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George Albert; Publisher of Cash Box Magazine

March 22, 1997

George Albert, 83, president and publisher of Cash Box magazine. Albert developed Cash Box in 1942 as a trade publication for the vending machine industry. The name was derived from the box that collected coins used to activate the machines. Within a few years, the magazine added a section on the burgeoning business of jukeboxes, which in the 1940s largely determined sales of single records. The magazine listed and reviewed records for jukebox vendors and customers. In return, the recording industry began to advertise its artists in Cash Box. In 1957, Albert became the first to publish a rhythm and blues music chart. Albert and Cash Box were largely credited with changing the name "race music" to rhythm and blues, or R&B. Two years later, they invented the "bullet" to indicate a potential hit record on a chart. On Tuesday in Encino.

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