Number 23 – 33


Here’s songs 23-33 on the 2017 Great 88:


“Jim Dandy” by LaVern Baker (1957)

The song was covered by southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas. It hit #25 on the pop chart and featured Jim Mangrum (who had already been using “Jim Dandy” as a stage name before they covered the song) and female vocalist Ruby Starr trading off vocals. It was the first single from their 1973 album High on the Hog, Black Oak’s most commercially successful album.

2016:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  First year on survey



“Hearts of Stone” by Otis Williams and the Charms (1955)

Otis Williams attended Withrow High School in Cincinnati, and in 1952 joined an existing singing group in the school when one of its members was sick. The other original members were Bob Smith (tenor) (later replaced by Donald Peak), Rolland Bradley (tenor), Joe Penn (baritone/tenor), and Richard Parker (bass).  The group, which Williams named The Charms, performed “Rags to Riches” in Withrow’s well-known and highly acclaimed show The Withrow Minstrels in May 1954, where they were seen in the Monday night opening show by Syd Nathan of King Records. Nathan only wanted to sign Williams, but Williams insisted on taking the rest of the group along.

2016:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  First year on survey



“Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen (1963)

This was  written by an R&B singer named Richard Berry in 1955. With his group The Pharaohs, he was also the first to record it, and it got some airplay in some cities in the Western US when it was released in 1957. Various garage bands heard it and started covering the song, until it became a phenomena with the Kingsmen’s version.

2016:  #26, Highest Ranking:  #26 (2016)



“Remember Then” by The Earls (1962)

“Remember Then” waas written by Tony Powers and Beverly Ross, and first recorded in 1962 by The Earls. Original copies of The Earls’ version, on the Old Town label, show only Powers as the writer, while some later versions give a writing or co-writing credit to record producer Stan Vincent. BMI lists all three as co-writers.

2016:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  First year on survey



“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.

2016:  #67, Highest Ranking:  #67 (2016)



“Searchin'” by The Coasters (1957)

Paul McCartney chose “Searchin'” as one of his must-have songs in a 1982 broadcast of the BBC radio show Desert Island Discs. The Beatles also picked this song to audition for Decca records in 1962.

2016:  #40, Highest Ranking:  #40 (2016)



“Sealed With a Kiss” by Brian Hyland (1962)

This archetypal American high-school teen love song was composed by Gary Geld and lyricist Peter Udell. The duo began their writing partnership in the early sixties and wrote over 100 songs together. One of their first songs was this, which they wrote in 1960 and was a hit for Brian Hyland two years later. 

2016:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #58 (2014)


“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. Fats Domino’s version was featured in the 1956 film The Girl Can’t Help It. It became one of the earliest rhythm and blues songs to make the Billboard magazine pop music charts, peaking at number five and reaching the number one spot on the R&B Best Sellers chart.

2015:  #38, Highest Ranking:  #38 (2016)



“When” by The Kalin Twins (1958)

The Kalin Twins were the first act with twins to make the Top 10 in the US or UK. The next group to do it was The Bee Gees, whose first American Top 10 was “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” in 1968. In the UK, it was the #1 “Massachusetts” in 1967.

2016:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  First year on survey


“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley (1962)

This was Elvis’ most popular and famous “love song,” but it was not sung to his love interest in Blue Hawaii – It was sung to his grandmother on the occasion of her birthday. Elvis presented her with a music box, which she opened and it played the song, which Elvis then sang along with.

2016:  #83, Highest Ranking:  #9 (2015)



“A Thousand Stars” by Kathy Young and the Innocents (1960)

 She 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.

2016:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #85 (2015)


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

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