Resources

While the bulk of the content in this jukebox is my own, I rely on a number of valuable sites and tools for my research. The opinions, editorials, and reviews are all my own work. The images are reproduced under fair use from a variety of sources, frequently the original albums and singles. Much of my basic information comes from those primary sources as well.

For basic facts about artists, albums, and songs, I use AllMusic and Wikipedia extensively. The AllMusic editors work hard to build a comprehensive, accurate compendium of music. Wikipedia’s many contributors ensure a lovingly constructed, well-referenced resource. (I know Wikipedia gets a bad rap, but on any topic on which I have strong personal knowledge it has fewer errors and omissions than other sources.) I gather information and images from a variety of other sources, especially Discogs.

For Billboard chart history, I would be lost without Joel Whitburn’s Record Research. I own a well-used set of all his books and use his online music vault for quick checks of specific facts. I’m also grateful for Bob Borst’s compilation of the magazine’s year-end countdowns and the exhaustive, lovingly assembled Top 40 chronologies at Weekly Top 40. For specific chart position information, I also refer to reproductions of original Billboard charts available in compilations from Record Research.

I am a big fan of the traditional music of the British Isles. For basic information about the songs and their myriad versions I use the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library’s online portal. One of the finest resources available is Reinhard Zierke’s lovingly built and impressively comprehensive catalog of the luminaries of British folk, Mainly Norfolk.

Definitions

I tag all of my posts pretty thoroughly, including names of performers, writers, albums, and songs. I also use a few standard tags for categories of songs and albums that appear regularly in my posts. Here are the definitions I use for those tags.

  • NUMBER ONE SONGS – I rely strictly on Billboard for this category. I consider it a #1 hit if it reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 under the rules that applied to the chart when the song was released as a single. For singles released prior to the August 4, 1958 launch of the Hot 100, I use the Best Sellers in Stores chart.
  • NUMBER ONE ALBUM – Also based on Billboard, I use the Pop Albums chart relevant to the date of the album’s release, typically the Billboard 200. (I include both US and UK chart positions on my Album of the Week posts as well.)
  • DEBUT ALBUM – The first full-length, commercially available album released by an distinct act intended for a long-term musical career. That includes an artist launching a solo career after leaving a band or after working in a number of settings before solidifying a solo career. (For purposes of my blog, think Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy, respectively.) For super-groups — bands composed of people already well-established in solo careers or with other bands — I use the long-term criterion. Asia was a super-group that clearly intended to perform together as a unit indefinitely, so Asia is a debut album; Hindu Love Gods was a one-off experiment and their single release is NOT a debut. (For purposes of my blog, I also consider all the various permutations of the Waterson family as a single, long, varied career, given the overlapping memberships of the varous bands and duos and the supporting presence of other family members on officially solo releases.)
  • ONE HIT WONDER – I try to stick to a very strict definition, again based on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. A band is a One Hit Wonder if they had one — and ONLY one — hit on that chart. I occasionally tag a song as a One Hit Wonder if it is popularly known that way, but clarify in the post that I’m making an exception. Big Country’s In A Big Country is a prime example. I also note if an act has had a vibrant career outside the US, since many American One Hit Wonders are chart champs in the UK or elsewhere.
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