Each day leading up to the unveiling of the 2017 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 Saturday, December 30 from 7 PM to midnight. Check out the complete year-end schedule here.
“The Great Pretender” by The Platters (1956)
This was the first ever Doo Wop #1 in the USA, and it also made The Platters the first R&B group to have a #1 on the Pop charts. The music was not known as “Doo Wop” at the time – it was categorized as Rock or R&B. Around 1970, Gus Gossert, who was an oldies DJ on WCBS in New York City, started using the term “Doo Wopp” to describe this type of music.
2016: #60, Highest Ranking: #27 (2013)
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 five-hour show Saturday, December 30 at 7 PM until midnight. Listen to us immediately each Saturday night from 7-10 PM 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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