Twelve Days of Greats 2021: No. 91


Each day leading up to the unveiling of the tenth annual 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 day–Sunday, December 26 from 7 PM to midnightCheck out the complete year-end schedule here.

#91

“Silhouettes” by The Rays (1957)

In May 1957, songwriter Bob Crewe saw a couple embracing through a window shade as he passed on a train. He quickly set about turning the image into a song. Frank Slay, who owned the small Philadelphia record label XYZ with Crewe, added lyrics, and they soon had a complete song ready to record. The story has frequently been reported that Slay heard The Rays audition for Cameo-Parkway Records, for which he worked, and immediately decided that they were the perfect group for “Silhouettes”. However, Slay and Crewe were actually already familiar with the group, as “Silhouettes” was their third single with them.

2020:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #7 (2017)

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 at a special day and time, Sunday, 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.

Happy holidays from. . .

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