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FAMILY AFFAIRS: A HISTORY OF FAMILIES ON BILLBOARD CHARTS

Hi Gary,

Per your piece on families on Billboard charts after "B.I.C." joined dad Jay-Z and mom Beyonce on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, you should also include Red Foley, Pat Boone and Debby Boone as a family, in this case a three-generational one, that has made Billboard charts.

Foley's daughter Shirley married Pat Boone, whose daughter is Debby Boone. Foley tallied 56 top 10s on Country Songs in 1944-56; Pat Boone, 33 Hot 100 hits in 1958-69, including the 1961 No. 1 "Moody River"; and, Debby Boone the 10-week Hot 100 No. 1 "You Light Up My Life" in 1977, still the longest-leading debut single by a female lead artist.

Thanks,

John Fitzgerald
Scarborough, Maine

Hi Gary,

Some interesting articles on billboard.com this week. I'd like to add to them.

First, congratulations to Beyonce and Jay-Z on the arrival of their firstborn, Blue Ivy Carter. The Jan. 11 article by Karinah Santiago noted that Stevie Wonder's daughter, Aisha, was uncredited on his recording of "Isn't She Lovely" and I can think of another recording featuring an uncredited offspring: Helen Reddy's 1974 Hot 100 No. 9 hit "You and Me Against the World." The song features the speaking voice of her then-young daughter, Traci, at the beginning and end.

Continuing with the all-in-the-family theme, there are other children of musical parents who have charted (and not mentioned in your Jan. 13 article). Here are two more:

In addition to Pat and Debby Boone and Frank and Nancy Sinatra - the only father-and-daughter tandems to have both reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 - another such pair charted in 1980. Neil Sedaka and his daughter Dara reached No. 19 with their duet "Should've Never Let You Go."

Another mother and son have also both topped the Hot 100, although the mom in this case did so in a group with her son. In 1970, Shirley Jones reached the top spot as a member of the Partridge Family with "I Think I Love You." Seven years later, her son Shaun Cassidy led as a soloist with "Da Doo Ron Ron."

Finally, in honour of Martin Luther King Day, there is an ode to the late leader worth mentioning. In 1968, "Abraham, Martin and John" was released. It was written about the assassinations of not just King but also Abraham Lincoln and John (and Robert) Kennedy. This poignant tribute became a big comeback hit for Dion, reaching No. 4 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 in Canada.

Have a great long weekend!

Blair Buchta
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada