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Publisher of ''Top 40'' And Author of ''Number One Songs'' Talk About Elton

Written by Chief Editor.

An older photo of Elton appears on the cover of Eric Weisbard's new book.
 
The publisher of Top 40 Demoncracy--The Rival Mainstrems of American Music told this Web site that Eric writes on Elton and the Top 40 for a whole chapter, ''seeking to emphasise the pop format John chose to prioritise and also answer several questions about the singer's career, including why the most consistently successful hitmaker in American pop was English.''
 
Elton also is discussed in Number One Songs - The First Twenty Years.
 
The writer, Larry Irons, told EJW that it is about all the number one songs in Billboard between 1956 and 1975.
 
''As you know, Elton had 5 number one songs during this time period: 'Crocodile Rock', 'Bennie & The Jets,' 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds', "Philadelphia Freedom' and 'Island Girl.' Plus he collaborated with John Lennon on the number one song 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night,' and he sang backup on Neil Sedaka's number one song 'Bad Blood.' ''
 
Larry continued:''My book is written as one long poem (823 stanzas) and is my first and only (so far) book about music. I've been thinking about writing a follow up: 'Number One Songs - The Next Twenty Years 1976 - 1995,' which of course will contain 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' (with Kiki Dee), 'That's What Friends Are For,' 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me,' and 'Candle In The Wind 1997,' but I don't know yet if I'll do it or not.
 
''I was a disc jockey for 30+ years and a huge Elton John fan. Since my radio career spanned 1967 - 1997 I was privileged to play most of his songs (and many others in my book) when they were brand new and just becoming hits. Though I never met Elton, I have seen him in concert many times over the years.
 
''All 436 songs I wrote about were from my perspective of being in radio and my personal experiences and associations with some of the artists and music label people over the years. I originally started writing it as just something to do (like a hobby) and never intended to publish it. My wife, friends and a few former colleagues urged me to publish it as they all believed it had potential. Of course writing a book and marketing a book are vastly different undertakings. In comparison, the writing was the easy part!''