This Week: Speedo and the Greats by the Numbers


We’ll pay tribute to Earl “Speedo” Carroll of the Cadillacs and the Coasters on Thursday’s edition of “The Grooveyard”.  Best known as the “Mr. Earl” in “Speedo”, Earl died Sunday at age 75.  The show will also feature the Top Ten @ 10 for November 29, 1959 and a look at some songs that did not make the finals in the “Grooveyard Greats” surveys.

Songs with the highest overall percentage from the yearly polls advanced to the final round, with voting continuing until December 13.  You can vote for your 15 favorite songs from the list below or on the Finals page.Be sure to click the “Vote” button on the bottom of the form for your vote to count.

More songs from 1959 (17 songs) and 1958 (15 songs) advanced to the finals, benefiting from more concentrated voting.  In both years, the majority of votes went to less than half of the 100 songs listed on the first-round polls.

Not surprisingly. Elvis Presley has the most songs in the final round with eight listings.  The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly and the Crickets each had five, while Bobby Darin, Dion and the Drifters had four songs each.  The 30 top songs will be announced during the year-end edition of “The Grooveyard” on December 27.

Hosted by Alan Seltzer, “The Grooveyard” can be heard on 88.1 FM on Long Island, the 88.1 FM link on wcwp.org or the TuneIn app on your SmartPhone.  Feel free to send song requests, comments and suggestions below.

“The Grooveyard”

…Where Oldies Come Alive!

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2 thoughts on “This Week: Speedo and the Greats by the Numbers

  1. rip earl. they often call me ira but my real name is mister met. and the original meet the mets song shoudda been in the top 15 choices.

  2. Ira–Hate to disappoint you, but the song was never a charted hit, It also probably would not have received enough votes to make it to the finals. And if you are really Mr. Met, can you explain the increase in the size of your head? There have been reports of steroid use.

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