Uzzah: FirstNationalBastard: Not necessarily.He could have flopped after Dock of the Bay. He could have put out utter crap. He could have had the one major hit and went back to charting strictly on the R&B charts.Actually, "Dock of the Bay" was released posthumously, and an argument could be made that it only hit #1 because of the attention paid to his death. Prior to his death, he put a few songs into the Top 40 on the pop (i.e. not R&B/soul) charts, including "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "Try a Little Tenderness," and even "Tramp" with Carla Thomas, but nothing into the Top 10.I think it's fair to say that his career trajectory would have mirrored that of Stax Records: he would've peaked in '67-'69, and his star would've started to fade with the rise of disco-inflected soul in the early '70s. His sound was pretty stable, and he wasn't about to start doing Issac Hayes-type material just because tastes changed. He would've spent most of the '70s isolated in the soul charts like the rest of the Stax lineup -- Sam & Dave, the Staples Singers, etc., and would've largely gigged as a nostalgia act. Or worse, would've put out a lot of crap trying to stay relevant in late '70s/early 80s like Aretha Franklin. Whether he would've been able to resurge when soul got big again in the late-'80s (thanks to "The Big Chill" soundtrack reigniting interest in classic Motown) or the mid-'90s (when Stax records were getting attention being sampled for rap songs) is a tougher question.
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