Stompers, Tamerlanes, a brother and sister singing a love song and a singing nun are all featured in this week's Top Ten.
In a year of upsets, the Great 88 survey for the best songs of 1963 showed rare consistency, with four songs repeating in the Top Five. Here's the results, along with videos.
While the survey for the best songs of 1963 was more wide open than past years, the final result was a virtual repeat of 2018. A total of 69 different songs from the year received one or more votes, but four songs repeated in the top five positions from last year. The Ronettes help one... Continue Reading →
Here's the Grooveyard Top Ten for December 15, 1963 as played tonight by Alan Seltzer on "The Grooveyard": #10 "Everybody" by Tommy Roe #9 "Deep Purple" by Nino Tempo and April Stevens #8 "I Have a Boyfriend" by The Chiffons The Twelve Days of Greats Start Monday! #7 "She's a Fool" by Lesley Gore #6 "It's All... Continue Reading →
Here's the Grooveyard Top Ten for December 2, 1963 as played tonight by Alan Seltzer on "The Grooveyard": #10 "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen #9 "I Have a Boyfriend" by The Chiffons #8 "Washington Square" by The Village Stompers One week left to vote in the finals! #7 "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" by... Continue Reading →
The survey for the best songs of 1963 always brings a wide range of answers. This year's survey is no different, with 71 different songs getting attention, a slight decrease from last year's record 78 songs. Two songs--by the Ronettes and Kingsmen--were repeats in the top five. Here's the top five songs from 1955 and... Continue Reading →
Convinced that the lyrics to the Kingsmen's hit "Louie Louie"--shown above with the group's appearance on the "Hollywood A Go Go" TV show--are as filthy as urban legends claim, the FBI visited Wand Records on this date in 1965 to ask a few questions. Eventually, they decide the group's version of the Richard Berry R&B... Continue Reading →
Only a week remains in the final round of the Grooveyard Greats listener poll. You can vote for your 15 favorite songs daily through December 19 here. Follow us on Twitter for updates. Results will be unveiled here the week of December 23 and on "The Grooveyard" December 26. Now here's the Top Ten @... Continue Reading →
Here's the Top Ten @ 10 for November 22, 1963, as heard on the Thanksgiving edition of "The Grooveyard" with Alan Seltzer. Since the survey was for the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it's appropriate we offer this bonus video of Dion performing "Abraham Martin and John"... Now on to the survey itself...... Continue Reading →