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Hit Parader Magazine

Hit Parader started off in 1942 during World War II out of Derby, Connecticut and became one of the longest-running U.S. music magazines ever.

The publication pre-dated the music charts by a few years.  Initially the magazine would provide the lyrics to the popular songs of the day, a practice which came to an end in the ’70’s.

The magazine came into the spirit of pop and rock with the arrival of first, The Beach Boys and then especially with the explosion on the scene by The Beatles.  At that point in time it took on a whole new look and feel, often mimicked by many other ‘teen’ magazines which began to ‘pop’ up.

Hit Parader migrated through the various genre’s during the 1970’s – moving on to hard rock, metal and the like up into the mid 1980’s.  The magazine went through some troubled times in the 1990’s shutting down for a time and finally called it quits after putting out it’s final issue in December of 2008.

Featured here are the early issues from the beginning up through 1969.

Hit Parader Magazine 1940’s Issues

HP April, 1943

HP May, 1943

HP December, 1943

HP May, 1944

HP January, 19

HP April, 1944

HP May, 1944

HP June, 1944

HP September, 1944

HP November, 1944

HP December, 1944

HP January, 1945

HP February, 1945

HP April, 1945

HP May, 1945

HP September, 1945

HP November, 1945

HP March, 1946

HP June, 1946

HP November, 1946

HP March, 1947

HP July, 1947

HP December, 1947

HP January, 1948

HP July, 1948

HP December, 1948

HP January, 1949

HP August, 1949

Hit Parader Magazine 1950’s Issues

HP April, 1950

HP June, 1950

HP August, 1950

HP October, 1950

HP December, 1950

HP March, 1951

HP April, 1951

HP May, 1951

HP August, 1951

HP August, 1952

HP November, 1952

HP January, 1953

HP March, 1953

HP June, 1953

HP July, 1953

HP August, 1953

December, 1953

HP January, 1954

HP February, 1954

HP July, 1954

HP October, 1954

HP November, 1954

HP January, 1955

HP February, 1955

HP April, 1955

HP May, 1955

HP July, 1955

HP April, 1956

HP May, 1956

HP March, 1957

HP April, 1957

HP May, 1957

HP October, 1957

HP March, 1958

HP January, 1959

HP May, 1959

HP June, 1959

HP July, 1959

HP August, 1959

HP September, 1959

HP October, 1959

HP December, 1959

Hit Parader Magazine 1960’s Issues

HP January, 1960

HP March, 1960

HP July, 1960

HP August, 1960

HP September, 1960

HP October, 1960

HP December, 1960

HP January, 1961

HP June, 1961

HP September, 1961

HP December, 1961

HP April, 1962

HP December, 1962

HP May, 1963

HP May, 1964

HP January, 1965

HP April, 1966

HP May, 1966

HP June, 1966

HP August, 1966

HP November, 1966

HP February, 1967

HP June, 1967

HP September, 1967

HP October, 1967

HP December, 1967

HP February, 1968

HP March, 1968

HP April, 1968

HP June, 1968

HP July, 1968

HP September, 1968

HP December, 1968

HP January, 1969

HP February, 1969

HP April, 1969

HP May, 1969

HP June, 1969

HP July, 1969

HP August, 1969

HP September,1969

HP October, 1969

HP November, 1969

HP December, 1969

 

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