Number 34 – 44


Here’s songs 34-44 on the 2017 Great 88:


“At the Hop” by Danny and the Juniors (1958)

Danny & the Juniors were the Philadelphia group of Danny Rapp, Dave White, Frank Maffei and Joe Terranova. At the time, they were known as The Juvenairs. They were on a street corner singing when a someone who worked at a recording studio heard them and brought them in to sing. 

2016: not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #47 (2013)



“Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel” by Roy Orbison (1960)

Roy Orbison wrote this with his songwriting partner Joe Melson, but intended to offer the song to either Elvis Presley or the Everly Brothers (who had already recorded Orbison’s song “Claudette”). The Everly Brothers persuaded Orbison that he should cut it himself.

2016:  #9, Highest Ranking:  #3 (2012)



“Could This Be Magic” by The Dubs (1957)

The Dubs formed from the merging of two short-lived vocal groups in Harlem, New York, The Five Wings and The Scale-Tones.  After some prompting by Richard Blandon when he showed up at a Scale-Tones’ rehearsal, a new group emerged. This included Blandon and his cousin Billy Carlisle from the Five Wings, and Cleveland Still, James “Jake” Miller and Thomas Gardner from the Scale-Tones.

2016:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #64 (2015)



“He’s So Fine” by The Chiffons (1963)

In 1971, George Harrison released “My Sweet Lord,” which prompted Bright Tunes Music, which owned the publishing rights to “He’s So Fine,” to sue for plagiarism, as the songs were musically similar. The case wasn’t heard until 1976, as Bright Tunes had gone into receivership. Harrison proved that he was not trying to copy “He’s So Fine,” but the judge ruled that his intent was irrelevant, as he copied the distinct musical patterns in the song.

2016:  324, Highest Ranking:  #19 (2013)



“My True Story” by The Jive Five (1961)

The single was the biggest hit for the group on both the R&B and pop charts. “My True Story” made it to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and was number one on the R&B Sides chart for three weeks. Lead singer Eugene Pitt co-wrote the song.

2016:  #3, Highest Ranking:  #3 (2016)



“Duke of Earl” by Gene Chandler (1962)

Vee Jay bought the master tapes to Duke of Earl and wanted to release it immediately, but Nat Records did not want the Dukays’ name on the record.  The producers then offered Eugene Dixon a choice: Start a solo career with “Duke of Earl” and be replaced as lead singer of the Dukays by a man named Charles Davis, or stay with the Dukays and have Davis start HIS solo career with “Duke of Earl.” Chandler chose option #2 with the blessings of the group.

2016:  #39, Highest Ranking:  #16 (2012)



“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.

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


“Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry (1958)

This song is based on Berry’s life. It tells the tale of a boy with humble beginnings with a talent for guitar. Some details were changed: Berry was from St. Louis, not Louisiana, and he knew how to read and write very well. He graduated from beauty school with a degree in hairdressing and cosmetology.

2016:  #27, Highest Ranking:  #27 (2016)



“Up on the Roof” by The Drifters (1963)

First recorded by Little Eva, this breezy summertime song evokes the high-rise apartments in American cities where urban dwellers could escape from the stresses of daily living by climbing onto the tar “beaches” on the roofs of their buildings. 

2016:  #30, Highest Ranking:  #30 (2016)


“You Belong to Me” by The Duprees (1962)

A 1952 version of this song by Jo Stafford was the most popular, topping the charts in both the US and UK.  The version by The Duprees reached #7 on the national charts.

2016:  #49, Highest Ranking:  #7 (2015)



“Till” by The Angels (1961)

The Angels, in addition to having hits of their own, were much in demand as background vocalists on others’ records. Perhaps their most famous outing in this regard is on Lou Christie’s “Lightnin’ Strikes,” which featured Angel Peggy Santiglia.

2016:  not on 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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