Date: 9 Feb 2009 05:35:08 -0000
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Subject: RESULTS and ANSWER KEY for Golden Oldies Lyrics Quiz 264 (GOLQ264)

RESULTS & ANSWER KEY for Golden Oldies Lyrics Quiz #264 (GOLQ264)

Congratulations to The Coasters, Will McCorry, The Village Idiots, and
The EJ's & Co., who tied for first place in this quiz with perfect scores
of 500++. The top 11 scoring teams each got at least partial credit for
all 25 regular songs plus full credit for both tie-breakers.

GOLQ264's mean score was 442, but the median was an extremely high 493
as a result of several teams getting near perfect scores. The theme was
"The Day the Music Died," with the songs being connected to Buddy Holly,
Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and other artists who were part of The
Winter Dance Party Tour, or the 1970s hit song believed to be insipired
by the death of Buddy Holly and possibly of the other two, "American Pie"
by Don McLean. The plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens,
and the Big Bopper occurred 50 years ago this past week, February 3, 1959.
When it was announced several months ago that someone was needed to do
GOLQ265 for February 2009, I overeagerly volunteered to do it knowing
that this just had to be the theme. After I was asked if I could move
up a month to GOLQ264 and January 2009, I decided that doing this theme
a month earlier would be fine, too.

As it turned out, several other artists included in this GOLQ also met
early deaths. Others have died in recent years, and while they were no
longer young, various excesses of their youth (such as cigarette smoking)
may have contributed to their deaths.

The following entries identified at least the essence of the theme
(listed in the order of when their entries were received) -- Really Rockin'
In Boston, The Coasters, EMC & Friends, Across The Boarder, Will McCorry,
Gypsy's Caravan, The Village Idiots, The EJ'S & Co., Mike Weaver, NAVAIRHEADS,
Delphi Trivia Club, and Vito and the Salutations.

Because of the theme, the alphabetical spacing was not as good as I usually
try to make it, particularly with what I considered to be a difficult song
at #23 in a huge gap between the artists for #22 and #24. Although the two
boundary years of 1955 and 1969 were represented, some years in between were
not (1960, 1961, and 1967, plus 1956 among the regular songs).

My thanks to everyone who participated.

Mick Tursky has posted GOLQ265.

-- Regina Litman <>

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Tie Breaker Scoring Key
    +  after numeric score below indicates a tie-breaker answered correctly.
    -  indicates partial credit.
    x  indicates a totally incorrect guess.
    .  indicates no guess.
                                                                   # on
Pos Score ID Name and E-mail address                               Team Age(s)
T01 500++ CO The Coasters                          <rns&>    5 56-63
               Rick & Kathy Schubert, Magic Marc,
               Bigfoot Mae, Norm Katuna
T01 500++ WM Will McCorry                <wmccorry&>   1 51
T01 500++ VI The Village Idiots                    <Clete6&>   5 <58
               Andrew, Andy, Roxie, Doug, Ping
T01 500++ EJ The EJ'S & Co.                     <brombere&>   5 40+
               Vinnie, Mitch, Jean, Kevin, Ellis
 05 498++ RA Ron Anderson                   <ronandelaine&>   1 58
 06 495++ NA NAVAIRHEADS                   <tompillion&>   2 57,62
T07 493++ RR Really Rockin' In Boston             <rardini&>   5 50s,60s
T07 493++ GC Gypsy's Caravan                        <iriss&>   4 21+
T07 493++ MW Mike Weaver                   <oldtunes&>   1 62
T07 493++ DT Delphi Trivia Club              <billp49&>   7 40-65
               SafeHouse, J12752, Logot, JuliaMD11, HQR, und
 11 479++ AB Across the Boarder               <joshea11&>   2
 12 435.+ BP BP Oz (Brian, Pam)          <brian&>   2 Boomers
 13 352-- LB Vito & the Salutations          <baileyl&> 5-6 boomers
 14 340.. TT Team Teitelbaum         <Howard.Teitelbaum&>   3  46-59
               Howard, Bonnie, Patty, Pat
 15 313.. EM EMC and Friends                  <cochran57&>   5 Various
 16 186.. JR Jessica Raine          <jraine&>   1   34
Pos Score ID Name and E-mail address                               # on Age(s)

The following table gives the individual scoring breakdown.  A '-' is used to
indicate that no guess was made for a question, whereas a zero indicates that
a completely incorrect response was submitted.

