Entertainment/Music/Trivia – Number One Songs – The First Twenty Years

Number One SongsNumber One Songs – The First Twenty Years
By Larry Irons
Publisher: Black Hills Publishing
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-0990763604
Pages: 218
Genre: Entertainment, poetry, history, music, trivia

Number One Songs – The First Twenty Years – 1956 – 1975 by Larry Irons is a unique look at all the songs that reached the number one position on the Billboard charts between 1956 and 1975. What makes this book so unique, is that it is written in poem form, and is a personal, informative, historical and at times humorous look at the 436 songs, in order, by year, that made it to number one in Billboard during rock and roll’s formative years.

It begins in 1956 when Billboard still used a three chart system: Most Songs Sold In Stores; Most Airplay; and Most Played On Jukeboxes. In November of that year it evolved into the Top 100, and from there to what we still know today: The Hot 100. This chart was made up of songs from many genres, including jazz, soul, R&B, blues, gospel, standards, rock and roll and country. The radio format known as Top 40, was simply the 40 songs from number 1 to number 40 on this chart.

From the first number one song in 1956, “Memories Are Made Of This”, by Dean Martin, to 1975’s “Let’s Do It Again” by The Staple Singers, Number One Songs – The First Twenty Years is an entertaining, memory evoking journey through the greatest hits of all time.

The book has been endorsed by many in both radio and record promotion, including Steve Resnik, Co-Founder of RAMP (a daily newsletter for Radio And Music Professionals); Dave Sholin, former Top 40 editor of the Gavin Report and former Music/Program Director of KFRC San Francisco; Guy Zapoleon, Senior VP with iHeartMedia; Jon Zellner, Senior VP Programming with iHeartMedia; Sean Ross, RossOnRadio Newsletter; Mike Huckabee, Fox News Host, former governor of Arkansas and former disc jockey; and Mike Martucci, former VP with Roulette Records.

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About the Author:
Number One Songs AuthorLarry Irons was a disc jockey/music director/program director for radio stations in Reno, San Diego, Sacramento, Las Vegas and other markets for more than 30 years.




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Entertainment – Hollywood War Stories: How to Survive in the Trenches

Hollywood War StoriesHollywood War Stories: How to Survive in the Trenches
By Rick Friedberg
Published: September 2014
ISBN: 978-1500991616
Pages: 204
Genre: Arts, Entertainment, Media

Hollywood War Stories: How to Survive in the Trenches is an often funny, always enlightening, insider’s view on how to navigate the shark-infested waters of “The Biz.”

Filled with anecdotal “war stories,” working with Academy-award winning talent, each short chapter explains a rule to follow like “Good Ideas Don’t Just Fall Off a Turnip Truck,” Humility is a Highly Over-rated Virtue” and many more.

This is a candid tale for anyone who relishes the “real stuff” behind the music, acting, comedy, television, video, advertising and movie businesses.

About the Author
Hollywood War STories authorRick Friedberg is an award-winning writer/director of movies (Spy Hard), episodic TV (CSI-Miami), reality TV (The Real Housewives of Orange County), documentaries (Rodeo Cowboy), music videos (“Hot for Teacher”), and  TV commercials (shown during the Super Bowl, World Series, and NBA playoffs).

His experiences, told with candor and humor, encompass the do’s and don’ts of dealing with the frustrations and politics that can and must be overcome to sustain a career in show business.

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