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Published on January 10th, 2014 | by Gerry Galipault

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Shoulda-Been-Hits: Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Mansun, etc.

Go figure. After scoring her first solo No. 1 in the fall of 1970 with “Ain’t No Mountain High Mountain,” Diana Ross couldn’t buy another huge hit until 1973’s “Touch Me in the Morning.”

During that three-year dry spell (1971-73), one of her greatest songs was largely ignored in her native country (reaching only No. 63 in the U.S.), while it spent four weeks at No. 1 in the U.K.

Cue up the sophisticated “I’m Still Waiting.” Play it soon, and play it often.

It joins our Shoulda-Been-Hits lineup, along with these other overlooked greats …

(BTW: Next up will be “Shoulda-Been-Hits: The ‘Bubbling Under’ Edition, Part 2.” Check out “Part 1.”)

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BE BOP DELUXE
“Maid in Heaven” (1975)

B.T. EXPRESS
“If It Don’t Turn You On (You Ought to Leave It Alone)” (1974)

THE BYRDS
“Wild Mountain Thyme” (1966)

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DENNIS EDWARDS
“Don’t Look Any Further” (1984; featuring Siedah Garrett; made it to only No. 72 in the U.S.)

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THE GO-BETWEENS
“You Can’t Say No Forever” (1988)

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HEADGIRL (MOTÖRHEAD & GIRLSCHOOL)
“Please Don’t Touch” (1981; from the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre EP,” a Top 5 hit in the U.K.)

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KNIFE PARTY
“Bonfire” (2012; maybe you heard it on “Breaking Bad”)

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MANSUN
“Wide Open Space” (1996; Top 15 in the U.K., did not chart in the U.S.)

MONSOON
“Ever So Lonely” (featuring Sheila Chandra; 1982; reached No. 12 in the U.K., did not chart in the U.S.)

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FRED NEIL
“The Dolphins” (1966)
“Everybody’s Talkin'” (1966; a Top 10 hit for Nilsson in 1969, from the movie “Midnight Cowboy”)

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DIANA ROSS
“I’m Still Waiting” (1971; her first No. 1 in the U.K., reached only No. 63 U.S. Hot 100)

JOSH ROUSE
“Winter in the Hamptons” (2005)

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FREDDIE SCOTT
“(You) Got What I Need” (1968)

PAUL SIMON
“Train in the Distance” (1983)

STARSAILOR
“Four to the Floor” (2004; peaked at No. 24 in the U.K.)

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