What exactly is a Vandella?

My wife and I were listening to an FM oldies station over the weekend — lots of great sonic memories from the Golden Age of radio.  

“Dancing in the Streets” by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. That was one tune that really tickled the old nostalgia bone (it’s right next to the funny bone). That got us asking ourselves, “What in the hella is a Vandella?” Neither one of us had a clue, so we turned to Wikipedia.

This is what we found:  

Among the Amharic speakers of North Central Ethiopia, a vandella is one of several types of ghost-walking or dream-invading demons/vampires, somewhat similar to a succubus or the vetala of India. Charming, huh? I guess Supremes was already taken and Berry Gordy was in a hurry to get the record out.

They don’t look all that scary, do they?

We also heard a number of one hit wonders … including Starbuck’s “Moonlight Feels Right,” and Spiral Starecase with “More Today Than Yesterday.” The Ides of March with “Vehicle,” “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass,  … I could go on and on. Hey, I was an FM boss jock in the ’80s and many of these songs are seared into my memory banks.

What act is your favorite one-hit wonder? Weigh in here for the world to see.

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