Joel Whitburn: The Comparison Book - Billboard, Cash Box, Record World 1954-1982
Hardcover - Record Research Inc. - 576 pages - english -
The Comparison Book contains EVERY song that appeared on any of the main pop singles charts of the three top music magazines, Billboard, Cash Box or Record World/Music Vendor, when these three periodicals existed together, from 1954-1982.
This alphabetical by artist listing displays for each charted single its date charted, peak position and total weeks charted -- for each pop chart on which it appeared!
Chart data for all songs with multiple chart entries is listed in order of peak chart performance.
The research for this book kicks off with the debut of Music Vendor on October 4, 1954, and continues for all three magazines through the final issue of Record World on April 10, 1982.
It's in this book if it hit the charts below from October of 1954 to April of 1982.
Hot 100 & pre-Hot 100 Bubbling Under the Hot 100
Top 100 & pre-Top 100 Looking Ahead
Music Vendor & Record World:
Top 100 & pre-Top 100 #101-150 & pre #101-150
Convenient! At a glance see data from multiple charts for one song! Not shown are record labels, biographies, symbols, title trivia, certifications, etc.
#1 Hits Section! Comprehensive listing of every #1 hit on all three charts, week by week, from 1954-1982!
Shaded chart data of top hit for artists with 10 or more hits -- see at a glance the biggest hit across all three charts for artists with extensive chart histories!
New research on Music Vendor and Record World charts!
We now show everything that appeared below the Top 100 of Music Vendor and Record World's pop singles charts, not just the exclusive titles that appeared in our sold-out #101-150 Hit Records book. Also appearing are the "coat-tail" hits! From 1954-69, songs recorded by multiple artists were listed together at one chart position. On the actual charts, Music Vendor/Record World listed the artists for every version in current release under each title according to popularity. However, some songs that were big hits by more than one artist (ex: "Raunchy" by Bill Justis and by Ernie Freeman) were always shown with just one artist listed first under the title. Since many of these "coat-tail" songs were considered hits in their own right, we've added them to the Music Vendor/Record World listings with an asterisk (*) next to the peak position.
Q: Who had the most chart hits without a #1 hit? (No, it's no longer James Brown.)
Q: Is Elvis still The King with the most charted pop hits?
A: On July 13, 1963, Cash Box provided the first U.S. chart glimpse of the Beatles when "From Me To You" squeaked on to #149 for one week. A few weeks later, August 31, 1963, would mark the sole week the future Bob Dylan classic, "Blowin' In The Wind" was at the very bottom of the Music Vendor chart, #150.
A: James Brown hit #1 on January 1, 1966, on Record World with "I Got You (I Feel Good)." He ranks second with the most chart hits, 120, making Fats Domino the top artist with the most chart hits, 93, without a #1 hit.
A: Elvis is still the "King of the Charts" with 170 entries in this book and increased his #1-hit total by four to 22; however, The Beatles still carry the record for most #1 hits, also increasing their lead by four, from 20 to 24 chart-toppers.
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From pastime to passion to profitable enterprise, the growth of Record Research has been the outgrowth of Joel Whitburn’s hobby. Joel began collecting records as a teenager in the 1950s. As his collection grew, he began to sort, categorize and file each record according to the highest position it reached on Billboard magazine's charts. He went on to publish this information — first on individual artists’ cards, then in book form in 1970 — and a business was born.
Today, Joel leads a team of researchers who delve into all of Billboard’s music charts to an unmatched degree of depth and detail. Widely recognized as the most authoritative historian on charted music, Joel has also collaborated with Warner/Rhino Records in creating a series of 150 CD albums, plus five CD albums with Curb Records. Joel’s own record collection remains unrivaled the world over and includes every charted Hot 100 and pop single (back to 1936), every charted pop album (back to 1945), collections of nearly every charted Country, R&B, Bubbling Under The Hot 100 and Adult Contemporaryrecords. Ever the consummate collector, Joel also owns one of the world’s largest picture sleeve collections, many of which he displays in the series of books (Top 40 Hits, Top 40 Albums, Top 40 Country Hits, Top 40 R&B Hits) he writes for Billboard’s book division. To date, Record Research has published nearly 200 books, over 50 of which are currently in the catalog.
Joel's site, www.recordresearch.com, brought his enormous database online in 2009. The MusicVault, complete with chart data and record photos, has proved to be an immediate, reliable wellspring of data