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    Anime and Manga 
  • Youko Matsushita only has one series to her name: Descendants of Darkness. When fans asked her if she had written any doujinshi they might want to check out (not an unusual thing to ask a manga author, especially with a Ho Yay heavy work like Descendants of Darkness) she was surprised and just wondered who'd spend their time (and money!) on producing doujinshi.
  • Kimagure Orange Road is Izumi Matsumoto's only series. Everything else he's done have been one-shots.
  • Eiichiro Oda has gone on record saying that, once he finally finishes writing One Piece, he’ll retire from writing manga as a whole, making this an invoked example.
  • Pokémon has some examples:
    • Kazuhiro Ōyama storyboarded nine episodes of the Pokémon Advance Generation anime, but he has no other credits to his name.
    • The Pokémon XY episode "Battling at Full Volume!" was storyboarded by Kazuya Takahashi. This is his solo anime credit.
    • The Pokémon episode "Poké Ball Peril" was storyboarded by Kiyoshi Kobayashi, his only anime credit to date.
    • Two other Pokémon Storyboarders, Hisashi Shiina and Ryūji Kimura have never worked on any other anime besides Pokémon.
    • Kōdai Kitahara, an animation director, did storyboard work on a episode of Pokémon XYZ ("An Electrifying Rage!"), but it was the only work he was credited as a storyboarder.
  • The only serialized manga that Ryouko Kui has to her name is Delicious in Dungeon. Her only other published manga volumes are collections of one-shots.
  • Naoki Iwamoto wrote magico and absolutely nothing else, although he did do the character designs for a few anime series.
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    Comic Strips 
  • Aside from a few preceding political/college cartoons, Calvin and Hobbes is the only thing Bill Watterson has done, ever. After he retired his comic strip in 1995 after a ten-year run, he released no other work, despite writing a few essays on sporadic special occasions. He's only made a couple of brief reappearances since retiring. The first was to write the introduction to the first Cul de Sac collection and contributing an artwork to "Team Cul De Sac", a fundraising book for Parkinson's disease relief commissioned after Richard Thompson, the strip's creator, came down with the disease. He's also drawn panels for Pearls Before Swine, under the premise that a little girl tells Stephen Pastis that she can draw the strip better than he can, and turns out to be right. He also did the poster for STRIPPED, a documentary about comic strips for which he was interviewed.
  • Gary Larson. Aside from a proto-version of The Far Side that had a different name, the only thing of note that he's ever produced is The Far Side. After it finished its run, he retired and hasn't done much else except for a children's book.
  • Kevin McCormick. His only credit as a professional cartoonist is Arnold, which ran in newspapers from 1982 to 1988. After it ended he did some gag-writing on other strips but ultimately left cartooning and became a pastor.
  • FoxTrot is, thus far, Bill Amend's only professional cartooning work, though he has collaborated occasionally with Penny Arcade.

    Animated Film 
  • George Dunning was an animator who made several shorts but only one feature-length film: Yellow Submarine.
  • Similar to the example above, Piotr Kamler was a Polish animator who made many claymation shorts but only one feature-length film, the surreal and experimental Chronopolis, which required 5 years to get made.
  • Arthur Christmas is Sarah Smith's only film as director.
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is the only film directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi. The commercial failure of the film caused Square Pictures to be discontinued, and Hironobu Sakaguchi continued working on videogames as he did prior to that movie.
  • Similarly, Tetsuya Nomura's only feature-length work is Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
  • The infamous Christmas special The Christmas Tree is the only directing credit of Flamarion Ferreira.
  • Klaus is the only directing credit of Segio Pablos and Carlos Martínez López.
  • Yoshifumi Kondo died shortly after making his only movie, Whisper of the Heart, for Studio Ghibli.
  • Killer Bean Forever is the only feature-length film directed by Jeff Lew, who had done effects works for movies like The Matrix Reloaded, and a few Killer Bean shorts.

    Film — Live-Action 
One-Film Directors
  • The Night of the Hunter, directed by Charles Laughton. While the film is today considered a classic, it did terribly when it was first released. Subsequently, Laughton was never given the chance to direct another film. (Of course, the fact that he died of cancer seven years later is also part of the reason.)
  • The Senator Was Indiscreet was the only film directed by George S. Kaufman, better known as a hugely successful playwright and stage director (Of Thee I Sing, You Can't Take It with You).
  • The highly acclaimed Daughters of the Dust (1991) remains the only feature of Julie Dash's career, because it isn't easy for black women to get movies made.
  • Kotch was Jack Lemmon's sole film as a director.
  • Bill Murray has been working in movies for over thirty years but Quick Change remains his sole directorial credit.
  • Dan Aykroyd directed Nothing but Trouble (1991), which proved a Box Office Bomb and is his only such effort to date.
  • Short Cut To Hell (1957) was the only movie James Cagney ever directed.
  • One-Eyed Jacks is the only film directed by Marlon Brando (who also played the lead role).
  • Screenwriter and author Dalton Trumbo directed only one film, Johnny Got His Gun, an adaptation of his own novel.
  • Peter Lorre returned to Germany after World War II and tried to reshape his career by writing, directing, and starring in Der Verlorene. The film was poorly received and he returned to Hollywood, resigned to taking whatever roles he was offered.
  • Everything Is Illuminated was has been the only feature film directed by actor Liev Schreiber so far, though he did direct a couple of episodes of Ray Donovan.
  • Writer Steve Gordon had a very weak heart and died less than a year after the release of his sole directorial effort, Arthur (1981), in 1981.
  • The Brave is the only film that Johnny Depp has directed. Terrible reviews from American critics not only led him to leave directing but also refuse any offers for an American release of the film.
  • While certainly not a literal One Book Author, Stephen King's sole directing credit is on Maximum Overdrive. As he considers the movie something of an Old Shame, this is likely to stay the case.
  • Mike Bigelow only directed one film- Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and has no other credits on his resume.
  • John Ottman's only directorial effort was Urban Legends: Final Cut. He is better known as a composer and Bryan Singer's editor.
  • Set designer Bo Welch made his directorial debut with the flop The Cat in the Hat. He never directed another film - not too surprising why.
  • Steven Seagal directed On Deadly Ground, a pet project which was an environmental action film. It quickly flopped and his star power took a tremendous hit as well, starting his decline until he was consigned to the direct-to-DVD bin.
  • Tommy Wiseau has not directed a feature film since The Room, and none of his online projects have gained as high a cult following.
  • Morgan Freeman has over a hundred acting credits over a fifty-year showbiz career. Bopha!, a 1993 film about a black policeman in apartheid South Africa, is his one film as a director.
  • Marco Schnabel never directed anything other than the Mike Myers vehicle The Love Guru.
  • Mystery Men was directed by Kinka Usher, who has no other film directing credits before or after. There was an urban legend that Usher was the pseudonym of Tim Burton, but Usher is actually a real person: a French-born commercial director who simply had a bad experience on the film and went back to making commercials.
  • Antony Hoffman's directorial debut was the sci-fi flop Red Planet. He has never directed anything since. Beyond a short he created 14 years later, he has no other film credits in any capacity.
  • Russian director Alexandr Askoldov's 1967 film Commissar was shelved by Communist authorities, who kicked him out of the Communist Party and out of the movie business. Commissar was finally released in 1988 to critical acclaim, but it was the only film Askoldov ever got a chance to direct.
  • Oscar-winning cinematographer Gordon Willis (he photographed The Godfather and a number of Woody Allen films) had only one directing credit to his name: the homophobic 1980 thriller Windows, starring Talia Shire as an innocent woman in an apartment complex resisting a lesbian's sexual advances. This is an Old Shame for a lot of people involved in it.
  • Sngmoo Lee's only film credit is The Warrior's Way, a film he both directed and written. After the movie bombed heavily at the box office and received mixed reviews, he hasn't done anything since.
  • Mission: Impossible creator Bruce Geller had just one big screen credit under his belt, the 1973 caper film Harry in Your Pocket, before his death in a 1978 plane crash.
  • Acclaimed film editor Walter Murch directed only one feature, Return to Oz; because of how poorly it did with both critics and audiences, the only other thing he has directed was an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Shame, since Return to Oz would later become a Cult Classic.
  • Mark L. Smith has only directed one film, Séance (which he also wrote), and nothing else. He has become more successful as a screenwriter, becoming the co-writer for The Revenant along with Alejandro González Iñárritu.
  • Jane Wagner has been part of a longtime Creator Couple with Lily Tomlin, so she was an obvious choice to write and direct one of Tomlin's first films as a top-billed star, 1978's Moment by Moment, even though she had never directed a film before. It was critically panned (but actually broke even at the box office, since it came out at the height of co-star John Travolta's teen idol phase) and its poor reputation led Wagner to stick to a writing role for Tomlin's projects after that.
  • Actress Barbara Loden only wrote/directed one film, 1970's Wanda, before her death in 1980.
  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis is the only filmmaking effort for Masanori Hata, who was otherwise a zoologist and author going by the name Mutsugorō.
  • Kevin Yagher, a well known special-effects artist (Famous for such things as the puppetry for Chucky) only ventured to the directors chair once. The subsequent Hellraiser: Bloodline was gutted by the studio to such an extent, Yagher refused to have his name attached. He hasn't directed a film since.
  • Kevin Williamson, a screenwriter known for the Scream series, Dawson's Creek and The Faculty, only directed one movie, the critically panned Teaching Mrs. Tingle. After the film flopped at the box office, he returned to screenwriting. It didn't help that the movie was originally titled Killing Mrs. Tingle until the Columbine massacre forced a title change.
  • Leonard Kastle was an opera composer and librettist who wrote the script for The Honeymoon Killers, which was being produced by his roommate. When their director, a young unknown Martin Scorsese, was fired over creative differences, Kastle directed the film as well. Afterwards he went back to opera.
  • Robert Longo, a world renowned painter and sculptor best known for his hyper-realistic Men in the Cities charcoal paintings, directed just one feature-length film: the 1995 cyberpunk thriller Johnny Mnemonic.
  • Nicolas Cage is well known for having acted in loads of movies ranging from good to terrible/amusing, but the only time he was in the director's chair was 2002's Sonny.
  • Keanu Reeves only directed one movie, the Acclaimed Flop Man of Tai Chi.
  • Last Rites was Donald P. Bellisario's only shot at directing a movie.
  • Joan Rivers' first and only attempt at directing a movie was 1978's Rabbit Test, which was not received well, though did feature a young Billy Crystal.
  • The obscure 1986 comedy Weekend Warriors was the only directorial credit for actor and game show host Bert Convy.
  • Grizzly Park is the only film from elusive filmmaker Tom Skull.
