On artistic dominance
I think it is hard to give anyone an entire decade. The Oaks seemed to dominate from around 1967-74. The Kingsmen seemed to dominate from around Chattanooga Live (late 70s) throughout the mid 80s and were still doing some good live stuff into the 90s. The 80s had Gold City and the Cathedrals putting out strong stuff.
It would be great if we had hard data like album sales along with #1 hits to help us make this determination.
An obvious but good point. It’s been a constant source of amazement to me how the fortune of a group or an artist can rise and fall so quickly. It may not be the most recent example but within the past decade, we’ve seen the Perrys more or less come to occupy the top spot among mixed groups once held by the Hoppers. And it seemed to happen within the space of a year two in 2003-05.
Of course to some extent there’s not a lot of mystery here: tastes are by their very nature fluid and fluctuant forces. But even if we know that tastes will change and artists will fall in and out of favor, it’s no less an exciting thing to experience when the ascendant group is riding high and the balance of audience delight is shifting from one focal point to another. In fact, it may well be the chance to experience just such a moment that makes all the derivative, dull, and uninspired stuff tolerable.Email this Post