There are certain things that help to color the events of your life, and for me, music has always been a key ingredient to evoking memories of my childhood.
So, it is with great satisfaction and glee that I can thumb through the pages of this book and let my mind drift back to so many images and feelings that were framed by the music that was popular at the time. Plus, I have always been a fanatic of the charts, so much so, that I subscribed to Billboard for a time in the mid 1970s, and paid for it from my meager paper route earnings.
Beyond the mere duplication of the charts, I can find nuggets like the fact, that for a 13 week span in early 1978, the Bee Gees composed and/or performed the top 2 songs. Or, that the "You Ain't Seen Nothin Yet" by BTO raced to #1, dropped to #34 2 weeks later, and then strangely, jumped back into the Top 10 for 2 weeks, before slowly descending down the Hot 100.
If you enjoy the music of the 70's, have a strange affliction for tracking the progress of songs, and can get past the sometimes grainy black and white reproduction of the charts, then this book will fit into your chest of book treasures.
This is my 4th Billboard related book, all by Joel Whitburn. There is no intrinsically redeeming value from combing the charts of 30 plus years ago, and yet it has a permanence that speaks to an era when music was maybe a little less confusing, in that if your song was played enough on the radio stations of America, you could get on Billboard and maybe have a career.
For some, it may have happened just once, but instead of guessing as to what was popular, I now have a piece of music history, from a period that was formative time in my life.