  • Permanent Midnight, the film adaptation of screenwriter Jerry Stahl's memoirs, starring Ben Stiller, is David Veloz's only directorial credit. He also has a few screenwriting and producer credits.
  • An Elephant Sitting Still is the first and last film directed by novelist Hu Bo, who committed suicide shortly after the completion of the film.
  • Legend of the Shadowy Ninja: The Ninja Dragon has been the only film directed by mangaka legend Go Nagai, who went right back to producing and creating manga.
  • Michael Mason's only directorial effort has been God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness. Given that there is nearly no information about this filmmaker, some have speculated that Mason was actually a pseudonym for faith-based director Jon Gunn.
  • The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is the only feature length movie directed by Peter Care. The rest of his filmography consists of music videos.
  • Similar to the example above, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) was directed by Samuel Bayer, who was behind a number of famous music videos (including Nirvana's iconic Smells Like Teen Spirit) and commercials, but never directed any other film before or since.
  • The 50-minute experimental film HWY: An American Pastoral was the only film produced, written, and co-directed by Jim Morrison.
  • Thursday is the only film directed by Skip Woods.
  • Harold P. Warren's one and only film credit is Manos: The Hands of Fate, one of the most famous B-movies ever.
  • Kim Henkel was previously a co-writer for the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) alongside Tobe Hooper. So naturally, he was later given the reigns to direct an entry in the franchise. That movie was the disastrous Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, and Henkel hasn't directed a movie since.
  • The 2008 comedy Beer for My Horses was a Non-Actor Vehicle for country music star Toby Keith (named after his 2003 hit duet with Willie Nelson) and comedian/singer Rodney Carrington. It remains the only directorial credit to date for Michael Salomon, who went back to his regular job directing music videos. Incidentally, the movie is also the only film credit to date for Carrington, whose only other acting credit at all is the 2004-06 Sit Comic Rodney for ABC.
  • The 1980 drama Hide in Plain Sight is James Caan's sole directorial effort.
  • Nancy Walker's only feature film as director was Can't Stop the Music.
  • Eragon is the only movie Stefen Fangmeier ever directed before returning to his usual field in visual effects.
  • Kerry Conran's sole directorial credit on a feature film is Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
  • Gregory Widen's only film is The Prophecy.
  • Comedian Tom Green's only directorial effort was Freddy Got Fingered, which he also wrote and starred in.
  • The 2001 romance drama What Matters Most is the only film written and directed by Jane Cusumano. Throughout production, she was fighting breast cancer and unfortunately lost her battle mere weeks after finishing the film.
  • Stephen Tobolowsky is the epitome of a prolific character actor, but he also made one attempt at directing a feature film, 1988's Two Idiots in Hollywood, a No Budget satirical comedy that sort of plays like an Americanized Withnail & I In the Style of... a Paul Bartel movie.
  • True Stories is still David Byrne's only feature film as a director. His other directorial credits are music videos and documentaries.note 
  • Escape from Tomorrow is the sole directorial credit of Randy Moore, who vanished off the face of the Earth afterwards.
  • The notoriously dreadful After Last Season remains the sole feature film directing credit for Mark Region, who, similar to the aforementioned Randy Moore, also disappeared without a trace after the movie's release.
  • The 2000 film Vulgar is the only directorial credit for actor Bryan Johnson.

One-Film Screenwriters

  • Screenwriter Diane Thomas was discovered by Michael Douglas, wrote Romancing the Stone and then died before she could do another film. There's now a Diane Thomas Screenwriting Award.
  • Eagle Vs Shark (which is probably best known as "that movie Jemaine Clement did before Flight of the Conchords") is to date, the only film written by Loren Horsley (although it's not the only one she acted in, it is the only one she starred in.)
  • Los Angeles deputy district attorney Lou Holtz Jr. wrote a screenplay called The Cable Guy, and through various connections it wound up in the hands of Chris Farley, then later Jim Carrey. Once Carrey and director Ben Stiller took on the project they brought in Judd Apatow to do a major rewrite. After the film was finished Apatow appealed to the Writer's Guild for a screenplay credit, but they said no (he wound up being credited as producer), so Holtz is the sole credited writer. Holtz went back to being a DA and The Cable Guy is still his only screen credit.
  • Stu Silver was a prolific TV comedy writer and producer in the 1970s and 80s (he created Webster and wrote dozens of episodes of Soap), but Throw Momma from the Train is his only feature film screenwriting credit (he did uncredited work on Good Morning, Vietnam).
  • The Number 23 is the only writing credit for Fernley Phillips. While he did write an earlier screenplay for the British film U Want Me 2 Kill Him?, he ultimately went uncredited.
  • One for the Money remains the only screenwriting credit for co-writer Karen Ray.
  • While Brooks Arthur is known as a music producer for the first two The Karate Kid films and various Adam Sandler movies, Eight Crazy Nights is still the only screenwriting credit he has, though he co-wrote it along with Sandler, Brad Isaacs, and Allen Covert.
  • Shallow Hal remains Sean Moynihan's only screenwriting credit to date.
  • Joseph Cotten had a long and successful career as a Hollywood leading man, acting in movies for forty years. He wrote the screenplay for his third film, Journey into Fear, for his only writing credit.
  • Anthony Perkins was a film actor famous for playing Norman Bates in Psycho. Stephen Sondheim is a legendary composer of Broadway stage musicals like Into the Woods. Together, the two wrote the screenplay for 1975 non-musical mystery movie The Last of Sheila. It was the only screenwriting credit either one ever had.
  • McCabe and Mrs. Miller is the only feature film writing credit for co-writer Brian McKay. In fact, McKay had worked on the final shooting script of Robert Altman's previous film, Brewster Mccloud, but because of contract agreements couldn't be credited. McKay had a steady TV writing career in The '70s, though.
  • Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider wrote and produced the 1998 horror film Strangeland and has not written anything since, in spite of attempts to make a sequel as recently as 2015.
  • Harlan Ellison's one and only produced screenplay was The Oscar - which he later disowned.

One-Film Producers

  • An insurance manager (and eventual fertilizer salesman) named Hal Warren got involved in a bet with screenwriter Stirling Silliphant, in which Warren wagered that he would make a horror film on a shoestring budget, which became Manos: The Hands of Fate.
  • Australian actor and politician Ted Hamilton produced only one movie, The Pirate Movie, in which he also played the Pirate King, his only film role. The movie did poorly at the box office and was nominated for nine Razzie Awards (including Hamilton as Worst Supporting Actor), winning three, for Worst Original Song ("Pumping and Blowing", one of two nominated from the movie), Worst Musical Score, and Worst Director.

    Illustration 
  • Barry Godber designed the iconic sleeve cover of King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King, as well as a painting on the inner jacket of the album. That album contains the only known artwork of Godber, who died shortly after the album was released.

    Literature 
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; she was so afraid that she could never match its success that she never published another book. This has led to some conspiracy theories that someone else wrote it, such as Truman Capote. 2015 saw the publication of her "second" book, Go Set a Watchman, which was actually an earlier attempt at writing about an adult Scout and an older Atticus that was eventually abandoned in favor of Mockingbird. The book's publication was controversial, with some critics arguing that Lee was being taken advantage of and no longer able to judge whether her juvenilia were fit to be published.
  • Gone with the Wind was Margaret Mitchell's only novel. It is, however, quite the Doorstopper.
  • Bridget Zinn died of cancer before her only novel, Poison, was published.
  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (she died of tuberculosis a year after publishing the book). Her only other published works were several poems that were published after her death.
  • Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (she also, of course, wrote many poems, and at least part of the reason she never wrote another novel was that, well, she committed suicide shortly after The Bell Jar was published.)
  • Rachel Klein, The Moth Diaries.
  • Anna Sewell, Black Beauty; she died shortly after the book was published.
  • Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago. (Pasternak was primarily a poet, though, and in Russia is mainly remembered as one.)
  • Chris Fuhrman, who died from cancer as he was finishing his sole book, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.
  • Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's only novel, The Leopard, published posthumously in 1958, is a classic in Italian postwar literature.
  • Ralph Ellison's only novel was Invisible Man. He tried to avert this trope by writing a second novel, Juneteenth; it has only ever seen publication in greatly abridged editions, as he managed to write 2,000 pages in it without considering it finished. He did publish many essays and a book of short stories, though.
  • Leonard Gardner, Fat City
  • Stephen Gately of Boyzone fame, The Tree of Seasons. He abruptly died the very day he sketched out how the book would end.
  • Cyril Connolly, The Rock Pool.
  • The Fathers (by Allen Tate).
  • John Okada, No-No Boy.
  • Vanessa Duriès finished and released only one book, the BDSM classic Le Lien (released internationally as The Ties That Bind) before dying in a car accident at the age of 21. Another book, L'Etudiante, was left unfinished with its five completed chapters published posthumously.
  • The Book of Margery Kempe, written by... Margery Kempe.
  • John Kennedy Toole was a one-book author for awhile, but not even in his lifetime - he committed suicide before A Confederacy of Dunces was even published. After his mother died in 1989, however, publishers released his sole piece of juvenilia, The Neon Bible, a novel Toole wrote when he was 15. Oddly enough, despite A Confederacy of Dunces being far better known and acclaimed, The Neon Bible has had a film adaptation, whereas plans to adapt the former have never escaped Development Hell—usually because the suitable leading men (viz, genuinely funny large comic actors) keep dying: first John Belushi, then John Candy, and then Chris Farley, were all set to play Ignatius J. Reilly and then died before the project could move forward. A theatrical adaptation was mounted in Boston in 2015, starring Nick Offerman as Reilly.
  • Ross Lockridge spent the better part of a decade writing the 1,088-page Doorstopper Raintree County (best described as Gone with the Wind meets Ulysses). It was published to mostly good reviews and sales in 1948, but depression, writer's block and possibly a pan in The New Yorker drove him to suicide a few months after it was published. A decade later the novel was adapted into a would-be epic film.
  • Save Me The Waltz, Zelda Fitzgerald's only novel. Her complete works, including the play, short stories, and magazine articles she wrote, still only fill a medium-sized paperback.
  • Austin Tappan Wright's utopian novel Islandia. He worked on the project for years strictly as a hobby; a heavily-condensed version was published after his death in an automobile accident.
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter Miller Jr. After the book's publication in 1960, Miller isolated himself for 36 years and never wrote another book, though at the time of his suicide he was at work on his second novel, which had to be finished by a ghostwriter and posthumously published.
  • Portuguese poet Cesário Verde only had one book published. This is because his poems read as modern ones and 19th century romantic society simply didn't like it.
  • M.L. Humphreys. Some people believe that this was the pseudonym of a more-prolific author, but - in lieu of any hard evidence to support this - he (or she) fits under here. His/her only written work was a short story called The Floor Above, mainly remembered today because it was one of H. P. Lovecraft's favorite horror stories.
