RPM (magazine)

RPM
RPM Magazine.jpg
Cover for the final issue of RPM
Editor Walt Grealis
Categories Music magazine
Frequency Weekly
First issue 24 February 1964
Final issue
Number
13 November 2000
Volume 71, No. 27
Company RPM
Country Canada
Website RPM homepage
ISSN 0315-5994

RPM (ISSN 0315-5994 and later ISSN 0033-7064) was a Canadian music industry publication that featured song and album charts for Canada. The publication was founded by Walt Grealis in February 1964, supported through its existence by record label owner Stan Klees. RPM ceased publication in November 2000.

RPM stood for "Records, Promotion, Music". The magazine was reported to have variations in its title over the years such as RPM Weekly and RPM Magazine. RPM maintained several format charts, including Top Singles (all genres), Adult Contemporary, Dance, Urban, Rock/Alternative, and Country Tracks (or Top Country Tracks) for country music. On 21 March 1966, RPM expanded its Top Singles chart from 40 positions to 100. On 6 December 1980, the main chart became a top 50 chart and remained this way until 4 August 1984, whereupon it returned to being a Top 100 Singles chart.

For the first several weeks of its existence, the magazine did not compile a national chart, but simply printed the current airplay lists of several major-market top-40 stations. A national chart was introduced beginning with the 22 June 1964 issue, with its first national number-one single being "Chapel of Love" by The Dixie Cups.[1] Prior to the introduction of RPM's national chart, the CHUM Chart from Toronto radio station CHUM was considered the de facto national chart.[2] The final number-one single in the magazine was "Music" by Madonna.

The RPM Awards

The modern Juno Awards had their origins in an annual survey conducted by RPM since its founding year. Readers of the magazine were invited to mail in survey ballots to indicate their choices under various categories of people or companies.[3]

The RPM Awards poll was transformed into a formal awards ceremony, the Gold Leaf Awards in 1970. These became the Juno Awards in following years.[3]

1964 RPM Awards

The RPM Awards for 1964 were announced in the 28 December 1964 issue:[4]

  • Top male vocalist: Terry Black
  • Top female singer: Shirley Matthews
  • Most promising male vocalist: Jack London
  • Most promising female vocalist: Linda Layne [5]
  • Top vocal instrumental group: The Esquires[6]
  • Top female vocal group: Girlfriends
  • Top instrumental group: Wes Dakus & The Rebels
  • Top folk group: The Courriers[7][8]
  • Top country male singer: Gary Buck [9]
  • Top country female singer: Pat Hervey [10]
  • Industry man of the year: Johnny Murphy of Cashbox Canada
  • Top record company: Capitol Records of Canada
  • Top Canadian Content record company: Capitol Records of Canada
  • Top national record promoter: Paul White, Capitol Records of Canada
  • Top regional record promoter: Ed Lawson, Quality Records
  • Top album of the year (GMP): That Girl by Phyllis Marshall [11]

A column on page 6 of that issue noted that the actual vote winner for Top Canadian Content record company was disqualified due to a conflict of interest involving an employee of that company who was also working for RPM. Therefore, runner-up Capitol Records was declared the category's winner.

1965 RPM Awards

The Annual RPM Awards for 1965 were announced in the 17 January 1966 issue, with more country music categories than the previous year:[12]

1966 RPM Awards

The winners were:[17]

  • Top male vocalist: Barry Allen
  • Top female singer: Catherine McKinnon
  • Most promising male vocalist: Jimmy Dybold [18]
  • Most promising female vocalist: Lynda Lane
  • Top vocal/instrumental group: Staccatos
  • Top female vocal group: Allan Sisters [19]
  • Top instrumental group: Wes Dakus and the Rebels
  • Top folk group: 3's a Crowd
  • Top folk singer: Gordon Lightfoot
  • Best produced single: "Let's Run Away", Staccatos[20]
  • Top country male singer: Gary Buck
  • Top country female singer: Dianne Leigh
  • Most promising country male singer: Johnny Burke
  • Most promising country female singer: Debbie Lori Kaye
  • Top country instrumental vocal group: Mercey Brothers
  • Top country instrumentalist: Roy Penney
  • Top country radio personality: Ted Daigle
  • Top country radio station: CFGM
  • Top record company: Capitol Records of Canada
  • Top Canadian Content record company: Red Leaf Records
  • Top national record promoter: Paul White, Capitol Records of Canada
  • Top regional record promoter: Al Nair
  • Top Canadian music industry man of the year: Stan Klees

See also

References

  1. ^ "Top Forty-5's". RPM. 22 June 1964. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017.
  2. ^ Green, Richard (28 February 2015). "The RPM story - RPM, 1964-2000: The Conscience of Canada's Music Industry". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b Young, David (2005). "The CBC and the Juno Awards". Canadian Journal of Communication. 30 (3): 343–365. doi:10.22230/cjc.2005v30n3a1549. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
  4. ^ "The RPM Awards". RPM. 2 (18): 1, 6. 28 December 1964.
  5. ^ "Discogs entry for Linda Layne".
  6. ^ "Esquires, The (Ottawa)". The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. Jam!. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Events and Activities". National Gallery of Canada. 4 February – 24 April 2005. Archived from the original on 15 November 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2008. The Courriers were Ottawa’s answer to Peter, Paul and Mary... See event listing for 21 April 2005.
  8. ^ "Discogs entry for The Courriers".
  9. ^ "Discogs entry for Gary Buck".
  10. ^ "Discogs entry for Pat Hervey".
  11. ^ "Discogs entry for Phyllis Marshall".
  12. ^ "The RPM Awards". RPM. 4 (21): 1. 17 January 1966.
  13. ^ "Discogs entry for Debbie Lori Kaye".
  14. ^ "Discogs entry for Malka and Joso".
  15. ^ "Discogs entry for Sharon Strong".
  16. ^ "Discogs entry for Roy Penney".
  17. ^ "Previous Juno—Gold Leaf Winners from 1964 to '72". Billboard. 27 April 1964. p. 46. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Discogs entry for Jimmy Dybold".
  19. ^ "Discogs entry for The Allan Sisters".
  20. ^ "Emmerson, Les". The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. 1 December 2004. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013.

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