It’s night time in the big city

Temptation is on every corner

A man rents a hotel room under an assumed name


“For the next sixty minutes, we’re gonna be talking about one horse towns, one track minds, one armed bandits, one false move, one in a million, one too many, one way or another, one brick shy of a load, and one and only. So stay here one and all, and listen to songs on a singular subject, that subject being ‘number one.’”

Singers and Songs

  • Harry Nilsson
  • First Time I Met the Blues
  • The One You Slip Around With
  • Dedicated to the One I Love

    “I don’t think anybody ever did it as good as the folks who did it first.”

  • One Night (clip played)
  • Elvis Presley
    One Night

    “Even though it’s a little cleaner (than S. Lewis’s version), you can’t fault Elvis. It was the taste of times and he’d already broken enough rules.”

  • The Contours
    First I Look At The Purse
  • Anita O’Day
    Johnny One Note
  • Josh White
    One Meat Ball
  • The Impressions
    I’m The One Who Loves You

    “…had Curtis Mayfield at the helm. Curtis was a triple threat: he wrote the songs, he played guitar on the songs, he sang on the songs.”

  • Make Us One
  • Los Lobos
    One Time, One Night

    “It’s like a series of snapshots of a neighborhood in the bayou.”

  • Billy Gayles w/ Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm
    Just One More Time

    “He was a tortured soul capable of great darkness, but you can’t always let someone’s bad qualities be the only thing that you remember them by. Ike Turner was capable of great art and the world of music is a poorer place for his loss.”

  • George Jones
    Just One More
  • Otis Spann
    One More Mile To Go

Other People and Players

The Places

  • Brooklyn
  • Agoura, CA
  • Iceland
  • Tokyo
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • Memphis
  • Vietnam
  • Columbia University
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Madison Square Garden

Record Labels

  • Prestige
  • Chess Records
  • Sun Records
  • Federal
  • Cobra

Other Songs and Albums