409. The Shirelles, 'Tonight's the Night'
Writers: Luther Dixon, Shirley Owens
Released: Sept. '60, Scepter
12 weeks; No. 39
The Shirelles, who originally called themselves the Pequellos, formed while at their Passaic, New Jersey, high school. Lead singer Owens was only 19 when she co-wrote this hit about romantic surrender, full of Latin-style syncopation and soulful yearning.
Appears on: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits (Varèse Fontana)