Pop Hits Singles & Albums 1940-1954 eBook

Pop Hits Singles & Albums 1940-1954 eBook

By: Joel Whitburn

Publication date: August 2012
ISBN: 0-89820-198-5
Highlights: Best Seller

For the first time ever, have instant access on your computer, tablet or smart phone, to this golden era of pop! Only in this eBook will you find fonts, shading and featured albums in color.

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 This sweeping compendium of pop music's golden era is actually four big books in one!


Artist-by-Artist Anthology of Early Pop Singles

Lists the 525 artists and 3,319 recordings that appeared on Billboard magazine's multiple pop singles charts from January 6, 1940 through December 25,1954. Includes essential chart data: Peak chart position, Chart debut date, Total weeks charted, Original label and number. For the first time ever, the B-sides are shown for all charted singles. Also includes Peak Positions attained on Billboard multiple weekly Pop singles charts (Best Sellers, Juke Box and Disc Jockey). Also features a complete alphabetical song title section, Top 150 artists ranking, Top 20 artists by half decade, Pictures of the Top 100 artists, Top Artists by category, Top 100 #1 hits, Chronological listing of all #1 hits.

A Year-by-Year Ranking Of Pop's Early Hits

This big section ranks in numerical order of each year according to highest chart positions reached all of the 3,300 records that peaked on Billboard's 1940-1954 pop singles charts. Includes Peak chart position, Peak date, Yearly rank, Total peak weeks and Total weeks in the Top 5 and Top 10. Also lists every song's songwriter, and features Yearly time capsules, Yearly top artist rankings, Yearly top artist debuts and Yearly top songwriters rankings.

The Complete Story of the Early Albums

This section covers the 127 artists and 448 albums that appeared on Billboard's multiple album charts from 1945 through 1954, including all of the tracks from each album! Includes essential chart data: Peak chart position, Chart debut date, Total weeks charted, and Original label and number. Also includes the type (33-1/3, 45 or 78 rpm) and number of records in each album, Artist biographies and Title notes, Prices for each album in near-mint condition, Rankings of top artists and albums, and Selected photos of various albums.

Big Bonus Section: The Top 10 Singles Charts

Features a week-by-week chronicle of the Top 10 of every Billboard Best Selling Singles chart. Every Weekly Top 10 Shows Each Record's...Current week's Chart Position, Previous Weeks Chart Position, Total Weeks Charted and Original label and number.

... Return with us now to that wonderful era of ...

Big Bands:  Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Sammy Kaye, Kay Kyser, Les Brown ...

Classic Crooners: Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Vaughn Monroe, Dick Haymes, Don Cornell, Frank Sinatra , Nat King Cole ...

Classy Female Vocalists: Dinah Shore, Jo Stafford, Margaret Whiting, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Patti Page ...

Smooth Vocal Groups: Mills Brothers, Ink Spots, Andrews Sisters, Ames Brothers, Four Aces, McGuire Sisters ...

Dynamic Duos: Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Dick Haymes & Helen Forrest, Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters ... and many others! 

Pages: 548
Language: English
Publisher: Record Research Inc.
Edition: 2
Average: 3 (2 votes)

Joel Whitburn


From pastime to passion to profitable enterprise, the growth of Record Research has been the outgrowth of Joel Whitburn’s hobby. Joel began collecting records as a teenager in the 1950s. As his collection grew, he began to sort, categorize and file each record according to the highest position it reached on Billboard magazine's charts. He went on to publish this information — first on individual artists’ cards, then in book form in 1970 — and a business was born.

Today, Joel leads a team of researchers who delve into all of Billboard’s music charts to an unmatched degree of depth and detail. Widely recognized as the most authoritative historian on charted music, Joel has also collaborated with Warner/Rhino Records in creating a series of 150 CD albums, plus five CD albums with Curb Records. Joel’s own record collection remains unrivaled the world over and includes every charted Hot 100 and pop single (back to 1936), every charted pop album (back to 1945), collections of nearly every charted Country, R&B, Bubbling Under The Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary records. Ever the consummate collector, Joel also owns one of the world’s largest picture sleeve collections, many of which he displays in the series of books (Top 40 Hits, Top 40 Albums, Top 40 Country Hits, Top 40 R&B Hits) he writes for Billboard’s book division. To date, Record Research has published nearly 200 books, over 50 of which are currently in the catalog.

Joel's site, www.recordresearch.com, brought his enormous database online in 2009. The MusicVault, complete with chart data and record photos, has proved to be an immediate, reliable wellspring of data.

Ever the hobbyist, Joel participates in a wide variety of water, winter and motor sports, but the active, six-and-a-half footer ranks basketball and baseball as his top sports. The Wisconsinite and his wife, Fran, a native of Honduras, enjoy spending time in central Wisconsin, and especially love being with their grandchildren Samantha and Nathaniel. Their daughter, Kim Bloxdorf, is vice president of Record Research, and other key employees are Brent Olynick, Paul Haney and Jeanne Olynick. Joel's lifelong passion for music, old and new, and his penchant for accurate detail is ever constant.