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(Billboard)   If you look at hit pop song Wikipedia entries and religiously check the references, you may ask yourself who the hell is this Joel Whitburn cat and what's his deal? This is his deal. Also, about two weeks ago he stopped charting at 82   (billboard.com) divider line
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2022-06-26 5:09:00 AM  
This is very sad.  I've got several of Joel's reference works from my many years in music radio filled with dogears and highlighter.    These books helped me program a 70s show and later an 80's station.

I fear that Joel will never be replaced and we may lose touch with the next era of pop music history.

We'll miss you Mr Whitburn.
 
2022-06-26 5:15:51 AM  
That's a fascinating article. I always just assumed there was some official archivist who kept a running list of charting pop songs, and it looks like Whitburn just went out and did it on his own. Good catch subby.
 
2022-06-26 5:57:30 AM  

cepson: That's a fascinating article. I always just assumed there was some official archivist who kept a running list of charting pop songs, and it looks like Whitburn just went out and did it on his own. Good catch subby.


I could completely understand doing it with real music, but what got wired wrong to drive him to do it with pop
 
2022-06-26 6:58:54 AM  

Concrete Donkey: cepson: That's a fascinating article. I always just assumed there was some official archivist who kept a running list of charting pop songs, and it looks like Whitburn just went out and did it on his own. Good catch subby.

I could completely understand doing it with real music, but what got wired wrong to drive him to do it with pop



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2022-06-26 7:32:04 AM  

Nikan1: This is very sad.  I've got several of Joel's reference works from my many years in music radio filled with dogears and highlighter.    These books helped me program a 70s show and later an 80's station.

I fear that Joel will never be replaced and we may lose touch with the next era of pop music history.

We'll miss you Mr Whitburn.


Same.  Back in the 80's, we in radio didnt have the internet to look up facts about songs or artists, and these books were just about the only reference material around.  Every station I worked had them in the studio.
 
2022-06-26 8:41:51 AM  
"If you look at hit pop song Wikipedia entries and religiously check the references" ... uh, is there somebody that does that? Submitter I guess.
 
2022-06-26 10:32:43 AM  

devilskware: "If you look at hit pop song Wikipedia entries and religiously check the references" ... uh, is there somebody that does that?

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2022-06-26 11:21:32 AM  
Oh this is very sad.  I didn't  know he had passed away.  I also have several Whitburn books from my years in radio and retail music.  Even now I'll whip out one of those books to answer a trivia question or settle a debate.  Faster than looking it up online.  RIP Mr. Whitburn and thanks.
 
2022-06-26 2:53:17 PM  
He was a guy I had always hoped to meet some day.  When I heard he died, I checked my bookcase and found 17 of his books. I know that there's a lot of overlap, but I GOTTA HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION DAMMIT
 
2022-06-26 10:55:52 PM  
Somehow my dad got a hold of theTop 40 book that was released I  1986. I read that thing religiously learning so much about bands and singles that I never even heard of. To this day but I still know the songs and some bands. Such fascinating notes
 
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