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0 The Blues & Soul UK - USA Connection

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  • by Kingsley H. Smith
  • 04/04/2007

We've been featuring interesting magazine covers from my personal magazine archive on recent consecutive Wednesdays.

Today is the 3rd of a 5 part series with a June 1970 cover in the spotlight.

Blues & Soul, still going strong, was first published in 1966. The magazine is based in London, U.K.

This is issue number 35, dated June 5 - June 18, 1970, featuring the Jackson 5.

My copy of the magazine is an original I purchased in 1970 on a trip to London. It's also a rare edition you can find on eBay, if you are willing to pay the price collectors are asking.

This J5 edition featured excellent transatlantic chart coverage with...

  • The top 50 U.K. singles
  • The top 30 U.K. albums
  • The top 100 USA singles
  • The top 40 USA albums

There's a 'page two' editorial, amusing by today's standards, noting that music consumers will stop buying albums if the number of tracks keep going down, and the album prices keep going up!

A 25 minute Wilson Pickett album is used as an example.

It's been a long way from issue 35 to the current Blues & Soul issue 992. B&S will celebrate issue 1,000 during the Summer of 2007.

The quality of Blues & Soul continues to be top notch.

Blues & Soul (also called B&S) includes all the latest U.K. and U.S.A. "urban music" info, including news, charts, reviews, events and clubs, as well as in-depth interviews and editorials on influential artists past and present.

This is Magazine Flashback part 3 of 5

See Magazine Flashback part 1 of 5

See Magazine Flashback part 2 of 5

See Magazine Flashback part 4 of 5

See Magazine Flashback part 5 of 5

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