Each night leading up to the unveiling of the 2016 Grooveyard Great 88, we’ll share 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 30 starting at 7 PM. Check out the complete year-end schedule here.
“La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens (1958)
“La Bamba” is a traditional Mexican Folk song that became a hit for the young rocker Ritchie Valens’ after he died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959 along with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. The song is very popular with Mariachi bands and is often played at weddings. The lyrics are in Spanish: “Para bailar la Bamba se necessita una poca de gracia” means “To dance La Bamba you need to have a little grace.”
2015: #83, Highest Ranking: #20 (2012)
Come back each day as we unwrap another song that just missed the Great 88. You can also check out first round results here. Then join host Alan Seltzer on”The Grooveyard” for the Great 88 countdown on a special day Friday, December 30 at 7 PM until midnight. We’ll be back Saturday nights at 7 PM at our regular time period beginning January 7, 2017. Listen to us immediately after “Rick’s Redneck Ranch” on 88.1 FM on Long Island or by clicking the 88.1 FM link on wcwp.org. You can also follow us on Twitter.
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