This class discusses and illustrates how pop music of the 1950s through the 1980s became hits. The charts were determined by airplay and sales calculated by methods over which only a few people had control. Hundreds of songs were released by many independent record labels seeking the opportunity to snag a hit. Some were natural hits; others were by accident or luck or both! Cash Box Magazine was one of the prominent music publications that Dick Clark, Solid Gold and Rick Dees’ Weekly Top 40 used to count down the hits. Relive and rediscover your 45 collection with this fun class! Class content is different each term.
Gregory Leschishin was born in the city where Rock and Roll was discovered: Cleveland! Besides being a chart fanatic, Gregory was a disc jockey before he was determined to work in Hollywood. For close to five years, he was one of the musicologists who actually determined the biggest hits that the United States listened to and purchased!