Vinyl Price Guides and Record Chart Publications
Rock and Roll Traveler USA – The Ultimate Guide to Juke Joints, Street Corners, Whiskey Bars and Hotel Rooms Where Music History Was Made – Tim Perry & Ed Gliner – 1997
Rock-n-Roll Treasures Identification & Value Guide – Joe Hilton and Greg Moore – 1999
Collecting Rock n Roll Sheet Music of the 1960’s with Price Guide – Valerie Carallo – 2007
The World’s Hardest Music Trivia – Rock ‘n’ Roll History, Fun Facts and Behind the Scenes Stories About the Groups and Songs You Thought You Knew – John Grantham – 2016
The Official Book of Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll Lists – Judy McGuire – 2012
Rock and Roll Jumble – Shake, Rattle, and Roll with These Rockin’ Puzzles – Jeff Knurek – 2012
The Good Time Rock and Roll Trivia Book – Victor Friskey – 2000
Johnny’s Jukebox Trivia 1,001 Fantastic Questions from the Golden Age of Rock and Roll – John Robinson – 2002
Rock and Roll The 100 Best Singles – Paul Williams – 1993
“Million Selling Records From the 1900’s to the 1980’s – An Illustrated Directory”
“Picture Sleeves Record Guide – 7″ Records with Picture Sleeves from the 50’s and 60’s” First published 2016 by Horst Zimmermann, Heinz-Otto Zimmermann & Fred Hoyt – Over 750 pages documenting over 8,000 picture sleeves – The best guide for this genre ever!
Top Pop Singles – 1955 through 2002 from Billboard by Joel Whitburn: First published 2003 by Record Research (1,000 pages) – Billboard’s Hot 100 records listed alphabetically by artist and cross referenced in many ways.
The Billboard Albums by Joel Whiburn: First published 2006 by Record Research (1,436 pages) – “Includes every album that made the Billboard 200 Album Chart”
Hot R&B Songs 1942 through 2010 from Billboard by Joel Whitburn: First published 2010 by Record Research Inc., (912 pages)
Hot Country Songs 1944 through 2008 from Billboard by Joel Whitburn: First published 2008 by Record Research Inc., (672 pages)
Billboard Hot 100 Charts – The Sixties by Joel Whitburn: First published 1990 by Record Research Inc., – (Whitburn also publishes 1970’s – 1980’s and so on)
Bubbling Under the Hot 100 on Billboard – 1959 through 2004 by Joel Whitburn: First published 2005 (352 pages)
Joel Whitburn’s Pop Hits Singles and Albums from Billboard 1040-1954: First published 2002 by Record Research LLC (574 pages) – This is a nice volume that gets us up to speed with the earlier charting singles from back in the day.
Joel Whitburn’s Hit List 1955 – 1999 from Billboard: First published 2000 by Record Research LLC (298 pages) – Joel sits around a dreams of so many ways to present the charting hits – This format lists all charting titles by artist and cross referenced by title from all the various Billboard charts – strangely bound in a spiral ring
Joel Whitburn Presents Across the Charts – The 1960’s from Billboard: First published 2008 by Record Research LLC (496 pages) – “A combined alphabetical listing taken from Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles, R&B Singles, Country Singles, Adult Contemporary Singles and Bubbling Under the Hot 100 Singles – all rolled into one!
Joel Whitburn’s Hit Records 101-150: First published 2012 by Research Records LLC (176 pages) – “An alphabetical listing of every song title/artist that charted exclusively on “Music Vendor” and “Record World” below the Top 100 from 1959 through 1982. This is a side trip for Whitburn away from the Billboard Charts and takes us to some very obscure and often local charting records.
Joel Whitburn’s Music Stars: First published 2009 by Record Research LLC (284 pages) – “Thumbnail biographies of thousands of pop, rock and so on titles (from Billboard)
Billboard Top 1,000 Singles – 1955-1987 by Joel Whitburn: First published 1988 by Hal Leonard Books (174 pages) – This is a very early attempt at chart compilation by Whitburn which has not been reissued
Goldmine 45 RPM Picture Sleeve Price Guide by Charles Szabla: First published 1998 by Krause Publications (301 pages) – Krause and Goldmine have published so many price guides through the years going back to the early 1970’s (see two early examples below) Up until now this has been the best volume on 45 picture sleeves with prices – Another group is currently working on compiling a nearly 100 percent collection of every picture sleeve from the 1050’s and 1960’s (EP excluded). It has been a long time coming and I look forward to it!
The Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson: First published in 1988 – Seems Fred was soon displaced by Joel Whitburn and that was the name of that tune – But this volume does have some great narratives behind each of the Number 1’s.
The Million Sellers (through 1985) by Ray Durkee: First published in 1980 by the late DJ who was known in the Denver area for his Sunday morning radio show “Sunday at the Memories”. Ray was a local radio DJ as well as a nightclub DJ who made the return to the oldies a lot of fun.
