National One Hit Wonder Day

September 25 is the day set aside to celebrate all the One Hit Wonders – you know, the songs that were big hits, but the artists or writers of those songs never followed up with another hit. The list is long. Many of the songs are so good, you can clearly understand why they climbed the charts. But in the case of some of the other one hit wonders, when you listen to some of the songs, you scratch your head trying to figure out just what was the appeal.

One Hit Wonder Central website is http://www.onehitwondercentral.com/top100.cfm. Check out all the one hit wonders so you can download them to play if you plan to celebrate this holiday. Party guests can be dressed to represent each decade. Each decade’s dancers can dance to the wonders of that decade while other guests watch and even sing along. Or, you can download the top 100, play them and let guests try to guess what decade each particular one hit wonder became a hit. You can even add additional trivia, such as who the recording artist was and how high the hit climbed up the charts.

Another party idea is to focus on one song – a single One Hit Wonder – such as Key Largo, a song that climbed the charts in 1982 and was sung by Bertie Higgins. Decorations could encompass the look of the Florida Keys or the movie Key Largo, which was made famous by Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart.  Entertainment could include playing the song, watching the movie that inspired it and playing trivia games related to both the song and the movie. Food could include foods inspired by the Florida Keys, such as lobster bisque and this recipe from the Food Network’s Emeril Lagasse for Key Lime Pie.

Key Lime Pie

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick butter) melted
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup key lime or regular lime juice
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter with your hands. Press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie pan, and bake until brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before filling.

Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

In a separate bowl, combine the condensed milk, lime juice, and eggs. Whisk until well blended and place the filling in the cooled pie shell. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Once chilled, combine the sour cream and powdered sugar and spread over the top of the pie using a spatula. Sprinkle the lime zest as a garnish on top of the sour cream and serve chilled.

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