27: Walking In Memphis – Marc Cohn

NeilTop 30 - One Hit Wonders

Entered Charts: 29 July 1991
Entry Point: 29
Highest Chart: 12
Weeks In: 11
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This song is the most recent release to appear in the Top 30 One Hit Wonders countdown. It is a song rich in imagery, much of which was based on a visit he made to Memphis in 1985. References to people (Elvis Presley, Reverend Al Green and Muriel Davis Wilkins) are based on specific experiences he had on that trip – a visit to Graceland, listening to Al Green preaching and listening to Davis at the Hollywood Cafe, 35 miles out of Memphis.

Sometimes the reason a song is a hit is because of the song, sometimes it’s the singer and sometimes it is an irresistible combination of both. Cher tried a cover version which was mildly successful and Cohn was never able to replicate his success here in Australia – evidence that, if this instance, it was just a fantastic combination of song and artist.