What Makes A Music Legend
Why you need a series of albums to be one of the all-time greats.
You can't be a music legend If you are a one hit wonder.
Nor can you be an iconic music artist even if you have a string of hits over time.
Led Zeppelin never released a single in their career, yet they are in the club.
To be an ultimate music artiste, part of the Crème della Crème you need to succeed in the medium of albums and, crucially, with consecutive releases.
You need a series of classic albums.
Some Classic Album Series
There are not many artists or in the classic album series club, some that spring to mind are…
- Steely Dan
- Michael Jackson followed Off the Wall with Thriller
- Stevie Wonder also produced three great albums in the 1970s and has been dining off on them ever since; Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfillingness (and possibly you could add Songs in the Key of Life to the list)
- Not even legend Miles Davis achieved a series, although over his lifetime he arguably changed the course of jazz five times (as he liked to remind us!)
- My prize goes to an artist whose integrity is unquestionable but who did not have or seek commercial success - Joni Mitchell. Her 19 or so albums were consistently genius.
- Oh, and the Beatles of course!