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Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music

Eric Weisbard

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226896168
eISBN:
9780226194370
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226194370.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

American popular music history takes a new shape when the force behind the hits – radio airplay – claims center stage. The 1950s Top 40 hits approach structured rival formats, too, by the 1970s: ... More


Contemporary Adults: A&M Records and Middle of the Road

Eric Weisbard

in Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226896168
eISBN:
9780226194370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226194370.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter uses a record label, A&M, founded by musician Herb Alpert and businessman Jerry Moss, to highlight both the record industry and Middle of the Road/Adult Contemporary, the format of older ... More


Crossover Dreams: From Urban Cowboy to the King of Pop

David Brackett

in Categorizing Sound: Genre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520248717
eISBN:
9780520965317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248717.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter focuses on the rise of the concept of “crossover” in response to the transformation of radio formats and music industry categories during the 1970s and early 1980s. Country music is ... More


Was There Too Much of a Crowd, All Too Lush and Loud?: Pop Singles and the Adult Contemporaneity of Broadway

Laurence Maslon

in Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780199832538
eISBN:
9780190620424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199832538.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

The decade of the 1960s provided the last fertile commercial field for pop singers interpreting Broadway material. Songs from incipient Broadway scores were introduced to America far ahead of their ... More


“We’re an All Time High”: James Bond, Pop, and the Endless 1970s

Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold

in The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190234522
eISBN:
9780190234553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234522.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

1977’s “Nobody Does It Better” took a strange angle on the Bond-song. Carly Simon addresses Bond as the object of a monogamous love affair; the sound connects more with contemporary styles than with ... More


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