Thorogood leads blues chart for 2nd year


When it came to the blues, shoppers gravitated toward the classic rock stylings of George Thorogood & the Destroyers. The evergreen act's career retrospective "30 Years of Rock" logged a second consecutive year on the Top Blues Albums tally.

The album has spent more than 50 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. For those looking ahead to 2007, it's worth noting that "30 Years of Rock" will not rule the tally again. Its reign will end in 2006, as the album's two-year anniversary was in May 2006, and "30 Years of Rock" was moved to the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart.

Susan Tedeschi's "Hope and Desire" came out in 2005, but the album had a stellar sales year in 2006, spending a total of six weeks at No. 1. It ranks No. 2 on the Top Blues Albums recap.

The No. 3 spot goes to "People Gonna Talk," the first album in five years from British singer/songwriter James Hunter. The March release spent six nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the weekly blues album chart.

The first album in four years from the Derek Trucks Band was the first to crack Billboard's blues charts. It spent eight nonconsecutive weeks at the top, and finished the year at No. 4 on the 2006 tally.

Elsewhere, "B.B. King & Friends: 80" had a smashing second year, finishing at No. 3, and B.B. King's "Ultimate Collection" also inspired fans to open their wallets, closing the year out at No. 6 on the year-end recap.

The critically acclaimed return of soul singer Bettye LaVette finished the year at No. 11.