   01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
CO 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
WM 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
VI 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
EJ 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
RA 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20
NA 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 15 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
RR 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 15 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20
GC 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 15 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20
MW 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 15 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20
DT 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 15 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20
AB 20 20 20 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 15 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  5
BP 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 15 20 20 20  - 20  - 20  - 20 20 20 20 20 20
LB 20 20  - 19 20 20 20 15 20 20 15  - 20 20  - 20 10  - 18  - 20 20 20  - 15
TT 20 20 20  - 20  - 20 20 20  - 20 20 20  -  - 20 20 20  - 20 20 20  - 20  -
EM 18 20 20  - 20 20  - 20 20 20 15 20  - 20  - 20  - 20  - 20  - 20 20  -  -
JR 20 20  -  1  -  - 10 20 20  - 15  -  -  -  - 20  - 20  - 20  - 20  -  -  -
   01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25


Answers are in the form:
#number) Artist: Title (year[s]) [peak position on Pop chart] {peak R&B}

[-]   = did not make pop chart
{-}   = did not make R&B chart
{F}   = made R&B chart as a flip side
{n/c} = no Billboard R&B chart published during this recording's period
        of peak popularity

You say you've got a real solution
Well you know we'd all love to see the plans
You ask me for a contribution
Well you know we're all doing what we can
#01) Beatles, The: "Revolution" (1968) [12] {-}

Chosen because of the line in "American Pie" that goes, "While Lenin read a
book on Marx," which could also be interpreted as "While Lennon read a book
on Marx," with the latter possibly referring to the Marx Brothers rather than
Karl Marx. There are other references to the Beatles in "American Pie" --
"Sergeants played a marching tune" and "helter-skelter."

Mike Weaver: No clue how this relates to the theme [he only identified the
plane crash, not the "American Pie" connection], unless it is that John
Lennon once identified Buddy as one of his early influences.

The Beatles released other songs with "Revolution" in the title on the album
THE BEATLES, popularly known as THE WHITE ALBUM, which was released around
the same time as this single, but this version was only on the single. The
other side of this single was, of course, "Hey Jude," which reached #1.

John Lennon was murdered when he was only 40 years old in 1980. George Harrison
died of natural causes at the age of 58 in 2001. Since that is the age I'll
reach in less than a year and a half, I'll have to say that it's young.

What's that honey?
Pick you up at eight?
And don't be late?
But baby I ain't got no money honey
#02) Big Bopper, The: "Chantilly Lace" (1958) [6] {3}

The Big Bopper's real name was Jiles P. Richardson, Jr. He was also known as
J. P. Richardson, as noted by Will McCorry, Gypsy's Caravan, The EJ'S & Co.,
and the Delphi Trivia Club.

I remember seeing the Big Bopper perform this song on T.V. when I was six years
old in 1958. He immediately became one of my favorite singers. Ritchie Valens,
who was just a teenage boy, was also one of my favorite singers then. So it was
quite upsetting to me to learn one day while watching THE MILT GRANT SHOW, an
AMERICAN BANDSTAND-like show in Washington, DC, that both of them had died,
along with a third singer whose name meant nothing to me, in a plane crash.
(In fact, I didn't get the name of that third singer committed to memory until
about five years later.)

Other charting versions of this song:

Mitch Ryder - #87 in 1968 (part of a medley with "(You've Got) Personality")
Jerry Lee Lewis - #43 in 1972

I also remember a version by Shorty Long that didn't make either the Hot 100,
the R&B chart, or even the Bubbling Under chart. (Shorty Long also died young,
drowning in a fishing boat accident on 6/29/1969, an event I learned about at
the same time as the drowning death of another well-known musician, whose group
is also represented in this GOLQ.) Plus, it was part of a 1969 hit song in
which portions of six oldies were sung. This song appears later in this GOLQ.

