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Name an artist who was in a popular band that had top 40 success & had only 1 top 40 solo hit.

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2011 1:43:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2011 7:04:31 PM PST
There's an old and famous saying in the music industry. "It ain't #1 'til it's #1 in Billboard".
And there's a reason for that saying. Billboard has long been the Bible of the music charts.

Go to sites like, where chart information on songs is provided.
Do they give a record's Billboard number, followed by their Cashbox number?
No, they only provide the Billboard number, because that's the only one that matters.

So if a record wasn't a top-40 in Billboard, it wasn't a top-40.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 7:59:06 AM PST
R. Riis says:
The "saying" you quote is a copyrighted tag created and owned by Billboard. Billboard has the name and the recognition factor, but in the '60s and '70s it was Cashbox that industry insiders considered the most accurate. Cashbox measured actual sales, while Billboard factored in retail and rackjobber orders and radio play. To each his own. I consult both to get the most comprehensive picture.
That said, thanks for the plug for, where many of my old reviews from my days as a pop music magazine editor now reside.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 4:48:26 AM PDT
Ethel "Earl-Jean" McCrea

As a member of the early-60s girl group the Cookies, she hit the Billboard Top 40 with such singles as "Chains" and "Don't Say Nothing Bad About My Baby. As a solo artist she only scored one hit, the original recording of "I'm Into Something Good" (latr covered by Herman's Hermits).
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