Number 12 – 22

Here’s songs 12-22 on the 2020 Great 88:


“Angel Baby” by Rosie and the Originals (1961)

Rosie Hamlin wrote this when she was 14 years old. It began as a poem about a boyfriend, and was based on “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” by The Penguins. Rosie had some experience as a singer with a local band, getting the job by telling them she was 16.

2019:  #7 Highest Ranking: #7 in 2019


“Little Darlin’ ” by The Diamonds (1957)

It was written by Maurice Williams with both melody and doo-wop accompaniment strongly emphasizing the clave rhythm. It was first recorded by Excello Records in January 1957 and quickly released as a rhythm-and-blues song by Williams’ R&B group, The Gladiolas.

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #4 in 2014


“Gum Drop” by The Crew Cuts (1955)

On the Disk Jockey chart, the peaked at #14; on the Best Seller chart, at #10; on the Juke Box chart, at #20; on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached #80. The peak at #80 on the top-100 list is misleading, however, because this list was begun after the song had reached its popularity peak, so it was headed off the list at that point.

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first year on survey


“Everyday” by Buddy Holly (1957)

This is listed as being written by Charles Hardin and Norman Petty. Charles Hardin is actually Buddy Holly: his real name was Charles Hardin Holley.   His 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.

2019:  #65, Highest Ranking:  #26 in 2015


“A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation” by Marty Robbins (1957)

Robbins rwrote the song in approximately twenty minutes while being transported in a standard automobile.  He is said to have had the inspiration for the song while driving from a motel to a venue in Ohio where he was due to perform that evening. During the course of the journey, he passed a local high school, where its students were dressed ready for their prom.

2019:  #29, Highest Ranking: #29 in 2019


“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.

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first year on survey


“La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens (1958)

“La Bamba” is a traditional Mexican Folk song that became a hit for the young rocker Ritchie Valens’ after he died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959 along with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. The song is very popular with Mariachi bands and is often played at weddings. The lyrics are in Spanish: “Para bailar la Bamba se necessita una poca de gracia” means “To dance La Bamba you need to have a little grace.”

2019:  #26, Highest Ranking:  #16 in 2016


“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.

2019:  #37, Highest Ranking:  #23 in 2017


“Wait Til’ My Bobby Gets Home” by Darlene Love (1963)

As a minister’s daughter, Love grew up listening to gospel music and was a dedicated member of her church in San Antonio, Texas. She began singing in her church choir at age ten. During choir practice she caught the attention of choir director Cora Martin. After singing for Martin she was asked to go to the Music Mart where she sang and did some broadcasts; Love’s career began there.

2019:  #23, Highest Ranking:  #23 in 2019


“You Belong to Me” by The Duprees (1962)

This was written in 1952 by Chilton Price, Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King. Stewart was the lead singer of Pee Wee King’s Golden West Cowboys, who were a popular Country act and regulars at the Grand Ole Opry.   In 1962 The Duprees, who were an Italian-American vocal group from Jersey City, New Jersey, made this into a Doo-Wop song that went to #7 in the US. Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patsy Cline, Ringo Starr, and Anne Murray all recorded it, and Bob Dylan did a version of the song for Oliver Stone’s movie Natural Born Killers. Vonda Shepard recorded it for the Ally McBeal soundtrack in 1998.

2017:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #7 in 2015


“That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly and the Crickets (1957)

Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison, the drummer on the Crickets, saw John Wayne’s movie, “The Searchers”.  In the movie, Wayne keeps replying “That’ll be the day” every time another character in the film predicts or proclaims something will happen when he felt it was not likely to happen. The phrase stuck in Jerry’s mind, and when they were hanging out at Jerry’s house one night, Buddy looked at Jerry and said that it sure would be nice if they could record a hit song. Jerry replied with, “That’ll be the day,” mocking John Wayne in the western.

2019:  #19, Highest Ranking:  #2 in 2016

Check out all the songs that made the 2020 Great 88 here. You can also see the first round results here.

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