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Joel Whitburn

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,, 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

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Joel Whitburn: Billboard POP Charts 1955-1959 (Hardcover)
Art-Nr.: 0081234

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(1992/Record Research) Hardcover, Size: 9x12 inches. Straight from the pages of Billboard—this half decade's "Hot 100" and Pop singles music charts, with every weekly chart reproduced in black and white at about 70% of its original size. - 496 pages/Seiten;...

$176.79 *

Joel Whitburn: The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Hits
Art-Nr.: 00815206

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Taschenbuch - Billboard Publications - 484 Seiten - Englisch - 3rd Edition "It ain't No. 1 'til it's No. 1 in Billboard." Don Imus WNBC, New York "Joel Whitburn's books are as much a part of my radio stations as my transmitters. Any time I buy or build a radio...

$94.26 *

Pop Memories: Pop Memories 1900-1940 (HB)
Art-Nr.: 0081490

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(2015/Record Research) 300+ pages | Size: 8.5' x 11' inches | Hardcover

$81.35 *

Joel Whitburn: Joel Whitburn's Bubbling Under the Hot 100, 1959-1985
Art-Nr.: 0081829

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Gebundene Ausgabe - 377 Seiten - Record Research Inc - 1992 - Englisch AUTHOR'S NOTE For 27 years, Billboard's Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart forecasted the future entries on the Hot 100. The titles on the Bubbling Under chart were the 45 rpm releases most...

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Joel Whitburn: Pop Hits: 1940-1954
Art-Nr.: 0811063

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Gebundene Ausgabe - 416 Seiten - Record Research Inc - 1994 - Englisch This book is the descendant of a thin, paperback volume published back in 1972, Top Pop Records 1940-1955. That little red book, one of Record Research's first publications, exclusively...

$117.84 *