Interesting thoughts as always Max. However, you are now looking at a revised version of the article, though the site does not acknowledge it. You note:
"The Kingston Trio and Whitney Houston are tied for 6th place...There is no 7th place."
But in the first version of the article, WH was at 6 and KT was 7. Billboard didn't explain why, given the equal number of weeks and that the KT did it earlier.
But as old as I am getting, I can still read, and the first version had the Trio at 7. Props to the magazine for revising it correctly.
Jim… that is some find.
First off, it’s interesting that the Beatles are No. 1
Supposedly….the Beatles were who knocked the Trio off its run….because Capitol stopped supporting the Trio.
Was this due to payola?
Could have been.
I had a few conversations with Bob on this.
He was convinced that Capitol’s no longer supporting the Trio was the cause of its downfall.
The Beatles being No. 1 certainly …..adds strength to this thinking.
Pop music is a very interesting phenomenon.
It is a reflection mostly of youth.
Not the appreciation of music for music’s sake.
It’s all about something else that’s all about youth.
Kids have a need for music that older people don’t have.
Music is the way that each generation of kids identify themselves by.
Kids buy music big time…..older people don’t.
This is why the music industry is based on youth.
Very little else.
Wherever youth goes……music goes.
Where youth is going is decided by whoever is in power at the time.
Whoever is in power tells youth what they should hear that will match where they’re going.
It ain’t vice-versa.
Money……..plain and simple.
Sometimes whoever is in power screws up.
They make a bad call and youth gets its way.
Youth got its way for about 10 years.
From the time that there was TD until there was ….I dig Rock’n Roll Music.
PP&M’s last hit was the end of the era.
The Kingston Trio rode that wave until it ended.
The Kingston Trio tried to catch the next wave and couldn’t.
Very few can do this.
This wave thing has been written about a great deal in business.
The leading expert on it for business says a whole new team has to be assembled to go after the next wave. People who are part of the current wave can’t do it. It ain’t in em.
The Kingston Trio and Whitney Houston are tied for 6th place.
There is no 7th place.
Elton John is in 8th place
Taylor Swift is in 5th place
Garth Brooks is in 3rd place
Elvis is in 2nd place.
The Beatles are in 1st place
Eagles are in 16th place
Harry Belafonte is in 11th place … he’s tied with The Monkeys
Is there a common thread in any of this?
In the above list….who plays a guitar?
These numbers….give us a lot to think about…….
What should George, Rick & Jerry do?
Open with one of these songs:
The re-mix on this is really cool….