Number One Songs

The First Twenty Years

Non-Fiction - Music/Entertainment
218 Pages
Reviewed on 03/20/2015
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

What do songs like Let’s Stay Together, A Horse With No Name or The Candy Man mean to you? What do artists Cher, Rod Steward, The McCoys, The Byrds, America and James Taylor all have in common? Well, they are all a part of Billboard’s Number One Song List from 1956 to 1975. Former disc jockey, music and program director, and operations manager Larry Irons has taken us music lovers back down Memory Lane with Number One Songs: The First Twenty Years. He gives us a yearly list of number one songs that charted on Billboard and you will be surprised to see some of the songs that made the chart, as well as some of the one-hit wonders that made the list. In his poems, he takes the names of the songs and artists and rolls them into his poetry, providing us with funny yet useful information about that artist and song.

What is so interesting about this book is how he crafted the information to provide us music lovers with more information about things pertaining to that artist and song. Are you curious about how he does it? Here is an example using The Supremes and The Beatles in 1964?: “As some groups were worried, as their hits did decline, Capital Records was busy, getting The Beatles to sign. With nineteen charted hits, their first year alone, How’d Capital do it, how could they have known.” Then Larry uses some of The Beatles songs that charted that year in the remainder of some of his poetry. “Where Did Our Love Go,” The Supremes wanted to know, their first number one song of five in a row. In 1988, they were finally named number one girl group, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

So if you love music as much as I do and want to go down Memory Lane from 1956-1975, pick up a copy of Number One Songs - The First Twenty Years by Larry Irons. You will not only be entertained and laugh, but you will learn a lot about these artists and their songs.