Billboard Magazine


Billboard  is an American music magazine, headquartered in New York City, New York and owned by Prometheus Global Media.  It was first published on November 1, 1894, and is distinguished as being among the oldest trade magazines in the world.  The magazine originally focused on bill posting and outdoor amusements before specializing in the music industry in the 1960’s.  Billboard maintains several internationally recognized record charts, which track the most popular songs and albums across several categories on a weekly basis.   (More from Wikipedia)
When one of Johnny Cash’s later albums, Unchained (1996) won a Grammy for Best Country Album, he and his record company ran an ad in Billboard magazine saying the following:  “American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support.”  The ad was accompanied by a truly fierce photograph of Cash flashing the middle finger.   
(September 2012)
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This photograph of the Coronados with Jack Spector, a prominent New York City disc jockey on WMCA, was published in Billboard Magazine in 1965.  (Spector is notable for having been the first DJ in New York to play the Beatles' initial Capitol Records single, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in late December 1963).  Their music is described in the Daily Herald article mentioned previously in this way:  “The mode became eclectic – show tunes, popular numbers – with a professional gloss appropriate to the Borscht Belt and other resort circuits.” 


Meanwhile, the four teenaged children of the bandmembers in the Coronados – who sometimes appeared with their parents on stage – were being attracted to rock music and began singing and performing together as the Real Americans


(August 2013)

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Dan McLain was probably the most active and most prominent musician among the former bandmembers in the Crawdaddys; his untimely death in November 1995 at the age of 40 was written up in Billboard magazine.  After drumming for the Crawdaddys and the Penetrators, McLain took the name Country Dick Montana and first formed a band called Country Dick & the Snuggle Bunnies.  The bandmembers included Richard Banke who is also known as Skid Roper, a long-time collaborator (mostly as an instrumentalist) with Mojo Nixon, who is a former member of the Crawdaddys


(January 2015/2)


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Holland-Dozier-Holland is a songwriting powerhouse; besides writing some of Motown’s best-known hits, they wrote most of the songs on entire albums for some of the biggest stars on the label.  For the Supremes’ second album Where Did Our Love Go (1964), not only did Holland-Dozier-Holland write the group’s three Number 1 hits that appear on the album (as well as 10 of their 12 Number 1 hits overall) – “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, and “Come See About Me” – they also wrote 5 of the 9 other songs on the album.  About Where Did Our Love GoWikipedia says:  “With the release of this album, the Supremes became the first act in Billboard magazine history to have three number-one hits from the same album.  It was the album that introduced ‘The Motown Sound’ to the masses.  It was also, at the time, the highest ranking album by an all female group.” 


Diana Ross left the Supremes in 1970 to start a solo career, though Berry Gordy had been thinking about that as early as 1966.  Guinness World Records lists Diana Ross as the most successful female recording artist in history; combining her recordings with the Supremes and individually, Diana Ross has had 70 charting hit singles and sales of more than 100 million albums.  In 1976Billboard magazine named Diana Ross the “female entertainer of the century”. 


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What Fresh Hell is This quotes this item in the June 14. 1980 issue of Billboard Magazine about Black Russian:  “Actually from the U.S.S.R.Black Russian is a pop trio which makes crystalline pop/r&b that comes across as a more r&b-oriented ABBA.  Natasha Kapustin has an excellent soaring voice.  ‘Leave Me Now really gives her room to show off her vocal strength.  The production is exceptionally clean with Vladimir Shneider’s keyboard and the synthesizers of Serge [Kapustin] and Natasha Kapustin lending a cushy sheen.  The album is evenly divided between uptempo dance cuts and moody ballads.  Best cuts:  ‘Mystified’, ‘Leave Me Now’, ‘Emptiness’, ‘New York City’, ‘Love’s Enough’.” 


(April 2015/1)


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Billboard magazine placed the band’s 1969 album Crystal Mansion as the lead-off review in their “Merit Picks” section in the April 19, 1969 edition: “Capable of scoring on both AM and FM, the Crystal Mansion debut with their chart disk, ‘The Thought of Loving You’, and a melodic pop package of David White-Johnny Caswell tunes. Strong, individual vocals highlight ‘For the First Time’, ‘It Takes My Breath Away’ and ‘Somethin’ for You’ as this seven-man pop group bid for dual market honors with the same winning sound that struck pay dirt for groups like the Buckinghams.”
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Billboard magazine has an appreciative review of the 1971 album in their May 27, 1972 issue: “A fluid rhythmic feel permeates the texture of the Crystal Mansion album. Johnny Caswell has a strong, although not overpowering, voice that he uses to good effect. Their arrangements are uncomplicated and clean, their sound chiefly blue-eyed soul. Standout cuts include ‘Boogieman’, ‘Satisfied’ and Earth People.”
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Crystal Mansion had one more shot with a third self-titled album in 1979, Crystal Mansion (also called Tickets) that was released on 20th Century Fox Records, the same label that released Milan’s only LP in 1964, I Am What I Am. A notice in Billboard magazine calls the band “a new record act” and notes that some of the “top veteran local jazzmen” have been recruited to accompany them, among them “saxophonists Jim Horn, Bill Green, Bud Shank, Buddy Collette, Marshal Royal, and Tom Scott; bassist Richard Davis; trumpeter Jerry Hey; trombonist Bill Watrous; keyboard man Steve Porcaro; and percussionist Alan Estes”. Three-time Grammy winner and album producer Brooks Arthur (who was the engineer on the band’s other two albums) is quoted as saying of the band: “I feel so strongly about Crystal Mansion’s musicianship and ability, I felt only guest artists of that caliber could perform well enough with this band.”
(August 2015)

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