These Corpus Christi artists all had hit songs
Willie Nelson in Corpus Christi
Willie Nelson isn’t just used to performing in Corpus Christi. In 1979, Willie came to town to film scenes from his debut in “Honeysuckle Rose”.
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In honor of National One Hit Wonder Day, here is a list of the wonders of Corpus Christi, from country and rock to jazz and Tejano.
And for those who will notice that the late singers Freddy Fender and Selena Quintanilla are missing from this list, the reason is that their musical careers were far too important to consider them one or two wonders. It was not an omission. It is a tribute.
“Hot smoke and sassafrass” – Bubble Puppy
Bubble Puppy, founded by Texan guitarist Rod Prince, found his moment of glory with his 1969 number 14 song, “Hot Smoke and Sassafrass,” which became a hit when it was featured on American Bandstand, a TV show. of American music and dance. aired from 1952 to 1989.
The hit was inspired by an episode of “The Beverly Hillbillies” TV show and was an ode to meditation and the use of marijuana.
Tony Joe White
Tony Joe White, arguably at least a two-hit wonder, is best known for writing his 1969 hits “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia”, both of which he recorded but which are usually overshadowed by the Elvis and Brook Benton versions. .
White performed regularly at local music halls and was known for his country and blues influenced sound.
“My Toot Toot” – Steve Jordan
Steve Jordan, known as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Accordion”, was a jazz, rock, blues, conjunto and Tejano musician who enjoyed a moment of glory in 1985 with the song “My Toot Toot”.
Country music singer and songwriter Sam Neely performed in a band called Buckle after moving to Corpus Christi and recorded a string of minor hits in the 1970s on the country and pop charts, including “Loving You Just Crossed My Mind “in 1972,” Rosalie “in 1973 and” You Can Have Her “in 1974.
In 1978 Neely returned to Corpus Christi and became the house musician for Electric Eel, and in 1983 he made a comeback on MCA Records with “The Party’s Over (Everybody’s Gone)” and “When You Leave That Way You Can Never Return. “
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