  • While Oscar Wilde wrote many plays and short stories, The Picture of Dorian Gray was his only novel.
  • Carl Sagan was a prolific author of many books on science and scientific inquiry, but Contact was his only novel.
  • Science fiction/horror writer Bob Leman published short stories over a couple of decades, but his entire output is collected in the average sized short story collection Feesters in the Lake & Other Stories, which is now almost impossible to find due to its publisher going under.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower is Stephen Chbosky's first novel, released way back in 1999. Nowadays he does a lot more work in film, more often than not doing screenplays, and in 2012 winding up as the sole writer and director for the film adaptation of the book. His second book, Imaginary Friend, wouldn't release until twenty years after Wallflower.
  • While Jaroslav Hašek's body of work is quite extensive, he was primarily a journalist, and his legacy mainly consists of newspaper articles and short stories. His only novel, a satirical anti-war epic The Good Soldier Švejk, was only half finished at moment of the author's death from tuberculosis at the age of just 39.
  • French author Alain-Fournier published his only novel, Le Grand Meaulnes (released in English translation as The Wanderer and The Lost Domain, among other titles) a year before he was killed in action during World War One.
  • While Koushun Takami had a long career in journalism, his only novel is Battle Royale.
  • Harry F. Saint worked on Wall Street as he decided to write Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Saint was considering becoming a full-time writer, but apparently just resting on all the cash his book made (just the film rights were $1.3 million) seemed better. Even learning where the guy wound up is hard.
  • Jim Theis is only known for writing the infamous So Bad, It's Good fantasy novella The Eye of Argon at the age of 16. It was his only book, since the book's infamy ruined his reputation, causing him to refuse to write anything else until his death in 2002.
  • Parodied on the cover of I Am America (And So Can You!), which proudly proclaimed above the title that it was "From the author of I Am America (And So Can You!)"
  • Keri Hulme, the first New Zealander to win the Booker Prize, has to date published only one novel, The Bone People. Other than that, she is mostly a poet and short story writer.
  • Collections of his screenplays have been published, but Altered States (1978) was Paddy Chayefsky's only novel.
  • Henry Roth wrote the classic Call It Sleep in the 1930s, and then nothing else for decades. (Then he wrote a series called Mercy of a Rude Stream.)
  • T.E.D. Klein published a single novel - The Ceremonies. He did start a second novel in the eighties and hopes to complete it.
  • Mary Elizabeth Frye is a one-poem author. She wrote the poem "Do Not Stand on My Grave and Weep" in a moment of inspiration on a brown shopping bag to console a Jewish friend who could not visit her dying mother in Germany due to anti-Semitic unrest. The poem has become a classic at funerals, particularly for those without a grave to mourn at. Frye never published the poem herself, and it's the only poem of hers to receive any circulation.
  • A more grim example comes in the form of Mendal W. Johnson. While writing his first book, Let's Go Play at the Adams', Johnson, originally a recovering alcoholic, took up drinking again because of the book's extremely bleak look on the nature of human cruelty putting a toll on his mental state. Johnson would end up dying two years after the novel's publication in 1976 from cirrhosis of the liver, making Let's Go Play the only book he ever wrote before his untimely death.
  • Voice actress Fumie Mizusawa—better known for her role as Erika Kurumi aka Cure Marine in HeartCatch Pretty Cure!—also happens to have authored a single light novel called Kagurazaka G7: Gakeppuchi Cafe Kyuushutsu Sakusen Kaigi.
  • Otherwise prolific literary critic Harold Bloom wrote a single novel, The Flight to Lucifer (a Spiritual Sequel to A Voyage to Arcturus, and an Author Tract about Gnosticism), which he later reputated.
  • Caedmon is known for his eponymous hymn, the earliest known poem in the English language. It is his only surviving work.

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    Music 
  • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. By the time the album came out, the Sex Pistols were already falling apart.
  • No Gods, No Managers was the only album by the punk band Choking Victim, which disbanded the same day the album was recorded.
  • Give Up by The Postal Service. Even though they have done remixes, a few Cover Versions note , and two newly recorded tracks attached to an expanded anniversary edition of Give Up since then, it is unlikely that Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello will ever get together to do another Postal Service album again.
  • Sixties experimental rock band The United States of America broke up after their self-titled debut, which sold poorly but was later Vindicated by History.
    • Band leader Joseph Byrd released a Spiritual Successor follow-up called The American Metaphysical Circus, credited to Joe Byrd & The Field Hippies. That grouping also lasted for just one album, and Byrd's future works were instrumental albums and film scores.
  • Brian Jones, before being fired from his band, went to Morocco to make a field recording of the Master Musicians of Joujouka at the Rites of Pan Festival. The subsequent recording, Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Jajouka (1971), was released a few years after his mysterious death. It is the closest thing to a Jones solo project (though he was only involved as sound recorder and album engineer), and the album remains influential in the World Music genre.
  • Skip Spence, whose album Oar was released in 1969. He was a prominent member of the psychedelic band Moby Grape who turned out to be the American equivalent of Syd Barrett. He weirded out his bandmates by indulging in LSD and attacking someone with a fire axe. He got institutionalized, recorded Oar, and dropped out of the public life until his death in 1999.
  • The Fitness's Call Me For Together is their sole album; they have never produced anything more.
  • Mos Def and Talib Kweli released one album, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star, in 1998. Aside from a mixtape tribute to Aretha Franklin, their Black Star album is their only proper release.
  • Scott La Rock, DJ of rap duo Boogie Down Productions, was involved in only one album, Criminal Minded, which was their debut. He was murdered a few months after the album was released. KRS-One, the remaining member, continued Boogie Down Productions without him. Much of the songs made after La Rock's murder, such as "Stop The Violence," had anti-violence messages which contrasted with the proto-gangsta rap lyrics of Criminal Minded, made before La Rock was murdered.
  • Chris Bell, founding member of 1970s power pop legends Big Star, released one single in his lifetime, "I Am the Cosmos" with "You and Your Sister" as its B-side. Bell was poised to develop a solo career when his life was cut short by a tragic car accident in 1978. The single, along with the work of Big Star, developed a cult following in the 1980s and there was enough demand for a release of a complete discography of Bell's solo work in 1992, also called I Am The Cosmos. The album consists of the aforementioned single along with unreleased songs and demos.
  • The Faders, an all-girl British pop-rock band, had a minor hit with "No Sleep Tonight", which was all over the place after its release as a single, and featured in a number of advertisements, films such as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and She's the Man (both times in soccer scenes, weirdly enough), and in shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Greek, Sugar Rush and Veronica Mars, where the band appeared As Themselves. They broke up in 2006 with only one album, and all have moved on to pursue solo careers.
  • P, an alternative rock group featuring Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes, Johnny Depp, Sal Jenco (who played Blowfish on 21 Jump Street), and songwriter Bill Carter, released one self-titled album in 1995.
  • Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too, released in 1998, is the sole album by New Radicals, containing the hit "You Get What You Give." Lead singer Gregg Alexander, a singer-songwriter known for his mixture of catchiness and cynicism, released two albums beforehand before forming the New Radicals. He split up the band as he was gaining fame (hurting the performance of second single "Someday We'll Know", which still gained some fame due to a version featured in A Walk to Remember), becoming a professional songwriter for other artists, his most notable song being "You Get What You Give" soundalike "Game of Love" for Santana and Michelle Branch. Ironically, while "Game" became a much bigger hit than "Give" was, the latter is better remembered today.
    • This is an interesting example because New Radicals kept changing lineup, the only members consistent throughout the whole time were Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois. Danielle released two solo albums featuring Gregg Alexander as co-writer and guest performer on almost every track, meaning that they are technically also New Radicals albums. Rick Nowels co-wrote most New Radicals songs, however, despite not actually being a member of the band, so take from that what you will.
  • Minuteflag, a supergroup composed of LA punk legends Minutemen and Black Flag, released one self-titled EP of mostly instrumental tunes. They made a pact to release the collaboration as soon as one of the bands broke up. Sadly, it was released after Minutemen broke up due to the tragic death of leader D. Boon. The EP, released in 1986, remains out of print.
  • The Glove, a supergroup consisting of The Cure singer Robert Smith, Siouxsie and the Banshees bassist Steve Severin, and singer Jeannete Landray, released one album, Blue Sunshine.
    • Another short-lived Cure side-project was Cult Hero, consisting of the members of The Cure c. 1979, various members of Smith's family, a couple members of local bands (including future Cure members Matthieu Hartley and Simon Gallup and former member Porl Thompson (who would later rejoin the band)) and Smith's postman, Frank Bell on vocals. The group was supposedly formed to see how well Gallup would gel with the other members of The Cure. After one single, 1979's "I'm A Cult Hero"/"I Dig You", Cult Hero disbanded and never recorded a thing again.
  • Seattle band Mother Love Bone released one EP and one LP, later compiled to one album. The band, destined to help lead the up-and-coming grunge movement of the 1990s, fizzled after singer Andrew Wood fatally overdosed in 1990. After Wood died, Soundgarden members Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron, who were good friends with Andrew Wood, partnered with singer Eddie Vedder and MLB members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard to release one self-titled album as Temple of the Dog as a tribute to Wood, featuring hits such as "Hunger Strike" and "Say Hello 2 Heaven." As the album was being recorded and released, Ament, Gossard, and Vedder formed their own band, Pearl Jam, and Temple of the Dog broke up, with both respective bands skyrocketing to success on their own. After the success of Mother Love Bone and Temple of the Dog, Wood's earlier band, Malfunkshun, had all its songs compiled to one posthumous release, Return to Olympus.
  • Splendora, an all-girl 90s grunge group notable for singing the theme song to Daria, only ever produced one album, In the Grass. They did later reunite to create songs for the two Daria TV Movies, "Turn the Sun Down" and "College Try".
  • Girls Talk, released in the spring of 1991, was the only proper full-length album from ultra-girly Girl Group The Rebel Pebbles. Aside from a three-song EP prior to the album, they released absolutely nothing else.
  • Above, the lone album by grunge supergroup Mad Season. The band's singer was Alice in Chains' Layne Staley, and his 2002 death, along with the bassist's 1999 death, ended any chance of a second album.
  • Ashley Jade's Dreaming, following her tenure with Soda Club, was her only solo album. It is unlikely she will ever return to the spotlight.
  • Forest for the Trees' self-titled album, which itself was a Troubled Production that almost never saw the light of day due to Carl Stephenson having a nervous breakdown. There is the somewhat hard to find EP Sounds of Wet Paint, which combined remixes with a few outtakes from the debut, and a second album was reportedly finished but never released.
  • The Eurodance/trance duo Trouser Enthusiasts produced countless remixes, but "Sweet Release" was their only original production, after which they disbanded.
