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Billboard is an American music magazine, published in New York It was first published on November 1,1894, and is distinguished as being among the oldest trade magazines in the world. The magazine originally focused on bill posting and outdoor amusements before specializing in the music industry in the 1960s. Billboard maintains several internationally recognized record charts, which track the most popular songs and albums across several categories on a weekly basis.

B.B. King, Blood Sweat & Tears, Dave Brubeck, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, The Mothers Of Invention, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Savage Rose, Sly & The Family Stone, Sun Ra, Ten Years After: Newport Jazz Festival 1969: New Records & Not All That Jazz

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, July 1969

NEWPORT, R.I. — On paper at least the experiment of adding rock music to the Newport Jazz Festival 1969 came from the purest of motives. ...

Woodstock: Peace Mecca

Report by Danny Goldberg, Billboard, August 1969

BETHEL, N.Y. – About 400,000 rock fans gave peace a chance Aug. 15-18, and it worked. For them and the overwhelmed residents of this Catskills ...

The Holy Modal Rounders, Van Morrison: Van Morrison, The Holy Modal Rounders: Cafe Au Go Go, New York NY

Live Review by Danny Goldberg, Billboard, September 1969

NEW YORK — The Cafe Au Go Go, relatively idle in recent months, interrupted renovations with a splash of good music Aug. 29-31, displaying the ...

Tony Joe White: What It Is – Is Swamp Music – Is What It Is

Overview by Jerry Wexler, Billboard, December 1969

AT DRUMMER Sammy Creason’s Halloween party in Memphis, his new boss, singer Tony Joe White, holds his breath to close his pores, removes a black ...

The Long Ryders: Long Ryders: Don't Call Us Country-Rock

Profile and Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Billboard, January 1984

L.A. Band Following in Burrito Brothers' Footsteps ...

The Ramones: Things Get Exciting Again for Ramones

Profile and Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Billboard, November 1984

'Too Tough To Die' After 10 Years ...

Whitney Houston: The Long Road To Overnight Stardom

Report and Interview by Bud Scoppa, Billboard, December 1986

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, a new artist emerges who simply takes over, in utterly decisive and undeniable fashion. So it was with Whitney Houston ...

Etta James

Review and Interview by David Nathan, Billboard, December 1988

"SHOW BUSINESS became a lifestyle for me from the beginning," says legendary vocalist Etta James. "The road became my home – I was almost like ...

The Go-Betweens: Go-Betweens Aim To Strike Public Chord

Profile and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Billboard, January 1989

AT THE END of the day, what do good reviews really mean? In the case of the Go-Betweens, whose debut Capitol album 16 Lovers Lane ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Early Wailers: Fussing & Fighting

Report by Larry Jaffee, Billboard, June 1994

Marley Catalog Is A Source Of Strife, Suits ...

Spirit of '69 Woodstock Alive At Falcon Ridge

Comment by Chris Smith, Billboard, August 1999

BLAME IT ON the heat. Blame it on poor security. Blame it on the cause/effect relationship between artist persona and audience behavior. Blame it on ...

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