Number 67 – 77

 

Here’s songs 67-77 on the 2019 Great 88:

#77

“Little Star” by The Elegants (1958)

This was the only hit for this Staten Island group. They adopted the name after a member saw a billboard ad for Schenley’s Whiskey — the ad had the phrase “liquor of elegance.” 

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #17 in 2016

#76

“Think It Over” by The Crickets (1958)

Buddy Holly and The Crickets were the first big-name white group to play the Apollo Theater in Harlem. They were booked there in 1957 by a promoter who assumed they were black (this happened from time to time, since most acts were heard long before they were seen). Their show went over well.

2018:  #61, Highest Ranking:  #61 in 2018

#75

“Mockingbird” by Inez and Charlie Foxx (1963)

This is based on a traditional American folk song sometimes known as “Hush Little Baby.” The song is a lullaby, intended to soothe a young child to sleep with promises of expensive gifts. Northern Mockingbirds were often kept as pets in America, which explains the significance of the lyrics.

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first time on survey

#74

“Bird Dog” by The Everly Brothers (1958)

This hit the charts two years after Elvis Presley compared his lover to a whiny canine in the #1 hit “Hound Dog.” The harmonizing duo maintained that Elvis, who burst on the scene while they were still trying to land a record deal, wasn’t an influence on their country-flavored rock and roll tunes. Don Everly explained in 1998: “Elvis didn’t have the kind of voice I liked, nor a sound I liked. I was listening to Ray Charles, Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry, and Bo Diddley.”

2018:  #52, Highest Ranking:  #52 in 2018

#73

“Whispering Bells” by The Dell-Vikings (1957)

Joan Baez released a version of the song featuring Paul Simon on her 1989 album Speaking of Dreams. It was produced by Simon.  He later featured the song on the re-release of his album, Graceland.

2018:  #25, Highest Ranking: #25 in 2018

#72

“Sixty Minute Man” by Billy Ward and the Dominos (1951)

Written by group member Billy Ward and his collaborator/business partner Rose Marks, this is an early Doo-Wop classic that held up to many Rock and Roll records that emerged later in the ’50s. The song is rooted in Blues music, and follows the frequent Blues theme of the singer bragging about his sexual prowess. This song had more of an R&B sound and was an early influence on Rock music.

2018:  #84, Highest Ranking:  #22 in 2015

#71

“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.”

2018:  #54, Highest Ranking:  #54 in 2018

#70

“Ain’t That a Shame” by Fats Domino (1955)

This was the first song to crossover from the R&B charts to the mostly white pop charts of the day. Like several other songs previously heard exclusively in black bars or nightclubs, this was covered by the crooning Pat Boone.  Boone’s cover was a huge hit, going to #1 on the US Pop charts and reaching #7 in the UK. This gave Domino’s original recording a boost, and helped it cross over.

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  #13 in 2017

#69

“Claudette” by Everly Brothers (1958)

This song was written by Roy Orbison as a rocking tribute to his wife Claudette. It was the first major songwriting success for the then unknown Big O, who subsequently terminated his contract with Sun Records and affiliated himself with the Everly’s publisher, Acuff-Rose Music.

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first time on survey

 

#68

“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.

2018:  #76, Highest Ranking:  #26 in 2016

#67

“Devoted to You” by The Everly Brothers (1958)

Devoted to You” is a song written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.  The best-known recording was by The Everly Brothers, issued as the flip side of “Bird Dog,” but reached the charts on its own, at No. 10 on the United States pop charts.  It was also a Top 40 single for James Taylor and Carly Simon.

2018:  not on survey, Highest Ranking:  first time 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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