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by stevejazz
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Billboard's all-time hard rock digital song leaders
Replies: 1
Views: 5734

Billboard's all-time hard rock digital song leaders

Listed below are the overall leaders in Billboard's hard-rock digital song charts from the first one in January 2010 through December 2018. I'm missing some charts from 2017, and several weeks each from 2014 and early 2015. The biggest difference from the rock charts is that these include more pre-2...
by stevejazz
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Billboard's all-time top rock digital songs
Replies: 2
Views: 5948

Billboard's all-time top rock digital songs

A few weeks ago I posted the leaders in Billboard's jazz and blues digital song charts from January 2010 (when the charts began) through December 2018. Now I'm posting the leaders in the rock digital song charts for the same period. Whereas the jazz and blues leaders were comprehensive, there are so...
by stevejazz
Fri May 10, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Billboard's all-time top jazz digital songs
Replies: 0
Views: 7679

Billboard's all-time top jazz digital songs

I've researched the history of Billboard' top-selling jazz digital songs from the first chart in January 2010 through December 2018. Like the history of the top blues digital songs that I posted earlier, this has value and can help strengthen one of Acclaimed Music's weak areas First off, i must ack...
by stevejazz
Mon May 06, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Billboard's all-time top digital blues songs
Replies: 3
Views: 7235

Billboard's all-time top digital blues songs

While Billboard magazine is not what it once was, the best thing the magazine has done in the last decade was its January 2010 introduction of the top digital songs for various genres. A few of these charts--such as pop and country--are not particularly interesting, since they largely just repeat th...
by stevejazz
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Sounds good! Incidentally, recently I've been writing up songs from 2014 to 2017 that will appear in the next volume of the encyclopedia. 2017 has been a very good year so far, with at least six or seven songs that will definitely be in the book, plus some other strong candidates. (By year's end I'm...
by stevejazz
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Thanks, Henrik. As per my private email, you (or a designated Acclaimed reviewer) can request a review copy of the books through Rowman.
by stevejazz
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

StevieFan, here are the three requested song entries. By the way, regarding the chart data, remember that my cutoff point was June 2016; "Hamilton" at that point had a #12 peak position in Billboard, but it later reached #3. Follow Your Arrow (2013) - Kacey Musgraves (written by Kacey Musgraves, Bra...
by stevejazz
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

And here is the concluding Playlist/Chapter 12 in Volume 4 of the Encyclopedia, covering great performances from 2010 into June 2016. The Weary Kind (Feb. 6, 2010) - Ryan Bingham The House That Built Me (March 6, 2010) - Miranda Lambert 1070 (I’m Your Dirty Mexican) (May 11, 2010) - The Krayolas Tig...
by stevejazz
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Here are the two requested song entries, plus another from this chapter that may be of interest: A Thousand Miles (2002) - Vanessa Carlton A&M 497676 Chart debut March 2, 2002 (reached #5, 41 total weeks), #6 in England; from the album Be Not Nobody (#5 peak) One of pop music’s most promising newcom...
by stevejazz
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

And now we move into the new century. Here's the song list for Playlist/Chapter 11 in Volume 4 of the Encyclopedia, covering 2000 through 2009: Michaelangelo (Sept. 30, 2000) - Emmylou Harris Beautiful Day (Oct. 7, 2000) - U2 Stan (October 7, 2000) - Eminem featuring Dido Ms. Jackson (Nov. 11, 2000)...
by stevejazz
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

StevieFan13, here are the two song entries you requested. Definitely two of my personal favorites of the '90s: The Downeaster "Alexa" (1990) - Billy Joel Columbia 73333 Chart debut May 5, 1990 (reached #57); from the album Storm Front (chart debut Nov. 4, 1989; 1 week at #1, sold 4 million) Among hi...
by stevejazz
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

