When I moved to the Stevens Point area 50 years ago this month, the No. 1 song here was “Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs. It was the group’s only song that reached the top of the charts.
There’ve been many one-hit wonders over the years – the first in my experience was back in the 1950s, when Joan Weber scored a big hit with “Let Me Go, Lover.”
Gilmer and his Fireballs made some other records, but the second effort in late ’63 – “Daisy Petal Pickin’” made it only to No. 15 on the Billboard Charts. They tried again in early 1964 with “Ain’t Gonna Tell Anybody,” but that flopped, reaching only No. 53 nationally. I can’t remember the song, and it’s not likely you can, either. That was it for JG and the Fireballs.
Gilmer tried twice more on his own in 1964, and the Fireballs achieved success just once – in 1967, with “Bottle of Wine.” It reached No. 9.