When Rod started recording show tunes, he lost me. Next I expect him to have a show in Branson, Mo.
He never recorded 'show tunes', the fact that you even used that phrase, makes me wonder if you know what a 'show tune' is. A 'show tune' is a song from a broadway musical. Rod Stewart has never recorded 'show tunes', what he did record was 5 volumes of 'standards', songs by people like Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael or Cole Porter. That ain't 'show tunes'.
And the reason why he decided to record standards is basic common sense. His rock and roll records were no longer selling. His producer told him that since the young people are no longer interested, he should shoot for an older audience. What do older audiences listen to? Standards. Albums of standards are always popular, precisely because the songs themselves are always popular. And they are popular because they are GOOD, the fact that they are good is why they became a standard. And one of those albums of standards was actually an album of rock standards, covering songs by Chuck Berry, Bob Seger, The Pretenders, Eric Claption and Van Morrison. And he did an album of Motown covers also. Hardly 'show tunes', although there is nothing wrong with 'show tunes'.
Darn, how did I miss THIS debate. I should have said "show tunes" as I was using that as a generic term for "songs that would be sung on the Lawrence Welk show". I do watch the Lawrence Welk Show, BTW. Not a big Gershwin fan. And when it comes to Broadway Show Tunes, I am more of a Oscar and Steve and Gilbert and Sullivan kinda gal.
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The entire Liber/Stoller catalog
The Everly Brothers
And many, many, many others...
The way I look at it, songs by musicians like The Beatles, Elvis, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Michael Jackson etc are not going to stop earning money any time soon, people are not going to suddenly stop doing covers of classic songs, radio stations are not going to stop playing them, they won't stop being used in movies and TV.... music publishing is just about the closest you'll ever come to a guaranteed money maker.....Sony/ATV Publishing is not going to have any trouble making money from their huge catalog anytime soon, and an investment in the company is absolutely going to pay off....the stock price is going to keep going up....it's not going to slow down, not even in a recession....