Pop Hits Singles & Albums 1940-1954


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Covers the era of big bands, classic crooners, classy female vocalists, smooth vocal groups, and dynamic duos in unmatched depth.  You get four books in one:  an artist-by-artist anthology of every charted single, a year-by-year ranking of those singles, an artist-by-artist anthology of every charted album, and every week-by-week Top 10 singles chart!
“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!

Four Big Books In One!

An Artist-by-Artist Anthology of Early Pop Singles

Our revised Pop Hits Singles Artists section 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.

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Weight 2.75 lbs
Dimensions 7 × 1.25 × 10 in




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