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Billboard Book
of Top 40 Country Hits
By Joel Whitburn
Watson-Guptill Publications
544 Pages
ISBN:  0-8230-8289-X

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The only complete and official guide to Billboard Top Country Singles charts

  • Complete history of Top 40 country hits since 1942
  • More than 200 pictures of top recording artists
  • Author Joel Whitburn is the leading authority on charted music

From the days of Red Foley and Hank Williams, through Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash, to the Dixie Chicks and Toby Keith, Billboard magazine has been keeping tabs on the best-sellers in country music. Today country music is hotter than ever before, as its appeal broadens to include young urbanites. Now all the information since the earliest Billboard charts—compiled in 1942—has been gathered into one essential reference: The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, newly updated and expanded to capture todayís top recording artists and their biggest songs. Complete, authoritative chart information on the most popular songs and artists make this a great book for music fans, record collectors, industry professionals, and trivia lovers. Itís even better than coming home to your baby after driving your truck all night in the rain!
—This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author
Joel Whitburn began collecting records in the 1950s, filing each one according to the position it reached on Billboardís charts. He went on to publish this information—and his business, Record Research, was born. Today, he leads a team of chart researchers from his home base in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.


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