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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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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]

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the stairway to heaven leads to gilligan’s island

IN MAY 1978, a record by a group with a rather silly name was re­leased in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area. After making a splash in that market, radio sta­tions around the country picked it up for their playlists. Had things been left to them­selves, the record might have been a re­ally big hit record. [Continue reading]

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wild dandelion stomping with bamboogie injections

THIS ARTICLE is an in­tro­duc­tion to Bam­boogie In­jec­tions, a con­tem­po­rary Russian surf band, with a look at their first album, Wild Dan­de­lion Stomping. It is also a very brief look at the Russian surf music scene of the past—something few of us who grew up in the ’60s were aware ex­isted. [Continue reading]

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surf raiders discography & price guide

THE SURF RAIDERS Discog­raphy & Price Guide is the second of three ar­ti­cles on Bob Dalley and his group The Surf Raiders and his book Surfin’ Gui­tars. This is prob­ably the most com­plete listing of the group’s records ever pub­lished. It is also most likely the most ac­cu­rate if gen­er­al­ized price guide for the group’s records. [Continue reading]