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Have there been musicians who have been in more than one band with a Top-10 hit on different instruments?

Dave Grohl has done this. He was originally the drummer for Nirvana who had five albums in the top 10. He now fronts the Foo Fighters on guitar and vocals, who have had seven top 10 albums.
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Apart from Frank & Nancy Sinatra, have any other parent & child both individually made it to number one in the singles charts?

Billy Ray Cyrus - "Achy Breaky Heart" (1992) #1 US Country Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball" (2013) #1 Billboard Top 100 "The Climb" (2009) #1 Adult Contemporary
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Apart from Frank & Nancy Sinatra, have any other parent & child both individually made it to number one in the singles charts?

Johnny Cash: "I Walk the Line" (1956) #1 US Country "There You Go" (1956) #1 US Country "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" (1958) #1 US Country "Guess Things Happen That Way" (1958) #1 US Country "Don't ...
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Apart from Frank & Nancy Sinatra, have any other parent & child both individually made it to number one in the singles charts?

Nat "King" Cole: "Mona Lisa" (1950) #1 Seller in Stores, #1 Played by Jockeys, #1 Played in Jukeboxes “Ramblin’ Rose” (1962) #1 Adult Contemporary, #2 Pop, #7 R&B Natalie Cole: "This Will Be" (...
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Apart from Frank & Nancy Sinatra, have any other parent & child both individually made it to number one in the singles charts?

Hank Williams: "Lovesick Blues" (1949) #1 US Country "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" (1950) #1 US Country "Why Don't You Love Me" (1950) #1 US Country "Moanin' the Blues" (1950) #1 US Country "Cold, Cold ...
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Apart from Frank & Nancy Sinatra, have any other parent & child both individually made it to number one in the singles charts?

John Lennon "(Just Like) Starting Over" (1980) #1 US, UK & several other countries (plus several other solo hits and quite a few with a band he was in) Julian Lennon "Too Late for Goodbyes" (...
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Apart from Frank & Nancy Sinatra, have any other parent & child both individually made it to number one in the singles charts?

The Mamas and Papas hit number 1 with Monday, Monday in 1966 on both Billboard and Cashbox. One Mama, Michelle Phillips, and one Papa, John Phillips had a daughter, Chynna Phillips, who got together ...
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Most longevity on the pop charts

In the UK Cliff Richard has had top 10 albums & singles in every decade since the 50's Cliff Richard Discography Most recently in 2013. He has achieved 14 UK No. 1 singles (or 18, depending ...
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Have there been musicians who have been in more than one band with a Top-10 hit on different instruments?

I really don't think you can discount Paul McCartney in this. Just because he played at least 4 different instruments in at least 2 major bands shouldn't disqualify him from the category altogether. ...
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Apart from Frank & Nancy Sinatra, have any other parent & child both individually made it to number one in the singles charts?

Late to the party, but I've found another parent-child combo with individual #1 singles. Julio Iglesias "Lo Mejor de Tu Vida" (1987) #1 US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks "Que No Se Rompa la Noche" (1987)...
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Highest ranked popular hits with an uncommon time signature

"Take 5", in 5/4, is the top-selling jazz single of all time. It hit 25 on the pop charts as well. The Dave Brubeck Quartet, which recorded it, was known for unusual time signatures. It was ...
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Longest time before a Number One Single?

Louis Armstrong made his first recording as bandleader in 1925. His single Hello Dolly reached number 1 in 1964.
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Have there been musicians who have been in more than one band with a Top-10 hit on different instruments?

Sting played bass on his many hits with the Police, including “Every Breath You Take” (#1). However, he played guitar on his solo hits from The Dream of the Blue Turtles, “If You Love Somebody, Set ...
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Have there been musicians who have been in more than one band with a Top-10 hit on different instruments?

Phil Collins, originally of Genesis. In Genesis he played drums and (on 'Selling England by the pound') sang. In his solo career he sings, plays the drums and plays the piano.
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What are the top three recording studios of all time in terms of having sold the most songs?

Abbey Road has got to be in the running for top spot. The list of artists who have recorded there reads like a Hall of Fame, from Glenn Miller, The Beatles, through Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Stevie ...
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Apart from Frank & Nancy Sinatra, have any other parent & child both individually made it to number one in the singles charts?

My mind went immediately to Dylan, but, upon further digging, it turns out he never had a #1 song that he performed himself, even though his son, Jakob had. Even with the Traveling Wilburys, while ...
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Highest ranked popular hits with an uncommon time signature

Of course, we have Pink Floyd's Money. Roger Waters and David Gilmour have made recent comments stating that the song had been composed primarily in 7/8 time, it was composed in 7/4, as stated by ...
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Longest time before a Number One Single?

Looks like, in the US it was Santana with 'smooth': The record for the longest wait from an artist's Hot 100 debut entry to its first #1 belongs to Santana, with 30 years between the time he first ...
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Records with longest Billboard chart success

Wikipedia's page on the Billboard 200 has a list of albums that spent the most weeks (not necessarily consecutively) on the chart: Most weeks on the chart Note that totals are for the main albums ...
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Have there been musicians who have been in more than one band with a Top-10 hit on different instruments?

Jack white, has been in a total of three bands: The White Stripes, where he played Guitar, sang vocals, ans sometimes played piano. The band had several top 10 hits, such as Seven Nation Army. The ...
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Most studio album releases before finally scoring a number one album?

I believe I've found an answer to this that should be very hard to counter: David Bowie. The last release in his lifetime, Blackstar, was put out on January 8, 2016, two days before his death. It was ...
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reasons behind K - pop success

For brief history and notable artists, I'd like to recommend this blog post (really good): 50 Most Influential K-Pop Artists Series Index This book has many interesting facts about Korean Cool: The ...
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Top Charting Remix

If a remix by the same band would count, then Frankie Goes to Hollywood - 'Relax' might take some beating. The original recording did almost nothing on either side of the Atlantic, yet the remix ...
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What are the top three recording studios of all time in terms of having sold the most songs?

Far less known is RockField studios in Monmouth. However, their roster of artists is very impressive... Rockfield history Wikipedia 1960’s The Interns, Love Sculpture, Amen Corner, Doc ...
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Top Charting Remix

At the risk of trying to answer my own question, here's one candidate I had forgotten about, Simon and Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence. To quote Wikipedia: The album was a commercial failure and led ...
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Highest ranked popular hits with an uncommon time signature

On My Radio by The Selecter features a 7/4 time signature, but just in the chorus and that was probably a happy accident. It reached #8 in the UK and #13 in the Netherlands. Everything's Alright is a ...
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Have any one-hit wonders later returned to become multi-hit successes?

General Public with: Tenderness in 1984: #51 in Hot 100. I'll Take You There in 1994: #22 in Hot 100. Honrable Mention (less than 10 years) for Michael Jachson with: Ben in 1972: #20 in Hot 100. ...
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Top Charting Remix

The Beatles album, Let it Be… Naked from 2003 could arguably be considered the 'original' of the Let It Be album, recorded in 1969 & then shelved; later remixed & added to by Phil Spector in ...
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Highest ranked popular hits with an uncommon time signature

The original Mission Impossible theme is in 5/4. The newer version adds a bridge section in 4/4. You can hear it at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAYhNHhxN0A
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