Ventures photo posed 1960 1500 crop

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]

Medium photo 1962 ChubbyChecker Twist 1500 crop

the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1962

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. [Continue reading]

Medium photo 1961 RayCharles piano France 1500 crop 1

the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1961

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. [Continue reading]

BrendaLee 1960 piano Billboard 1500

the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1960

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. [Continue reading]

BeachBoys on stage 1971 1500

was beach boy mike love one of rock & roll’s greatest frontmen?

OPINION QUESTIONS are big on Quora and I try to pro­vide an­swers that are ac­cu­rate but some­what off the beaten path. The ques­tion I re­ceived this morning was, “Who are the all-time great frontmen in music?” I read the ques­tion as who are the great lead singers of rock groups, as both vocal and vi­sual performers. [Continue reading]

Beatles FirstCapitolGoldRecords AlanLivingston 1500

understanding riaa gold and platinum record awards

MOST INFORMATION on the In­ternet about gold and plat­inum records of the Six­ties is crap! That is, most of the “in­for­ma­tion” re­garding RIAA Gold and Plat­inum Records awarded to al­bums from the ’60s and early ’70s is fac­tu­ally in­cor­rect. This applies to al­most every web­site: the few that aren’t plain in­cor­rect are often un­in­ten­tion­ally mis­leading, and this in­cludes the RI­AA’s own website! [Continue reading]