the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1964

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THIS IS THE FIFTH 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 “I Want To Hold Your Louie Louie” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on April 14, 2019. [Continue reading]

what is a “record album” and where did the term come from?

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THE WORLD TURNS, WORDS EVOLVE. Some­times the evo­lu­tion of a word is gradual and log­ical and few no­tice the change. Some­times it hap­pens quickly—often through ig­no­rance and misuse—and the change is jar­ring. In the 21st cen­tury, a word can go through a tremen­dous up­heaval if one in­flu­en­tial person mis­uses it one time on the internet. [Continue reading]

yummy yummy yummy julie london’s got love in her tummy

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ANYTHING WITH “BEATLES” on it was hot prop­erty in the ’60s. Artists across the gamut of mu­sical genres and styles recorded songs bearing the Lennon-McCartney im­print. Along with the ex­pected rock and pop artists, the oc­ca­sional country and folk artist and even a jazz singer delved into the Fab Four’s song­book. [Continue reading]

real rarity, relative rarity, and the “wow!” factor

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IN RECORD COLLECTING, we bandy about cer­tain terms so often that they lose their meaning. One such word is ‘rare,’ which should be con­sid­ered a bugaboo not just record col­lecting, but all fields of col­lec­tables. An­other abused word is ‘psy­che­delic,’ or, as it is more often used, ‘psych.’ [Continue reading]

the frank daniels discographies & labelographies project

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FRANK DANIELS has been col­lecting records for a long time. Some­where along the way, he started col­lecting all sorts of record-related data and in­for­ma­tion. For years now, he has been re­searching, com­piling, as­sem­bling, and pub­lishing sev­eral in­cred­ibly de­tailed and ac­cu­rate Frank Daniels discogra­phies (list­ings of records) and la­be­l­o­gra­phies (break­downs on the vi­sual changes in the label de­signs of a given record company). [Continue reading]