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The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits Paperback – October 1, 2006
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About the Author
Joel Whitburn began collecting records in the 1950s, filing each one according to the position it reached on Billboards charts. He went on to publish this information--and his business, Record Research, was born. Today, he leads a team of chart researchers from his home base in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
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Organized like the other books in this series (e.g., Top 40 Hits, Top 40 R&B Hits), the book lists all the charted songs by each artist, organized alphabetically by artist. For each song, the date, number of weeks, highest chart position, and record label are provided. Likewise, for each artist or group, some brief biographical information is provided. Interspersed throughout the book are pages with pictures of album or singles covers from sample artists and brief narratives about those artists or songs. The back of the book also includes an alphabetical index of all charted songs, as well as listing the artist, year, and highest chart position.
And for people who are interested in rankings of the best songs and artists, additional tables at the back of the book list the Top 100 songs of the era, the top singles by decade, the Top 100 artists of the era, the top artists by decade, the biggest top 40 artist achievements (e.g., most #1 hits), and a chronological list of all #1 songs by year.
I started many years ago with Joel Whitburn's book of popular Top 40 hits and have purchased multiple editions of that book in subsequent years. I found those books so enjoyable as handy references and to help me get deeper into many artists catalogues of hits, that I eventually also purchased the Book of Top 40 R&B Hits and this Book of Top 40 Country Hits as my musical interests expanded and deepened in these genres.
I would think that books like this one would be "must-have's" for disc jockeys and music historians. For died-in-the-wool music fans like myself, books like this one are a pure delight that I keep handy whenever I am listening to music, adding songs to my iPod, creating personal playlists of songs, or simply wanting to expand or refresh my knowledge about particular artists and songs over the years.
I highly recommend this book as being up to the same high standards as the other books in Joel Whitburn's series of Billboard Top 40 hits. It's a great reference book for any serious music fan to keep handy when listening to or thinking about all these delightful (and not-so-delightful) songs and artists that made it into the enviable weekly "top 40" lists on the music charts.