The Analog Kid’s iTunes music folder contains over 82,000 songs, but even a collection that large has some true one-hit wonders and/or obscurities. In this continuing series, I will feature an artist that has exactly one song in my entire library. After all, one is the loneliest number…
Charlie Dore: “Pilot Of The Airwaves” (Charlie Dore/Julian Littman)
From the album Where To Now
Island Records, 1979
“Pilot Of The Airwaves” was British singer/songwriter Charlie Dore’s only Top 40 hit, reaching #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979. I had completely forgotten about the song until I rediscovered it a few years ago after purchasing a used CD copy of Rhino Records’ Radio Daze: Pop Hits Of The ’80s Vol. 2. I was a pop radio junkie in 1979, and I remembered every single word of “Pilot Of The Airwaves” even though it had been thirty years since I had last heard it.
After the success of “Pilot Of The Airwaves,” Dore went on to record one more album before turning her primary focus to songwriting. She co-wrote “Strut” for Sheena Easton in 1984, and her songs were eventually recorded by a diverse group of artists (including Tina Turner, Lisa Stansfield, and Celine Dion). Dore returned to recording in the mid-’90s, and still plays live shows in her native UK.
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Sheena Easton; “Strut” (Charlie Dore/Julian Littman)
From the album A Private Affair
EMI America Records, 1984