the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1960

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THIS IS THE FIRST in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Save The Last Twist For Me” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Jan­uary 1, 2019. READ MORE

introduction to the #1 records on the cash box pop chart of the ’60s

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ON JANUARY 1, 2109, I launched a new pub­li­ca­tion on Medium, the largest and most-read blog­ging plat­form in the world. The pub­li­ca­tion is called Tell It Like It Was and is a joint ef­fort by my­self along with John Ross and Lew Shiner. It covers rock & roll and re­lated pop music from 1955 through 1975, fo­cused on the ’60s. READ MORE

why the hell isn’t gene clark in the hall of fame? (gene clark part 4)

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ONCE UPON A TIME, it looked like the Byrds had a long, suc­cessful, pro­duc­tive ca­reer in front of them. In 1965, they had two #1 hits, Mr. Tam­bourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn!, that ef­fec­tively de­fined the re­cently coined term folk-rock. Their two al­bums were piv­otal in the tran­si­tion of rock mu­si­cians from being pri­marily singles-oriented to being pri­marily album-oriented. READ MORE

reissues of “gene clark with the gosdin brothers” (gene clark part 3)

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IN JULY 1966, COLUMBIA RECORDS an­nounced that Gene Clark had left the Byrds. A month later, Clark was in the studio recording as a newly signed Co­lumbia solo artist. In No­vember 1966, his first single, Echoes, was is­sued with great fan­fare and con­sid­er­able ex­pense. Nonethe­less, it bombed. In Feb­ruary 1967, his album was is­sued with con­sid­er­ably less en­thu­siasm from and a no­tice­ably smaller pro­mo­tion cam­paign by Co­lumbia. READ MORE

when was “gene clark with the gosdin brothers” released? (gene clark part 2)

GeneClark Gosdin 1500 UK

GENE CLARK’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM came al­most a year after his final record with the Byrds. For a long time, GENE CLARK WITH THE GOSDIN BROTHERS was con­sid­ered rather light­weight, es­pe­cially from the man who wrote songs like She Don’t Care About Time, Set You Free This Time, and Eight Miles High while with the Byrds. READ MORE

the echoes in your head continue showing (gene clark part 1)

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THE BYRDS’ FLIGHT TO ENGLAND in Au­gust 1965 began a dis­as­trous tour for the group. For­tu­nately, it wasn’t an en­tirely wasted trip, as it in­spired Gene Clark to pen some psychedelically-enhanced po­etry. Set to a loose melody strummed on an acoustic guitar, this be­came the basis for Eight Miles High. READ MORE

a nexus between a few old articles and their new versions

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THIS IS NOT A NEW ARTICLE! It’s a transfer point from a se­ries of old ar­ti­cles to a se­ries of rewritten ar­ti­cles. So, if you just came upon this piece ac­ci­den­tally, there’s nothing here to read. How­ever, if you are looking for any one of the eleven ar­ti­cles from the “We Buy White Al­bums” se­ries from 2105, then read on. READ MORE

a Freak Out labelography and price guide

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THIS IS A LABELOGRAPHY and price guide for the ini­tial press­ings of the Mothers of In­ven­tion’s 1966 two-record album FREAK OUT! It is in­tended as a com­ple­men­tary piece to the ar­ticle “What Was the First Rock Double-Album of the ’60s?” Whereas that piece was for a gen­eral read­er­ship, this ar­ticle is in­tended for col­lec­tors (al­though many of those gen­eral readers can enjoy the photos and some of the his­tory). READ MORE