Number 56 – 66

Here’s songs 56-66 on the 2019 Great 88:


“Gee” by The Crows (1953)

The Crows formed in 1951 as a typical street corner doo-wop group and were discovered at Apollo Theater’s Wednesday night talent show by talent agent Cliff Martinez, and brought to independent producer George Goldner who had just set up tiny new independent Rama Records label.

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


“Everyday” by Buddy Holly (1957)

Holly’s version of this song never charted, but two others did. In 1972, John Denver took it to #81 US. Then in 1985, James Taylor made #61 with his cover.

2018:  #34, Highest Ranking:  #26 in 2015


“Runaway” by Del Shannon (1961)

Shannon and his keyboard player, Max Crook, came up with this while they were playing a club in their hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan. Crook played a keyboard called a “Musitron” on the song.

2018:  #10, Highest Ranking:  #1 in 2012 and 2016


“Rave On” by Buddy Holly (1958)

This was written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty and recorded in January 1958 at Petty’s New Mexico studio where Holly laid down most of his hits. It was first recorded by West for Atlantic Records, which released his version in February 1958.  Buddy Holly recorded the song later the same year, and his version became a hit,

2018:  #40, Highest Ranking:  #13 in 2014



“Long Tall Sally” by Little Richard (1956)

Little Richard explained that Sally was a friend of the family who was always drinking whiskey. He described her as tall and ugly, with just two teeth and cockeyed. She was having an affair with John, who was married to Mary, who they called “Short Fat Fanny.” John and Mary would get in fights on the weekends, and when he saw her coming, he would duck back into a little alley to avoid her.

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking: #47 in 2016


“All I Have to Do Is Dream” by The Everly Brothers (1958)

Chet Atkins played tremolo-style guitar chords on the song, providing an interesting musical backing to the Everly Brothers’ unique vocal harmonies.

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #7 in 2013


“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. 

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #42 in 2016


“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 and played that same night, at Oklahoma City Municipal Auditorium with the Show Of Stars ’57.

2018:  #47, Highest Ranking:  #33 in 2013


“Rock and Roll Waltz” by Kay Starr (1956)

The Kay Starr recording of the song, made in 1955, reached number one on the Billboard singles chart in 1956, staying there for six weeks. The recording was released by RCA Victor as catalog number 47-6359. It was Kay Starr’s first recording of great significance for RCA Victor after leaving Capitol Records.

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


“Oh Boy!” by Buddy Holly and the Crickets (1957)

Holly and The Crickets performed this on their second and final Ed Sullivan Show appearance on January 26, 1958. Sullivan was not happy with the song selection, as he considered it too raunchy, but Holly insisted on performing it. Possibly in retaliation, Sullivan introduced him as “Buddy Hollet,” and Holly can be seen trying to turn up his guitar, which had been set too low. While most musical guests were given 2 songs, Holly got just the one.

2018:  #18, Highest Ranking:  #18 in 2018


“Pipeline” by The Chantays (1963)

This was surf-rock group The Chantay’s only charting Billboard Top-40 hit. However, it is considered today one of the staples of the surf-rock genre. It was actually the B-side of a single; the A-side, “Move It,” never charted.

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


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

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