Favorite 70's One-Hit Wonders #5 - "I'm Easy"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
July 8, 2016 8:36pm CST
From two Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's, we move to an Academy Award-winning actor, Keith Carradine, and his 1976 hit record "I'm Easy," #5 on my Favorite 70's One-Hit Wonders series. Carradine won his Oscar for the song, which he wrote and performed in Robert Altman's movie Nashville (it was the film's only Academy Award. The song was also awarded a Golden Globe. ) Carradine's easy-going delivery propelled the song to #17 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Although Carradine has performed other material, "I'm Easy" is his only Top 40 appearance. That fact is a little odd to me. The singer/songwriter genre was quite popular in the 1970's, and Carradine fit easily into the style. If "I'm Easy" is any indication, the actor should have achieved more chart success. (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.)
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• Los Angeles, California
9 Jul 16
Nashville was a terrific movie and Altman had the actors write the songs they performed in the film. I remember Carradine playing the song on the Oscar show. Nashville started the peak of Carradine's leading man career phase and was too busy for music. I never read that he was driven by music or it was a passion. He did the song for the movie.
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