Number 23 – 33

Here’s songs 23-33 on the 2021 Great 88:

#33

“Maybe Baby” by The Crickets (1958)

“Maybe Baby” was recorded at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma in the wee hours of September 29, 1957, while Buddy Holly and The Crickets were on a tour.  They played that same night at Oklahoma City Municipal Auditorium with the Show Of Stars ’57.

2020:  #32, Highest Ranking:  #32 in 2020

#32

“Walk Right Backby The Everly Brothers (1961)

Sonny Curtis, of Buddy Holly’s Crickets, wrote this song while in the army and showed it to The Everly Brothers when he was home on leave. They liked it and said they’d record it. Sonny said, “It’s not finished. I’ll write the second verse and send it to you.” The Everlys didn’t receive it in time so they just sang the first verse twice on the recording. Very few people know the second verse.

2020: #24, Highest Ranking: #24 in 2020

#31

“Tonight You Belong to Me” by Patience and Prudence (1957)

The first ever recording of the song was made by Irving Kaufman in 1926 on Banner Records.[ In 1927 Gene Austin recorded it and the song became a major hit. The song was revived by Frankie Laine in 1952, and recorded again in 1956 by Patience and Prudence, whose version reached #4 on the Billboard charts

2020:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #69 in 2018

#30

“Peggy Sue” by Buddy Holly (1957)

Holly wrote this about Peggy Sue Gerron, who was dating Holly’s drummer with The Crickets, Jerry Allison. Holly was not involved with Peggy Sue, but liked the name for the song. Allison and Peggy Sue eventually got married, but divorced 11 years later.

2020: #37, Highest Ranking:  #16 in 2016

#29

“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.”

2020:  #16, Highest Ranking: #16 in 2020

#28

“Singing the Blues” by Guy Mitchell (1956)

This was written by 20-year-old American Country singer Melvin Endsley in 1954.  It was first aired on KWCB radio the following year and it was so well-received that Endsley took it to Nashville to try to sell it. There, he met Marty Robbins, who recorded the song on Columbia in August 1956 and it climbed the charts eventually peaking at #17 and topping the country list for 13 weeks.

2020:  #6, Highest Ranking:  #6 in 2020

#27

“I Will Follow Him” by Little Peggy March (1961)

March was 15 when she recorded this. To this day, she holds the record for being the youngest female singer to have a #1 hit all over the world. This song not only reached #1 in the US, but also in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Scandinavia.

2020:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first time on survey

#26

“Heartbeat” by Buddy Holly (1958)

“Heartbeat” was the second to last of Holly’s singles to be released during his lifetime. It was a minor hit in the United States, reaching number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  The single had more chart impact in the UK, reaching number 30 in January 1959 and again upon its reissue in April 1960.

2020:  #28, Highest Ranking:  #28 in 2020

#25

“Tell Him” by The Exciters (1963)

Bert Berns, using the pseudonym Bert Russell, wrote this song as “Tell Her.” Versions by Johnny Thunder and Ed Townsend were released in 1962, but they both stiffed.  When the production team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller left Atlantic Records to work for United Artists, they produced a new version by The Exciters, a New York quartet featuring three female vocalists. Released later in 1962 as “Tell Him,” it became a big hit, reaching its chart peak on January 19, 1963.

2020:  #23, Highest Ranking:  #23 in 2020

#24

“Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino (1956)

This was written by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis and Larry Stock for the 1940 Western The Singing Hill before they decided it was good enough to be released commercially. The song was used in the movie, where it was heard for the first time performed by Gene Autry.

2020:  #55, Highest Ranking:  #3 in 2017

#23

“(‘Til) I Kissed You” by Everly Brothers (1959)

Don Everly wrote this amorous number about a life-altering smooch after a dalliance he had while the Everly Brothers were on tour in Australia. “I wrote it about a girl I met on that trip,” he said in a 1998 interview. “Her name was Lillian, and she was very, very inspirational. I was married, but… you know.”

2020:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #25 in 2014

Check out all the songs that made the 2021 Great 88 here. You can also see the first round results here.

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