Number 78 – 88


Here’s songs 78-88 on the 2019 Great 88:


“Wipe Out” by The Surfaris (1963)

After thinking about calling this song “Stiletto” (with the sound of a switchblade knife opening the song), The Surfaris decided to crack a half-broken 2-by-4 over the microphone and call the song “Wipe Out.” It was the group’s producer/manager Dale Smallin who performed the famous Witch Laugh at the beginning of the song, which he added just for fun, as no one expected the song to be more than just a throwaway B-side.

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


“Vacation” by Connie Francis (1962)

MGM Records thought “The Greatest Sin of All” would be the bigger hit and nearly cast “Vacation” as the B-side until the latter proved to be more radio friendly.

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


“I Need You, I Want You, I Love You” by Elvis Presley (1956)

Following the success of “Heartbreak Hotel”, Presley and his band chartered a small propeller airplane to Nashville for one day of recording between shows at the request of RCA producer Steve Sholes.  En route from Amarillo, the airplane developed engine trouble and fell through the sky several times.  Upon arrival in Nashville on the morning of April 14, all four were disconcerted.  Presley arrived at RCA Studios without ideas for the recording session and therefore had no choice but to use Sholes’ suggestions, one of which was “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #49 in 2015


“Hello Stranger” by Barbara Lewis (1963)

This was Lewis’ first hit single and biggest hit. Along with this song, she wrote all the material for her debut album of the same name; during the early sixties, it was somewhat rare for a female singer to write her own material, especially for an entire album.

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


“Telstar” by The Tornadoes (1962)

This was the best-selling British single of 1962. It was also the first song by a British group to hit #1 in the US. This did not happen again until The Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand” in 1964.

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking: #80 in 2016


“Could This Be Magic” by The Dubs (1957)

The Dubs formed in New York City in the mid-1950s from two vocal groups, which were The Five Wings and The Scale-Tones. The Dubs are best known for their songs “Could This Be Magic,” “Don’t Ask Me To Be Lonely,” and “Chapel of Dreams.” Richard Blandon, a group member, and Hiram Johnson wrote “Could This Be Magic.”

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #42 in 2017


“Sway” by Bobby Rydell (1960)

Some of the popular singers who have recorded this include Dean Martin, Ben E. King, Michael Bublé and Cliff Richard. Jennifer Lopez recorded it for the 2004 movie Shall We Dance?, which she starred in with Richard Gere, but a version recorded by The Pussycat Dolls was used instead.

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


“Personality” by Lloyd Price (1959)

The song was also recorded by Anthony Newley, and his version made #6 in the UK shortly before Price’s recording hit. The B Side to the Newley recording was “My Blue Angel”; the original runs to just 2 minutes 35 seconds and was released on the ABC-Paramount label backed by “Have You Ever Had The Blues”, apparently with no questionmark.

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


“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.

2018: #55, Highest Ranking:  #55 in 2018


“(‘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.”

2018:  #29, Highest Ranking:  #25 in 2014


“Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto (1963)

Sometime in 1962, a British music executive named Louis Benjamin heard the song when he was traveling in Japan, and he had his group Kenny Ball & his Jazzmen record an instrumental version that made it to #10 on the UK charts. Benjamin renamed the song “Sukiyaki” after a Japanese food he enjoyed – a one-pot dish made with sliced beef, tofu, noodles and vegetables.

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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