To Steviefan13 -- I posted the song lists for Volumes 1 and 2 in 2014. So I assume they can be found in the Forums. Now, it's on to Playlist/Chapter 10 in the new volumes, covering the songs of 1990-1999. No Myth (Jan. 6, 1990) - Michael Penn Rescue Mission (Jan. 30, 1990) - Luka Bloom Ode to Life (...
by stevejazz
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

OK, it's time for Playlist/Chapter 9 of the new books, covering 1980-1989. The chapter tells the stories behind these song performances: Another Brick In the Wall (Jan. 19, 1980) - Pink Floyd Refugee (Jan. 26, 1980) - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Brass In Pocket (I’m Special) (Feb. 16, 1980) - The ...
by stevejazz
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Rowman & Littlefield is offering all four volumes of the Encyclopedia at a 30 percent discount. While still not exactly qualifying as a casual purchase, for anyone who's really a serious music lover and student of pop cultural history (and certainly a lot of folks in this group fit that description)...
by stevejazz
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Before proceeding into the 1980s, I need to go back to the first chapter in the new books, covering 1890-1919. I had originally posted this list elsewhere in the forums, so for the sake of consistency, it should be here, so that anyone can find the entire song list in one place. The Thunderer (1890)...
by stevejazz
Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Panam, here is "the '70s part." Playlist/Chapter 8 covers 1970-1979. These were important years in my musical education. I had started listening to pop radio in 1964, and this grew a little more each year. In January 1970, I began compiling weekly Top 40 song lists, based on my personal preferences ...
by stevejazz
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Volume 3 of the Encyclopedia concluded with the 1960-1964 chapter. Volume 4 begins with Playlist/Chapter 7, covering 1965-1969. This is when I began listening to pop music (I bought my first albums as a kid in late 1965), so of course it's one of my favorite time periods. Here are the 1965-69 songs ...
by stevejazz
Wed May 31, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Thanks for the very nice comments, they're much appreciated. I finally received my copies of Volumes 3 and 4 yesterday, and I've gotta say, they look fabulous. Rowman & Littlefield is known for producing books that are not only high quality inside, but beautifully designed (often large-format hardco...
by stevejazz
Tue May 30, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

The 1950s chapter (Playlist 5, covering 1950-59) is the longest one in Volumes 3 and 4 of the Encyclopedia. The 1960s would have been even longer, but I split that decade into two chapters in order to make the two volumes a little more equal. I consider the 1955-1960 period as the third "Golden Age"...
by stevejazz
Mon May 29, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

My capsule trip through the new Volumes 3 and 4 of the Encyclopedia has now reached Playlist/Chapter 4, the 1940s. The decade began in a blaze of glory with the heart of the Swing Era, with great records being released almost weekly. The devastating musician union's strike that hit in August 1942 br...
by stevejazz
Sat May 27, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Now we come to Playlist/Chapter 3 of the new volumes, covering 1930-1939. After the incredible 1926-1929--one of the greatest four-year periods in the history of pop music recording (PBS's "American Epic" helps illustrate why), things slowed down quite a bit in the early 1930s, with the Depression. ...
by stevejazz
Fri May 26, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)
Replies: 50
Views: 15731

Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Picking up where I left off, here are the classic song performances of the 1920s in my new Volumes 3 and 4 of the Encyclopedia. As noted, all of these songs rank between #1,000 and #2,750 all-time for me. If anyone has a question or comment on a particular song, or wants to see the actual entry on a...
by stevejazz
Fri May 26, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 4
Views: 1317

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

I appreciate the group's slight dilemma regarding "The Entertainer." In my original volumes, I included the first commercial recording of the Joplin composition, from 1928, by Nap Hayes (guitar) and Matthew Prater (mandolin), really a magical performance that symbolizes some of the wonderful black s...
by stevejazz
Thu May 25, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 4
Views: 1317

Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Greetings to members of the Acclaimed Music forums. My name is Steve Sullivan. Some may recall that I wrote the books "The Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings, Volumes 1 and 2." I've been absent from the forums since then, but I'm glad to be back. My new books--Volumes 3 and 4 of the Encyc...
by stevejazz
Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: New edition of Pop Memories
Replies: 0
Views: 933