And when you touch down
You'll find that it's stranger than known
Signs in the street that say where you're going
Are somewhere just being their own
#03) Byrds, The: "Eight Miles High" (1966) [14] {-}

From "American Pie"--"The birds [Byrds] flew off to a fall-out shelter
/Eight miles high and falling fast."

The Village Idiots: Could be a reference to the plane crash (it crashed just
after taking off, eight miles from the Mason City airport).

Two group members died in the early 1990s--Gene Clark in 1991 at the age of
46 and Mike Clarke in 1993 at the age of 47.

Chantilly lace and a pretty face
And a ponytail a-hangin' down
A wiggle and a walk and a giggle and a talk
Lord have mercy make the world go round round round
#04) Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys: "Good Old Rock & Roll"
                                                              (1969) [21] {-}

Produced by Jimi Hendrix, who is represented later in this GOLQ. In addition to
"Chantilly Lace," the group sings five other songs that were oldies at the time
this was a hit in 1969--"Sweet Little Sixteen" (Chuck Berry), "Long Tall Sally"
(Little Richard), "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (Jerry Lee Lewis), "Blue Suede
Shoes" (Carl Perkins/Elvis Presley), and "Party Doll" (Buddy Knox)--in this
song. (The only other time this song was used in a GOLQ, in GOLQ110, an excerpt
from "Sweet Little Sixteen" was used.)

Have faith, hope, and charity
That's the way to live successfully
How do I know?
#05) Cornell, Don: "The Bible Tells Me So" (1955) [7] {-}

From the "American Pie" line, "If the Bible tells me so." A version by Nick
Noble reached #22 the same year.

Team Teitelbaum: Written by Dale Evans.

A young boy just seventeen
Just beginning to realize and explore his teenage dreams
Why did God call him oh so far away?
Maybe to help some boy or girl who might have gone astray
#06) Dee, Tommy: "Three Stars" (1959) [11] {-}

NAVAIRHEADS: Carol Kay and the Teen Airs on vocals.

The Village Idiots, The EJ'S & Co., and Mike Weaver all noted that this was
a tribute song to, in the sequence in which they are mentioned in the song,
Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper. I chose the Ritchie Valens
segment because I felt he was less-represented in this GOLQ than the other two.

Let me hear you say the words I want to hear
Darling when you're near
#07) Diamonds, The: "Words Of Love" (1957) [13] {12}

Written by Buddy Holly, as noted by The Village Idiots, The EJ'S & Co., and
Mike Weaver. Also recorded by the Beatles, released originally in the U.K. on
BEATLES FOR SALE and in the U.S. on BEATLES VI. When I got my copy of BEATLES
VI, I noted the Buddy Holly songwriting credit and remembered that only
recently, I had learned that he was the third singer killed with The Big Bopper
and Ritchie Valens.

Each time we have a quarrel
It almost breaks my heart
'Cause I am so afraid
That we will have to part
#08) Dion & the Belmonts: "A Teenager In Love" (1959) [5] {-}

The EJ'S & Co.: They were on the Winter Dance Party tour, but Dion didn't have
enough money to ride in the doomed plane.

Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. I chose this song because it was a hit
not long after this event and is one of the best-remembered Dion hits. Since
the Belmonts were part of the tour, I also wanted to ensure that the Dion song
included in this GOLQ was one of which they were a part.

How does it feel?
How does it feel?
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
#09) Dylan, Bob: "Like A Rolling Stone" (1965) [2] {-}

From "American Pie"--"Moss grows fat on a rolling stone," which also may refer
to the Rolling Stones (also represented in this GOLQ), plus references to "The
Jester," who is believed to be Bob Dylan.

Mike Weaver: Dylan played in Bobby Vee's back up band. Bobby replaced Buddy on
the Winter Dance Party tour. [Dylan was not part of the group put together by
Bobby Vee for the Winter Dance Party tour.]

