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    Joel Whitburn, BILLBOARD Chart Historian and Reference Book Author, Dies at 82

    Joel Whitburn, one of the pre-eminent chart historians of the last 50-plus years, has died. The news was first shared on Facebook by Whitburn’s protégé, longtime friend and Record Research co-worker Paul Haney, who wrote that the legendary industry figure “passed away peacefully overnight” on Tuesday [[June 14). “He had been having some serious health issues recently, but his passing still comes as a shock,” Haney continued. Whitburn was 82.

    The rest of the article is at this link. It is an interesting read. He was interested with the Billboard Charts since his childhood. After he discovered the magazine, he coaxed his dad to get him a subscription at ten dollars a year. He was fascinated with the charts.

    https://www.billboard.com/music/char...ch-1235087319/

    Last edited by milven; 06-20-2022 at 08:08 AM.

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    Thanks. Did not look in Clubhouse before posting. I did the same as Joel as a kid, but with Cashbox, not to the same degree as Joel, though. The local record shop would give me the prior week's Cashbox and I would study the charts. Eventually, I got my own subscription at fifteen dollars a year.

    I enjoyed his books and still refer to some of them on occasion

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    just to let you know, I posted it in our SoulfulDetroit clubhouse forum, & I emailed Ralph T about it.. It's fine that it is mentioned in 2 places here

    edafan

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    I salivate watching this video. What a collection.

    Joel Whitburn is probably my #1 contemporary hero. Taking a love and passion and making a life mission out of it for the benefit of all. He lived a great life.



    At 12:50+ Motown is represented.

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    I always said I’d love to be invited to his house. I would have been like a kid at Disney going through his collection. I hope we willed his collection to someone who will take as much pride and care as he did.

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