Brook Benton was the early soul era's smoothest crooner, combining his pop instincts with a storyteller's knack on hits like "Rainy Night In Georgia," "The Boll Weevil Song," and "It's Just A Matter Of Time."
The Sixties and Seventies pop diva who epitomized taste with her Burt Bacharach / Hal David songs and big hits like "Walk On By," "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" This Dionne Warwick profile is one of a series on music's most popular artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.
The beach movie star and early-Sixties teen idol who scored big with smashes like "Venus," "DeDe Dinah," and "Bobby Sox To Stockings" before his Seventies turn in the movie Grease with the song "Beauty School Dropout." This Frankie Avalon profile is one of a series on music's most popular artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.
America's answer to dramatic, lush Sixties Europop, Gene was a triple threat writer/producer/vocalist who made his mark with soundtrack items such as "A Town Without Pity" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."
The "Jewish Elvis" began as a Brill Building songwriter for acts like the Monkees, then struck out on his own with rock ("Cherry, Cherry"), singalongs ("Song Sung Blue") and glossy pop ("Sweet Caroline").
The first of the "Brill Building" songwriters to make his own mark as a solo act, leading to fun teen idol smashes like "Calendar Girl," "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," and, later, more mature offerings like "Laughter In The Rain."
The Big O started as a Sun rockabilly artist and wound up creating a whole new, completely unique kind of teen pop opera, led by his unearthly voice, on ballads like "In Dreams," "Crying," and up-tempo numbers like "Oh, Pretty Woman."
Sonny and Cher
Sonny and Cher began as the folkie's teen pinup duo, a cannily crafted symbol of rebellion on songs like "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On," but went on to grow up with their fanbase, surviving through the Seventies as America's favorite husband and wife musical comedy team.
The Welsh sex symbol who's been setting hearts on fire since the late Sixties with sleek, dramatic hits like "What's New, Pussycat?" "It's Not Unusual," and "She's A Lady."
In the Spotlight: Lesley Gore
The story of Lesley Gore, the teen queen of weepy pop who defined the romantic rituals of a generation with classics like "It's My Party," "Judy's Turn to Cry," and "You Don't Own Me." This profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.
The Small Faces: In the Spotlight
Before they mutated into several other classic British bands, the Small Faces were one of the UK's great mod bands, then one of their pioneering psych-pop genuises, despite the fact that the only song most Americans know by them is the hit "Itchycoo Park." This profile of the Small Faces is the latest in a series of bios of artists from rock's first era, written and compiled by your Oldies Expert at oldies.about.com.
Nancy Sinatra: In the Spotlight
Nancy Sinatra This profile of Nancy Sinatra is the latest in a series of bios of artists from rock's first era, written and compiled by your Oldies Expert at oldies.about.com.
The 10 Best Novelty Songs of the '60s
As American culture seemingly imploded during its most tumultuous modern decade, rock and roll came right along with it; what had been a mere reaction to drunks and children and aliens soon descended into near-madness, not coincidentally helped along by advances in the recording studio and the New Permissiveness that didn't know a line until it was crossed. Yet like rock itself, there remained a impish childishness at its core -- which is why the monsters, ghosts, apes and birds are all here on this list as well. Here are the greatest novelty hits of the 1960s.