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November 1, 2007 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
The slogan of Joel Whitburn's remarkable book company, Record Research, is "For Anyone With a Heart for the Charts," and his dozens of volumes over nearly four decades have lived up to that boast. The latest update of the "Top Pop Singles" series is a treasure chest of information about pop music.
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November 1, 2007 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
The slogan of Joel Whitburn's remarkable book company, Record Research, is "For Anyone With a Heart for the Charts," and his dozens of volumes over nearly four decades have lived up to that boast. The latest update of the "Top Pop Singles" series is a treasure chest of information about pop music.
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March 13, 1994
Regarding Calendar's lists of dubious Grammys (Feb. 27 and March 1): Twice in three days, your pop music writers took issue with Grammy voters' 1958 choice of Henry Mancini's "Music From 'Peter Gunn' " as album of the year, clearly implying that the popular TV soundtrack was somehow inferior to several competing albums. Their cavalier dismissal of Mancini's album is typical of writers weaned on rock. In fact, the "Peter Gunn" score was every bit as influential and trend-setting as the other records cited.
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January 4, 1998 | Robert Hilburn
Focusing for the first time on country albums rather than singles, Whitburn lists the chart performance of the more than 4,400 collections that have made the Billboard country album chart over the last 33 years. Besides ranking the dominant album artists (Willie Nelson is far out in front of runner-up Merle Haggard in terms of weeks on the chart and weeks at No.
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July 15, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN
Elvis Presley was far and away the most successful record artist of the modern pop era, a point that Wisconsin researcher Joel Whitburn has documented in a series of books devoted to the history of the Billboard magazine pop charts. But who are the most successful artists in country music and rhythm and blues, the two styles whose fusion in the '50s gave birth to rock 'n' roll and which have continued, in varying degrees, to influence the pop-rock mainstream?
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January 4, 1998 | Robert Hilburn
Focusing for the first time on country albums rather than singles, Whitburn lists the chart performance of the more than 4,400 collections that have made the Billboard country album chart over the last 33 years. Besides ranking the dominant album artists (Willie Nelson is far out in front of runner-up Merle Haggard in terms of weeks on the chart and weeks at No.
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April 5, 2008 | Randy Lewis
You won't find Mariah Carey's name mentioned in the news announcement at the official website of Elvis Presley Enterprises, just some timely stats asserting that Presley should be credited for 18 No. 1 singles during his lifetime. So has Carey merely tied the King, not slipped by him, on the list of all-time hit makers? "They're wrong," Geoff Mayfield, the king of Billboard's hallowed pop charts, said Friday. Presley took 17 singles to No. 1.
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July 23, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
  OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND : Nadia Comaneci performed her floor routine to the song "Nadia's Theme" during the 1976 Summer Olympics. The Olympics have an uncommon ability to take athletes from relative obscurity to international stardom, all in the span of a couple of weeks. For instance, Bruce Jenner was already an accomplished decathlete by 1974, but his national profile was negligible before the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal where he became a national hero in the United States by setting a new world record in the decathlon while winning the gold medal in the event.
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January 12, 1997 | Robert Hilburn
**** "TOP POP ALBUMS 1955-1996" By Joel Whitburn, Record Research In an age of Kenny G, Celine Dion and No Doubt, it's easy to think that the pop music sales charts are the last place to look for record makers with compelling artistry and vision. But Joel Whitburn, the Wisconsin researcher who is the leading chronicler of the charts, offers some reassuring news about public taste.
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March 13, 1994
Regarding Calendar's lists of dubious Grammys (Feb. 27 and March 1): Twice in three days, your pop music writers took issue with Grammy voters' 1958 choice of Henry Mancini's "Music From 'Peter Gunn' " as album of the year, clearly implying that the popular TV soundtrack was somehow inferior to several competing albums. Their cavalier dismissal of Mancini's album is typical of writers weaned on rock. In fact, the "Peter Gunn" score was every bit as influential and trend-setting as the other records cited.
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July 15, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN
Elvis Presley was far and away the most successful record artist of the modern pop era, a point that Wisconsin researcher Joel Whitburn has documented in a series of books devoted to the history of the Billboard magazine pop charts. But who are the most successful artists in country music and rhythm and blues, the two styles whose fusion in the '50s gave birth to rock 'n' roll and which have continued, in varying degrees, to influence the pop-rock mainstream?
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September 14, 1997 | Steve Hochman
Bobby Shriver is the custodian of one of the top charity album franchises of all time. The two "A Very Special Christmas" collections, released in 1987 and 1992, have sold a combined total of more than 5 million copies in the U.S. and brought in more than $40 million for the Special Olympics, which was founded by his mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Sporting such megastar names as Madonna, U2, Sting and Whitney Houston, they rank as Nos.
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