It’s that special evening when everyone is counting down to the big day–not Christmas, but the unveiling of the 2014 Grooveyard Great 88 two days from now. Leading up to that special night, we continue to unwrap a video of one song that just missed the survey. Hear the full Great 88 on a special five hour edition of “The Grooveyard” on a special night and time–Friday, December 26 starting at 7 PM. Our pre-survey show begins at 6 PM. Check out the complete year-end schedule here.
“Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters (1963)
The session to record this song was scheduled for May 20, 1964, but The Drifters lead singer Rudy Lewis was found dead that morning (the cause of death is unclear, but likely either a drug overdose or heart attack). The session was rescheduled for the next day, and Johnny Moore was called in to replace Lewis. The group was distraught over Lewis’ death, and their subsequent performance added a tinge of melancholy to the song, which is about spending some time under a seaside boardwalk with a love interest, out of sight from the crowds above. (2013: not on survey, 2012: 39)
Come back each night through Christmas as we unwrap another song that just missed the Great 88. You can also check out first round results here.