New edition of Pop Memories

I'm happy to report that Joel Whitburn's new edition of "Pop Memories: The History of American Popular Music, 1900-1940" is now available. I just received my copies, and I think it's fantastic. Having spent three years working on the original edition which was published in 1986, I was very happy to ...
by stevejazz
Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: Music, music, music...
Topic: Billboard blues digital song chart leaders
Replies: 2
Views: 1888

Billboard blues digital song chart leaders

Billboard began publishing its Top Digital Songs charts in January 2010, and one of the most fascinating to follow is the Blues Digital Songs charts. Although the vast majority of its hit songs date from the 1980s to today (basically from Stevie Ray Vaughan onward), there are enough earlier classics...
by stevejazz
Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:40 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

I had a blast earlier this week in New York taping rock critic Dave Marsh's Sirius-XM show "Kick Out the Jams." Dave loves my book "The Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings," and that enthusiasm comes across in the interview. The initial airing is Sunday morning on Channel 28 (the Spectrum)...
by stevejazz
Fri May 16, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Thanks very much to Kingoftonga for posting the remaining Playlists in my book. And thanks to Henrik for noting that the Playlist 7 version of "Bridge" is by Aretha, and the Playlist 8 version of "Grapevine" is by Gladys and the Pips. My apologies for not checking back in here until now. I've been b...
by stevejazz
Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Bruce, I really love your Digital Dream Door list, which was indeed one of the many sources I used. I particularly appreciate the fact that it gives proper representation to classics of the pre-rock era. 91 of your top 100 selections are featured in my book. The exceptions are #15 (My Way), #28 (Cel...
by stevejazz
Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

My apologies for taking so long to resume the listing of song recordings featured in my book; it's been a hectic period. Here is the fifth group of 100 songs, basically representing the #401 through 500 positions (albeit in chronological order): Poor Mourner (July 1897) - Cousins & DeMoss My Old Ken...
by stevejazz
Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

To answer Bruce's question: The "Singin' In the Rain' chart debut date refers not to the song, but to the soundtrack album, which spent a staggering (and no doubt frustrating) 11 weeks at #2 in Billboard.
by stevejazz
Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

I'd like to let the Acclaimed Music folks know that I will be going to New York to appear on legendary rock critic Dave Marsh's Sirius-XM program "Kick Out the Jams" in May. Dave is a huge fan of my book, which is a thrill for me, since I regard him as the foremost rock critic/author of the past 40 ...
by stevejazz
Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Picking up where I left off last week (as I recall), here is the song list for the fourth chapter in my book. As before, if anyone would like to see a particular song essay, please let me know. Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart) (July 12, 1904) - Haydn Quartet Yankee Doodle Boy (Feb. 25, ...
by stevejazz
Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Here is the third group of 100 song recordings in the book. Incidentally, if anyone would like to see the entry on a particular song, I'd be happy to post it. Washington Post March (summer 1890) - United States Marine Band In the Good Old Summer Time (Feb. 28, 1903) - Haydn Quartet The Old Folks At ...
by stevejazz
Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:00 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

As promised, here is Playlist 2, the second group of 100 song recordings in the book. More to come later this week. The Stars and Stripes Forever (mid-1897) - Sousa’s Band St. Louis Tickle (Jan. 24, 1906) - Ossman-Dudley Trio Shine On, Harvest Moon (Mar.-Apr. 1909) - Ada Jones & Billy Murray Down Ho...
by stevejazz
Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Bruce, you're certainly entitled to your own approach to listing records; each to his own. As I indicated, in the book most pop, R&B, and country chart hits are listed according to their date of chart debut, because this reflects the date at which the vast majority of music lovers heard them. The re...
by stevejazz
Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:33 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Thanks very much, Hendrik. Very glad to hear it. I will post the remaining nine Playlists of the songs soon. To answer the date question: For songs that were Billboard chart hit singles, I generally use the chart debut date. For "Rock Around the Clock," of course it did originally appear in 1954, bu...
by stevejazz
Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Thanks, Hendrik. I think anyone examining the full list of 1,057 song recordings in the book will understand that in the majority of cases, the *primary* reason for their inclusion is my personal conviction that they stand among the greatest recordings in history, or at least the greatest representa...
by stevejazz
Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

