What were the biggest-selling songs the day before host Alan Seltzer was born? Here's the Grooveyard Top Ten.
This survey is a study of extremes, with three songs making the list for the first or second time on one end. On the other end, The Penguins have now reached the Top Five in the first round all ten years the Great 88 was in existence. And more surprising, the survey set a first-round record for votes.
Like other 2019 Great 88 listener surveys, the poll for the best songs of 1955 and earlier were unusually close. Ten songs finished in striking distance of first place. That was a significant change from last year's poll when The Penguins and Chuck Berry's Maybelline each had an unusually high 8% of the vote. ... Continue Reading →
Retro Dee is a regular contributor to The Grooveyard's website, writing about music, fashion and other trends of the 1950s. Check out her blog, Retro Dee's Guide to the Best Era Ever here, and her column here every Wednesday. Hi there folks, Retro Dee here and once again WCWP’s The Grooveyard has brought us another swell song... Continue Reading →
Unlike most years, two songs dominated the 2018 Great 88 survey for hits from 1955 and earlier. "Maybelline" and "Earth Angel" each had over 8% of the votes, more than any song received in a first-round survey in 2017. There were three repeats from 2017 in the Top 5: The Penguins returned for a record sixth... Continue Reading →
Here's the Grooveyard Top Ten for April 14, 1955 as played tonight by Alan Seltzer on "The Grooveyard": #10 "Unchained Melody" by Al Hibbler #9 "Earth Angel" by The Penguins #8 "My Babe" by Little Walter #7 "Lonely Nights" by The Hearts #6 "Unchained Melody by Roy Hamilton Support 88.1 FM and WCWP.org - your community station!... Continue Reading →
The Great 88 survey for hits from 1955 and earlier has two traditional characteristics, and this year's poll is no different. Like past years, the results were very close, with a dozen songs within 3% of the lead. At the same time, there was a lot of diversity, with 67 different songs from that time... Continue Reading →
Here's the Grooveyard Top Ten for April 29, 1955 as played tonight by Alan Seltzer on "The Grooveyard": #10 "My Babe" by Little Walter #9 "This is My Story" by Gene and Eunice #8 "Earth Angel" by The Penguins #7 "Unchained Melody" by Al Hibbler #6 "Lonely Nights" by The Hearts #5 "I've Got a... Continue Reading →