the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1963

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THIS IS THE FOURTH 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 “Walk Right In And Go Away Little Girl” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on March 13, 2019. READ MORE

the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1962

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THIS IS THE THIRD 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 “Big Girls Don’t Limbo Rock” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Feb­ruary 16, 2019. READ MORE

the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1961

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THIS IS THE SECOND 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 “Take Good Care Of Runaround Sue” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Jan­uary 15, 2019. READ MORE

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

the expense and inconvenience of collecting vinyl today

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MY OLD (OLD) BUDDY, Jerichau St. John, posted a car­toon on my Face­book page. It struck an im­me­diate chord in my record col­lec­tor’s soul. I left a com­mented for JSJ and then went looking for the image on­line. I found it and I am sharing it here with my readers. The car­toon is by Alex Gre­gory and was pub­lished in The New Yorker on May 25, 2015. READ MORE

what is a sex kitten and where have they all gone?

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WHILE TWEAKING AN ARTICLE for pub­li­ca­tion on my Tell It Like It Was pub­li­ca­tion on Medium, I no­ticed that I had re­ferred to lead singer Diana Ross’s soft, whis­pery vo­cals on all three of the Supremes’ #1 hits of 1964 as “sex kit­tenish.” They cer­tainly were coyly flir­ta­tious and the an­tithesis of most soul singers of 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