Another One Hit Wonder, by Rich Paschall
From Atlanta, Georgia, to the Gulf Stream water
up to California end I’m gonna spend my life both night and day
Crazy Elephant – 1969
To the girls in Frisco, to the girls in New York
To the girls in Texican, you gotta understand
That baby I’m your man
Leif Garrett – 1980
Helix – 1984
This is another 1969 one hit wonder. The original did better than any of the many cover versions that followed. Crazy Elephant was another of those studio creations with a fake band biography. It was probably easier to create these fake stories for teen magazines then, than it would be now. Nope, they were not Welsh coal miners.
The song was released in January with little success. It was re-released in March and climbed the charts to Number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Former Cadillacs member Robert Spencer was the lead vocalist for most songs of the short-lived band.
Teen idol Leif Garrett had a go at it in 1984. He signed his 5 album record deal in 1976, so by this point he was on the down side of his heart-throb days. After all, he was twenty-two.
Canadian “big hair band” Helix (you know, big hair like Motely Crue, Poison, Whitesnake) gave it a harder edge when they put out their version in 1986. It had limited success but they are still doing it. You can see a 2018 performance here. Yes, it is more painful now than it was then.
The song made my top ten of 1969 one hit wonders. What are the others? You will have to check that out this Sunday on SERENDIPITY, because I know you are eagerly waiting for another Top Ten list
So who do you think sang this one better? Comment below.
Also see and hear this other 1969 hit: Morning Girl by clicking the title.