was listening to Dr Demento and hard rock then.
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
2 Jul 16
Huh. I had no idea he wrote either of those songs. I used to play them on the radio, but never bothered looking up who wrote them as part of my show prep. I learn something new everyday.
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