The Billboard Book of Number One Hits

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9780823076413: The Billboard Book of Number One Hits

Five years in the making, this ultimate resource for all pop music fans notes and discusses every song to reach the pinnacle of the Billboard "Hot 100" charts since 1955. Each week's rundown includes the Top Five tunes to hit the charts; background notes about each song from the artists themselves; the hit's entry position, date, and duration on the charts; the date it hit Number One; the names of the songwriter and producer; and the record label and catalogue number. 850 illustrations.

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Fred Bronson has been called “America’s foremost chart journalist.” He writes the popular “Chart Beat” column in Billboard magazine, as well as his own chart-oriented section of Billboard.com. The author of Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits, now in its third edition, he lives in Los Angeles.

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All 605 singles to reach the top spot on Billboard 's pop charts during the rock era are profiled in this handsome reference work. Coverage begins July 9, 1955 with Bill Haley's ``Rock Around the Clock'' and ends April 13, 1985 with USA for Africa's ``We Are the World.'' Each full-page entry includes a picture of the artist(s) and lists label number, songwriter(s), producer(s), date first reached number one, weeks at top, and the top five hits for that first week. The accompanying essays give important background information on the songs and artists. Norm N. Nite's Rock On books are more comprehensive but not as detailed on the top hits and hitmakers as Bronson. Suitable for all but the smallest libraries and highly recommended as a worthy companion to Joel Whitburn's The Billboard Book of Top Forty Hits ( LJ 11/15/83). Thomas Jewell, Waltham P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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