40 Hits, 40 Stories

Behind Top Songs of the 1960s and 1970s

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About the Book

Innovative sounds in pop, rock and soul in the 1960s and 1970s meant that music appealed to more people than ever before. While some songs appealed to a broad audience, some targeted a much narrower demographic, meaning songs on the pop charts might not do as well on the adult contemporary or soul charts, or vice versa.
This book examines forty songs featured on song charts of the 1960s and 1970s. Charts considered are Billboard Pop, Billboard Soul, Adult Contemporary, Cashbox and British Charts. Each listing includes discussion of the factors that contributed to the songs’ popularity. Author interviews with songwriters, musicians and artists such as KC (of KC and the Sunshine Band), Mark Farner (of Grand Funk), Jerry Butler, Ron Dante (of the Archies and the Cuff Links), Freda Payne, Lou Christie, Tommy Roe, The Spinners and others tell the stories behind some of the era’s most popular songs.

About the Author(s)

The author of more than 130 articles and reviews and seven books, Rick Simmons was formerly the George K Anding Endowed Professor of English at Louisiana Tech University, where he was director of Honors. He currently lives in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and teaches at the Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences.

Bibliographic Details

Rick Simmons
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 70 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8375-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4690-9
Imprint: McFarland