By Lin Parkin
October 21, 2013
Have you ever been labeled a one-hit-wonder?
Voices.com member Jerry Buckner can relate.
A successful songwriter, producer and voice-over artist Jerry was labeled a one-hit-wonder himself for his 80's hit single "PacMan Fever."
What many people don't know is that Jerry remained active in the entertainment industry producing numerous hits such as the theme song to "WKRP In Cincinnati," the Top 10 hit "On and On" by Anne Murray and, more recently, as the narrator on The History Channel's reality TV show "Big Shrimpin."
As a keyboardist and arranger, Jerry has scored original music for countless television and motion picture soundtracks, including the Oscar nominated title track for Disney's 2012 remake of "Wreck-It Ralph."
He realized that, like himself, most people labeled as one-hit-wonders continue to have fruitful careers. With that in mind Jerry created an online video talk-show called "The 1 Hit Wonders Show," set to air November 1st, 2013.
I reached out to Jerry to learn more about what people can expect from his show and how he manages to stay on top of his busy career.
As the artist on a record that is labeled a one-hit-wonder ("Pac Man Fever") I realized most people had no idea of the other successful projects I have worked on in the entertainment business including voice-overs. Knowing that is true of many other one-hit-wonder artists I thought it might be interesting to interview them in a one-on-one conversational format to tell their personal stories behind their songs and what they doing now.
It's a video world we live in now so I wanted to make that available. I also feel video helps promote a more personal connection with the audience. I hadn't thought about doing a podcast but it's a good idea and I probably should do both.
Hopefully an entertaining show with some inside stories about the familiar songs they grew up with. I don't want it to be a typical question and answer interview. I want to have a conversation with the artists/ producers about their records that reveal some inside stories and their personal thoughts about the music business - be it good or bad.
The shows we have produced so far have been very revealing and highly entertaining. One of the first shows features Bertie Higgins with inside stories behind his huge hit "Key Largo," and how he has gone from making music to making movies.
It's a situation I struggle with a lot. I am not good at multi-tasking. I like to concentrate on one project at a time to hopefully do the best work I can. But I have learned to adapt over the last few years. The main thing that suffers is songwriting. It's really tough to be in the middle of writing lyrics or a melody line and have to stop and switch gears.
I think they blend together. Whether you are writing a song, playing an instrument or voicing a script, timing and delivery are important. When I am writing a song I try and convey the emotion I am feeling into the words that I'm writing. I do the same thing when I am voicing a script. I think that's why you see many singers and voice talents go into acting.
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