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Bob Dylan’s Album Chart Performance in UK and USA

Bob Dylan’s Album Chart Performance in UK and USA

Authored By John Nicholson

Bob has had more #1 albums in the UK than in the USA with a total of 9 at present, compared to 5 in the US. No country in the world has put his records at #1 more than the UK. His first chart topper was ‘The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan’ in 1963 which got to only #22 in the USA. Stateside he had to wait until 1974 for his first #1 with the fantastic ‘Planet Waves’ record and followed up with the epic ‘Blood On The Tracks’, which also got to #1 in USA (#4UK) The only major release not...

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Billboard #1 Albums of 1967

Billboard #1 Albums of 1967

Authored By John Nicholson

January 7 The Monkees - The Monkees February 11 More of The Monkees - The Monkees June 17 Sounds Like…- Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass June 24 Headquarters - The Monkees July 1  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles October 14 Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry October 28 Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits - The Supremes December 2 Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd - The Monkees Ah, the Monkees. Growing up as a rock kid, I got the impression I was supposed to not like Monkees because they didn’t write their...

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#1 UK Albums 1971

#1 UK Albums 1971

Authored By John Nicholson

Artist                                Title                                  Label     Date   Weeks at #1 Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water (CBS)     16 January 1971 3 George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (Apple)                   6 February 1971 8 Andy Williams - Home Lovin' Man (CBS)                                      3 April 1971 2 Various Artists - Motown Chartbusters Volume 5 (Tamla) ...

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#1 UK Albums 1974

#1 UK Albums 1974

Authored By John Nicholson

Band                            Title                                             Weeks At #1 Yes - Tales from Topographic Oceans 5 January 1974                    2 Slade - Sladest                                   19 January 1974                   1 Perry Como - And I Love You So 26...

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Billboard #1 Albums Of 1971

Billboard #1 Albums Of 1971

Authored By John Nicholson

January 2 All Things Must Pass - George Harrison February 20 Jesus Christ Superstar - Various Artists February 27 Pearl - Janis Joplin May 1  Jesus Christ Superstar -  Various Artists May 15  4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young May 22  Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones June 19 Tapestry - Carole King October 2 Every Picture Tells a Story - Rod Stewart October 30 Imagine - John Lennon November 6 Shaft - Isaac Hayes / Soundtrack November 13 Santana III - Santana December 18 There's a Riot Goin' On - Sly & the Family Stone All...

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#1 USA Singles Of 1973

#1 USA Singles Of 1973

Authored By John Nicholson

January 6 "You're So Vain" Carly Simon January 27 "Superstition" Stevie Wonder February 3 "Crocodile Rock" Elton John February 24 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Roberta Flack March 24 "Love Train" The O'Jays March 31 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Roberta Flack April 7 "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" Vicki Lawrence April 21 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree"Dawn featuring Tony Orlando May 19 "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" Stevie Wonder May 26 "Frankenstein" The Edgar Winter Group June 2  "My Love"     Paul McCartney & Wings June 30"Give...

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USA #1 Albums of 1972

USA #1 Albums of 1972

Authored By John Nicholson

Music                         Carole King (3 weeks) American Pie             Don McLean   (7 weeks) Harvest             Neil Young      (2 weeks) America             America (4 weeks) First Take             Roberta Flack (5 weeks) Thick as a Brick Jethro Tull (2 weeks) Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones (4 weeks) Honky Château Elton John         (5 weeks)  Chicago V            ...

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The Best Selling Albums Of All Time

The Best Selling Albums Of All Time

Authored By John Nicholson

Which record is the best-selling of all time has long been a matter of some dispute and the real numbers of records sold is mired in a mixture of official certification and guesswork. At first sight it seems easy enough to work out. Just add up how many have been sold, right? Well, yeah. But back in the day, when trade was largely a cash economy, any amount of records were sold without being recorded. We just handed over our cash, the store owner put it in their pocket and no-one was the wiser.  The only record of those sales...

