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Hot R&B Songs 1942-2010
Price: $79.95

912 pages | Size: 7x10 inches | Hardcover

Currently unavailable.

New edition, Top R&B Singles 1942-2016, is printing late February, 2017.

Nearly seven decades are covered from every artist and song that hit Billboard's first "Harlem Hit Parade" chart in 1942 right through the "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" chart of August 28, 2010.

Essential for a true understanding of music history, this deluxe hardcover is loaded with research on every artist and all their songs that ever appeared on Billboard magazine's R&B singles chart from its inception. Witness the birth of rock 'n' roll in the early chart histories of Muddy Waters, The Clovers, Wynonie Harris, The Ravens, Ivory Joe Hunter, and many more!

Note from author Joel Whitburn:

"Billboard's R&B chart is the bellwether of musical movements and future superstars. It is where many mainstream artists made their first chart appearance, such as Kool & The Gang, Lil Jon, LL Cool J, Prince, Run-D.M.C., and Luther Vandross."

"And, when I want to dig deep into the roots of rock 'n' roll, I open Hot R&B Songs. In the decade before rock made its first rumblings on the pop charts, it was already on the R&B charts. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the chart hosted a stellar lineup of influential and groundbreaking artists (see "Roots Of Rock" list at bottom of page). Hot R&B Songs is one of the most essential books in our catalog!"

"Featured" Artist Hits!

The hits of the lead artist are now listed first, followed by a second listing of hits on which he or she is the "featured" artist.

Updated Symbols

Easy-to-use symbols now designate which songs are available as 12" singles, CD singles, album cuts, etc.

Song & Artist Awards

Songs and artists which received various music industry awards are now shown in bold print for easy identification.

Bio For Every Artist

This is the first edition to have at least one line of biographical information for EVERY artist!

Essential Chart Data

Peak chart position, chart debut date, total weeks charted, total weeks at #1, #2 or #3, original label and number - and much more!

Accurate Artist Facts

Updated and expanded artists' bios, photos, Decade and All-Time rankings, Grammy, Billboard, Rolling Stone and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame awards - and more!

Detailed Title Trivia

B-sides, peak positions of Pop & Hot 100 charts for crossover hits, re-entries, title notes, RIAA Platinum/Gold certifications - and more!

Find-It-Fast Features

Quickly spot key information! Top hit by an artist with 10 or more hits is underlined. All Top 10 titles are shaded. #1 hits have a special peak position symbol. Gold and Platinum record have a symbol. Letter symbols indicate Instrumental, Christmas, Live recordings, etc.


Major Awards & Honor Listings, A-Z Song Title Section, Top Artist Achievements, Top 500 Artists Ranking - And MUCH, MUCH MORE!


  • Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers
  • Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
  • Bull Moose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats
  • Wynonie Harris
  • Memphis Slim & His House Rockers
  • Ivory Joe Hunter
  • Roy Brown & His Mighty Men
  • John Lee Hooker
  • The Orioles
  • Charles Brown
  • Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers
  • Ruth Brown
  • Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
  • The Cardinals
  • Jackie Brenston
  • The Dominoes
  • The Clovers
  • Fats Domino
  • Lloyd Price
  • Johnny Ace
  • Big Joe Turner
  • The Midnighters
  • Muddy Waters
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