I SWEAR I DID NOT COME CLOSE to the Publish button while working on this piece! Still, somehow managed to “publish” this incomplete article and have to deal with the fallout. And I wasn’t even planning on publishing this article on this blog—I was going to move it on over to my Rather Rare Records blog.
I certainly know enough at this stage not to post an article to the internet with an ungainly URL like this: https://www.elvis-atouchofgold.com/a-nutshell-guide-to-the-billboard-record-charts-of-the-50s! Nonetheless, that URL is now out there and a few readers—such as you—might stumble over it.
So, instead of an article about the over-hallowed Billboard charts, you are reading this, an apology/explanation. I will finish the article as quickly as possible. It should clarify some issues about the misinformation about those charts that permeates the internet, magazines, and books.
PS: The photo of the turntable at the top of this page is the featured image on the home page of Rather Rare Records.