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Will Smith’s Birthday

Actor, producer, and rapper Will Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 25, 1968. He began rapping at the age of 12, and when he met DJ Jeff Townes at a party when he was 16, duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince was born.

Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince separated themselves from the rest of hip-hop by releasing catchy but clean tunes including “Summertime” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. While “Gangsta” rappers NWA were talking about drugs and violence, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were rapping about problems facing teens in middle-America, and people all over were able to relate. As their success mounted, the rap duo won the first Grammy Award for a Rap performance in 1988.

From 1990 to 1996, Will Smith acted as the title character in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a sitcom about a street wise kid from Philadelphia sent to live with family in California in order to keep out of trouble. The show’s re-runs  still air on multiple networks today.

Will Smith made the transition from television to movies in the mid-90s. His first big hit was opposite Martin Lawrence in the 1995 hit Bad Boys. After his breakout, the hits just kept going: Independence Day (1996), Men in Black (1997), Enemy of the State (1998), and many others. Smith received two Academy Award nominations for his reprisal of Muhammad Ali in 2001’s Ali, and 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness.

Some of his other popular films include I, Robot, Hitch, I Am Legend, and Hancock, with many more projects in the works.

Happy Birthday Will Smith!

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National One-Hit Wonder Day

One-hit wonders might be referenced in a derogatory manner, but the songwriters reaping the benefits of their one-hit wonders might tell you otherwise:

I don’t mind having that one hit. [...] I call it ‘one-hit wonderful.’”

Steven Greenberg, Lipps Inc. member and writer of the band’s one-hit wonder “Funkytown”

Declared by music writer Steve Rosen in 1990, National One-Hit Wonder Day celebrates all those one-hit wonders that were so catchy, they couldn’t be topped – from kitschy tunes like Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” to classics like “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

The exact criteria for declaring a song, artist, or musical act a “one-hit wonder” is a little sketchy. According to most music industry insiders, including Billboard magazine journalist and author of The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders Wayne Jancik, a one-hit wonder is any song or act that reaches a Top 40 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart only once. However, this definition would include several artists with a well-known body of work, a strong fan following, influences on other musicians, and other successes, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Grateful Dead – these acts and similar ones are usually considered exceptions. A more lenient definition includes any spot in the Top 100 only once while a more general definition is any artist best known for only one song.

Celebrate National One-Hit Wonder Day by listening to your favorite one-hit wonders! Here are a few one-hit wonder lists we found around the web:

Listverse’s Top 15 One Hit Wonders
Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of All Time
Wikipedia’s list of one-hit wonders in the U.S.

Did you know…The term “one-hit wonder” can also be applied to works of art other than music and to artists other than musical performers. For example, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is considered a one-hit wonder in literature. Although it was the only novel Lee ever published, the classic, Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel is a bestseller that has sold over 30 million copies and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film.


Sources: Huffington PostWikipedia

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