The world of country music is filled with successful crooners who made names for themselves thanks to a combination of great pipes, top-notch songwriting and a few healthy ounces of luck. So what about the ones who made a big splash and then unexpectedly sank to the bottom? Here’s a look at five musicians who failed to float for long after diving into the deep end of the country music pool.
One Hit Wonders of Country Music – #1: Chad Brock. In all fairness to the former professional wrestler, Chad Brock isn’t exactly a one hit wonder of country music, but a two hit wonder. The second single released by the Florida native, entitled Ordinary Life, peaked at #3 on the country charts in 1999. A year later, the energetic, inspirational mega hit Yes! soared to #1 on US and Canadian country charts, where it stood for three weeks. Brock went on to release a batch of singles from an unreleased album, none of which surpassed #47 on the US country chart. Since Yes!, he’s lived in relative mainstream obscurity.
One Hit Wonders of Country Music – #2: Julie Roberts. The ‘I’m not sure I want to but I’m gonna do it anyway’ break-up tune Break Down Here from Julie Roberts’ gold-certified self-titled 2004 album peaked at #18 on the US Country Chart, and then the blonde singer’s career stalled, badly. She went on to release her sophomore album Men & Mascara in 2006, but neither of the two singles that made the airwaves charted. At all.
One Hit Wonders of Country Music – #3: Ty England. Ty England got his start back in 1989 as a member of Garth Brooks’ band before striking out on his own in the mid-90s. He enjoyed lukewarm success with his 1995 self-titled album, which peaked at #13 on the country chart. That album produced England’s most successful single by far in Should’ve Asked Her Faster, which hit #3. He went on to release three more albums, two of which failed to chart at all.
One Hit Wonders of Country Music – #4: George Ducas. Okay, so it may not be entirely fair to slap the one hit wonder label on Ducas, since he did actually manage to score six different charted singles during the mid-90s. Only one, however, broke the top 10, while the others settled mostly around 50, which is hardly a memorable ranking given the sheer volume of music released in a given year. The outlier, 1995’s Lipstick Promises, peaked at #9 on the US charts. Ducas has, however, made a name for himself in songwriting, penning lyrics for the likes of Sara Evans, Garth Brooks and The Dixie Chicks. So A+ for writing, D+ for solo performance success.
One Hit Wonders of Country Music – #5: Cyndi Thomson. Even the savviest country music fans will likely scratch their heads over this one: Cyndi who? The singer, who is considered to be retired from the industry, was officially active between 2000 and 2002. The Georgia native released four singles during that time, the first of which – entitled What I Really Meant to Say – shot to #1. The next three releases suffered progressively lower standings, with the fourth and final failing to chart at all.
So that’s that: Five one hit wonders of country music. From big splash to an empty pool, these five singers saw their recording careers peter out much too soon.
Chad Brock Artist Bio, CMT
Julie Roberts Artist Bio, CMT
Ty England Bio, AllMusic
George Ducas Bio, Wiki
Cyndi Thomson Bio, Wiki