I’m a little under the weather today, so this will be a short one.
I recently caught a rerun on TV of the Tom Hanks movie, That Thing You Do, and if you’ve ever seen it you know that it features a typical one-hit wonder pop group in the 1960’s. One of the clever gimmicks in the movie is that the group is called the Wonders, but they spell it ‘Oneders’ and then are annoyed to find that they’re announced by the MC as the ‘O-needers’. (Of course, the secondary joke here is that their very name indicates their eventual one-hit wonder fate.)
Anyhow, I got to thinking about it and just ‘wondered’ something myself. Although I realize that Hanks was probably inspired by lots of different pop groups from those days, I can’t help but think that one of those he considered went by a similar name — the O’Kaysions, who had a big hit forty years ago with
“(I’m a) Girl Watcher.”
Donny Weaver led a sextet that included Jim Spidel, Ron Turner, Jimmy Hennant, Wayne Pittman, and Bruce Joyner. They began as the Kays but changed their name to the O’Kaysions before hitting it big with their top-ten tune. (Just like the Oneders.) Although they didn’t reach those heights on the charts again, various versions of the group have continued performing to this day, and the song itself has continued to be a popular choice for many listeners.