Rolling Stone’s Special Collector’s Edition – The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: By Rolling Stone Magazine (122 pages) – Okay – here’s a preview – the number 500 song is “Shop Around” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and number 1? “Like a Rolling Stone” by Dylan – something fishy going on here. In case you are wondering #2 “Satisfaction” (Stones), #3 “Imagine” (Lennon), #4 “What’s Going On?” (Marvin Gaye), #5 “Respect” (Aretha Franklin), #6 “Good Vibrations” (Beach Boys), #7 “Johnny B. Goode” (Chuck Berry), #8 “Hey Jude” (Beatles), #9 “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana), and #10 “What’d I Say” (Ray Charles) – Gee isn’t Rolling Stone hip and cool…..far out…
Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records – 1950 to 1975 by Ted Neeley: By Krause Publications – Krause continues to publish a plethora of collecting books generally price guides.
Record Collector’s Price Guide – 1st Edition by Jerry Osborne: First published 1976 – The cover depicts Jerry Osborne in a comic reenactment of his unbelievable perusing through the Sun Records warehouse – an actual event!
Record Album Price Guide 1st Edition by Jerry Osborne: Published 1977
Rock Rarities for a Song – Budget LP’s That Saved the Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll – by Brian McFadden: A very informative history of those peculiar budget label LP’s and the stories of how they gained access to recordings by rock and roll artists.
The British Encyclopedia of British Beat Groups & Solo Artists of the Sixties – By Colin Cross – First published 1980 by Omnibus Press in England – 96pp – Impressive alphabetical presentation of the obscure – Abdabs, Brook Brothers, Shane Fenton & the Fentones, Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions – to the well-known – Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Dusty Springfield, the Zombies. It can be located used on Book Finder starting at $10 used.
The Complete Book of the British Charts (third edition) – by Neil Warwick, Jon Kutner and Tony Brown – First published in 2004 by Omnibus Press (1,522 pages) – Here is an alpha-by-artist comprehensive listing of all the singles, extended plays and long plays landing on the British Charts based on both “Melody Maker” and “Record Mirror” from the mid 1950’s up through the present day.
These publications are three absolutely amazing rock chronicles by UK rock journalist, Pete Frame – They hand crafted flow-charts depicting the roots of rock bands primarily in the UK in origin and sometimes crossing paths with the U.S. groups (See the “Pop Pubs” page for Pete Frame’s “More Rock Family Trees”. If you really want to know the nitty-gritty of the rock and roll scene – these are the books. “The Beatles and Some Other Guys” is one of the most indepth depictions of the UK Beat Groups and subsequent Invasion Groups (and more)! Their journies are traced far forward beyond the Invasion Era. All of Pete Frame’s books are readily available on Amazon, EBay, and many other sources including brand new from the Omnibus website. Omnibus is a great place to locate additional rock journals.
Rock Family Trees – By Pete Frame – First published by Omnibus Press in 1979 – 60 pp – fold out pages
More Rock Family Trees by Pete Frame: First published 1998 by Omnibus Press (34 fold out chart pages): This volume covers many of the U.S. groups’ family trees in fold out flow charts – Unbelievable amount of research here.
The Beatles and Some Other Guys – By Pete Frame – First published by Omnibus Press in 1997 – 36 pp – fold out pages
Goldmine British Invasion Record Price Guide – by Tim Neely & Dave Thompson – First Published by Krause Publications 1997 – 407 pp
Visit the Krause Publications record and music publication section of their web site
Price Guide for the Beatles American Records by Perry Cox & Frank Daniels: First published in 2007 by 498 Productions LLC (www.beatle.net) (330 pages) – Nobody does it better than Cox and Daniels documenting every American legitimate recording by the Beatles all formats – even CD’s
The Beatles Swan Song “She Loves You & Other Records” by Bruce Spizer: First published in 2007 by 498 Productions LLC (www.beatle.net) (280 pages) – The first in a fantastic series of Beatle discography presentations with the focus being the early U.S. labels who ushered the Beatles into the United States (before Capitol Records jumped in). The book includes information on Vee Jay even though Spizer published a book focusing on that label shortly after this was published.
The Beatles’ Story On Capitol Records – Part One: Beatlemania & The Singles by Bruce Spizer: First published in 2000 by 498 Productions LLC (226 pages)
The Beatles’ Story On Capitol Records – Part Two: The Albums by Bruce Spizer: First published in 2000 by 498 Productions LLC (264 pages)
The Beatles on Apple Records by Bruce Spizer: First published 2003 by 498 Publications LLC (310 pages): “The stories behind the entire Beatles catalog on Apple Records – from Hey Jude and The White Album through Anthology and Beatles 1
The Beatles Solo on Apple Records by Bruce Spizer: First published 2005 by 498 Productions LLC (358 pages) – “The stories behind the entire Beatles solo catalog on Apple Records including Imagine, Band on the Run, All Things Must Pass and Ringo.
Songs, Pictures & Stories of the Fabulous Beatles Records on Vee Jay by Bruce Spizer: This particular volume has been out of print for quite some time and color me suspicious. Copies typically now go for several hundred dollars on auction sites which makes me wonder…..