Jazz’s One Hit Wonders

By | December 12, 2011

This hour we bring you a tour of some of the memorable musical moments from the world of jazz’s one hit wonders. We’ll talk with our go-to research guy Lou Blouin about the times when jazz and jazz musicians defied the odds and broke through onto the pop charts, and chat with jazz historian Tom Cunniffe about the one-hit songwriters who contributed some of the most memorable standards in the jazz canon. And we’ll hear the story of how a long-lost recording of John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk became a recent surprise jazz hit, and listen in on the flash-in-the-pan musical phenomenon that was 1950s crime jazz. (59:00)

Photo: Trumpeter Herb Alpert is the only recording artist in history to hit number one as a vocalist and as an instrumentalist.


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