Edited by Jim Moran on 2/21/2017, 11:51 am
For more than 40 years, Whitburn has been compiling the most compelling and accurate (not to say enormous) volumes of information on Billboard Magazine's music charts from 1894 until 2015. I mean, the extent of his work on published music, sheet music, singles, albums, and collections across all the decades and all genres is remarkable. You can get some flavor of it looking at his page on Amazon here:
Joel Whitburn's Page On Amazon
If you scroll through all the pages, you might see his out-of-print 2001 The Billboard Albums volume - IMO the best of the books I've seen - selling for a cool $2.3k.
Whitburn's own site is HERE - it tells the whole story and I think is really fascinating.
Whitburn was born in 1939 and consequently is of prime age to be a lifelong Trio fan, which is really my point in mentioning him here. In the aforementioned interview, Billboard asks him "Who are some of your favorite artists, from your earliest days as a music fan to now?" His response:
I'm partial to a lot of the early artists: Elvis, the Everly Brothers, Duane Eddy. Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Beatles, Rolling Stones – the Stones are probably my favorite rock & roll band. Who else? Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochran, Sam Cooke, the Drifters, Fats Domino, the Ventures, the Crystals, the Ronettes, the Shirelles – my all-time favorite girl group. Bobby Darin, Buddy Holly. And, Jack Scott, not sure if anybody remembers that guy.
I like the Kingston Trio – they had a nice string of great folk albums. I love that stuff. Brenda Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Mamas and the Papas, Gene Pitney, Roy Orbison.
In country, I like Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, George Jones. For adult contemporary: Andy Williams.
Needless to say, I have made extensive use of Whitburn's stuff over the years in much of my own writing on Wikipedia, CV101, and elsewhere. If I only had a few thousand more disposable dollars, I'd buy about half of his books. It seems thought that some of them are now available on Kindle and might be more affordable.
I'll get back to Xroads about that.