Here’s songs 56-66 on the 2021 Great 88:
“True Love Ways” by Buddy Holly (1960)
The song’s haunting melody was inspired by one of Buddy’s favorite black gospel hymns, “I’ll Be Alright,” which was recorded by The Angelic Gospel Singers. This song was likely inspired by his wife Maria Elena.
2020: not on survey, Highest Ranking: #10 in 2018
“I Wonder Why” by Dion and the Belmonts (1958)
The song was used in the film A Bronx Tale, in the pilot episode of the television series The Sopranos, and in John Carpenter’s film adaption of Stephen King’s “Christine”.
2020: #39, Highest Ranking: #3 in 2018
“You Were Mine” by The Fireflies (1959)
The group was formed by producer Gerry Granahan in Long Island in 1957, and underwent several line-up changes. “You Were Mine”, their biggest hit, was written by 19-year-old group member Paul Giacalone about a girl he met while he was touring.
2020: not on survey, Highest Ranking: #22 in 2016
“So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)” by The Everly Brothers (1960)
Written by Don Everly, the song was later a country hit for multiple artists in the 1970s and 80s.
2020: not on survey, Highest Ranking: 32 in 2013
“Papa Oom Mow Mow” by The Rivingtons (1962)
“Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow” is a novelty nonsensical doo-wop song by the Rivingtons in 1962. It peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 35 on the Cashbox charts. The band released two similar follow-up songs over the next several months, “Mama-Oom-Mow-Mow (The Bird)” and “The Bird’s the Word”. The last song was the basis for the song “Surfin’ Bird”, a number four hit in 1963 by The Trashmen.
2020: #38, Highest Ranking: #38 in 2020
“I’ve Told Every Little Star” by Linda Scott (1961)
“I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star” is a popular song with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, published in 1932. The song was introduced in the musical play, Music in the Air. The first hit recording of the song was released in 1932 by Jack Denny and His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra, featuring the vocals of Paul Small. It has since been recorded by many artists, with Linda Scott’s hit being the most popular.
2020: #17, Highest Ranking: #17 in 2020
“Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)” by Ernie Maresca (1962)
He began singing and writing in a doo-wop group, the Monterays, later renamed as the Desires, and, after Maresca left, as the Regents, who had a hit with “Barbara Ann”. In 1957, his demo of his song “No One Knows” came to the attention of Dion DiMucci, who recorded it successfully with the Belmonts on Laurie Records, the record reaching No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart in 1958. Maresca then began songwriting full-time, and recording his own demos.
2020: #33, Highest Ranking: #33 in 2020
“Pretty Little Angel Eyes” by Curtis Lee (1961)
When Curtis Lee and co-writer Tommy Boyce first performed the song for their publisher, he wasn’t impressed. “I thought I told you to write me a hit!” He said again. But Boyce and Lee were convinced that they had written a hit and decided to play it for their publisher’s girlfriend, who immediately loved the song. She convinced her boyfriend that they had a smash on their hands and he finally gave the green light for Curtis to record the tune.
2020: #34, Highest Ranking: #18 in 2019
“To the Aisle” by Five Satins (1957)
This song covers the entire history of a generic romance in two minutes and forty-one seconds. There’s the meeting, the initial conversation, the falling in love, and the proposal. Life is often much more complicated, but not when sung by a smooth Doo-Wop group like The Five Satins.
2020: #7843, Highest Ranking: #78 in 2020
“It’s Only Make Believe” by Conway Twitty (1958)
The song was originally recorded by Huey Smith and the Clowns, but Frankie Ford’s lead vocal replaced Huey Smith’s while the group was on tour. Smith was furious when he heard the finished product. It was credited to Frankie Ford with Huey “Piano” Smith and The Clowns.
2020: #51, Highest Ranking: #8 in 2013
“Claudette” by Everly Brothers (1958)
This song was written by Roy Orbison as a rocking tribute to his wife Claudette. It was the first major songwriting success for the then unknown Big O, who subsequently terminated his contract with Sun Records and affiliated himself with the Everly’s publisher, Acuff-Rose Music.
2020: #53, Highest Ranking: #53 in 2020
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