|Rann Berry performs his One Hit Wonders show at a recent concert at Creekside Theatre in Lake Country.|
It hit after the bubblegum teen-love smaltzy phase, and ran over Elvis with lyrics that seemed to come for the heart and soul of the singer/writer.
And oddly, it spawned an incredible number of songs that made it to the top of the hit parade charts.
But, only once. And never again did the group or singer bask in the glory of being No. 1 across the nation.
"It really was a phenomenon, something that made the band or singer big, but only once," said Rann Berry, who pays homage to those hits in his Vegas-style show, One Hit Wonders, which takes to the stage at the Kelowna Community Theatre this Saturday.
It is returning to the Kelowna Community Theatre in celebration of its first show there a year ago, and has been well received on the road a well.
Since that inaugural show, it has toured and entertained audiences throughout the Kootenays, as well as the rest of the province.
"Most of those hits were a compete accident," he said. "Some were actually songs on the B side of the record, and got some air time and instantly shot up the charts.
"Most were quirky songs, and some of the artists and the bands never did anything else. I guess in some instances, the song became a sort of albatross around the neck for some of the bands.
"In other instances, the bands just didn't like performing, so they quit the business," he added.
"Others tried to write and perform other hits, but for some reason, nothing ever topped the one-hit wonder."
Berry takes the best of the one-hit wonders and skilfully blends it with his own story-telling and history of the era between '67 and '75, delivering a well-honed musical journey.
"This music is clearly not the do-op of the '50s, and it's not Elvis. This music comes from the time where musicians and song writers really used music to express themselves."
Berry was partially inspired and influenced to pull his show together after seeing The Jersey Boys show in Las Vegas.
That show chronicles the songs and the lives of the band members of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons from obscurity to stardom.
"In some ways, One Hit Wonders is a history lesson," Berry added. "It was a long process to pull it together. Two years in total.
"There are so many baby boomers out there that remember and love these songs, it's like a sound track of their youth, memories of growing up. I built the show around these songs that we all know and love."
There is an impressively long list of one-hit songs, ranging from love ballads to complex tunes like MacArthur Park, which Berry notes is a "difficult song."
"There are no songs like this today. Some were quite difficult with unique key changes, time signatures and really cool and special," he said. "When we're doing the show, we're having fun and it's very polished and very Vegas-style."
Berry, Backed by a full band, including a four-piece horn section, and go-go dancers, Berry easily slides down memory lane, weaving little known facts about the bands and the songs that were once at the top of the hit parade.
Almost a one-man show, Berry builds on the nostalgia of the time, and knows his target audience is in the 45-60 year range, although he also appeals to "the typical 20-something, too, who realizes they actually know all of these songs as well."
Making it a complete show, the opening act takes a George Burns kind of take with local comedian and veteran stage actor, Charlie Fleming.
What: Rann Berry and the One Hit Wonders, with comedian Charlie Fleming
When: Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.
Where: Kelowna Community Theatre.
Tickets: Available at Prospera Place box office, Select Your Tickets, 250-762-5050 or selectyourtickets.com