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who was the first rock band to sell a million albums?

I HAD TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION: “Who was the first rock band to sell a mil­lion al­bums?” It was on Quora and im­me­di­ately seized my at­ten­tion. Why? Be­cause not only had I never thought about it, but I had never heard a record-collecting friend or a pro­fes­sional music writer ad­dress it. [Continue reading]

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should the crew-cuts be in the rock & roll hall of fame?

THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE AMONG US. They see a wrong and they set out to right it. Mostly, they fail. Nonethe­less, we think of them as heroic for their ef­forts. There are others who set out merely to suc­ceed at their own goals. While achieving those goals, they may also right a wrong, break down a bar­rier, or ex­pand a horizon. [Continue reading]

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about collectables and their alleged collectability and value

BUYERS AND SELLERS of collectables—whether records or mem­o­ra­bilia or Beanie Babies—often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic concepts on determining col­lec­tability and value of the “seldom found.” Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will gen­er­ally refer to records below, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed. [Continue reading]

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should pat boone be in the rock & roll hall of fame?

THE QUESTION ON QUORA was “Who was the first rock & roll su­per­star to be dis­carded and for­gotten to time?” I an­swered with Bill Haley, Pat Boone, and Connie Francis. Each singer was a big star in their heyday—the word “su­per­star” did not exist then—but each has been under-appreciated by most critics and his­to­rians since rock & roll be­came self-reflective decades ago. [Continue reading]

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the first discarded and forgotten superstars of rock & roll

THE BURNING QUESTION on Quora today was “Who was the first rock & roll su­per­star to be dis­carded and for­gotten to time?” Of course, I couldn’t re­sist, al­though my an­swer may not have been ex­actly what the ques­tioner was looking for in for­gotten su­per­stars. But who knows—maybe this is ex­actly the kind of thinking-provoking an­swer the asker wanted? [Continue reading]

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the frank daniels discographies & labelographies project

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]

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what exactly was a “rock & roll album” in those days?

WHAT EXACTLY IS A ROCK & ROLL ALBUM? To an­swer that ques­tion, we need to an­swer an­other: What is rock & roll music? After sixty years, we still don’t have a de­f­i­n­i­tion that everyone agrees with! Ar­gu­ments about its de­f­i­n­i­tion and its origin in the early ’50s—no wait, was it the late ’40s?—have [Continue reading]

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what was the first “rock” double-album of the ’60s?

 IT IS ACCEPTED “FACT” that two sem­inal works of pop­ular music—the Beach Boys’ PET SOUNDS and Bob Dy­lan’s BLONDE ON BLONDE—were re­leased on the same day, May 16, 1966. And there was a second reason to cel­e­brate that date: BLONDE ON BLONDE was also the first rock double-album of all-new studio record­ings, beating the Mothers of In­ven­tion’s FREAK OUT! [Continue reading]