Number 23 – 33

Here’s songs 23-33 on the 2020 Great 88:


“Shout!  Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)” by Ernie Maresca (1962)

 He began singing and writing in a doo-wop group, the Monterays, later renamed as the Desires, and, after Maresca left, as the Regents, who had a hit with “Barbara Ann”. In 1957, his demo of his song “No One Knows” came to the attention of Dion DiMucci, who recorded it successfully with the Belmonts on Laurie Records, the record reaching No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart in 1958. Maresca then began songwriting full-time, and recording his own demos.

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


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

2019:  #59, Highest Ranking:  #33 in 2013


“Raunchy” by The Bill Justis (1957)

Ernie Freeman covered this. It was a reversal of the usual process as Freeman was black and Justis was white. Freeman’s version hit #4 while Justis’ hit #2. Although both did extensive session work, “Raunchy” remains each act’s sole Top 40 hit.

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


“Poor Little Fool” by Ricky Nelson (1958)

“Poor Little Fool” was written by 17-year-old Sharon Sheeley when she was still attending high school in Newport Beach, California. Female songwriters were rare at the time, and when the song climbed to #1 in the US, she became the first woman to compose an American chart-topper on her own.

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #53 in 2018


“Bristol Stomp” by The Dovells (1961)

“Bristol Stomp” was written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell, two executives with the Cameo-Parkway record label.  It was originally recorded by a group from Bristol, Pennsylvania, Terry and the Appeljacks (Terry Appel was the son of Dave Appel). The recording by Terry and the Appeljacks made neither the Billboard Hot 100 nor the “Bubbling Under” charts.

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #65 in 2017


“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.

2019: #80, Highest Ranking:  #55 in 2018


“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.

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


“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.

2019:  #16, Highest Ranking:  #9 in 2018


“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:  #63, Highest Ranking:  #13 in 2014


“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.

2019:  #39, Highest Ranking:  #39 in 2019


“Tell Him” by The Exciters (1963)

Bert Berns, using the pseudonym Bert Russell, wrote this song as “Tell Her.” Versions by Johnny Thunder and Ed Townsend were released in 1962, but they both stiffed.  When the production team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller left Atlantic Records to work for United Artists, they produced a new version by The Exciters, a New York quartet featuring three female vocalists. Released later in 1962 as “Tell Him,” it became a big hit, reaching its chart peak on January 19, 1963.

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


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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