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Mr. Music

I am continuing our new feature: Ask "Mr. Music." Now in its 23rd year of syndication (1986-2008), Jerry Osborne's weekly Q&A feature will be a regular post every Wednesday from now on. Be sure to stop by Jerry's site ( for more Mr. Music archives, record price guides, anything Elvis, buy & sell collectibles, record appraisals and much more. I thank Jerry for allowing the reprints.


DEAR JERRY: Going online makes it possible to find answers to trillions of questions, yet little ol' me can't seem to solve one musical mystery.

There are many listings of Top 10 hits, breaking things down several different ways, such as who has the most Top 10 hits; which ones remained there the longest, etc., etc.

But nowhere can I find mention of which stars had the most consecutive Top 10 Pop hits, specifically the first three decades of the Rock Era.

Can you dig up quirky details like this?
—Melanie Boyd, Harbor City, Calif.

DEAR MELANIE: Since most details we unearth are quirky to some extent, your query fits right in.

During those 29 years (1950-1979) there are nine artists with at least 10 consecutive Top 10 hits to their credit, according to either Billboard or Cash Box. To qualify, their first Top 10 entry must be before 1980, though the run can continue unrestricted.

America voted, and here are your Top 8:

1. Elvis Presley: 34 consecutive (1956-1964)
2. Beatles: 33 consecutive (1964-1976)
3. Michael Jackson: 17 consecutive (1979-1988)
4. Elton John: 16 consecutive (1972-1976)
5. Supremes: 15 consecutive (1964-1967)
6. Pat Boone: 14 consecutive (1956-1958)
7. Ricky Nelson: 12 consecutive (1957-1959)
8. Rolling Stones: 11 consecutive (1965-1967)

For both Elvis and the Beatles, our count reflects new singles by their primary labels (RCA Victor and Capitol-Apple). As to reissues, four-track extended plays (EPs), and — for the Beatles — product from miscellaneous labels, those making the Top 10 are included in the tally. All others are disregarded so as not to affect the streak.

Likewise with double-sided hits, duets, and Christmas songs. They are counted if Top 10, and ignored when not.

Before the “what about all the hits by (fill in name)” mail arrives, here are some music legends whose number of consecutive Top 10 Pop hits failed to reach double digits:

Aretha Franklin: 9 consecutive (1967-1968)
Herman's Hermits: 9 consecutive (1966-1966)
Connie Francis: 8 consecutive (1959-1961)
Paul McCartney (includes Wings): 8 consecutive (1971-1975)
Beach Boys: 7 consecutive (1963-1965)
Bee Gees: 6 consecutive, all of which reached No. 1 (1977-1979)
Temptations: 5 consecutive (1966-1967)
Chicago: 5 consecutive (1973-1974)
Everly Brothers: 4 consecutive (1960-1961)
4 Seasons: 4 consecutive (1964)
Stevie Wonder: 4 consecutive (twice: 1972-1973 and 1974-1977)
Marvin Gaye: 3 consecutive (1971)

DEAR JERRY: There is a word in Mildred Bailey's “Small Fry” that sounds foreign to me, and I have no idea what she is referring to.

The line says the small fry “has been carousing at the berleeque.” My spelling is just how it sounds. I don't think it's supposed to be barbecue.

Do you know what this means?
—Josie Mills, Milwaukee

DEAR JOSIE: It's safe to say there are no ribs on the menu where this small fry carouses.

The reason he is being scolded by his mother or guardian — a relationship not clearly defined — is because he is hanging around the burlique, slang for burlesque shows.

Exceptions exist, but most vaudevillian burlesque venues served up enough bawdy comedy and strip tease routines to make them off limits to small frys.

IZ ZAT SO? Though the focus of today's consecutive Top 10s is Pop hits of the 1950s through '70s, two honorable mentions stretch those parameters.

Louis Jordan (and His Tympany Five) chalked up 37 consecutive Top 10 R&B hits, from 1942 to 1948.