Time goes by
It's a-passin' fast
You think your lover has come at last
By and by you're gonna find
Crazy lovin' has made you blind
#10) Fuller, Bobby, Four: "Love's Made A Fool Of You" (1966) [26] {-}

Written by Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery. Like both Buddy Holly and the Big
Bopper, Fuller was a Texan who died young and suddenly. He was found dead in
Los Angeles on July 18, 1966. He was the fourth rock and roller whose death hit
me hard, after the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Johnny Horton. Bobby Fuller
recorded at least one song that Buddy Holly had also done, "Think It Over."

There must be some kind of way out of here
Said the joker to the thief
#11) Hendrix, Jimi, Experience: "All Along The Watchtower" (1968) [20] {-}

Written by Bob Dylan. This song was selected originally for the wrong reason.
I thought that the joker/jester word in both this song and "American Pie" were
the same. However, I also learned that other references in "American Pie" may
have been to Jimi Hendrix.

The EJ'S & Co.: Hendrix headlined the Woodstock Festival concert referred to
in "American Pie": "in there we were all in one place."

Note that the correct artist name for this song is the Jimi Hendrix Experience,
a three-man band fronted by Hendrix. Sadly, all three members are now dead:
Hendrix himself on 9/18/1970 at the age of 27, bassist Noel Redding in 2003
at the age of 57, and drummer Mitch Mitchell on 11/12/2008 at the age of 62.
Mitchell was included in the montage of music industry people who died between
the 2008 and 2009 Grammy Awards Shows on the 2009 broadcast on February 8,
2009, as the final touches were being put on these results.

Do you remember baby
Last September
How you held me tight
Each and every night
Well whoops-a-daisy how you drove me crazy
#12) Holly, Buddy: "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (1959) [13] {-}

Written by Paul Anka, as noted by Mike Weaver.

My first choice Buddy Holly song for this special GOLQ was "That'll Be The
Day," which is what Don McLean almost says in "American Pie"--"This'll be the
day that I'll die." However, it had been used too recently on a GOLQ, plus the
actual artist name for this recording is The Crickets. I wanted to use a song
for which Buddy Holly was actually the artist name. This was a posthumous hit,
entering the chart on 2/23/1959.

Linda Ronstadt did a remake that reached #47 in 1975. She also charted with
two other songs associated with Buddy Holly--"It's So Easy" and "That'll Be
The Day."

You're gonna tell me sweet things
You're gonna say my heart sing
Well you're gonna make those bells ring
#13) Hullaballoos, The: "I'm Gonna Love You Too" (1964) [56] {n/c}

Also recorded by Buddy Holly. Written by Joe Mauldin, Niki Sullivan, and Norman
Petty. Mauldin and Sullivan were members of the Crickets. Petty was Holly's
first manager and his recording engineer. A non-charting version by Blondie was
released as a single in 1978. I have read that Blondie's version was inspired
by the one by the Hullaballoos, an English group based in the U.S. whose
members all had bleached blond hair.

Well a city slicker came and he said I'm tough
I think I wanna taste that powerful stuff
He took one swift slug and he drank it right down
And I heard him a-moanin as he hit the ground
#14) Jones, George: "White Lightning" (1959) [73] {-}

A #1 Country hit written by the Big Bopper, as noted by The Village Idiots, The
EJ'S & Co., and Mike Weaver. One of the disappointments of this GOLQ was that a
#1 song written by The Big Bopper was not eligible for inclusion because it had
been used too recently--"Running Bear" by Johnny Preston (a big favorite of
mine in 2nd grade, which I would have loved even more had I known then that the
recently-deceased Big Bopper had written it). I set about to research if the
Big Bopper wrote any other songs that had charted by other artists and came up
with two, both of which were eligible for inclusion in GOLQ264, although they
had not gone very high on the Hot 100. Nevertheless, I decided to include them,
figuring that people who got the theme would probably be able to eventually
identify them.

