American Top 40: The Countdown of the Century

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Schirmer Books, 1999 - Music - 354 pages
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"American Top 40, " the radio program co-founded in the 1960s by host Casey Kasem and producer Don Bustany, developed a winning formula of countdown and commentary. By the 1970's the show was providing music fans around the world with behind-the-scenes trivia about the pop stars of the day.

The program helped develop the notion (first made popular in the 1930's by the classic Your Hit Parade) of a radio format catering specifically to the most-requested songs of the listeners. This book provides a complete history of the highly successful countdown radio program, from its beginnings in the 1960's through years of success and decline, its disappearance, and its rebirth. American Top 40 offers compelling portraits of Kasem and Bustany, its later host Shadoe Stevens, their colleagues behind the scenes, guest hosts including Hall and Oates and Donny Osmond, and the corporations that (for better or worse) steered its course.

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My uncle wrote this. He has spent most of his life/40 years plus reviewing radio, doing research, and creating databases for America's Top-40. It is great he got published and the book is a great reference of many years of radio. Read full review


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