  • Jai Paul, so far, made one album of demos that was illegally leaked on Bandcamp before they were shelved by the artist. For several years, the critically-acclaimed demos have been widely available online before XL Recordings properly released the album, with two new songs, in 2019.
  • Jumalatar only produced two EP's, Are We Thinking the Same Thing and Frenzy, before parting ways. The "Song Samples" track on the former implies that they planned to release a full-length album, but it never came to fruition.
  • Singer-songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey released his debut album in 1972, and has never released anything else, even though he's still an active performer with a cult following. Supposedly whenever anyone asks him why he hasn't released another album he says "What was wrong with the first one?" One of the songs on the album was "Muskrat Love" (originally called "Muskrat Candlelight"). Luckily for Ramsey, it was Covered Up and became a big hit, so he can collect royalty money while the rest of the world thinks of this Old Shame as a Captain & Tennille song.
  • Carole King's band The City released one album, Now That Everything's Been Said (1968), before they broke up and she embarked on a solo career.
  • Thorr's Hammer was a doom metal band from Washington State whose singer was a teenage exchange student named Runhild Gammelsæter. They were active for six weeks, releasing one cassette called Dommedagsnatt, before the singer returned home to Norway. The rest of the band, Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley, continued as Burning Witch before becoming drone titans Sunn O))).
  • Eric Clapton led two supergroups after the breakup of his band Cream. The first, Blind Faith, released one self-titled album with six songs in it. After Blind Faith fell apart, Clapton led Derek and the Dominos, recording Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Though the album and especially the title track are now considered classics, on its initial release the critical and commercial reaction was moderate at best; a year later, Duane Allman (not an official member of the band but an important contributor to Layla; most notably, he helped to create the famous opening guitar riff from the title track) died in a motorcycle accident, exacerbating Clapton's substance abuse issues, and Derek and the Dominos subsequently dissolved during an attempt to record a second album.
  • Scottish band Life Without Buildings released one album, 'Any Other City', before breaking up.
  • The 1998 Band Minus the Face reformation of 2 Unlimited only did one album, II.
  • The band Reunion released one song, "Life is a Rock (but the Radio Rolled Me)," and absolutely nothing else.
  • Guitar Romantic is the sole album by critically acclaimed Power Pop revivalists The Exploding Hearts. Three-fourths of the band died in a tour van accident a few months after its release, effectively ending the band.
  • Grace is the lone studio album by Jeff Buckley before his death. He was recording a second, My Sweetheart The Drunk, but he drowned in the Mississippi River before the recording sessions had even reached the halfway point. The unfinished material did get released as Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk, however.
  • "Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight", the sole single of Dominatrix.
  • Another one single band would be The Normal (who were really a solo project by Daniel Miller) - not counting an improvised live collaboration with Robert Rental, the only release was the single T.V.O.D. \ Warm Leatherette. Miller has had other musical projects, but is now mainly a Record Producer. The lone single was pretty influential to such genres as New Wave Music, Post-Punk and electroclash - "Warm Leatherette" in particular gets covered a lot.
  • After a turbulent career filled with constant recording and re-recording of their debut album, scrapping sessions with famous producers like Mike Hedges, John Leckie and John Porter before settling on Steve Lillywhite, The La's managed to produce one Self-Titled Album before collapsing due to Lee Mavers' insane perfectionism.
  • The band Lincoln released a Self-Titled Album in 1997 and became an opening act for They Might Be Giants. After they broke up in 1998 without releasing a follow-up, guitarist Dan Miller and bassist Danny Weinkauf joined TMBG's backing band and have been there ever since.
  • Early 90s Britpop band Starclub had a Top 10 US alt-rock radio hit, "Hard To Get", but broke up after only one album.
  • 1970s power-pop trio The Nerves released one four-song EP and broke up shortly after. Blondie released their own cover version of "Hanging on the Telephone," and two of the members founded the Plimsouls, scoring an 80s hit with "A Million Miles Away."
  • A banker named Stuart Gorrell wrote the lyrics for his old college buddy Hoagy Carmichael's song "Georgia on My Mind". It was his only songwriting credit. The royalty money Gorrell earned for "Georgia" was enough to put his daughter through college.
  • The widely-covered "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" (most famously done by Elvis Presley) is literally the only song ever written by its writer, Bill Trader.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys' "Gonna Take a Lot of River" was not the only song written by John Kurhajetz (ASCAP lists four other works), but it was the only one anyone recorded.
  • Colossal Youth was the sole album release by influential minimalist Post-Punk trio Young Marble Giants.
  • The Grand Pecking Order by Oysterhead, the short-lived Supergroup of Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool and Stewart Copeland.
  • Despite having various singles recorded under different aliases (such as Loose Joints and 1-800-DINOSAUR), as well as a massive collection of posthumous recordings, World of Echo is the only full-length album that experimental musician Arthur Russell completed and released during his lifetime.
  • Another supergroup who only managed one album was Billy Corgan's Zwan, who released their sole album, Mary Star of the Sea in 2003 and broke up later that year.
  • Another one for the list of rapidly-disintegrating supergroups is Freebass, the collaboration between Peter Hook (New Order), Gary Mountfield (The Stone Roses) and Andy Rourke (The Smiths). The group had already fallen apart and announced their split before their sole album, It's A Beautiful Life, came out in 2010.
  • The International Submarine Band released their debut Safe at Home, generally considered the first country rock album, in 1968. They broke up a few months later after leader Gram Parsons left to join The Byrds.
  • R&B duo Damian Dame is a tragic example. Damian Dame, a duo consisting of "Damian" Broadus and "de Dame" Debra Jean Hurd, released their self-titled debut on LaFace Records in 1991. On June 27, 1994, before the two could start work on a second album, "deah Dame" was killed in a moped accident. Damian would perish from colon cancer exactly two years later.
  • The California Ska Punk band Suburban Rhythm, who were a major influence on subsequent popular groups in the Orange County scene such as Sublime, No Doubt and Reel Big Fish, only had one album, a compilation which was released three years after they broke up.
  • It's hard to tell whether Rob Dougan is one of these or not, considering that he appears to be a rather slow worker anyway. It took him seven years from the release of the single "Clubbed To Death" in 1995 to complete and release the accompanying full-length album Furious Angels. The album came out in 2002, in 2003 he contributed one new track to the soundtrack of The Matrix Reloaded and did the string arrangement for a Sugababes single. There has been nothing heard from him since up to mid-2014, and given that he could probably retire on the royalties from "Clubbed To Death" alone, it's easy to suspect that he's chosen to do exactly that.
  • The origins of outsider musician Y. Bhekhirst are shrouded in mystery, but only one album, Hot in the Airport, was ever released by him, and even then it wasn't commercially sold. There are indications that he recorded many songs as he copyrighted a lot, but it has yet to be heard and remains so reclusive nobody knows what he looks like.
  • American surf band The Avalanches (no relation to the Australian electronic group that released two albums, but were named after the surf band) released only one album, Ski Surfin' with the Avalanches, in 1963. That group was one of those "studio-only" bands made up of professional session musicians that were prolific in the 1960's.
  • "Music Sounds Better With You" by Stardust, a one-shot project from Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk fame. It was never intended to have a following single, indeed this "dream team" of French electronic wizards never worked together again.
  • Rapeman was a noise-rock supergroup active for a very brief time in the late 1980s. Its members were Steve Albini (Big Black, and later Shellac), David Wm. Sims (Scratch Acid) and Rey Washam (big Boys and Scratch Acid). Their complete discography consists of their lone LP Two Nuns and a Pack Mule, an EP called Budd (included in full on the CD reissue of Two Nuns) and two 7'' singles.
  • The Golden Year is the only album released by British electronic rock band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool. The band folded shortly after its release due to the suicide of their lead singer Charles Haddon who killed himself jumping from a mast at the 2010 Pukkelpop Festival earlier in the year.
  • Country music band Hot Apple Pie, fronted by former Little Texas keyboardist Brady Seals, broke up in 2005 after only one album due to DreamWorks Records closing up shop. (MCA shipped two singles off the album, but neither went anywhere.) However, Seals has continued to record solo, and sometimes uses ex-Hot Apple Pie members on his solo work.
  • Also affected by the closing of DreamWorks Records was Hanna-McEuen (first cousins Jaime Hanna and Jonathan McEuen, whose fathers co-founded the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). They were barely two singles into their debut album, and no other label picked them up. Hanna joined Gary Allan's road band, and McEuen went solo.
  • And speaking of Little Texas, former lead singer Tim Rushlow managed to be a part of this trope three times after leaving that band. (They broke up and reunited without him or Seals.) Tim did a solo album for Atlantic Records, which was blunted after the Top 10 hit "She Misses Him" due to that label closing its country division. In 2003, he and cousin Doni Harris formed a six-piece band called Rushlow, which cut only one album for Lyric Street; said album got "I Can't Be Your Friend" into top 20, but label restructuring prevented any more hits, and the band broke up. Rushlow and Harris cut two low-charting singles for Toby Keith's Show Dog label in 2006 under the name Rushlow Harris before splitting again. (As for the other four members of Rushlow? Billy Welch is now in Jake Owen's road band, while Kurt Alison, Tully Kennedy, and Rich Redmond are now in Jason Aldean's road band.note )
  • Lauryn Hill only released 2 albums, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and MTV Unplugged 2.0, and the latter was a live recording. Only her first album received overall acclaim, and after that album, she had a Creator Breakdown and left the public eye.
  • The German industrial group Microchip League (MCL) only produced one studio album, Code Numbers, although in 2009, more than two decades later, they released a compilation of previously unreleased tracks, titled Raw Tapes.
  • Country music singer Cyndi Thomson quit after her first album for Capitol Records because she didn't think she could handle the pressure of a second album. As a result, she remains a One-Hit Wonder with her #1 country hit "What I Really Meant to Say". However, she also wrote Gary Allan's "Life Ain't Always Beautiful".
  • Country band The Buffalo Club didn't even last the entirety of 1997. Their membership was former Christian singer Ron Hemby, Doug Stone's former touring guitarist Charlie Kelly, and then-former Restless Heart drummer John Dittrich, the last of whom quit before their third and final single. Soon afterward, their label closed and Dittrich rejoined Restless Heart.
  • Another group whose existence fell entirely within the year 1997, and whose membership included former members of other country bands, was Burnin' Daylight. Their members were Kurt Howell (Southern Pacific) and Sonny LeMaire (Exile), with Nashville songwriter Marc Beeson on lead vocals. After they broke up, LeMaire and Beeson continued to focus on songwriting, while Howell became a sales director at an audio technology company.
