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.
“Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins (1956)
Perkins recorded this in Memphis for Sam Phillips at Sun Records. As he was driving to make his first national appearance to promote it (on the Perry Como Show), he got into an accident that seriously injured him and killed his brother. “I was 85 miles away from being the first rockabilly on national television,” he recalled.
2015: not on survey, Highest Ranking: First year on survey
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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