Song: “Kiss You All Over” by Exile
Reached #1: September 30, 1978 (their first, 4 weeks)
Exile is another example of the long-simmering one-hit wonder we’ve seen a few of through this year.
They started as the Exiles in 1963, and spent the last ‘60s as the opening act and support band for the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars (lest we forget that Clark was not only a TV host but a concert promoter)… it took another 10 years after that run ended before they finally found a small level of pop success.
They got together with producer Mike Chapman (maker of several one-hit wonders), who produced the Mixed Emotions album and this single. The lead singer on the track, Jimmy Stokley, didn’t stay with the band long – he was gone by 1979… and that decision led to the band’s biggest decision…
…they went country. After seeing country acts cover some of their pop songs, they decided to head for Nashville and take a shot at the country market. It was a very good idea. Through the mid-to-late-‘80s, they scored 10 country #1s before a major lineup shuffle in 1990 signaled the beginning of the end, which came in 1993.
They’ve done occasional reunions since, including a fall 2012/spring 2013 tour of small venues. Exile isn’t going into exile quietly, it seems…
Tomorrow, Jim Steinman’s dramatic production style gives a Welsh singer her only #1.
Other songs that reached #1 on September 30:
1995 – “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey (her ninth, 8 weeks)