  • Cellsite System, a Portland, Oregon based trance project, only made two albums, Between Frequencies and Mind Into Matter, the latter being a multimedia album. The website is long gone, so good luck finding the albums.
  • "Pump Up the Volume" was a worldwide top 10 smash in 1987, and a major influence on later examples of sampling in pop music (as well as electronic music as a whole). It was also the only single ever released by M|A|R|R|S, a collaboration between two artists on the independent record label 4AD (Dream Pop duo AR Kane and dance group Colourbox - the legal problems surrounding the record led to the former leaving the label and the latter splitting up).
  • "Carte Blanche", plus its B-side "Drafting", was the only original material by Veracocha, a one-off collaboration between Ferry Corsten and Vincent de Moor, although they did at least one remix (Ayla - Ayla).
  • Brazilian satirical band Mamonas Assassinas recorded only one album (which is one of the best-selling of all time in the country, mind you) before dying in a plane crash.
  • Another Country Music example is Caitlin & Will. They won the first season of CMT's singing competition Can You Duet, released one single ("Address in the Stars") and an EP, and broke up once the single fell from the charts.
  • Tommy Shane Steiner released one album, Then Came the Night, in 2002. Lead single "What If She's an Angel" was a top-5 hit on the country charts, but his only other two singles bombed and he was never heard from again.
  • Also from 2002 is Brad Martin, who released Wings of a Honky-Tonk Angel. Lead single "Before I Knew Better" was a modest hit, but a planned second album never came to be. Martin later joined songwriter John Ramey in the duo Martin Ramey in 2008, who quietly released two singles before disappearing.
  • Clay Davidson released his debut album Unconditional in 2000 and had a top-3 hit on Hot Country Songs with the title track. He never released another album, due in part to his label (Virgin Records) undergoing a merger and a tour-bus accident that hampered his ability to keep touring.
  • Lies appears to be all we'll hear from the synthpop duo Heartbreak, although Ali Renault has a solo album, and Muravchik, under the alias Anthonio, released an Answer Song single to Annie(Anne Lilia Berge-Strand)'s "Anthonio" titled "Annie".
  • The psychedelica band Uriel only recorded and released one album—a self-titled album that was named while the band was using an alias, no less! The album, Arzachel, was released in 1969 and became a long sought-after collector's item for psychedelica enthusiasts; its sole (legal) re-release in 2007 sold out almost immediately.
  • Country music band Cole Deggs & the Lonesome broke up after only one album.
  • Songwriter Jonathan Singleton founded a band in 2009 called Jonathan Singleton & the Grove. They released two singles: "Livin' in Paradise" and "Look Who's Back in Love". The latter was included on a full album, with the Grove disbanding immediately afterward and Singleton returning to songwriting.
  • Blue County was a one-off collaboration between Aaron Benward (formerly of father-and-son Christian music duo Aaron Jeoffrey) and Scott Reeves (who is mainly a soap actor). They did one album, and after a couple followup singles went nowhere, disbanded.
  • Similarly, The Wreckers was a one-off between solo artists Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp. They did guest vocals on a David Santana song, recorded one album, and broke up before recording another.
  • the JaneDear girls, a country music duo consisting of Danelle Leverett and Susie Brown, split up after only one album. Leverett later assumed the stage name Nelly Joy and joined Colbie Caillat's country band Gone West with Joy's husband Jason Reeves and Caillat's boyfriend Justin Young; this band also split up after only one album due to Caillat and Young ending their relationship.
  • The Age of Love was a one-off supergroup consisting of Bruno Sanchioni and Giuseppe Chierchia; their self-titled single is considered to be one of the first proper trance tracks. Sanchioni later founded the trio BBE of "7 Days & One Week" fame, as well as collaborating with many others.
  • In the 1980s, Nashville songwriters Bob DiPiero and John Scott Sherrill formed a country music band called Billy Hill, in which they alternated as lead vocalists (both in the guise of the a fictional character also named Billy Hill) with backing from former Detroit Wheels member Dennis Robbins, Steve Earle's former bassist Reno Kling, and session drummer Martin Parker. They did one album for Reprise and broke up before a second was completed, although one of the tracks from the second ("The Church on Cumberland Road") was later a #1 for Shenandoah. Robbins also had two solo albums and a handful of songwriting credits.
  • Brooks & Dunn's 1994 single "I'll Never Forgive My Heart" is the only writing credit for duo member Ronnie Dunn's wife, Janine.
  • Chagall Guevara was a band formed by several veterans of the early Christian alternative music scene (including Steve Taylor) in an attempt to break through to the not-quite-as-limiting mainstream secular alt-rock world. The band's 1991 self-titled album failed to catch on with alternative rock fans or radio, despite being critically acclaimed. It has, at best, become a minor cult item with fans of early 90's alternative rock. However, the album became fairly popular with Christian rock fans despite the fact that there were very few things that could be considered overtly Christian on the album, nor was the CCM market ever planned to be the target audience - its popularity likely having to do with the backgrounds of the performers (particularly the wildly successful Taylor). The group broke up in 1993 without making another album.
  • Fockewolf, an Industrial/Dark Wave side project/supergroup consisting of Rob Wilhelm of Noxious Emotion and vocalist Severina X Sol, only released one demo cassette EP, Dominus et Deus, and one album, Die Toten Weg, although Severina went on to perform with Cylab and The Break Up. Wilhelm also made a cameo appearance on the former's Satellites album.
    • In addition, Back And To The Left, a Future Pop act founded by Wilhelm and the other former NE members, also only produced one album, 2005's Obsolete, before themselves disbanding the following year.
  • Metal supergroup Damageplan only released one album before disbanding following the on-stage murder of guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott in 2004.
  • "Outta Sight", circa 2009, is so far the only single released by New Zealand singer Kelly Rose (not to be confused with others of the same name).
  • Runforyerlife, a third-wave ska band from Chicago, only released one album in 1999 before falling off the face of the earth.
  • To My Surprise, an experimental rock side project of Slipknot founder Shawn Crahan, only released one Self-Titled Album in 2003 before disbanding three years later.
  • Seminal Depressive/Suicidal Black Metal band Silencer only ever made one album, 2001's Death - Pierce Me. The institutionalisation of vocalist Nattramn shortly after the recording of the album is almost certainly the reason for this.
  • "Nightshade" and "I Wanna Be Your Star" were the only singles recorded by Melody & Mezzo before they permanently split up, although producer J-Mi later collaborated with Midi-D and Smile.dk.
  • Stars on 54, a trio effort between Ultra Nate, Amber, and Jocelyn Enriquez, covered "If You Could Read My Mind" for the 54 soundtrack, and never collaborated again.
  • Another one-single collaboration was "So Deep" by Silvertear, produced by Pascal Schutters, Jonas Steur, and Christophe and Erik from Ian Van Dahl. Best known for its appearance in the DanceDanceRevolution series.
  • Obscure rap group Ninja High School only did one album, Young Adults Against Suicide, as well as some singles and extended plays, before dropping off the face of the Earth.
  • 1990s dance experimentalists One Dove were lauded in the British music press but released only one album,Morning Dove White. Reports vary on how close to a releaseable state the follow-up reached before they decided they'd had enough of the label's Executive Meddling and split.
  • Cult Midwest Emo band Cap'n Jazz only released one full length LP Shmap'n Shmazz, along with a scattering amount of compilation appearances and 2 EPs, before splitting up right after the release of the LP in 1995. Their entire discography, minus a single compilation appearance known as "Naive", were collected into a single compilation Analphabetapolothology in 1998.
    • This is usually typical of 90s Emo bands. One of the side project of Cap'n Jazz, cult Indie Rock group American Football, also only released a single LP, along with an EP, both self-titled. Though American Football managed to last a bit longer than Cap'n Jazz, breaking up in a few years after the release of their LP without releasing a follow-up. American Football later reunited and released their second, also self-titled, album.
  • German darkwave duo Electronic Suicide produced but one promo CD EP (i.e. not released to the public), featuring the songs "Ich Wollt", "Fear", and "Wild Kisses", then went their separate ways.
  • Kandystand only managed to produce one full-length album, Watch Out, Here I Come. They broke up due to a dispute shortly after releasing the stand-alone single "Love Invasion".
  • Team Sleep, an experimental rock band formed by Deftones frontman Chino Moreno only released one Self-Titled Album in 2005, before going on an indefinite hiatus due to Chino's commitment to his main band.
  • Egg Hunt were a Minor Threat offshoot who released one single with a B-Side (It was technically a self-titled single, but it's been variously referred to as Me And You, Me And You / We All Fall Down or 2 Songs): Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson spontaneously founded the project when they were visiting England and the owner of a studio invited them to do some recording, and the band name was chosen because the single was recorded over Easter weekend. Plans were made to expand Egg Hunt from a duo to a full band when the two returned to America, but soon after a full band version was put together for rehearsals, Ian started focusing much more on the newly-formed Fugazi. The rest of the full-band incarnation of Egg Hunt replaced him with Mark Haggerty and became Three, who also became a one album band, breaking up a year before their album Dark Days Coming was even released. MacKaye and Nelson would never end up working together directly on any further musical projects.
  • Negative Entropy, a Dutch ambient noise supergroup. Two albums, both limited production runs, of 1000 and 488 copies, respectively. The death of Geert Feytons in 2006 sealed the project's fate for good.
  • One-Hit Wonder Sarina Paris's self-titled album is her only full-length, although she later produced a couple stand-alone singles.
  • Eclectic country rock band Quacky Duck & His Barnyard Friends released their only album, Media Push, in 1974. They had an interesting lineup, though: Tony Bennett's two sons (Danny and Daegal); David Mansfield, who later worked with Bob Dylan and Bruce Hornsby and scored numerous films; and Gordon Javna, who went on to write the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader books.
  • Vicious Pink's only album was their self-titled album. They were also a One-Hit Wonder with "Cccant You See?".
  • Ty England's 1995 debut single "Should've Asked Her Faster" was the only writing credit for Joe "Klem" Klimek, otherwise known as a saxophonist and sound engineer for the rock band NRBQ.
  • Lonestar's 2001 single "Tell Her" was co-written by someone named "Kwesi B." (real name: Mark McClendon), who has only one other entry in ASCAP's database which was apparently not recorded by anyone (or if they did, it's so obscure that not even Google can find it).
  • Obscure 90s country music singer Daron Norwood had an unknown person named Jeff Carlton produce both of his albums, albeit in collaboration with more famous producers: James Stroud on the first, and Richard Landis on the second. Carlton also produced Curtis Wright's debut album Slick Hick, but it was never released.
    • Speaking of Norwood, his 1995 single "Bad Dog, No Biscuit" was written by one Richard Ferrell, who has no other entries on BMI. (He is not to be confused with Rick Ferrell, a more prolific songwriter.)
