Number 67 – 77


Here’s songs 67-77 on the 2016 Great 88:


“It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” by Buddy Holly (1959)

This was recorded in mid-October 1958 in New York City. Paul Anka wrote it specifically for Holly. He donated his royalties from the song to Holly’s wife. He said: “‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ has a tragic irony about it now, but at least it will help look after Buddy Holly’s family. I’m giving my composer’s royalty to his widow – it’s the least I can do.”

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  First year on survey


“Rhythm of the Rain” by The Cascades (1963)

This was recorded at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, which is where Phil Spector produced many of his hits. Some of the elite west coast studio musicians played on this song, including the legendary session drummer Hal Blaine and guitarist Glen Campbell.

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #25 (2012)


“Church Bells May Ring” by The Willows (1956)

Lead singer Tony Middleton was backed up on the recording by Richard Davis, Ralph Martin, Joseph Martin and Richard Simon. Neil Sedaka is on chimes.  “Church Bells May Ring” entered the Billboard Top 100 charts in April 1956 and stayed there for eleven weeks. A big hit in New York, it reached #62 on the national chart, and went to #12 on the R&B chart. The Diamonds covered the song in 1956, and their version rose to #14 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Chart and #23 on Cash Box.

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  First year on survey


“Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard (1958)

The title was taken from the pet phrase of one of Little Richard’s favorite DJ’s, Jimmy Pennick. Musically, the song was inspired by the sax player Jackie Brenston, famous for singing lead and playing with Ike Turner on the song “Rocket 88.”

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  First year on survey


“When Will I Be Loved” by The Everly Brothers (1960)

The song had its highest profile when Linda Ronstadt covered it on her album Heart Like A Wheel in November 1974; that version rearranged the verses of the Everly Brothers original, transposing the first and third verses.  

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #21 (2014)


“I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash (1956)

Recorded in April 1956, Cash’s first #1 was sped up at the urging of Sun Studios owners Sam Phillips. Jack Clements, who worked with Cash, recalled to Uncut magazine April 2012: “I wasn’t impressed with Cash at first, because I like recordings with class… And Cash seemed rough, but ‘I Walk The Line’ was a class recording.”

2015:  #68, Highest Ranking:  #68 (2015)


“Save the Last Dance for Me” by The Drifters (1960)

Doc Pomus found a wedding invitation in a hatbox, and back came his most vivid memory from his wedding: watching his brother Raoul dance with his new wife while Doc, who had polio, sat in his wheelchair. Inspired, he stayed up all night writing the words to this song on the back of the invitation.

2015:  #8, Highest Ranking:  #8 (2015)


“Be My Baby” by The Ronettes (1963)

Phil Spector got a songwriting credit on this along with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), Ronnie Spector said she felt the song was inspired by her budding romance with Phil.

2015:  #52, Highest Ranking:  #2 (2014)



“Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin (1959)

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht wrote this song in 1928 for the German play The Threepenny Opera. “Mack” is Macheath, the title character, portrayed as a criminal. The light melody can make this feel like an upbeat song, but it contrasts sharply with the lyrics, which are about a murderer.

2015:  #39, Highest Ranking:  #5 (2014)


“He’s a Rebel” by The Crystals (1962)

WINS disc jockey Murray the K figured out that Phil Spector used a different set of Crystals on this song and broke the story on the air. La La Brooks sai Murray called her to ask about it, and she told him that the actual Crystals had nothing to do with the song. 

2015:  #87, Highest Ranking:  #5 (2013)



“Walking to New Orleans” by Fats Domino (1960)

When Fats Domino stopped on tour in Lafayette, Louisiana, he invited Bobby Charles into his dressing room.  Regretting he did not have a copy of his new record to give to Charles, he invited Charles to come visit him in Domino’s home of New Orleans. Charles replied, “I don’t have a car. If I’d go, I’d have to walk.” Afterwards, the thought remained on Charles’s mind, and he said he wrote the song for Domino in some 15 minutes.

2015:  not in survey, Highest Ranking:  First year 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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