Monday, September 29, 2014

List of Billboard #1 Jazz Albums of 1979



In 1979, Billboard published a top 50 Jazz Albums list in every issue.  Here's a chart of the #1 jazz albums of that year:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 6 Touchdown Bob James
January 13
January 20
January 27
February 3
February 10
February 17
February 24
March 3
March 10
March 17 Carmel Joe Sample
March 24
March 31 Livin' Inside Your Love George Benson
April 7
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 5
May 12
May 19
May 26
June 2
June 9
June 16
June 23 Street Life The Crusaders
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1
September 8
September 15
September 22
September 29
October 6
October 13
October 20
October 27
November 3
November 10
November 17 Rise Herb Alpert
November 24
December 1
December 8
December 15 One on One Bob James & Earl Klugh
December 22



I own Street Life on vinyl, but only one of these six albums has previously appeared on The CD Project blog:
Herb Alpert - Rise (1979)

1 comment :

  1. This one's right in my wheelhouse, Mark... Mid–Late 70's is my favorite period for what was once known as "Contemporary Jazz" (now "Smooth Jazz"). These are all in my collection, and are among the earliest Jazz CD's I purchased.

    Although George Benson is easily my favorite artist on this list (followed closely by Herb Alpert), "Livin' Inside" doesn't quite measure up to "Weekend In L.A." (not to mention, "Breezin'"). No siree, Dirk's fave LP here would definitely have to be Bob James' "Touchdown". Unlike GB, James has been hit-or-miss with me over the years. "Touchdown", however, never gets old... Entire album is a stone-cold classic.

    Most recent acquisition from the list is BJ & Klugh's "One On One". Upgraded my previous copy about a year ago with this sweet Salvo import.

    Dirk's Top Jazz, '79 (Rejiggered):

    6) One On One
    5) Livin' Inside Your Love
    4) Rise
    3) Carmel
    2) Street Life
    1) Touchdown

    BOOM, goes the dynamite!

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