Number 67 – 77

 

Here’s songs 67-77 on the 2017 Great 88:

#77

“A Teenager in Love” by Dion and the Belmonts (1959)

This song about a schoolboy with a delicate heart was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Like Dion & The Belmonts, Pomus and Shuman were from New York City. Other songs they wrote include “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “Let’s Live For Today” and “This Magic Moment.”

2016:  #12 Highest Ranking:  #12 (2016)

 

#76

“Wait Til’ My Bobby Gets Home” by Darlene Love (1963)

As a minister’s daughter, Love grew up listening to gospel music and was a dedicated member of her church in San Antonio, Texas. She began singing in her church choir at age ten. During choir practice she caught the attention of choir director Cora Martin. After singing for Martin she was asked to go to the Music Mart where she sang and did some broadcasts; Love’s career began there.

2016:  #34, Highest Ranking:  #34 (2016)

 

#75

“Crying” by Roy Orbison (1961)

Orbison claimed to have written this as the result of an encounter he had with an old flame with whom he still was in love with. He refused to say how much she meant to him, and when he ran into her again it was too late.

2016:  #34, Highest Ranking:  #4 (2013)

 

#74

“Get a Job” by The Silhouettes (1958)

The owner of local label Kae Records, DJ Kae Williams issued this as B-side of the ballad “I Am Lonely,” but Philadelphia record stations chose to spin the upbeat “Get A Job,” instead. The record was an immediate hit locally but gained national prominence when the group performed it on Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beechnut Show and American Bandstand.

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

 

#73

“Tonight Tonight” by The Mello-Kings (1957)

Originally named the Mellotones, the group was signed to the Herald label. “Tonite Tonite” was written by Billy Myles, a staff composer for the label. The group was forced to change its name after the single’s release, as another group had already claimed Mellotones. The record lasted only ten weeks in the US pop, and the group was never able to repeat this success.

2016: not on survey,  Highest Ranking:  #69 (2015)

 

#72

“Blue Moon” by The Marcels (1961)

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote this for the 1934 movie Manhattan Melodrama.  This was also used in the movies Words And Music (1948); Malaya (1949); East Side, West Side (1950); and With A Song In My Heart (1952) before Elvis Presley recorded it for Sun Records in 1954.

2015:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #6 (2014 and 2015)

 

#71

 

“Wake Up Little Susie” by The Everly Brothers (1957)

Some Boston radio stations banned this because of the lyrics, which imply that the young couple spent the night together. At the time, staying out late with a girl was a little controversial.

2016: #50, Highest Ranking:  #1 (2014)

#70

 

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens (1961)

This was popularized in the 1930s by South African singer Solomon Linda, who recorded it in 1939 with his group, The Evening Birds. Apparently they were a bold bunch, and got the idea for this from when they used to chase lions who were going after the cattle owned by their families.

2016:  #13, Highest Ranking:  #3 (2015)

 

#69

“Blowin’ in the Wind” by Peter Paul and Mary (1963)

Bob Dylan claims that he wrote this song in about 10 minutes one afternoon. He put words to the melody of an old slave song called “No More Auction Block,” which he might have learned from Carter family records.

2016:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #23 (2014)

#68

“Where the Boys Are” by Connie Francis (1961)

The film “Where the Boys Are” is actually based on a novel, by Glendon Swarthout. Producer/director Joe Pasternak wisely decided to only make the story about the first half of the novel, since the second half has the principles deciding to smuggle guns to Cuba and into the hands of Fidel Castro! This would have had bad political overtones, since Castro did indeed win his revolution by the time the film came out and US-Cuba relations immediately soured.

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

 

#67

“Sixteen Candles” by The Crests (1959)

The song was used in the original 1972 release of John Waters’ film Pink Flamingos, but was edited out of the 25th Anniversary Edition re-release in 1997 because the rights could not be obtained, and it was therefore also not included on the CD soundtrack which was issued at the same time.

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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