  • The originator of the much-covered disco classic "Saturday", Norma Jean Wright is still touring regularly and doing guest spots on other people's records, but 1978's Norma Jean remains her only solo album.
  • Country Music duo Steel Magnolia, who won the second season of CMT's Can You Duet singing competition, broke up after only one album. "Broke up" in the literal sense, as members Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey were also boyfriend and girlfriend. Linsey went on to become a finalist on Season 8 of The Voice.
  • Another country example is Edens Edge. After one album, lead singer Hannah Blaylock quit in March 2013. The label dropped them in lieu of releasing a third single, and the other two members appear to have done a few random shows before the band's website was taken down in late 2013.
  • Songwriter-producer Ray Methvin has only one notable credit in either field: as a songwriter, his only single cut was "Gravitational Pull" by Chris LeDoux, and as a producer, his only album was Jenny Simpson's 1998 debut (co-produced by Garth Fundis).
  • Connie Converse, a folk singer-songwriter who played around New York in the 50s and early 60s, has only one album's worth of songs, How Sad, How Lovely, released in 2009. Since this album was compiled from archival recordings by two fans 35 years after Converse disappeared, never to be seen again, it's iffy to even say that it was released during her lifetime.
  • While songwriter/producer Eric Pittarelli had a couple other obscure cuts, his only production credit was Bomshel's 2006 EP Bomshel Stomp. The track "19 and Crazy" on Bomshel's Fight Like a Girl is likewise the only production credit to date for Nashville songwriters Mark Irwin and Josh Kear.
  • The sole discography of influential American Black Metal band Weakling is two rehearsal tapes and 2000's album Dead as Dreams.
  • Fort Minor, the hip-hop based Solo Side Project of Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, only released one album, The Rising Tied in 2005. In 2006, the project went on hiatus which, as of 2015, still hasn't ended.
  • Rapper Kreayshawn released four mixtapes, but her only album release was Somethin' 'Bout Kreay in 2012. Sales of the album were absolutely dismal, only charting at #112 with sales of 3900 copies. The fact her label decided to release the physical copy exclusively to Hot Topic might have had something to do with it. Since then, she's appeared as a guest rapper on a number of other artists' songs, but there have been practically no talks of another album.
  • American-British-Canadian five-piece Girl Group G.R.L. was formed by veteran choreographer Robin Antin with the intention of finding a replacement for The Pussycat Dolls. Unfortunately, they were only able to release their Self-Titled EP in July of 2014. Not long afterwards, member Simone Battle tragically died from an apparent suicide for reasons unknown. They continued as a four-piece for a while, and released the single "Lighthouse" as a tribute to her, but ultimately decided to disband in June 2015.
  • R&B group L.A.X. Gurlz released one song, "Forget You", in 2007 before breaking up afterwards and thus vanishing completely. Their debut album failed to surface thanks to the Executive Meddling of Blackground Records.
  • Wilbur C. Rimes produced the first few albums of his daughter, LeAnn Rimes, but had exactly one other production credit: Steve Holy's 2000 debut Blue Moon. Holy's second and third albums, Brand New Girlfriend and Love Don't Run, are also the only production credits for songwriter Lee Thomas Miller (outside a few non-album singles by both him and Amy Dalley).
  • The site Bubblegum Dancer, that collects examples of bubblegum dance music from all over the world, has plenty of artists and projects known only for one album or single. They even listed the Top 20 Bubblegum One-Hit Wonders.
  • The country music group One Flew South is a double example, as their 2008 album Last of the Good Guys was not only their sole album (and "My Kind of Beautiful" its only single), but also the only release of a revival of Decca Records Nashville, which had previously been merged into MCA Nashville in 1998.
  • Robert Wright produced, engineered, and played bass on the first three albums by country music singer Chris Cagle (except for some bonus tracks on a re-issue of his debut, which were produced by Chris Lindsey instead), and does not appear to have done anything else.
  • Singer-songwriter Wyatt Easterling has had a few scattered credits writing and playing guitar on others' albums, but his only production credit was four tracks on John Michael Montgomery's 1992 debut Life's a Dance.
  • Device, an Industrial Metal Supergroup consisting of Disturbed frontman David Draiman and Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo, was formed during the five year hiatus of the former. They released one Self-Titled Album with their single "Vilify" being their only success on rock radio. Afterwards, the project was shut down and Draiman returned to Disturbed. He has gone on record stating that he has no intention of ever making another Device album.
    • A different band named Device is also a one-album wonder. Formed in the mid-'80s by Holly Knight (who's best known for writing songs including "Love Is A Battlefield" and "Better Be Good To Me"), this Device released a single album, 22B3, before disbanding.
  • Canadian Electronic Music group Azari & III only released one Self-Titled Album in 2011 before disbanding permanently.
  • The sole release by the stadium house duo Two Little Boys was "Stylophonia", which utilized voice clips of Stylophone spokesman Rolf Harris.
  • Trance artist Alex Aréstegüi released one full-length album, Proem, in 2005, followed by a non-album single, "Discover", in 2007, and has not been heard from since.
  • Murat Konar's only musical foray has been the vocals on on Information Society's 1985 Breakthrough Hit single "Running".
  • The Europop/dance/trance group DYCE released a self-titled full-length album in 2006, then seemingly vanished from the face of the earth. The last known song heard from them was a 2008 collaboration with fellow Swedes Bad Influence titled "Tarzan Boy".
  • S.K.I.N. was a Japanese supergroup made by big names in Visual Kei (Yoshiki, Gackt, Miyavi and Sugizo) who was supposed to set not only the Asian, but also the Western charts on fire. Their 2007 performance at the Long Beach Anime Expo was dubbed "The Japanese Concert of the Century"... too bad that was their first, last and only time together. Every few years some of them speak about the possibility of new material from S.K.I.N., but nothing ever materialized after that concert.
  • Italian dance project The Tamperer, consisting of producers Mario Fargetta and Alex Farolfi and American singer Maya Days, are mostly known for their successful 1998 single "Feel It". They only released the album "Fabulous" one year later, a couple of singles afterwards, and all members abandoned the project soon after (Maya Days stopped singing altogether).
  • Another very short-lived Italian dance project was The Lawyer, whose members only released the bizarre "I Wanna Mmm..." in 1999 before parting ways.
  • Rhode Island-based New Wave Music band The Mundanes only had one release during the band's lifespan, a single for their own song "Make It The Same". They broke up only a few years after the single's release after failing to secure a record deal, despite their popularity in the local music scene. Shortly before their breakup, the band's keyboardist, John Linnell, left the band to co-found the much more successful Alternative Rock band They Might Be Giants with John Flansburgh. Despite falling into relative obscurity, many of their unreleased demos were leaked online decades after their breakup.
  • Girl group Madasun started as a quintet in 1997, but soon after became a trio, which released only one album in 2000 and then disbanded one year later because of poor sales. They're known pretty much only for their hit single "Don't You Worry".
  • Grab That Gun is the first and only album from all-girl Post-Punk Revival band The Organ.
  • Los Umbrellos was a Danish pop/dance band who only released the album "Flamenco Funk" in 1997 and disbanded two years later. They were also a One-Hit Wonder for the single "No Tengo Dinero" that gained good airplay in several countries (including a #1 in Austria and #42 on the US Billboard Hot 100). The other singles however failed to chart anywhere.
  • Country Music singer Billy Hoffman recorded the 2000 album All I Wanted Was You but was never heard from again. Notably, he was able to complete this album despite being 97% deaf.
  • She Moves, a girl group made up of New York Knicks cheerleaders, released just one album, Breaking All the Rules, in 1997, and were a One-Hit Wonder with the title single.
  • The only releases by Snohomish County, WA-based indie trance musician Dejin were the full-length album As You Dream, and the "Shattered" remix single.
  • UK Garage act 3 Of A Kind's number one single "Babycakes" was their only release ever. Despite its success, they couldn't interest anyone in releasing a follow-up.
  • The Argonauts, a supergroup duo consisting of British trance DJ-producers Dave Ralph and Mike Koglin, not to be confused with other bands with the same name, released just two singles; "Sommertag" in 1998, and "Frühlingstag" in 1999.
  • Aylar is a Norwegian (but Iranian-born) former porn star, glamour model and Big Brother contestant who only released the single "Boys Boys Boys" in 2006, itself a cover of Italian popstar Sabrina Salerno's "Boys (Summertime Love)". She later was featured in two dance songs before quitting music to pursue an acting career.
    • One of these two songs was performed by Youssef, who doesn't have any other credit whatsoever.
  • Country Music singer Meredith Edwards' Reach is not only her only album, but also the only album released by Lance Bass's music company, Free Lance Entertainment.
  • In 2009, CMT started up a Country Music record label. Their only release was "Heart Like Memphis", also the only single release overall for the duo Carter Twins. The duo later renamed itself Kingston, but did not release anything else.
  • Sarah Buxton's Self-Titled Album is her only album release to date (barring an EP that had several of the album's songs on it and a handful of guest appearances). The album itself had several tracks produced by hit Nashville songwriters: Blair Daly, Bob DiPiero, and Craig Wiseman, none of whom hold any other production credits. Despite releasing only one album, Buxton has a number of songwriting and backing vocalist credits, and was notably an Advertised Extra doing the latter on David Nail's "Let It Rain".
  • While Casey Beathard is a very popular Country Music songwriter, his only Record Producer credit is the single "I Wanna Feel Something" from Trace Adkins' Dangerous Man album.
  • Craig Hand had this happen twice. He put out the solo single "Direct Connect" in 2006 but his label closed soon afterward. Then in 2013, he recorded "Crushin'" as the lead singer of Bush Hawg, which also never put anything else out (a second single titled "More Than Corn" was announced, but it was never released and the label dropped the band).
  • KP & Envyi's 1998 hit single "Swing My Way" was their sole release. In the years since, the artists' only musical appearances have been as guest vocalists on a handful of songs.
  • Miss Willie Brown was yet another female country music duo who met this fate. Consisting of Kasey Buckley and Amanda Watkins, this duo did only one EP for a 2012 re-establishment of A & M Octone Records, led off by the single "You're All That Matters to Me" — which turned out to be not only the duo's release, but also the label's.
  • British Girl Group Neon Jungle were highly anticipated by several reviewers as the next big girl group, following the success of their debut single "Trouble" in 2013. After "Trouble", the group had their biggest hit "Braveheart" before releasing two more singles. Their debut album Welcome to the Jungle ended up being their only one, as RCA Records dropped them when later singles underperformed.
  • Zygott & The Ghost Chasers, the artists behind the theme tune for the British series The Trap Door, released just that one record. Zygott sung the tune and its B-side is an instrumental called "Ghost Chase", credited to The Ghost Chasers.
