Alley-Oop by The Hollywood Argyles

Skip and Flip (Gary Paxton and Skip Battin) has two good sized hits in 1959 and 1960 when “It Was I” and “Cherry Pie” both of which reached number 11 on the Billboard Magazine Hot 100.

The duo split up and Paxton moved to Hollywood where he met songwriter Dallas Frazier who had written a song called “Alley-Oop.” Paxton recorded the song but was still under contract to his former label as a solo artist. The loop-whole was he could sign with another label if he was part of a group and so the fictitious Hollywood Argyles were born.

“Alley-Oop” was a hit and topped the Billboard Hot 100 the week of July 11, 1960. Offers to tour poured in so Paxton formed a band after the fact. There were no more hits and so the Hollywood Argyles, both real and imagined, have gone down in music history as one-hit wonders.

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