The year was 1959. No one knew what was about to happen in the field of music. But jazz music was ready to take some giant steps.
Six of the most popular and/or groundbreaking albums in jazz history were recorded and released for the general market that year. Among them was Dave Brubeck’s multimillion-selling Time Out album, which included the first million-selling jazz instrumental single, a 45-rpm record of Take Five with Blue Rondo à la Turk on the flip side.
Columbia Records didn’t want Brubeck to record the album: it was to be all original material (no standards), with nothing danceable on it – releasing it to the general public was unthinkable. But it blew up! Time Out became one of the best selling jazz albums in history.
It’s all about going with what you’re inspired to do and making it happen. Jazz reached a creative apex in 1959; and today the same opportunities still exist. In fact, the internet opens up even more possibilities.
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Elliott Cunningham is a marketing strategist and a Nashville businessman. He has also been working in the entertainment industry since 1997. Mr. Cunningham has a track record of conceptualizing, creating, developing, and marketing a variety of business concepts.