I realize now that the misunderstanding came about because no one in the group has read the book (at least as far as I know). And, no doubt, i could have a better job of explaining what it's all about, for which i apologize. To help provide a better understanding of what the book is REALLY about (an...
by stevejazz
Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Hendrik, I'd appreciate it if you could explain the basis for which lists you do or don't use. I'm assuming that you include the songs honored in other books on other all-time classic recordings, such as those by Dave Marsh, Paul Williams, Tom Moon, Thomas Ryan's "American Hit Radio," Toby Creswell,...
by stevejazz
Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:14 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

You're perfectly free to add the complete list of 1,057 classic recordings, if you wish. Doing so would definitely bolster Acclaimed Music's already outstanding coverage, as the book includes many extraordinary recordings that might have escaped your notice until now, or that had previously been und...
by stevejazz
Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Quiet Village (1959) - Martin Denny Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) - The Byrds Sgt. Pepper (1967) - The Beatles Cold Sweat (1967) - James Brown Love to Love You, Baby (1975) - Donna Summer London Calling (1979) - The Clash Like a Virgin (1984) - Madonna The above selections by Details are all singles, ex...
by stevejazz
Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:21 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Yes, the first Playlist in the book does indeed represent the top 100 songs, more or less, based in part on all the cited sources (Grammy Hall of Fame, National Recording Registry, NPR top 300, Dave Marsh, Rock Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone, etc. including Acclaimed Music), plus extensive rankings for...
by stevejazz
Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Here are the all-time top 100 song recordings in my book, in chronological order. The titles in CAPS are my choices for the top 20 pop recordings ever: The Grand Old Rag (Feb. 6, 1906) - Billy Murray Maple Leaf Rag (March 1907) - Vess L. Ossman Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Sept. 9, 1908) - Haydn Qu...
by stevejazz
Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:07 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

OK, here's the Details list, in chronological order: Blue Yodel (T for Texas) (1928) - Jimmie Rodgers Anthology of American Folk Music (Harry Smith's 1952 compilation of mostly 1920s recordings) El Manicero (The Peanut Vendor) (1931) - Don Azppiazu & His Havana Casino Orchestra King of the Delta Blu...
by stevejazz
Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

It was in the November 1998 issue of Details, entitled "The 40 Records That Shook the World," beginning on page 46 (running 8 pages in all). Author Will Hermes provides a long paragraph on each of the 40 selections (a mixture of singles and albums), ranging from Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel" (1928) a...
by stevejazz
Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:52 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Oops--how could I forget to mention Cuban music and Latin jazz? Both are a big part of my book, and constitute some of the most exciting music of the 20th century.
by stevejazz
Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:50 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Thanks for the warm welcome, Blanco. There's no question that one's perceptions of international music depends to a large extent on one's point of origin. My preparation for the book included more than a year in which I focused most of my attention on ethnic and world music. My top priorities were a...
by stevejazz
Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:47 am
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

Some folks may be interested in a breakdown of the performances covered in my book. Here is a breakdown of the 1,057 recordings by time period: 1889-1899: 15 song recordings 1900-1909: 34 songs 1910-1919: 30 songs 1920s: 113 songs 1930s: 98 songs 1940s: 109 songs 1950s: 152 songs 1960s: 202 songs 19...
by stevejazz
Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: Critics' lists
Topic: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Replies: 88
Views: 37279

Re: Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings

My name is Steve Sullivan, and I'm pleased to learn that the book i recently wrote for Scarecrow Press, "The Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings" (Volumes 1 and 2), has come up for discussion. Now that I've finally managed to access your outstanding group (with the help of your moderator),...