Thursday, February 4, 2016

Albums at #1 On the Billboard Charts on My Birthday, 1961-1985

I started buying albums, really, in 1964 (Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a-Changin’), and I still buy CDs (which makes me a relic).  I wondered how many of the albums that made the top of the Billboard charts on my birthday I had purchased, so I looked (I found the year-by-year lists on Wikipedia).  The album with the earliest release date I bought was Jazz Samba (1963; Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd), which I bought some time in the late 1960s.  The last album that was at #1 on my birthday?  Born in the USA (1985; Bruce).  Anyway, here’s the list.  The ones I bought (and mostly still have) are in italics. 

1961 Wonderland By Night, Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra (mono
          Exodus (soundtrack) (stereo)
1962 Blue Hawaii, Elvis Presley (soundtrack, mono & Stereo )
1963 The First Family, Vaughn Meader (mono);
          Jazz Samba, Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd (stereo)
1964 The Singing Nun, Souer Souirre (one list from here on)
1965 Beatles ’65, The Beatles
1966 Rubber Soul, The Beatles
1967 The Monkees, The Monkees
1968 Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles
1969 The White Album, The Beatles
1970 Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin
1971 All Things Must Pass, George Harrison
1972 American Pie, Don McLean
1973  No Secrets, Carly Simon
1974 You Don’t Mess Around With Jim, Jim Croce
1975 Elton John’s Greatest Hits, Volume 1, Elton John
1976 Gratitude, Earth Wind and Fire
1977 Songs In The Key Of Life, Stevie Wonder
1978 Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack), The Bee Gees
1979  Briefcase Full of Blues, The Blues Brothers
1980 The Wall, Pink Floyd
1981 Double Fantasy, John Lennon & Yoko Ono
1982 4, Foreigner
1983  Business As Usual, Men At Work
1984 Thriller, Michael Jackson
1985 Born In The USA, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

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