A-Z Billboard Singles – Letter B

Gary: I own a lot of books on Rock and Roll music, it’s history and artists. 

I have decided to go through one book from A to Z and write about all of the songs and artist’s that only made the Billboard Top 40 “Once”.  The authority will be Joel Whitburn’s Top 40 hits 1955 to 2000 7th Edition.  Now being as old as I am you know I will not go much further than the 70’s, Sorry. 

Some of the Billboard listings just did not fit in our blog and if they were your favourites, sorry I just could not list every one as there are 26 letters in the alphabet and I’m not getting any younger and I have just started
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So this will be easy because we will concentrate on the letter:
B
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Barnum, H. B / Huston Born / Pianist/Child Actor(Amos and Andy & Jack Benny) record producer and songwriter/ Feb/61 # 35 “Lost Love” /
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B Bumble and the Stingers / Studio Group / 
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March/61 / # 21 / Bumble Boogie /
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Bell, Madeline / Newark N.J. / Back up singer for Donna Summer, Dusty Springfield /
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March/68 / #26 / I’m Gonna Make you Love Me
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Bell Notes, The / Long Island NY / First release for Time Records /
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Feb/59 / # 6 / I’ve Had It (love this song) /
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Bells, The  /  Montreal Canada /
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March/71 / #7 /Stay Awhile /
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Bellus, Tony / Chicago /
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June/59 / # 25 / Robbin’ the Cradle /
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Belvin, Jesse / Texarkana, TX / part of the Shields (You Cheated left us in 1960 car crash /
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April/59 / # 31 / Guess Who /
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Bennett, Joe and the Sparkletones / Spartenburg South Carolina /
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# 17 Sept/57 “Black Slacks” (Great Soong)
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Bernard, Rod / Louisiana / the music was called Swamp Pop /
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# 20 March/59 / Great Song / This Should Go on Forever
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Big Brother and the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin) / San Francisco /
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# 12 Sept/68 /Piece of My Heart / Live
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Bishop, Elvin / Tulsa Oklahoma / Lead Guitarist with Paul Butterfield /
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# 3 April/76 / Fooled Around and Fell in Love /
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Black, Cilla / Liverpool England /
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#26 July/64 / Live
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Bland, Billy / Wilmington N.C. R&B Singer /
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# 3 March/60 / Let the Little Girl Dance /
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Blane, Marcie / Brooklyn N.Y. /
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# 3 Nov/62 / Bobby’s Girl /
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Bloom, Bobby / New York City / Died accidental shooting 74 /
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# 8 Oct/70 / Montego Bay /
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Blue Cheer / The group that many say is instrumental with starting the “Heavy Metal” Craze / San Francisco / 
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# 14 /Mar/ 68 an old Eddie Cochran Song ” Summertime Blues
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Blues Image / Tampa Florida, later connected to Iron Butterfly /
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# 4 / May/70 / Ride Captain Ride /
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Blues Magoos / Bronx New York /
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# 5 / Jan/67 / (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet
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Bonnie Lou / Country Singer / Towanda Illinois (she is 89) /
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# 14 / Nov/55 / Daddy-O (covered by many) /
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Bonnie Sisters / Trio from New York City, all were nurses /
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# 18 / Feb/56 / Cry Baby (1990 Movie named after their song) /
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Boone, Daniel, no not the Frontiersman / (Peter Lee Stirling Birmingham England /
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# 15 / Aug/72 / Beautiful Sunday /
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Boone, Debby, Pat’s Daughter /
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# 1 (10) / Sept/77 / You Light up My Life /
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Brown, Jimmy / Santa Rita N.M. / bass player in the Rhythm Orchids with Buddy Know / became high profile record producer /
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# 14 / Mar/57 / I’m Stickin’ with You /
 
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Bradley, Jan / Byhalia Mississippi /
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# 14 / Feb/63 / Mama Didn’t Lie /
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Brewer & Shipley / formed in L.A. /
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# 10 / Mar/71 / One Toke over the Line (Jerry Garcia on steel guitar) /
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Briggs, Lillian / Allenton PA, died 1998 /
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# 18 / Sept/55 / I want you to be my baby
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Bristol, Johnny /Morgantown NC /
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# 8 / July/74 /
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Brooklyn Bridge (Johnny Maestro) Long Island NY /
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# 3 / Mar/69 / Worst that could Happen / Live on PBS Special 1999 with the late Johnny Maestro
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Brown, Boots and his Blockbusters / (actually Jazz Trumpeter Shorty Rogers died in 94) /
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# 23 / Sept/58 / Cerveza /

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Brown, Buster / (Wayman Glasco died Jan/76)
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# 38 / Mar/60 / Fannie Mae /
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Brown, Chuck & the Soul Searchers / Washington D.C. /
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# 34 /  Mar/79 / Bustin’ Loose /
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Brown, Nappy /  Charlotte N.C. (died 2008) /
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# 25 / April/ 55 / Don’t Be Angry /
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Brown, Roy / New Orleans (died 1981) /
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# 29 / July/57 / Let the Four Winds Blow /
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Buffalo Springfield / Los Angles (included Stephen Stills and Neil Young) /
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# 7 / Feb/67 / For What it’s Worth / Live
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Byrnes, Edward (Actor 77 Sunset Strip from NY)
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# 4 / Apr/59 / Kookie, Kookie (lend me your comb) with Connie Stevens /
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3 responses to “A-Z Billboard Singles – Letter B

  1. Another great posting. Keep ’em coming.

  2. I await your newsletters with tingly anticipation just as I did the CHUM charts decades ago…but these are more informative and lots more fun.

    What a super idea for the A-Z Billboard Singles!  I can Lindy Hop, Stroll and Slow Dance with your fabulous videos all on one page.

    On a scale of 1-10…this wordpress is 111 !!!

    Rockin’ Linda

    • Hi Linda
      Wow – you made my day with your enthusiastic support. Gary will certainly appreciate this comment, as he is the one that does 99% of the research and writing of these posts.

      Your comment, “I await your newsletters with tingly anticipation just as I did the CHUM charts decades ago” is one of the nicest we have received.

      THANK YOU, and keep on rockin’ Linda.
      – Russ

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