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UK Number 1 Albums of 1973

UK Number 1 Albums of 1973

Authored By John Nicholson

Slade - Slayed?                                                               13 January 1973 Gilbert O'Sullivan - Back to Front                                    20 January 1973 Slade - Slayed?                                                               27 January 1973...

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#1 Billboard Albums of 1979

#1 Billboard Albums of 1979

Authored By John Nicholson

Only 11 albums topped the charts in the last year of the 70s and it was a year characterised by records that hit the top spot, fell off and then returned again to #1 for a second time. This was the case with the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Doobie Brothers and Supertramp. From early March to early August they were the chart topping albums on two occasions each. It’s relatively unusual, though far from unknown, for this to happen to an album, but for it to be the case for four consecutive albums is unique in the Billboard listings. The...

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#1 Billboard Albums of 1969

#1 Billboard Albums of 1969

Authored By John Nicholson

As the 60’s closed there were some huge-selling albums which sat atop the Billboard 200 for many weeks, none more so than Hair which spent an impressive 13 weeks on top of the pile selling three million copies in 1969 alone.  Easy to forget just what a cultural revolution Hair represented, albeit merely a respectable stage embodiment of the counterculture forment that was boiling away in youth culture. But beyond that, there were some beautiful songs on it, many of which got covered by others, especially Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In and Good Morning Starshine, both of which I loved as...

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Billboard #1 Albums of 1973 in USA

Billboard #1 Albums of 1973 in USA

Authored By John Nicholson

While it was only at #1 for two weeks, War's The World Is A Ghetto was actually America's best-selling album of 1973, which, given the likes of Carly Simon, George Harrison and the Allman Brothers Band were all at the top for five weeks and Elton for eight, is quite an achievement and an unexpected one. It's quite a statistical quirk because although it went gold (500,000) in '73, it kind of dropped off the sales radar subsequently, whereas Zeppelin's Houses Of The Holy has so far sold over 11 million, Elton's Goodbye Yellow Brick road, 8 million and Pink...

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Billboard's USA #1 Albums of 1974

Billboard's USA #1 Albums of 1974

Authored By John Nicholson

The Singles: 1969–1973 - The Carpenters A&M You Don't Mess Around with Jim - Jim Croce ABC Planet Waves - Bob Dylan With The Band Asylum The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand Columbia John Denver's Greatest Hits - John Denver RCA Victor Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings Apple John Denver's Greatest Hits - John Denver RCA Victor Chicago VII - Chicago Columbia The Sting - Marvin Hamlisch / Soundtrack MCA Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings Apple Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot Reprise Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings Apple...

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UK & USA ALBUM CHARTS. December 1970

UK & USA ALBUM CHARTS. December 1970

Authored By John Nicholson

This is the NME album charts for the first week in December 1970. It's worth taking a look at both UK and USA listings simply to reflect on how pretty much every single album, compilations aside, has subsequently become a classic album of the genre. Quite astonishing really.  The only albums I don't have are the Bobby Sherman record,  Elvis' Christmas album, Shirley Bassey's Something - though I'd like that, love a bit of Shirl - and the Tom Jones' album. Nice to see Arlo Guthrie's Washington County in at #29 on the USA listing and the first Steve Still...

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Zig Zag Magazine Readers Poll for Most Played Album 1974

Zig Zag Magazine Readers Poll for Most Played Album 1974

Authored By John Nicholson

This was done in mid-1974. I guess Zig Zag’s audience was 16-25 long-hairs, rockers and freaks, possibly mostly in college, even so, it’s surprising to see three Beefheart albums in this top 10, especially Trout Mask Replica which can easily be filed under ‘Difficult Music.’ Another thing that stands out is how old these records already were. Nothing in the top 10 was released after 1970, when you think of the epoch making records that were released from 1970 - 1974, that’s quite amazing. No room for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc. I was only 13 at the time so...

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