  • Neo-soul group Mini-King released their self-titled album in 1998, and nothing more.
  • Kelsea Ballerini's first two albums (The First Time and Unapologetically) were produced by Jason Massey and Forest Glen Whitehead, neither of whom has any other production credits.
  • Pam Tillis' debut album Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey is the only production credit for Dixie Hills Productions, although two individual members (session musicians Craig Krampf and Josh Leo) have several other production credits as solo producers.
  • Sibling duo Marie Sisters had only one, self-titled album in 2002 for Universal/Republic. It also produced only one single, "Real Bad Mood". Their only other credit was singing backing vocals on LeAnn Rimes' "Commitment" four years prior.
  • Curtis Wright had only one self-titled studio album in 1992 (a previous effort, Slick Hick, was never released due to the label closing). A year later, he became a one-book author a second time in the duo Orrall & Wright with frequent cowriting partner Robert Ellis Orrall (who is not a one-book author). Despite his lack of releases, Wright is still a somewhat popular songwriter and session vocalist.
  • Japanese singers Asuka Hinoi and Hikaru Koyama, of Hinoi Team fame, started their career in the music business as part of a trio called LOVE & PEACE when they were only 11 and 10. They released a single called "Drifter", which became the theme for the movie Dodge Go Go! (where the third member of the band played a part), and then disbanded.
  • Little Village only released one album, a self-titled effort, in 1992. Even despite a Grammy nomination, the album largely went unnoticed, and bass guitarist Nick Lowe later stated that while he had fun with the band he felt the album was "no good". After a roughly two-year career, Little Village split the same year the album came out.
  • Some tracks on Jake Owen's 2016 album American Love were produced by his road band guitarist Lukas Bracewell, who has no other credits whatsoever.
  • As their Discogs page states, Chemise were an "one-off disco studio project" that only released the song "She Can't Love You" in 1982 and a remix of the same years later.
  • Latin-American dance-pop diva Jennifer Delgado released one and only one single, "What is It (About You)?" (1998), which had a Spanish Translated Cover Version, "Que tu tienes", featured on a few Latin dance compilations.
  • Joey Gardner remixed many '80s and '90s songs, as well as producing for freestyle artists George Lamond, Cynthia, and K7, but released only one solo single, the trance song "Twister", under the alias Storm Chasers.
  • Sphinx were a one-time supergroup comprised of Roland Armstrong AKA Rollo, the brother of Dido; fellow House Music DJ-producer Rob Dougan (mentioned above); and American R&B/soul singer Sabrina Johnston; releasing the lone single "What Hope Have I" in 1995.
  • Gator Creek was an eclectic 8-piece band founded by jazz veteran Dee Barton, featuring a mix of prolific Hollywood studio musicians and newcomers like a young Kenny Loggins. Their self-titled 1970 album was their only release, but it had two notable songs: "Dirty Boogie", which played over the opening credits of Play Misty for Menote , and "Danny's Song", which Loggins would re-record on the first Loggins & Messina album, before getting Covered Up by Anne Murray.
  • Downplayed with Autopilot Off, an American Punk Rock band. Before their six year-long hiatusnote , they produced two studio albums and four extended plays. Though they continue to make music, their output has been reduced to a handful of individual songs being made available via a free download.
  • Italian singer Kiki Gaida only ever released the single "Isole Vergini" and its English B-side "Virginal Mystery" before vanishing without a trace.
  • One could argue MDFMK was a one-off act, but then again, they were basically KMFDM by a different name. Active when KMFDM had officially broken up (and until KMFDM officially got back together), MDFMK, whose name is simply the same but backwards, only released a self-titled album. The group was founded by ex-KMFDM members Sascha Konietzko and Tim Sköld, with Lucia Cifarelli joining later; all three would stick around when they changed their name back to KMFDM, officially reviving it but ending MDFMK's tenure at the same time.note 
  • Pop Punk group Hog released their lone album, Nothing Sacred on Geffen Records in 1996 - record sales were lower than expected, so they were dropped by their label and broke up not long after. Lead guitarist and vocalist Kirk Miller started going by Leroy Miller, released several blues-rock solo albums, and even was a member of Smash Mouth for a few years.
  • "My Boo" was the only song released by Ghost Town DJ's.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber and Nigel Wright, for some reason, released under the name Doctor Spin a remix of the Tetris theme ("Korobeiniki") as an eurodance song, called "Tetris", and nothing else. Seriously.
  • Synthpop duo Machine in Motion only released two singles, "World in Fascination" and "Color in the Rain". They produced a full-length album titled The Motion Factory, but it was never released commercially.
  • Surf Rock group Gene Gray and the Stingerays only released one single in 1963: "Surf Bunny"/"Surfer's Mood". It was not even intended to be released (the tape was made for Gray's mother who wanted a recording of his son's playing), but it ended up in the hands of Eddie Davis, owner of the tiny Linda Records, who released it on his label and later leased it to Dot Records for national distribution.
  • German Eurodance supergroup Flame produced only one song, "Next Time (I Promise)", in 1993.
  • Freestyle artist Damia (not to be confused with Tamia) only released two singles, "More than a Feeling/Do Your Thang", and "Give It to Me", both in 1998.
  • Day Twelve, a Dark Wave duo comprised of producer Joe Lindo and vocalist Mari Kattman, only released an EP, The Hours, later extended to LP-length as Fin, before splitting up due to Lindo being overly occupied with life changes. Kattman, however, has since embarked on a solo career, as well as collaborating with Tom "Assemblage 23" Shear under the name Helix.
  • Quill, the Self-Titled Album from 1970 by the eclectic Progressive Rock band from Boston, was their only album, but they still entered rock history because they played at Woodstock the year before (and the performance was what got them their recording contract).
  • Spacemonkeyz were a short-lived studio team who produced the Gorillaz Remix Album Laika Come Home, credited to Gorillaz vs Spacemonkeyz. They intended to continue as a band in their own right, but the only original song they ever released was "Spacemonkeyz Theme", which appeared as the B-Side to Laika Come Home''s lead single "Lil' Dub Chefin'".
  • A hip-hop group called Legacy X recorded exactly one song: "Practice Makes Perfect", an Easter Egg in the 1990s educational game Mario Teaches Typing. Lead vocalist André Egans seems to have had a couple minor credits, and producers Charles Deenen and Gregory R. Allen have done further musical work in video games, but "Practice Makes Perfect" remains the only content under the "Legacy X" name.
  • Jazz drummer Don Lamond, while a prolific sideman, only recorded one album as leader: Off Beat Percussion in 1962, credited to "Don Lamond and his Orchestra".
  • Maimi Tanaka, an employee of Don Quijote supermarket, has produced the song "Miracle Shopping" for the company she's working for, which later on becomes the company's theme song, and that's the only song she has ever produced.
  • Dance producers Propellerheads released only one album, 1998's Decksanddrumsandrockandroll. The album itself was well-received and it included several popular singles, but for whatever reason they just never made another one.
  • Electro House duo Oakland Stroke only released the 1999 single "Planet Whip", which sampled its main hook from The Dazz Band's "Let It Whip". According to Discogs, their only other production credit was "When Loving You/You Just Fall Down", an apparently unreleased collaboration with Norma Lewis.
  • Another electro-house one-track wonder were House Heroes, whose sole release was the single "Magic Orgasm" in 1997.
  • Peng Peng (2006) was the only album by German tech-house trio Voom:Voom. They released the remix compilation Mixes a couple years afterwards, which included the previously unreleased track "Deep Star", but that was the last anyone heard from them as a group.
  • When Pure Is Defiled (2003) was the only album by Australian Industrial Metal band Jerk, whose song "Sucked In" was featured in the soundtrack for Need for Speed: Underground and NHL 2004. They disbanded by the end of 2004 for unknown reasons. Several Jerk members have formed another band named Ink in 2006, one that dropped the Industrial sound.
  • The discography of the Glendale-based Pop Punk Girl Group Go Betty Go is limited, with only one studio album (Nothing Is More, 2005), two EPs (Worst Enemy, 2004, and Reboot, 2015) and one single ("C'mon", from the Worst Enemy EP) to their name. They're still active, but they haven't released anything since 2015.
  • The entire recorded output of British-Punjabi singer Bubbley Kaur is the 2011 collaborative album she made with Cornershop, And The Double 'O' Groove Of. Although many reviewers praised the album and hailed Kaur as a great discovery, it appears she never pursued a musical career any further.
  • How to Destroy Angels have so far only released one full length album, Welcome Oblivion, and two EPs (their self-titled EP and An omen_EP, the latter being something of a preview for Welcome Oblivion), having not been active since their live tour in 2013 (though lead vocalist Mariqueen Maandig has performed HTDA songs with band mate/husband Trent Reznor's main band Nine Inch Nails in concerts as recently as 2018). This most likely stems from the members' other commitments, like Reznor resurrecting Nine Inch Nails (also in 2013), his and Atticus Ross' continued work in scoring, and Reznor and Maandig raising their children.
  • Eiffel 65 tried to milk the success of their most famous hit "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by releasing in 2000 "I Wanna Be", a single attributed to Zorotl, the blue CG alien that appeared in the video for that song and other ones. However, "I Wanna Be" was the last anyone ever heard about him. Ironically, the promotional website is still up.
  • Andy Griggs' debut album You Won't Ever Be Lonely is the only production credit for J. Gary Smith, who co-produced with David Malloy.
  • British Pop Rock band Hepburn, who were high profile enough at one point to get a song featured on Buffy the Vampire Slayer disbanded after recording just one album.
  • British pop band Thunderbugs had one hit single and one delayed album released after the band had already broken up.
  • Norwegian band One 2 Many had a big hit in Europe with "Downtown" but split while their debut album Mirror was still being promoted.
  • Techno artist Brian Natonski, better known as Gearwhore, released only one full-length album, Drive, before vanishing into the ether.
  • Country-comedy artist Guy Drake's only release was the 1970 novelty "Welfare Cadillac".
  • Synthwave artist Mattie Maguire appears to qualify, as her only released material has been the 2015 EP Night Candy, and nary a word has been heard regarding her music career since.
  • Country music band Palomino Road broke up after only one album. Lead guitarist J. T. Corenflos went on to become a session player.
  • A.O.S. have only ever released one song, "History (Repeats Itself)", which appeared in Natural Born Killers and appeared in an edited form on the soundtrack album. For a while, it was a mystery who the artist even was, with the only hint being songwriting credits for Thomas Wilbrandt, Klaus Buhlert, and Fay Lovsky. As it turns out, German composer Buhlert was the main writer of the song, with vocalist Lovsky adding lyrics and a vocal melody to the instrumental, and the song incorporated loops from an album of Erik Satie compostions arranged by Wilbrandt, who otherwise wasn't involved in the project. A full A.O.S album was produced, including a few other tracks with Lovsky's vocals, but it remains a Lost Episode since a record deal never materialized.
