Number 34 – 44

Here’s songs 34-44 on the 2019 Great 88:


“Party Doll” by Buddy Knox (1957)

The drum sound on this was actually made by a cardboard box filled with cotton. The Crickets stickman Jerry Allison was inspired to also use a cardboard box instead of a drum for “Not Fade Away” after hearing this song.

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #60 in 2015


“Jim Dandy” by LaVern Baker (1957)

The song was covered by southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas. It hit #25 on the pop chart and featured Jim Mangrum (who had already been using “Jim Dandy” as a stage name before they covered the song) and female vocalist Ruby Starr trading off vocals. It was the first single from their 1973 album High on the Hog, Black Oak’s most commercially successful album.

2018:  #44, Highest Ranking:  #33 in 2017


“Roll Over Beethoven” by Chuck Berry (1956)

Berry was careful to write lyrics that told a coherent story, which in this case follows a young many as he pursues his favorite music. Berry also took care to deliver his lyrics clearly so a wider audience could understand them. This helped him avoid the fate of many Little Richard songs: more popular, but sanitized covers by Pat Boone.

2018:  #19, Highest Ranking:  #19 in 2018


“Sea Cruise” by Frankie Ford (1959)

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.

2018:  #56, Highest Ranking:  #38 in 2017


“At the Hop” by Danny and the Juniors (1958)

Danny & the Juniors were the Philadelphia group of Danny Rapp, Dave White, Frank Maffei and Joe Terranova. At the time, they were known as The Juvenairs. They were on a street corner singing when a someone who worked at a recording studio heard them and brought them in to sing. 

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking: #44 in 2017


“Walk Right Back” by 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.

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first time on survey


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

Jack Scott was a Canadian-American singer and songwriter. He was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011 and was called “undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time.

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first time on survey


“A Thousand Stars” by Kathy Young and the Innocents (1960)

 Kathy Young rose to stardom in 1960, when producer Jim Lee of Indigo Records chose a Sun Valley-based band, The Innocents, to sing back-up vocals for her on a cover version of The Rivileers’ 1954 recording of “A Thousand Stars”. Two years earlier Lee had organized The Innocents for an appearance on Wink Martindale’s pop music TV show.


2018:  #63, Highest Ranking:  #23 in 2017


“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”

2018:  #3, Highest Ranking:  #3 in 2018


“A Teenager in Love” by Dion and the Belmonts (1959)

This song about a schoolboy with a delicate heart was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Like Dion & The Belmonts, Pomus and Shuman were from New York City. Other songs they wrote include “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “Let’s Live For Today” and “This Magic Moment.”

2018:  #51, Highest Ranking:  #12 in 2016


“My True Love” by Jack Scott (1960)

“My True Love” is a popular song, written and recorded by Jack Scott in 1958. The single was released on the Carlton label and reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 18, 1958. It became Scott’s first gold record.

2018:  #67, Highest Ranking:  #12 in 2017


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

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