506 Seiten - Billboard Books - 1993 - English Here, in one fact-filled volume, are the stories behind the biggest hits of rhythm & blues, as told by the legendary singers, songwriters, musicians, and producers who created them. The Billboard Book of Number One Rhythm & Blues Hits documents over three decades of R&B history by examining each song to top the Billboard R&B singles chart since the mid-1960s. Best-selling authors Adam White and Fred Bronson chronicle the inside stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes for hun-dreds of classic hits, from the sweet-tinged Motown sounds of the Temptations and the Supremes to the gritty soul of Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, from the innovative funk of the Ohio Players to the modern rap of L.L. Cool J. It all adds up to an informative and entertaining look at this most popular of pop music genres.
Taschenbuch - 368 pages - 1990 - Englisch Here, in one fascinating volume, are Hollywood´s hottest movies from 1939 to 1988—the wide-screen spectacles, the screwball comedies, the sci-fi epics, classic dramas, thrillers, and musicals—the most successful films of each year, ranked according to their box-office earnings. Inside you´ll find a treasure trove of intriguing facts, starting with each film´s vital statistics, from rental income, cast, and production credits to Acad-emy Award nominations and wins. But this is more than a collection of lists. The Hollywood Reporter Book of Box Office Hits offers an insider´s look at the people who made it all happen—the studio moguls, the temperamental stars, the writers, the producers, and the special-effects wizards behind the biggest block-busters of all time. Here´s a close-up look at how each film was made, how it was reviewed, and how it fit in to the grand scheme of movie history. Illustrated with rare photographs, some never-before-published, Box Office Hits is the definitive reference for*. cinema fans and experts alike—an absorbing history and a revealing window into the world of film entertainment. Cover design by Bob Fillie BILLBOARD BOOKS An imprint of Watson-Guptill Publications/New York
Paperback - 320 pages - Publisher: Billboard Books - 1994 - English Rock and roll wasn´t supposed to last. From the days in 1953 when Bill Haley and His Comets´ ´´Crazy Man Crazy´´ became the first rock record to enter the Billboard charts, through the arrival of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard later in the decade, the music and its stars were often dismissed as a passing phase, a garish blip on the screen of constantly changing teen tastes. In fact, ten years after rock´s inception, even the biggest stars of the era downplayed their signifi-cance. In 1963, in the first flush of the mania that would be named for them, the Beatles often talked of what they would do ´´when the bubble burst´´: at the time, George Harrison mentioned something about becoming an electrician; Ringo Starr said he dreamed of owning a string of ladies´ hair salons. But the bubble didn´t burst, for the Beatles or for rock and roll. Rock and roll did last. It enters its fifth decade as a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry whose reach extends beyond teenagers to generations who have grown up, and older, with it. Along the way, it has infiltrated the culture of the world. Its songs have provided the soundtracks for political campaigns and social movements, for wars and revolutions. Its heroes have been at the forefront of constantly evolving tastes, mores, trends, and aes-thetics. From Elvis shaking the Eisenhower years from their secure slumber with a wag of his hips; to Bob Dylan galvanizing the civil rights movement of the 1960s with ´´Blowin´ in the Wind´´; to the Beatles changing the look and sound of virtually everything by the sheer power of their presence; to Bob Geldof raising tens of millions of dollars for starving Ethiopians with Band Aid and Live Aid; to the heavy metal of Van Halen, which U.S. military pilots used to pump themselves up for combat in the Gulf War, rock and roll has proved that is has not merely last-ed—it has mattered. That rock has done all this is hardly news. And outlining the role and importance of rock isn´t the purpose of this book. Instead, Pioneers of Rock and Roll is an examination of artists whose music and careers have defined and redefined rock in the course of its history and, in the process, made it a crucial component of the culture of its time. ´´Artists´´ is the key word in all of this and is used intentionally in place of ´´performers,´´ ´´musicians,´´ or ´´acts.´´ Each of the individuals or groups includ-ed in this book has contributed in one or more ways to establishing rock as an art form. While the latter point—rock as art—could still be open to debate in some aesthetic spheres, the case for such status can certainly be made. If art can be defined as a creative expression of a particular time, for all time, then rock is art. It would be impossible, or at least misleading, to discuss or study or evaluate the social history of the West in the second half of this century without factoring in the impact of rock and roll. The point of all this as it pertains to this book is that if rock and roll had simply been a commercial device to separate teens (or their parents) from their money, or just another form of entertainment, it would never have lasted. It has lasted because, in its highest forms—in the music of people who are included in this book—it is more than those other aspects. It is art. And this book is about how they have made it thus. On to practical matters. The artist entries have several components. Each includes an analysis of music and impact of the indi-vidual artist or group that explains why and how they became ´´pioneers.´´ And each includes a discus-sion of the artist´s career, providing pertinent dates and facts to place the analysis in a historical context.
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(Real Gone Music) 21 Tracks In einer Karriere über fünf Jahrzehnte hat sich Joe Simon als eine der Premierenstimmen im R&B etabliert. ´´The Mouth of the South´´ hat 35 Pop- und 50 R&B-Hits eingesammelt. Aber da Simons Hits gleichmäßig auf zwei verschiedene Labels verteilt waren, gab es noch nie eine endgültige Sammlung seines Werkes. ´Step By Step´ präsentiert alle 35 Billboard Pop Hits Enthält seinen ersten Hit, ´´My Adorable One´´, der 1964 von Vee Jay veröffentlicht wurde. Enthält seine 18 Hits für das Sound Stage 7 Label sowie seine 16 Hits für das Spring Label. Fast jedes R&B-Genre ist vertreten, einschließlich Gospel, Doo Wop, Country-Soul, Philly Soul, Blaxploitation und Disco, alles gesungen mit Simons Markenzeichen Überzeugung und Leidenschaft. Unter den Songs sind Simons Grammy-Gewinner-Version von ´´The Chokin´ Kind´´, die Gamble & Huff-produzierte ´´Ertrinken im Meer der Liebe´´ und ´´The Power of Love´´, ´´Theme from Cleopatra Jones´´, der Titelsong für die Warner Brothers Smash 1973 Film, und Fan-Favoriten ´´Misty Blue´´, ´´Your Time to Cry´´ und ´´Step by Step´´.
The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell:How to Create Hits in Today´s Music Industry Billboard Books Eric Beall
Taschenbuch - Billboard Publications - 484 Seiten - Englisch - 3rd Edition ´´It ain´t No. 1 ´til it´s No. 1 in Billboard.´´ Don Imus WNBC, New York ´´Joel Whitburn´s books are as much a part of my radio stations as my transmitters. Any time I buy or build a radio station, the first two pieces of equipment that I purchase are Joel´s books and my Billboard subscription.´´ Bruce ´´Cousin Brucie´´ Morrow President, Sillerman-Morrow Broadcasting Group ´´This new Whitburn/Billboard volume is an absolutely indispensible collection of music and record information—certain to become the ´music bible´ of the Top 40 era!´´ Dick Bartley SOLID GOLD SATURDAY NIGHT ´´America´s Live Request Oldies Show´´ ´´This is pop music´s greatest argument settler. I never let it out of my house.´´ Dr. Demento ´´This wonderful music incunabulum by Billboard and Joel Whitburn is a necessity for every disc jockey anywhere. I´ve been using Joel´s information for years—it has made me 2 inches taller, 10 pounds lighter, and a better dancer.´´ Gary Owens KPRZ, Hollywood Host of Watermark´s SOUNDTRACK OF THE SIXTIES, Worldwide