Joel Whitburn


Joel Whitburn Famous memorial

Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 14 Jun 2022 (aged 82)
Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 240628479 View Source

Music Historian, Reference Book Author, Music Chart Statistician, Music Collector. Founder of Record Research Inc. Born Joel Carver Whitburn in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in 1939, Whitburn was an avid music fan. He began collecting records (singles) in his teens during the 1950s and kept track of their chart placement in Billboard magazine. His collection of music started to grow and he would file individual records based on the highest positions it reached on the Billboard magazine charts. In 1970, he founded Record Research Inc. in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He hired a team of researchers to run company operations. Whitburn turned a hobby into a career that would span five decades. The research he and his team compiled would run from 1890 to the present popular music of the 21st century. His books featuring each recording's peak chart position, the date it charted, how many weeks it was on the charts, the record label info and further trivia on the recordings and artists involved. Radio DJs, music fans and the music industry use his books for historical references and as a cited source. The most popular reference books he published were the annual Top Pop Singles which traces Billboard Hot 100's pop singles chart history. Whitburn also authored the Top 40 Hits book series. Record Research Inc. had a relationship as a licensee for Billboard magazine lasting over five decades. Collaborating with specialty reissue record label, Rhino Records, Whitburn compiled over 150 CD compilations based on Billboard chart performance. He owned one of the largest collections of recorded music, extensively collecting phonograph records, 45 rpms, 78 rpms and compact discs (CDs). Whitburn owned a copy of every charted Billboard Hot 100 and pop single dating back to 1936 and every charted pop album that went as far back as 1945.

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  • Originally Created by: JR Wees
  • Added: 14 Jun 2022
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 240628479
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joel Whitburn (29 Nov 1939–14 Jun 2022), Find a Grave Memorial ID 240628479, citing Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .