"One Hit Wanderer" by Henry Gross on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5

12 Ratings

Buy this and smile

Drumore Dave,

I like great singer-songwriters. People who can tell a story, craft a really clever phrase, paint an instant picture in my mind, or take my attitude to a better place. Among these are Carrie Newcomer, Paul Simon, Gordon Lightfoot, Nanci Griffith and Henry Gross.

One Hit Wanderer is a great collection of 16 songs built like a frame around his 70’s mega-hit Shannon. Every one of them made me smile or laugh as Gross chronicles his long experience in the entertainment business. There is fantastic cynicism here, but it never comes across as a bitter pity party, just clever writing.

Clearly Gross is a great talent who also loves music. The guitar work is very nice. Great tone and very cleanly produced. It sounds like the best club show you’ve ever heard. There’s a lot of subtle and not so subtle referencing here that is just plain fun. With Henry’s still superb voice thrown in this is an album you shouldn’t overlook.

Can’t believe I got to be the first to review it.

TERRIBLE !!!

Cosworth21c,

Southern Band,Dixie spiderman,One more tommorrow...
ONLY good stuff by HG...Now get it !!!

About Henry Gross

Best-known for the soft rock hit "Shannon," singer/songwriter Henry Gross (born April 1, 1951) grew up in a musical family -- his mother briefly performed with New York's Metropolitan Opera Chorus, and Gross himself was playing in the city's clubs by the time he was 14. In 1969, Gross became a founding member of the doo wop revival group Sha Na Na, performing with them at the Fillmore and Woodstock. However, Gross left the group the following year and landed a contract with ABC Dunhill Records in 1971; while his first solo outing didn't receive much attention, Gross persevered and was ultimately signed to A&M Records by producers Cashman & West. 1973's Henry Gross, his first album for A&M, sold well regionally and set the stage for the following year's Plug Me into Something, which took his popularity to another level. Gross then moved to Cashman & West's own label Lifesong for his next effort, Release, which featured the gold single "Shannon," a song inspired by the death of Carl Wilson's Irish Setter. Despite the popularity of Release and its singles, Gross' follow-up, Show Me to the Stage, didn't produce any hits. After switching to CBS, he issued Love Is the Stuff and released What's in a Name on Capitol in 1981; he also recorded another album for the label that was never released. For several years, Gross returned to the stage, performing in a touring production of Pump Boys and Dinettes before moving to Nashville in 1986. Gross then signed a publishing deal with Pic a Lic Music, releasing I Keep on Rocking and She's My Baby in Japan and Europe. By the '90s, Gross had his own label, Zelda Records, where he released albums like 1993's Nothing but Dreams. He also had a thriving career as a songwriter, penning the Blackhawk hit "Big Guitar" with the band's Henry Paul, as well as writing songs for Ronnie Milsap, Sonny Burgess, Cindy Lauper, Judy Collins, and Mary Travers. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • BORN
    1950

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