The Analog Kid’s iTunes music folder contains over 90,000 songs, so you may think that I own everything by everybody. Not so fast, my friends– even a collection that large is bound to have some true one-hit wonders and/or obscurities mixed in with the 1,200+ Elvis Costello songs. In this continuing series, I will feature an artist that has exactly one song in my entire digital library.

 

Canada’s Skylark reached #9 on the charts with 1972’s “Wildflower,” a song that eventually spent 21 weeks on the Billboard charts. Skylark only recorded two albums and never had another hit, but “Wildflower” helped to create the template for a musical style that would haunt listeners for years to come: the mid-tempo power ballad.

If you need any further proof that “Wildflower” facilitated the groundwork for future schmaltz, all you need to know is the name of Skylark’s keyboard player: David Foster. Yes, the same David Foster who would go on to write sublimely saccharine classics such as Boz Scaggs’ “Look What You’ve Done To Me” and Peter Cetera’s “Glory Of Love.” Foster even scored a Top 20 hit of his own with “Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire,” and would go on to perfect his craft in the ’90s with Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion.

And all this time you thought “Wildflower” was just a sweet little early ’70s song that you occasionally hear on oldies stations, when in fact is to blame for “I Will Always Love You”– produced by David Foster, of course.

Crazy things you learn on Wikipedia while conducting research for the Analog Kid blog: David Foster was driving the car that ran over Ben Vereen in Malibu in 1992. How weird is that? It’s like if Randy Newman had mowed down Liza Minnelli with the convertible from the “I Love L.A.” video somewhere in Laurel Canyon…

Skylark

Skylark: “Wildflower” (Richardson/Edwards)

From the album Skylark

Capitol Records, 1972

Wildflower

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Bonus Tracks!

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.

St. Elmo's Fire

David Foster: “Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire” (Foster)

From the album St. Elmo’s Fire: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Atlantic Records, 1985

Love Theme From St. Elmo’s Fire [Instrumental]

urban cowboy

Boz Scaggs: “Look What You’ve Done To Me” (Foster/Scaggs)

From the album Urban Cowboy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Asylum Records, 1980

Look What You’ve Done To Me

karate kid 2

Peter Cetera: “Glory Of Love” (Foster/Cetera/Nini)

From the album The Karate Kid Part II: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

United Artists Records, 1986

Glory Of Love

houston

Whitney Houston: “I Will Always Love You” (Parton)

From the album The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album

Arista Records, 1992

I Will Always Love You

Little Criminals

Randy Newman: “Short People” (Newman)

From the album Little Criminals

Warner Brothers Records, 1977

Short People

Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

Queen + Liza Minnelli: “We Are The Champions” [Mercury]

From The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert DVD

We Are The Champions

Randy Newman: “I Love L.A.” (Newman)

From the album Trouble In Paradise

Warner Brothers Records, 1983

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