Favorite 70's One-Hit Wonders #7 - "Because the Night"

@teamfreak16 (40458)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
July 6, 2016 6:58pm CST
For the 2nd entry in a row, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act has made my Favorite 70's One-Hit Wonders series, in this case, #7, Patti Smith. Patti Smith is from Chicago, but made her name in New York as part of the same CBGB scene that produced Blondie, Ramones, and Talking Heads. A New York punk legend, Smith's one foray into the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 came in 1978 with "Because the Night," a song she co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen (poet Smith is no stranger to collaboration. She would later co-write Blue Oyster Cult's fantastic "Shooting Shark.") "Because the Night" was, in fact, a Top 20 (#13) hit for Smith. It's pretty much what you might expect from two monster songwriters putting their heads together. In this case, Springsteen and Smith came up with a doozy. (I'm using the rules from Wayne Jancik's book The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders: An act can only have appeared on the Top 40 of the Hot 100 once. Any sub-charts don't count, and neither do countries other than the States.)
Take me now baby here as I am Hold me close, try and understand Desire is hunger is the fire I breathe Love is a banquet on which we feed Come on now try and...
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@norcal (3217)
• Nevada City, California
7 Jul 16
I never thought of her as a one hit wonder, but if that's the definition I guess you're right. I saw her just a few years ago at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.
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@teamfreak16 (40458)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Jul 16
That would be cool. I'd like to see her.
@FourWalls (12855)
• United States
7 Jul 16
Great to see you back, we sure missed you!!! And an excellent choice.
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@teamfreak16 (40458)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
7 Jul 16
Oh, she's still there, and has our cell phone charger. I do all of this on my phone, so I have to conserve my battery. I'm still not all the way back yet, but didn't want to get too far behind. Thank you, though. Hopefully tomorrow.
@crossbones27 (18467)
• Redlands, California
7 Jul 16
I like the two headed monster. Some people put their minds together in a great way and others become dangerous to the world.
@JohnRoberts (51868)
• Los Angeles, California
7 Jul 16
I used to have this on a 45. I saw Patti once doing her poetry reading thing. She is someone I don't think belongs in the HOF considering who is being snubbed.