One effect of that, though, was that it eliminated from consideration some very notable achievements in LP sales. The first artist affected negatively was the first artist who topped the magazine's first top LPs list on 3/24/1956, Harry Belafonte, and since the Trio's greatest sales were from 1959 to 1961, they have never appeared on Billboard's "all-time" lists. I use the quotations because of what I guess was outrage over such slights, and sometime within the last 20 years, the magazine began to define "All Time" as following 1963 - hilarious because the magazine began its album charts in 1946 before LPs when an "album," some may recall, was a boxed set of 2 or more 78rpm records.
So I was more than pleased that for the sake of this article - "These 22 Acts Have Spent 26 or More Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200" - the magazine decided to present an accurate picture and look at album sales overall. It also presented a gratifying fact that I have to say surprised me as much as it pleased me - that 61 years after its last #1 album (String Along in 1960), the Kingston Trio is not only #7 on the list - and a wonderfully impressive list it is - but still has "more weeks at No. 1 than any other American group or duo." A glance at the whole list in this article underscores just how impressive that fact is.
Billboard On Top LP Artists