Some notable items:
Most Charted Singles - Elvis Presley: 149
I was somewhat surprised that James Brown was 2nd with 94 and The Beatles 5th with 69
Most #1 Hits - The Beatles: 20 [Elvis 2nd with 18]
Most Weeks At #1 - Elvis Presley: 80 [The Beatles a distant 2nd at 58]
Most Charted Releases By Label: Columbia: 1,363 Capitol:1,099 RCA: 1,057
: I hope that many Xroaders know about Joel Whitburn, simply as music lovers beyond
: being KT fans.
: 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
: Whitburn's own site is Whitburn's Record Research Home Page is so dense it's kind
: of exhausting getting around it:
: Billboard loves Whitburn because he has done so much to promote interest in their
: charts and perhaps even more to do the kind of statistical research and categorizing
: that the magazine itself doesn't do but that makes the data available to and useful
: for journalists, historians, musicologists and so on.
: BB published an interview with Whitburn in 2014 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
: 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.