Number 67 – 77

Here’s songs 67-77 on the 2021 Great 88:

#77

“New Orleans” by Gary US Bonds (1960)

Producer Frank  Guida chose Anderson’s stage name, U.S. Bonds, in hopes that it would be confused with a public service announcement advertising the sale of government bonds and thereby garner more radio airplay.  This was his first hit song.

2020:  #73, Highest Ranking:  #18 in 2017

#76

“Sincerely” by The Moonglows (1954)

Co-writing credits were shared by Moonglows band member Harvey Fuqua and band manager Alan Freed. After it became known that Freed often insisted on songwriter credits for songs by bands he promoted (which partially led to his downfall in a payola investigation years later), Fuqua noted that Freed had in fact contributed to the songwriting for “Sincerely”, thus his claim to a songwriting credit in this case was legitimate.

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

#75

“C’mon Everybody” by Eddie Cochran (1958)

When Cochran recorded his lead vocal for the song, he also created an alternate version of the song called “Let’s Get Together”. The only change to the lyrics was exactly that: the phrase “Let’s get together” in place of “C’mon everybody”. This alternate version was eventually released on a compilation album in the 1960s.

2020:  #27, Highest Ranking:  #27 (2020)

#74

“Dance With Me Henry (Wallflower)” by Georgia Gibbs (1955)

In 1955, the song was covered for the pop market by Georgia Gibbs, with uncredited vocal responses from Thurl Ravenscroft, under the title “Dance with Me Henry.” Etta James, who composed the song along with Johnny Otis and Hank Ballard, released her version the following year.

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

#73

“One Fine Day” by The Chiffons (1963)

“One Fine Day” was written by songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, who were married. It was intended for their babysitter, Little Eva, who had a hit the year earlier with their song “The Loco-Motion.” Her voice did not sound right when they recorded it, so the song went to The Chiffons, who were coming off another “fine” hit: “He’s So Fine”.

2020:  not on survey, Highest Ranking: #65 in 2019

#72

“What In the World’s Come Over You” by Jack Scott (1960)

After switching to Top Rank Records in 1960, Scott recorded four Billboard Hot 100 hits – “What in the World’s Come Over You” (#5), “Burning Bridges” (#3) b/w “Oh Little One” (#34), and “It Only Happened Yesterday” (#38).[

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

#71

“The Loco-Motion” by Little Eva (1962)

That saxophone solo was performed by Artie Kaplan, who was also the contractor for the recording session. Kaplan was a song plugger in Aldon Music’s publishing department and also Aldon’s Music Contractor. Among many other things, he was the one who discovered Tony Orlando while eating lunch at the diner across the street from the Brill Building. As songwriter Barry Mann’s roommate, he was there to see the beginning of Mann’s relationship to songwriter Cynthia Weil.

2020:  #26, Highest Ranking:  #9 in 2018

#70

“My True Story” by The Jive Five (1961)

The single was the biggest hit for the group on both the R&B and pop charts. “My True Story” made it to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and was number one on the R&B Sides chart for three weeks. Lead singer Eugene Pitt co-wrote the song.

2020:  #49, Highest Ranking:  #3 in 2016

#69

“Easier Said Than Done” by The Essex (1963)

The Essex were active-duty members of the United States Marine Corps at the time, as was Bill Linton, who wrote the song with Larry Huff at the request of Essex member Walter Vickers. Linton said the song’s rhythm was inspired by the sound of the Teletype machines in the communications office at Camp Lejeune

2020:  #59, Highest Ranking:  #59 in 2020

#68

“Jim Dandy” by LaVern Baker (1957)

The American English term jim-dandy for an outstanding person or thing predates the song; first attested in 1844, it may itself come from the title of an old song, “Dandy Jim of Caroline”. The song was covered in 1973 by southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas.

2020:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #33 in 2017

#67

“Mr. Sandman” by The Chordettes (1954)

It may sound unusual for this song to mention Liberace, given his later-known preferences. But in 1954 Liberace was hotter than velcro: he completely hid the fact that he was gay, and nobody had any idea. Besides, what else rhymes with Pagliacci?

2020:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #59 in 2015

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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