Number 56 – 66


Here’s songs 56-66 on the 2017 Great 88:


“Little Darlin’ ” by The Diamonds (1957)

It was written by Maurice Williams with both melody and doo-wop accompaniment strongly emphasizing the clave rhythm. It was first recorded by Excello Records in January 1957 and quickly released as a rhythm-and-blues song by Williams’ R&B group, The Gladiolas.

2016:  #32, Highest Ranking:  #4 (2014)



“Bristol Stomp” by The Dovells (1961)

“Bristol Stomp” was written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell, two executives with the Cameo-Parkway record label.  It was originally recorded by a group from Bristol, Pennsylvania, Terry and the Appeljacks (Terry Appel was the son of Dave Appel). The recording by Terry and the Appeljacks made neither the Billboard Hot 100 nor the “Bubbling Under” charts.

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



“Tears on My Pillow” by Little Anthony and the Imperials (1958)

Their first and best-selling single, this used the same backing tracks as the Penguins’ “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine).” This was done as an economy move as the record company barely had enough money for the session tape.

2016:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #54 (2015)



“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.

2016:  #69, Highest Ranking:  #5 (2014)



“All I Have to Do Is Dream” by The Everly Brothers (1958)

Chet Atkins played tremolo-style guitar chords on the song, providing an interesting musical backing to the Everly Brothers’ unique vocal harmonies.

2016:  #79, Highest Ranking:  #7 (2013)



“Maybe” by The Chantels (1958)

“Maybe” is one of the earliest examples of the girl-group phenomenon, which would sweep the United States shortly after this single’s release. Thus, The Chantels broke ground for the likes of The Shirelles, The Ronettes, and The Supremes. Many of the the early girl groups were largely spawned by the 1650 Broadway/Brill Building scene and its famous tenants.

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



“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.

2016:  #29, Highest Ranking:  #5 (2015)


“The Wanderer” by Dion (1962)

Dion told Blueswax in 2009: “The big inspiration was this kid in the neighborhood… I think his name was Jackie Burns. He was a sailor and he had tattoos all over him, like he had ‘Flo’ on his left arm, ‘Mary’ on his right. Janie was the girl that he was going to be with the next night and then he put ‘Rosie’ on his chest and he had it covered up with a battleship. Every time he went out with a girl, he got a new tattoo. So the guy was worth a song!”

2016:  #46, Highest Ranking:  #10 (2013)



“My Prayer” by The Platters (1957)

“My Prayer” is a 1939 popular song with music by salon violinist Georges Boulanger and lyrics by Carlos Gomez Barrera and Jimmy Kennedy. It was originally written by Boulanger with the title “Avant de Mourir” in 1926. The lyrics for this version were added by Kennedy in 1939.  glenn Miller recorded the song that year for a number two hit and The Ink Spots’ version featuring Bill Kenny reached number three, as well, that year.

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


“The Loco-Motion” by Little Eva (1962)

One day Carole King came up with a melody that her husband, Gerry Goffin thought sounded like a locomotive, and when he saw Eva dancing with their daughter to the tune, he got the idea to make the song about a brand new dance – The Loco-Motion. He wrote the lyrics and they brought Eva–their babysitter–to the studio and had her record the song as a demo – they were hoping Dee Dee Sharp would sing it. Their producer Don Kirshner thought Eva’s vocal was just fine, so they named her Little Eva and had her record the song.

2016:  #20, Highest Ranking:  #45 (2012)



“Bye Bye Love” by The Everly Brothers (1957)

The husband-and-wife songwriting team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant wrote this. Together, this talented couple penned many huge hits for the Everly Brothers and other artists, including “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream.”

2016:  #54, Highest Ranking:  #12 (2014)


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

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