But it donít make no difference baby, no no
And I know that I could always try
It donít make no difference baby, yeah
I better hold it now
I better need it yeah
I better use it till the day I die
#15) Joplin, Janis: "Kozmic Blues" (1969) [41] {-}

From "American Pie"--"I met a girl who sang the blues."

Another one who died too young, at the age of 27 in 1970. Mike Weaver noted
that she came from Texas, just like Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. (Had I
been able to use "Running Bear" in this GOLQ, it would have had two artists
from Port Arthur, TX, Joplin and Johnny Preston.)

This was her only solo charting hit in the GOLQ era. While I could have used
one of the songs she did with Big Brother and the Holding Company, I didn't
because (1) this one has the word "blues" in the title, and (2) Big Brother
and the Holding Company immediately follows Big Bopper in the Whitburn book,
and I didn't want two artists so close together. Ironically, I ended up with
this situation anyway with two other artists later in this GOLQ!

Come along with me
We'll dance until morning till there's just you and me
And maybe if the music is right
I'll meet you tomorrow sort of late at night
#16) Lovin' Spoonful: "Do You Believe In Magic?" (1965) [9] {-}

From "American Pie"--"Do you believe in rock and roll?" Words to the effect
of believing "in the magic of the rock and roll" appear in this Lovin'
Spoonful song.

Again and again and again and again and
Again and again and again and again and
Again and again and again and again and
#17) McCoys, The: "Come On Let's Go" (1966) [22] {-}

Written by Ritchie Valens, whose version reached #27 on R&B chart and #42 on
Hot 100.

My favorite remake of a Ritchie Valens song was released on Bang Records in
1966. No, it's not "La Bamba" by Neil Diamond, although such a recording was
released on that label in that year. It's this recording by the McCoys, their
third biggest hit after "Hang On Sloopy" and "Fever."

I've got to know the answer
Was it someone from above?
I wonder, wonder who-umba-do-do who
#18) Monotones, The: "Book Of Love" (1958) [5] {3}

From "American Pie"--"Did you write the book of love?"

A version by the Raindrops (a studio group featuring legendary songwriters
Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich) reached #62 in 1964. BP Oz also mentioned
the alphabetically-fitting "Juke Box Saturday Night" by Nino & The Ebb Tides,
although this song only includes some of the above lyrics.

Poor man wants to be a rich man
The rich man wants to be a king
But the man who can sing when he hasn't got a thing
#19) Presley, Elvis, and the Jordanaires: "King Of The Whole Wide World"
                                                              (1962) [30] {-}

Almost certainly "The King" in "American Pie." (With no clear-cut Queen, I
didn't put one in this quiz. Some say it could have been Little Richard, and
I did consider using "Ready Teddy," but that was because Buddy Holly recorded
this song, too.) I had many Elvis songs from which to choose. My first choice
was "You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)," which was also recorded by Buddy
Holly, but this didn't chart (and possibly was never released as a Presley
single). Ironically, the only artist who had charted with this song by 2000
was the very unlikely Joni Mitchell. Thus, I decided to look for a song with
the word "king" in its title or lyrics and found this one. I thought the title
was perfect for the role in which this artist was to play in this GOLQ.

From the movie "Kid Galahad," which I saw last year. Presley is widely
believed to have died on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42.

I'm all dressed up for the dance
#20) Robbins, Marty: "A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)" (1957) [2] {-}

From "American Pie"--"With a pink carnation and a pickup truck."

Mike Weaver: Buddy performed (sometimes) in a white sport coat.

This is one of those songs that's hard to use in a GOLQ. In much of the song,
every other line contains the title. There is only one part of the song that
contains multiple lines together without referring to the title. The first
time this song was used in a GOLQ, that whole group of lines was used, thus
rendering them ineligible for future use in a GOLQ. The second and only other
time it was used, it was an instrumental portion in an audio GOLQ. I took a
chance that one line by itself would be recognizable as being from this song,
and it was, with all but one entry identifying it.

Marty Robbins died in 1982 at the age of 57.

