Friday, June 21, 2024

PEAK MUSIC 1975

 

his is a series that will attempt to Sport(ify) music by creating a 5 member All-Pro/All League/All Star team (Sort of like the NBA first team all-stars) for each year in Music starting with 1964. It will rely heavily on Top 20 Hits from the year but also take into account Concert Tours, Music awards, Music Videos (MTV Crowd-You Tube), TV, Films, Pop Culture etc….. 

1975

There was a flip at the top

John Denver 5 top twenty hits including 2 number ones

Elton John 3 top five hits including 2 number hits

Eagles – 2 top two hits including number 1 "One of these nights"

KC Sunshine Band – 2 number one hits including number one "Get down tonight"

Jefferson Starship 1 top ten hit  (a personal favorite) "Miracles"

There may have been some choices at number five as Chicago and Wings both had 2 top twenty hits.

I was also surprised that Ringo Starr from 1971 to 1975 had seven top ten hits - which seems remarkable after his run with the Beatles and him being considered the least talented Beatle -  but for PEAK MUSIC he was unable to break in on any year. 

 

 

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles

5th Dimension

4 Seasons

Supremes

Rolling Stones

Monkees

Gary Pucket

3 Dog Night

Supremes

Rolling Stones

Frank Sinatra

Supremes

Simon & Garfunkel

Elvis Presley

Bobby Vinton

Herman Hermits

Beach Boys

Rascals

Aretha Franklin

The Beatles

Johnny Rivers

Byrds

Monkees

The Doors

Supremes

Rolling Stones

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

Jackson 5

Osmonds

3 Dog Night

Stevie Wonder

Elton John

John Denver

The Beatles

Marvin Gaye

Micheal Jackson

Elton John

John Denver

Elton John

Simon & Garfunkel

Temptations

5th Dimension

Paul Simon

Newton John

Eagles

3 Dog Night

Jackson 5

Don McLean

Wings

Wings

Sunshine Band

Guess Who

3 Dog Night

Moody Blues

Rolling Stones

Chicago

Starship

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

Thursday, June 20, 2024

PEAK MUSIC 1974 - The George Foster Peak Conundrum

 1974

The George Foster Peak Conundrum

The question that always perplexed me is that why most if not almost all music groups cannot obtain popularity and creative genius for usually more no more than a few years.  For example, Three Dog Night had 15 top twenty hits between 1969 and 1972 and were never heard from again and while they are regarded favorably, they never reached legendary status.

Bill James. I believe had a concept where a major leaguer who stars at a later age in his career has a shorter peak and then falls of the cliff faster.

George Foster, one of my favorite players and the first player I ever bought a memorabilia card of (a bat card)  - is a perfect example.

George Foster started to play regularly in 1974 at age 26 with the Reds. At ages 28, 29 and 30, he led the National League in RBIs in three consecutive seasons, it is something on he and Ducky Medwick have done exclusively.  Of course, Ducky is in the Hall of Fame but not George.  As a Kid, I just remember him as being the most feared player in baseball. He had really good seasons in 1979 and 1980 and had a great season in 1981 that was muted by the strike. In 1982, he signed with the Mets and eventually became a handicap/fell off the map.  It was because of George Foster that I started to think of musicians in the same vain. Why can't musicians maintain that creative genius that the public would love to hear their different songs over 5, 10 or 15 years.  Why do they have that short peak that they can't maintain.  Does the general public/music consumer get tired of their music after one or two albums and hit singles.  I don't know.

1974

Soft Rock begins to dominate.

Elton John had 4 top four hits including 2 number ones.

John Denver had 3 top ten hits and 2 number ones including "sunshine on my shoulder"

Oliva Newton John 2 top 5 hits

Wings 4 top twenty hits including number one "Band on the Run"

Chicago with 3 top ten hits.


1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles

5th Dimension

4 Seasons

Supremes

Rolling Stones

Monkees

Gary Pucket

3 Dog Night

Supremes

Rolling Stones

Frank Sinatra

Supremes

Simon & Garfunkel

Elvis Presley

Bobby Vinton

Herman Hermits

Beach Boys

Rascals

Aretha Franklin

The Beatles

Johnny Rivers

Byrds

Monkees

The Doors

Supremes

Rolling Stones

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

Jackson 5

Osmonds

3 Dog Night

Stevie Wonder

Elton John

 

The Beatles

Marvin Gaye

Micheal Jackson

Elton John

John Denver

 

Simon & Garfunkel

Temptations

5th Dimension

Paul Simon

Newton John

 

3 Dog Night

Jackson 5

Don McLean

Wings

Wings

 

Guess Who

3 Dog Night

Moody Blues

Rolling Stones

Chicago

 

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

PEAK MUSIC 1973

 

This is a series that will attempt to Sport(ify) music by creating a 5 member All-Pro/All League/All Star team (Sort of like the NBA first team all-stars) for each year in Music starting with 1964. It will rely heavily on Top 20 Hits from the year but also take into account Concert Tours, Music awards, Music Videos (MTV Crowd-You Tube), TV, Films, Pop Culture etc….. 

1973

This was a race between Stevie Wonder and Elton John. Stevie Wonder probably would have made a few top 10 lists but this is PEAK MUSIC and we are only rating the best of the best of each year

Stevie Wonder had 3 top ten hits including "You are the sunshine of my life"

Elton John had 3 top twenty hits including "Daniel"

Paul Simon 2 top ten hits including "Love me like a rock"

Wings had (with Paul McCarthy) 3 top ten hits including "Live and Let Die" The best James Bond theme.

The Rolling Stones squeezed in at number 5 with their one top twenty hit that went to number one "Angie" As a side note I can't believe that Sympathy for the Devil never charted. Martin Scorsese has used it in many of his movies

 

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles

5th Dimension

4 Seasons

Supremes

Rolling Stones

Monkees

Gary Pucket

3 Dog Night

Supremes

Rolling Stones

Frank Sinatra

Supremes

Simon & Garfunkel

Elvis Presley

Bobby Vinton

Herman Hermits

Beach Boys

Rascals

Aretha Franklin

The Beatles

Johnny Rivers

Byrds

Monkees

The Doors

Supremes

Rolling Stones

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

Jackson 5

Osmonds

3 Dog Night

Stevie Wonder

 

 

The Beatles

Marvin Gaye

Micheal Jackson

Elton John

 

 

Simon & Garfunkel

Temptations

5th Dimension

Paul Simon

 

 

3 Dog Night

Jackson 5

Don McLean

Wings

 

 

Guess Who

3 Dog Night

Moody Blues

Rolling Stones

 

 

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981