Each day leading up to the unveiling of the 2020 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 26 from 7 PM to midnight. Check out the complete year-end schedule here.
“You Really Got a Hold On Me” by The Miracles (1963)
Miracles leader Smokey Robinson wrote this song while thinking about Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me.” Cooke would sometimes perform at Robinson’s church with his group the Soul Stirrers, and Smokey was a big fan. Cooke’s song finds the singer apologizing to his girl after casting her off, promising to treat her right if she comes back. “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” is the same sentiment but with the roles reversed: the girl mistreats the guy, but he loves her unconditionally.
2019: 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 five-hour show Saturday, December 26 at 7 PM until midnight. Listen to “The Grooveyard” following “Rick’s Redneck Ranch” each Saturday night at 7 PM on 88.1 FM on Long Island or by clicking the 88.1 FM link on wcwp.org, via the TuneIn app. or the WCWP app on your iPhone or Android device. You can also follow us on Twitter. and on the Facebook groups for the show and WCWP.
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