You're mine, mine baby
And you'll always be (always be)
I love you so much (I love you so much my darling)
#21) Robert & Johnny "We Belong Together" (1958) [32] {12}

Also recorded by Ritchie Valens (a fact I didn't discover until 2008),
as noted by The EJ'S & Co.

Marty Robbins and Robert & Johnny are consecutive GOLQ-era artists in my
Whitburn book, which I didn't realize until just before this GOLQ was sent
out. I decided to just leave it like this. (And in case you're wondering,
there is one GOLQ-era artist between Elvis Presley and Johnny Preston.)

I'm gonna tell you how it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
I'm gonna love you night and day
#22) Rolling Stones, The: "Not Fade Away" (1964) [48] {n/c}

Written by Buddy Holly (under the name of Charles Hardin) and Norman Petty,
even though it sounds more like it was written by Bo Diddley. My disappointment
at not being able to use "Jumping Jack Flash" (referred to in "American Pie")
because it had been used too recently on a GOLQ faded away when I remembered
this song. It was their first U.S. charting song.

Group member Brian Jones died in a swimming pool on 7/3/1969, shortly after
leaving the group. I learned about this in GO, a magazine distributed by radio
stations in the U.S. The same issue reported on the drowning death of Shorty

Yeah these cats from outer space
They were givin' it all
I could tell the way they jumped it
They were havin' a ball
They had me pattin' my feet and just a-clappin' my hands
They stopped just long enough to say, "Crazy, man"
#23) South, Joe: "The Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor"
                                                              (1958) [47] {-}

Written by the Big Bopper, as noted by The Village Idiots, The EJ'S & Co.,
and Mike Weaver. In fact, his version was the B-side of "Chantilly Lace." The
title, of course, refers to two novelty songs that reached #1 in 1958--"Purple
People Eater" by Sheb Wooley and "Witch Doctor" by David Seville.

Joe South became a successful singer/songwriter in the 1960s. His biggest hit
as a performer was "Games People Play" in 1969. Hits that he wrote include
"Down In The Boondocks" (Billy Joe Royal) "I Knew You When" (Royal), "Hush"
(separate versions by Royal and Deep Purple), "These Are Not My People"
(Johnny Rivers), "Rose Garden" (Lynn Anderson), "Fool Me" (Anderson), and
"Birds Of A Feather" (Raiders).

Since she left me
I've never been the same
'Cause I love my girl
#24) Valens, Ritchie: "Donna" (1958) [2] {11}

A two-sided hit--the other side was "La Bamba," which reached #22. As noted,
I had a crush on 17-year-old Ritchie Valens when I was only six years old.
To put into perspective his short life, Valens was born in the same month as
Bob Dylan, May 1941. He would have been 67 years old. His original name was
Richard Steven Valenzuela or Ricardo Steven Valenzuela. He also recorded under
the name of Arvee Allens.

Don't you know
That I love you and want you so
Come back baby
Come back home
Say you love me and never again roam
#25) Vee, Bobby, and the Shadows: "Suzie Baby" (1959) [77] {-}

The EJ'S & Co.: Vee was a fill-in at the next show on the Winter Dance Party
tour after the plane crash.

Mike Weaver: Replaced Holly on the Winter Dance Party tour. Also performed with
the Crickets. Since Vee was the quintessential Holly sound alike I sometimes
wonder if Vee's succesful career would have equated to Holly's further success
had he lived.


You keep a-packin' up my clothes
Nearly everybody knows
That you're still just a-puttin' me on
When I start a-walkin'
Gonna hear you start a-squawkin'
And a-beggin' me to come back home
#T1) Jennings, Waylon: "The Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line" (1968) [-] {-}

#2 Country. Waylon Jennings had a long and successful recording career before
his death in 2002 at age 64.

Mike Weaver: Jennings played guitar on the tour, was from Texas, and "lost"
the infamous coin flip to Bopper for a seat on the airplane.

