One of the best rock and roll songs of the 60s ranks #883 on the Top 1000 songs of the decade, according to 60s Gold listener input. (Would love to know the demographics of the voters.)
Headline: New York Times, 1/30/2023
It began climbing the charts in early 1960 and was distinctly more earthy than the songs it shared the best-seller lists with — “Theme From a Summer Place” by Percy Faith, “This Magic Moment” by the Drifters, “Puppy Love” by Paul Anka, “Let It Be Me” by the Everly Brothers. It rose to No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, its success giving Mr. Gordy money and credibility that helped him take Motown national.
The record even got some international play. “It has a good beaty backing,” The Lincolnshire Echo of Britain wrote in April 1960. The beaty backing may have been what caught the attention of a just-formed group called the Beatles; they covered the tune on their second album, “With the Beatles,” released in Britain in 1963, and it has been recorded by many others since.
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