Yet another streak, one also started in the mid-'40s, is a phenomenal achievement that far outstrips all others mentioned above.

In the summer of 1945, with “Each Minute Seems Like a Million Years,” Eddy Arnold logged the first of 67 consecutive Top 10 C&W hits. The run ended in early '56 with “Trouble in Mind.”

Clearly this feat ranks among those unlikely to ever be equaled, field or style of music notwithstanding.


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Music News & Notes

Official Cover Art of Eminem's New Album 'Relapse'

Cover art of 'Relapse' provides a look at Eminem's headshot in mosaic, which is composed of thousands of pills prescribed by Dr. Dre.

Eminem has brought forward an official cover art of his forthcoming sixth studio album "Relapse" through his Twitter feed. The artwork shows his headshot mosaic composed of thousands of "250MG CAPSULES


The Jadewalkers Limited Edition Vinyl

(Puta) Puta Records, a burgeoning all-vinyl micro-label out of NYC, announces the release of The Jadewalkers, EP II, a limited edition 7 inch record of 500 copies.

The Jadewalkers are a punk influenced rock-n-roll quartet originally from Gotenberg, Sweden. Singer-guitarist-writer Emma Viking Skull relocated the band to NYC in 2005. The album is engineered by Ivan Julian of seminal 70’s Punk band The Voidoids, and is mastered by underground Garagepunk baron Tim Warren of Crypt Records.

The record will be distributed both stateside and abroad, exclusively through the label’s in-house distribution network, a hand-picked bevy of boutique scale and independently owned record shops. Online distribution is via Puta Records website,


The cover art for Velocifero, Ladytron’s latest album, was done by installation artist Eli Sudbrack, who met the band in Liverpool.


The Jonas Brothers took to Twitter to reveal the cover art for their next album, Lines Vines And Trying Times, due out June 15. The album cover photo shoot apparently took place in Corisica, Texas at Caleb’s Diner.


Eagles Member Close To Releasing Solo Effort

Timothy B. Schmidt is adeptly mixing his time touring with the Eagles with putting the final touches on his first solo album in eight years, Expando. Helping out on the LP is Dwight Yoakam, Graham Nash, Kid Rock, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Keb' Mo', Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Van Dyke Parks and Garth Hudson of The Band. Look for an autumn release date.


Richie Havens News

Richie Havens, the act that kicked off the first Woodstock in 1969, is scheduled to appear at Noon on August 14 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to celebrate the original festival.

A big part of Haven's Woodstock legend, of course, is that he was scheduled to be the festival's fifth performer, not its first, but he was drafted into service when traffic impeded those due on before him.

"It was 5 o'clock and nothing was happening yet," Havens remembers. "I had the least instruments and the least people (in his band). But they had to catch me first. I felt like, 'They're gonna kill me if I go up on stage first. Give me break. I need those four people in front of me to warm up the crowd. But the people were great. I was supposed to sing 40 minutes, which I did, and from the side of the stage they go, 'Richie, four more song?' I went back and did that, then it was, 'Four more songs...' and that kept happening 'til two hours and 45 minutes later I had sung every song I know," including an epic version of Freedom."

Read more of the interview here: billboard


Velvet Revolver’s Singer Search Is Not Over

Velvet Revolver do not have a new lead singer. However, turns out all those recent reports that the band was close to naming their guy also were true.

“We thought we landed on the singer. We all did,” Duff McKagan says. “We played with him and we said, ‘OK, we got our guy. He’s great.’ ”

But he tells Rolling Stone, without calling out the singer who came oh so close, the group simply had second thoughts.

“Maybe if we would’ve got there and had gigs booked right then and there it would’ve been a different story,” McKagan says. “But we didn’t have gigs booked. We were given too much time and we were able to go, ‘Ah, fuck, I don’t like that about the guy.’ ”

Read the rest of this Rolling Stone article here: rollingstone