Number 78 – 88

Here’s songs 78-88 on the 2020 Great 88:

#88

“Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go” by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters (1960)

Written by Hank Ballard, the single was the last of the Midnighters’ three number-one singles on the R&B chart, staying there for three non-consecutive weeks. “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go” is also Ballard & the Midnighters’ most successful pop single, peaking at number six.

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

#87

“What a Diff’rence a Day Makes” by Dinah Washington (1959)

This was written in 1934 by Maria Grever, who was the first successful female Mexican songwriter. She wrote it as “Cuando Vuelva A Tu Lado,” which translates to “When It returns To Your Side,” but for English consumption the lyricist Stanley Adams rewrote it as “What a Diff’rence a Day Made.” The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra recorded it with the English lyrics in 1934, and their version was a #5 hit. Many artists have recorded it since, but Washington’s version has become the most popular.

2019:  #21, Highest Ranking:  #21 in 2019

#86

“You Send Me” by Sam Cooke (1957)

Cooke was signed to Specialty Records, which was a gospel label. Cooke’s producer, Bumps Blackwell, brought this to Art Rupe, who owned the label. Rupe objected to the use of the choir on this track and was afraid it was too secular and would alienate the label’s gospel fans. He offered Cooke a release from his contract in exchange for outstanding royalties. The song was passed to the Keen label where it sold over 2 million copies.

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #31 in 2014

#85

“Palisades Park” by Freddy Cannon (1962)

Chuck Barris wrote a song about an amusement park and it was suggested he use the name of an amusement park as the title. One night he was in Manhattan when he looked toward the New Jersey Palisades Cliffs, on which the amusement park sat. That was when inspiration hit and the title was added.

2019:  #8, Highest Ranking:  #2 in 2012

#84

“A Hundred Pounds of Clay” by Gene McDaniels (1961)

In the early 60s, the BBC banned the song and wouldn’t allow British radio stations to play it. The controversy arose not from the fact that it was a religious song, but because the censors interpreted the song as suggesting women were created simply to be sexual beings, and the BBC felt something that was considered blasphemous should not air to avoid controversy.

2019:  #11, Highest Ranking:  #7 in 2018

#83

“Then He Kissed Me” by The Crystals (1963)

Dolores “La La” Brooks is the only Crystal to perform on this song. Spector recorded the group’s first recordings in New York City, where they were from. When he relocated to Los Angeles, he had a group called The Blossoms (with Darlene Love singing lead) record the songs “He’s A Rebel” and “He’s Sure the Boy I Love,” which he issued as The Crystals. 

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #12  in 2013

#82

“My True Love” by Jack Scott (1960)

Jack Scott ws born in Windsor, Ontario (Canada) and moved to a Detroit suburb when he was 10. He was the first white rock and roll star to come out of Detroit, Michigan. He was inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011 and has been called “undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time.

2019:  #34, Highest Ranking:  #12 in 2017

#81

“Earth Angel” by The Penguins (1954)

The song was recorded in June 1954, and released in September. It was issued as the B-side of another song called “Hey Senorita,” but DJs flipped the record and “Earth Angel” was deemed the A-side. It was a huge hit, and landed The Penguins a major label record deal with Mercury Records. The Penguins never had another hit, although a re-release of “Earth Angel” bubbled under at #101 in 1960.

2019:  #5, Highest Ranking:  #2 in 2018

#80

“Party Doll” by Buddy Knox (1957)

The drum sound on this was actually made by a cardboard box filled with cotton. The Crickets’ stickman Jerry Allison was inspired to also use a cardboard box instead of a drum for “Not Fade Away” after hearing this song.

2019:  #44, Highest Ranking:  #44 in 2019

#79

“Blue Monday” by Fats Domino (1956)

“Blue Monday” is originally written by Dave Bartholomew, and first recorded by Smiley Lewis in 1954.  It was later popularized in a recording by Fats Domino in 1956, with the songwriting credit was shared between Bartholomew and Domino. Most later versions have credited Bartholomew and Domino as co-writers. 

2019:  #51, Highest Ranking: #26 in 2017

#78

“To the Aisle” by Five Satins (1957)

This song covers the entire history of a generic romance in two minutes and forty-one seconds. There’s the meeting, the initial conversation, the falling in love, and the proposal. Life is often much more complicated, but not when sung by a smooth Doo-Wop group like The Five Satins.

2019:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first time 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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