Number 67 – 77

Here’s songs 67-77 on the 2020 Great 88:

#77

“Twilight Time” by The Platters (1958)

“Twilight Time” is a song with lyrics by songwriter Buck Ram (the seminal force behind The Platters, who were originally named “The Buck Ram Platters”) and music by The Three Suns (Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, and Artie Dunn). The Three Suns also originally recorded the song, which hit for them in 1944 at #8. Al Nevins would later go on to become a music producer together with Don Kirshner, forming Aldon music.

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

#76

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

Sonny James and Tom Jones both released notable cover versions of this song, which was written by Jack Scott.  James’ version reached #10 on the U.S. country chart, and #3 on the Canadian country chart.

2019:  #38, Highest Ranking:  #38  in 2019

#75

“The Happy Organ” by Dave Baby Cortez (1959)

Cortez was touring with Little Anthony and the Imperials (earning $200 per week) when this hit #1 in the US. His manager pulled him off the tour so Cortez could promote HIS hit.

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #12 in 2011

74

“Oh! Carol” by Neil Sedaka (1959)

At the time Sedaka produced the record, his second and third singles, “I Go Ape!” and “Crying My Heart Out For You” had fared poorly on the charts, and RCA Victor was ready to drop him from their label, but producer Al Nevins persuaded the RCA executives to give Sedaka one last chance. Determined to create a hit song, Sedaka purchased the three top singles of the day and listened to them repeatedly, studying their melody, chord progression, and lyrical styles; and he found that they were very similar in structure. He then used this knowledge to create the song, “Oh! Carol”.

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

#73

“New Orleans” by Gary US Bonds (1960)

 Producer Frank  Guida chose Anderson’s stage name, U.S. Bonds, in hopes that it would be confused with a public service announcement advertising the sale of government bonds and thereby garner more radio airplay.  This was his first hit song.

2019:  #33, Highest Ranking:  #18 in 2017

#72

“Susie Q” by Dale Hawkins (1957)

Hawkins cut “Susie Q” at the KWKH Radio station in Shreveport, Louisiana. “Susie Q” was a late rockabilly song which captured the spirit of Louisiana and featured guitar work by James Burton, who also worked with Ricky Nelson and later with Elvis Presley, among others. There is some dispute as to whether the Hawkins’ rendition of the song was a remake of a 1939 release of a song of the same title, “Susie-Q”, by Sonny Boy Williamson

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

#71

“Don’t Be Cruel” by Elvis Presley (1956)

This was written by Otis Blackwell, a songwriter who came up with a lot of hits for Elvis. In addition to this, he also wrote “Return to Sender,” “All Shook Up,” and “One Broken Heart for Sale” for Elvis. He also wrote “Fever,” which was made famous by Peggy Lee, and “Great Balls Of Fire” for Jerry Lee Lewis. Blackwell died in 2002 at age 70.

2019: not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #17 in 2015

#70

“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.

2019:  #41, Highest Ranking:  #38 in 2017

#69

“Runaway” by Del Shannon (1961)

This is about a guy whose girl leaves him, and he is left to wonder what went wrong. A lot of Shannon’s songs were about broken relationships. He once said he wrote the words to this about himself because he was forever running away from relationships.

2019:  #64, Highest Ranking:  #1 in 2012 and 2016

#68

“Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs (1962)

The Fireballs were a New Mexico band that had some success with instrumental tracks like “Torquay” (#39, 1959) and “Bulldog” (#24, 1960). Their recordings were all instrumental, but they used a vocalist when they played concerts in order to fill the sets. Until the summer of 1960, Chuck Tharp served as their frontman, replaced by Jimmy Gilmer, who led his own rockabilly band before joining The Fireballs.  On the road, the band played “Sugar Shack,” which got a great response. They urged their producer, Norman Petty, to record the song, and he did so at his studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Released in May 1963, the song took off, climbing to #1 in October.

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking: #45 in 2015

#67

“I Only Have Eyes for You” by The Flamingos (1959)

This song was written by Henry Warren and Al Dubin. The first recording was probably made by Ben Selvin in 1934. The Flamingos recorded it in 1959 for the musical Dames starring Joan Blondell, and it also appeared on the American Graffiti soundtrack from 1973.

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #5 in 2015

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

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