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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]

are there albums where the covers are worth more than the records?

HERE’S ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT VINYL on Quora that dis­tracted me from var­ious writing projects! The ques­tion is, “What vinyl album cover empty is worth more than a mint vinyl album without the cover?” Or, as I have worded it in this article’s title: Are there al­bums with covers that are worth more than the records? [Continue reading]

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does jackie deshannon belong in the rock & roll hall of fame?

DOES JACKIE De­SHANNON be­long in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Making an ar­gu­ment for her or any artist is not easy for two rea­sons. First, the Hall does not have any set of cri­teria by which fans can as­sess po­ten­tial can­di­dates. Each year each vote ap­pears to be a re­flec­tion of the mood of the nom­i­na­tors and voters of that year. [Continue reading]

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like, whoa, do the doobie brothers belong in the hall of fame?

THE DOOBIES IN THE HALL OF FAME?” That’s a ques­tion that’s been asked a bit in the wake of their re­cent in­duc­tion into said Hall. There was a ver­sion of that ques­tion (“Are the Doobie Brothers Hall of Fame Worthy”) on Quora this morning. I an­swered it there and wanted to share my an­swer here. [Continue reading]

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wikipedia really messed up “music recording certification”

I LEFT WIKIPEDIA ALONE for the past few months, even though cri­tiquing their en­tries is like shooting fish in a barrel. When it comes to “de­f­i­n­i­tions” of per­sons and terms re­garding pop­ular music, Wikipedia’s theme song seems to be a well-known song by Elvis: “If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve come to the right place. [Continue reading]

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why are non-rock artists in the rock & roll hall of fame?

A SERIES OF ARTICLES about Elvis Pres­ley’s Gold Stan­dard records has been taking up most of my time (along with re­designing the look of all my blogs). Be­cause of that, I have been ig­noring both the readers of this blog and those who sali­vate waiting for me to an­swer a ques­tion on Quora. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1969

THIS IS THE TENTH 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 “Someday We’ll Be Honky Tonk Women To­gether” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Oc­tober 1, 2019. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1968

THIS IS THE NINTH 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 “Grazing In The Grass With Mrs. Robinson” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Sep­tember 19, 2019. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1967

THIS IS THE EIGHTH 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 “Hey, There Georgy Girl, Penny Lane, And Ruby Tuesday! [Continue reading]