  • Yet another female country music duo: Regina Regina consisted of two women with the name Regina who both had ties to Reba McEntire: Regina Leigh was a backing vocalist in her road band, and Regina Nicks was a personal assistant of McEntire's who had also done some vocals for the country trio Dave & Sugar. They recorded one album for Giant Records in 1997 and both women seem to have completely disappeared from the public eye since.
  • Italo Disco duo Dharma produced/released just one song, "Plastic Doll", in 1982.
  • Lisa R. Fredenthal-Lee, known mononymously as Lisa, only released a 1983 Self-Titled Album, later reissued in CD format as Jump Shout with a few post-album singles added.
  • Indie Rock trio Jinx's only record was the 2002 vinyl single "King of the Rats" b/w "Bed of Pipes".
  • One Thin Dime, an obscure US punk band, only released two 7" EP's; Quattro in 1990, and Automatic the following year.
  • Novelty country singer Rod Hart's only release was the Camp Gay trucker-themed "C.B. Savage" in 1976.
  • Discounting the Product compilation before it, 2018's Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides was the one and only proper studio album by Scottish electropop artist Sophie, owed in part to her death in an accident three years later.
  • Linda Martell's only album was Color Me Country in 1970. She later retired from music due to the poor treatment she got as the most prominent black woman in the genre at the time.
  • I Monelli Spaziali's only credit is the Italian opening for the old robot anime God Sigma. They weren't even an actual duo but rather two of the Italian voice actors for the anime.
  • The only release for country music singer Bradley Gaskin was the single "Mr. Bartender" in 2011. Another single named "Diamonds Make Babies" was announced in 2012, but his label re-structured and the song was never released (although Dierks Bentley also cut it that same year).
  • Country band Whiskey Falls only stuck around for one album in 2007. However, their members had various connections: lead singer Seven Volpone and guitarist Wally Brandt formerly recorded in the pop-rock band Seven and the Sun; keyboardist Buck Johnson had several songwriting credits including a hit single for Santana; and guitarist Damon Johnson (no relation) charted singles with the rock band Brother Cane before joining Alice Cooper's band. After they broke up, Volpone moved to various business ventures, Wally became a producer, Buck joined Aerosmith, and Damon joined Thin Lizzy.
  • Tyler Dickerson's only release was the single "Tell Your Sister I'm Single", which came out right before Disney-owned Country Music label Lyric Street closed in 2010. Dickerson later competed on The Voice in 2015 but was eliminated.
  • Miami bass duo Duice released only one single, "Dazzey Duks", which charted at #12 on the Hot 100 in 1993. They released no other singles.
  • In addition to your regular supergroups, who collaborate for artistic and commercial reasons, there exist also charity supergroups, who for logistical reasons never last beyond one recording session (as was the case with USA For Africa, nearly all of whom were attendees at the 1985 American Music Awards, having been picked up after the ceremony and driven to the recording studio). The other example usually given is the group USA for Africa were trying to emulate (Band Aid), but whenever there is a disaster of some kind (natural or man-made), some charity supergroup is bound to coalesce, record, and then disperse.
  • One day in 1956, Carl Perkins was in a recording session at Sun Studios, when fellow labelmates Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, popped in and kicked off an impromptu jam session. The songs finally saw release 25 years later, under the press-dubbed name "Million Dollar Quartet". The artists involved never recorded together again.
  • Julie Reeves released It's About Time in 1999 on Virgin Records and, other than a couple backing vocals for then-husband Cledus T. Judd and an Uncredited Role on a Bill Engvall album track, she was never heard from again.
  • Shane McAnally released one self-titled album in 2000. While he made no other contributions as a singer, he resurfaced in 2008 as a songwriter and record producer for the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Old Dominion, Sam Hunt, and Kacey Musgraves among others.
  • In 2007, country music duo Waycross (consisting of Ted Moxley and Ben Stennis) released a single titled "Nineteen" and then quickly disappeared. "Nineteen" was later Covered Up by Billy Ray Cyrus, and Stennis later found success as a songwriter.
  • Delta Bennett's only musical credits are the lead vocals on The Bad Yard Club's "In De Ghetto" and their promo-only follow-up "Wind Up Your Body".
  • The only single ever released by singer-songwriter Daisy Dern was "Gettin' Back to You" in 2002. The corresponding album for Mercury Records was never released, but Dern has continued to write and tour with her husband Dave Gibson.
  • The Clark Family Experience was a Country Music band consisting of six brothers whose names all started with A. Their only output was a single, self-titled album in 2001; Executive Meddling from Curb Records resulted in the band filing for bankruptcy and dissolving. Three of the brothers later became one-book authors a second time as Sons of Sylvia; they won the only season of the FOX talent show The Next Great American Band and released the album Revelation in 2010 before breaking up too (although they were also featured on a Carrie Underwood album cut). Vocalist/fiddler Ashley Clark also became a one-book author, releasing the EP Greyhound in 2015 before his label closed.
  • Weather the Storm (2006) was the only album ever released by Country Music band Carolina Rain. They were in the process of making a second when their label closed.
  • "My Toot-Toot" was the only single release for zydeco musician Rockin' Sidney, although he was an active performer in Louisiana for many years.
  • In 2003, Kenny Chesney recorded a version of "Silent Night" for his Christmas album All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan which featured his mother Karen and her twin sister Sharon (Chesney's aunt). Credited to the "Grigsby Twins", it is their only recording to date.
  • Allyptic was an obscure Nu Metal band in the style of Evanescence who released only one full album, Black Season, before breaking up entirely.
  • After leaving f(x), Korean actress and singer Sulli only released the three-song EP Goblin in 2019 before taking her own life in October of that year.
  • Lisa Lee, not to be confused with the aforementioned Lisa Fredenthal-Lee, only had two releases; the 1984 Synth-Pop double single "I'm Taken By You/Goner", and the 1990 House Music single "When Can I Call You".
  • Country Music Super Group Old Dogs (Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Jerry Reed, and Mel Tillis) did only one self-titled album in 1998. They were assembeled by Shel Silverstein to record a collection of songs that he wrote about growing old, and he died only five months after the album; Jennings then died in 2002, further lessening the chance of any more contributions.
  • Why Not? appears to be the only LP from the intriguingly-named UK thrash band Bomb Disneyland, released in 1989.
  • Country Music singer Rodney Crowell's backing band The Cherry Bombs did only one full studio album: The Notorious Cherry Bombs in 2004. Said album features a number of names who, after the band's previous dissolution in the '80s, went on to bigger and better things — most notably Vince Gill, who plays lead guitar and alternates vocal duties with Crowell on the album.
  • Country music duo Coldwater Jane, consisting of sisters Leah Crutchfield and Brandon Jane, broke up after their only album Marionette in 2011.

    Theatre 
  • Aleksandr Griboyedov and the play Woe From Wit. Being a career diplomat, he dabbled in literature only as a diversion from his orientalist studies and diplomatic services, so his opportunities were naturally limited. During his time there was hope that he would become a true star of Russian literature, but, unfortunately, he died at only 34 years of age protecting the Russian Embassy in Tehran during an uprising, with the event itself fictionalized in the novel The Death of the Vazir Mukhtar.

    Video Games 
  • The only thing people know for a fact about Kikiyama is that shenote  was the creator of Yume Nikki.
  • From the Doom modding community: Leo Martin Lim, author of the 1994 map Doomsday of UAC which pioneered a number of editing tricks, and Haggay Niv, co-author of the acclaimed Hell Revealed mapset from 1997, never produced anything else for Doom.
  • Hiroaki Yotoriyama created the Soul Series and nothing else. His only other video game credits are special thanks on an handful of Namco games and rigging motion capture on some of the early Tekken game.
  • Katsuhiro Harada, whose one and only body of work is the Tekken series, and a few other minor roles with other Namco games.
  • SkiFree remains the only game created by Chris Pirih.
  • Danny Ledonne has stated that the game Super Columbine Massacre RPG! would be the only game he would ever make.
  • Thomas Happ has contributed to various AAA games, but Axiom Verge was the only game developed independently by him, until his announcement of a sequel.
  • Two examples from the Super Mario World modding community:
    • Yuga-XD.MooYUTO created the popular mod Super Mario World Yeah! in 2010, which ended up becoming popular enough to get a raocow playthrough in the same year. However despite the game being well received (in part for its epic final boss and creative level design), it turned out to be the only game Yuga-XD.MooYUTO ever made.
    • Similarly, SMWFreedoMN was posted online by michael nguyen (mewgynewgy) in 2011, receiving a raocow playthrough shortly afterwards. Like with Super Mario Yeah! though, this turned out to be the last ever game by mewgynewgy too, with the whole site going offline just a year or two later.
  • Takeshi's Challenge is the one and only game produced by famous Japanese media personality Takeshi Kitano. Considering the game's own admission that it was made by "Someone who hates video games" and is essentially just Takeshi trolling anyone unlucky enough to buy it, this is probably a good thing. The closest he's ever gotten was returning to the medium was appearing in Yakuza 6 as a major role.
  • Japanese journalist Yoshihisa "Kowloon" Kurosawa only made one game, Hong Kong '97, before vanishing into thin air; for a while it was believed that the studio the game was attributed to, HappySoft Ltd, only made that one game as well, only for people to discover that they actually published a second game shortly after Hong Kong '97. According to a 2018 interview from the South China Morning Post, Kurosawa intended to create the worst game ever, and hoped that people would just forget about it.
  • Will Crowther and Don Woods made Colossal Cave, arguably the first Adventure Game ever, and nothing else.
  • The RPG Maker game Seraphic Blue is the first, and so far only, game made by Tempura/Sakaki.

    Western Animation 
  • Peter Hannan created CatDog and nothing else, serving as the show's writer, producer, and character designer. The only other thing he was involved with was writing an episode of Pound Puppies (2010) and being co-story editor of Let's Go Luna! .
  • The pre-Pixar short The Adventures of André & Wally B. is the only film Alvy Ray Smith ever worked on aside from some CGI effects for Cosmos and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Despite being one of the company's prominent players in its formation, he would eventually leave Pixar after a bad squabble with Steve Jobs and now works as a scholarly writer, computer historian, and digital photographer.
  • Similar to Peter Hannan, Pete Williams was the creator of Undergrads, which he also co-wrote and starred, and hasn't done anything else after its short-lived run.
  • Ken Harris has animated almost all cartoons directed by Chuck Jones. However, he has only directed one cartoon throughout his entire career, "Hare-abian Knights".
    • Fellow Looney Tunes animator Irv Spector also has only one direction credit to his name: 1965's Corn on the Cop.
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