We unveiled the results of our second annual Summer Song Survey during this week’s Top Ten @ 10 on “The Grooveyard”. Here’s the results:
#10 “Surfin’ USA” by The Beach Boys
The song was intended as a tribute to Chuck Berry, and was based on his 1958 hit, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, bu the group failed to get his permission. When Berry threatened to sue, the Beach Boys gave him most of the royalties and named him as composer. Last year: #3.
#9 “See You In September” by The Tempos
While this original version of the song only reached #23 on the Billboard charts, a 1966 version by The Happenings reached #3. Last year: #2.
#8 “Heat Wave” by Martha and the Vandellas
Lead singer Martha Reeves started as a secretary at Motown records. This was her first Top 10 hit. Last year: Not in Top Ten.
#7 “Summertime Blues” by Eddie Cochran
This song was a big influence on George Harrison. He had a picture of Cochran and wanted the same kind of guitar. Last year: #9.
#6 “Summertime Summertime” by The Jamies
The song was used in commercials for Buick, Ken-L Ration Burger Time Dog Food and Applebees. Last year: #10.
#5 “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” by Brian Hyland
Written by Paul Vance and Lee Pcokriss, the song was inspired by Vance’s 2-year old daughter, Paula. Last year: #8.
#4 “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters
This was written by Arthur Resnick and Kenny Young. Resnick also wrote “Good Lovin'”” for The Rascals; Young wrote songs for Herman’s Hermits. Last Year: Not in Top Ten.
#3 “The Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer” by Nat “King” Cole
Cole was one of the first African Americans to host a television show. Last year: #5.
#2 “Sealed With a Kiss” by Brian Hyland
Gary Geld was a classically trained musician and he had been inspired to write this song from a finger exercise for the piano. Last year: Not on Top Ten.
…and #1 “Palisades Park” by Freddy Cannon
Chuck Barris wrote this song about an amusement park, but it didn’t have a title until he was in Manhattan and looked towards the Palisades Cliffs in New Jersey, the location of the iconic park. Last year: #1.
Special thanks to special guest Gary U.S. Bonds for joining us on tonight’s show. Gary has a book release celebration and birthday party at BB Kings in Times Square next Wednesday. The book is now available as a pre-release on Gary’s website.
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