As sometimes happens for tie-breakers, other artists were named instead by
some entries for this song--Jack Ingram, Roger Miller, and Linda Ronstadt,
who recorded this as "The Only Mama That'll Walk The Line." I accepted all of
them even though Ingram wasn't born until November 1970 and released his
version in 2005. The entry that named Linda Ronstadt noted that she recorded
Holly's "It's So Easy."

It's a weak man that cries
So I guess I'd better dry my eyes
Yes I will miss her more than anyone
#T2) Willis, Chuck: "It's Too Late" (1956) [-] {3}

Also recorded by Buddy Holly. Chuck Willis died at age 30 in 1957.

Gypsy's Caravan: Chuck Willis ... wrote the song and had a single of it on

Other artists were also given for this one--Roy Orbison, Otis Redding (also
killed in a plane crash), and Buddy Holly himself, by an entry who didn't
identify #12. (However, this entry only got partial credit for this artist
because it also gave Waylon Jennings as the artist for #T1, and thus Buddy
Holly didn't fit alphabetically.) Although not named by any entries, a version
by Ted Taylor reached #30 on the R&B chart in 1969.

One of many different songs over the years with the title "It's Too Late,"
including GOLQ-era Hot 100 entries by Wilson Pickett and Bobby Goldsboro
(different songs from each other) and yet another song, done in 1971, by a
prolific GOLQ-era songwriter, Carole King.


This chart ranks the songs/artists from most to least recognized. The second
number on the line denotes the average number of points scored on that song
(total points divided by number of entrants, to 2 decimal places). For
comparison purposes, tie-breakers are scored here on the usual 20-point scale.

Most of the songs on this GOLQ ranked where I expected them to be. The two
low-charting songs written by the Big Bopper, "White Lightning" and "The Purple
People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor," performed better than expected, perhaps
because of the theme. On the other hand, "Donna" performed worse than expected
despite the theme. "The Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line" also performed better
than expected. This song and "White Lightning" may have performed better than
expected because they reached the Top 2 on the Country chart and thus may have
had some fame and exposure among fans of other types of music.

Rank Avg. Song
T01 20.00 #02) Big Bopper, The: "Chantilly Lace"
T01 20.00 #09) Dylan, Bob: "Like A Rolling Stone"
T01 20.00 #16) Lovin' Spoonful: "Do You Believe In Magic?"
T01 20.00 #22) Rolling Stones, The: "Not Fade Away"
 05 19.88 #01) Beatles, The: "Revolution"
 06 19.69 #08) Dion & the Belmonts: "A Teenager In Love"
T07 18.75 #05) Cornell, Don: "The Bible Tells Me So"
T07 18.75 #18) Monotones, The: "Book Of Love"
T07 18.75 #20) Robbins, Marty: "A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)"
 10 18.13 #07) Diamonds, The: "Words Of Love"
T11 17.50 #03) Byrds, The: "Eight Miles High"
T11 17.50 #06) Dee, Tommy: "Three Stars"
T11 17.50 #10) Fuller, Bobby, Four: "Love's Made A Fool Of You"
T11 17.50 #12) Holly, Buddy: "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
T11 17.50 #13) Hullaballoos, The: "I'm Gonna Love You Too"
T11 17.50 #14) Jones, George: "White Lightning"
T11 17.50 #21) Robert & Johnny "We Belong Together"
T11 17.50 #23) South, Joe: "The Purple People Eater Meets The Witch Doctor"
 19 16.88 #11) Hendrix, Jimi, Experience: "All Along The Watchtower"
 20 16.25 #24) Valens, Ritchie: "Donna"
 21 16.19 #04) Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys: "Good Old Rock & Roll"
 22 15.94 #T2) Willis, Chuck: "It's Too Late"
 23 15.63 #17) McCoys, The: "Come On Let's Go"
 24 15.00 #25) Vee, Bobby, and the Shadows: "Suzie Baby"
 25 14.35 #T1) Jennings, Waylon: "The Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line"
 26 14.25 #19) Presley, Elvis, and the Jordanaires: "King Of The Whole Wide
 27 13.75 #15) Joplin, Janis: "Kozmic Blues"

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