Wilson Pickett, “Hey Jude”. Remembered now for Duane Allman’s guitar.
Johnnie Taylor, “Disco Lady”. They don’t write ‘em like this anymore.
Lyn Collins, “Think (About It). Remembered now for the zillion times it was sampled by hip hop artists, most notably by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock.
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, “It Takes Two”. What the heck.
Dorothy Moore, “Misty Blue”. Speaking of versions (not samples), Bob Montgomery, who wrote the song, claims there are over 200 versions of this one.
Claudia Lennear, “Let It Be”. Remembered now as one of the top backup singers of the early 70s (the link is to her singing with Mad Dogs and Englishmen), and as the supposed inspiration for “Brown Sugar”. She recorded one album on her own, back in 1974, which got decent reviews but, as far as I can tell, no sales.
Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, “Cherchez la Femme”. Honestly, I don’t know what they are remembered for now. Cory Daye should have had a bigger career, but you can say that about many of the women on this list.
Minnie Riperton, “Lovin’ You”. Unfair to say she was a one-hit wonder. She began with Rotary Connection, and as a solo artist she released six albums (one posthumous). But she died of cancer at 31, and her “one hit” indeed was her biggest (the only one to make the Top Ten). Remembered for singing in the “whistle register”, and for being the mom of Maya Rudolph (she sings “Maya Maya Maya” at the end of the song).
[edited to add Spotify playlist]