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How Did Elvis Really Die?
The true facts of Elvis Presley's death, including the role drugs may have played in his passing, part of a FAQ from Oldies at About.com.
New to Oldies? Learn all about the top artists...
Biographies and music of pop and rock music singers and bands from the 50s, 60s, 70s, from your Oldies Music Expert at About.com.
Every single day in Oldies music history
This day in rock history -- a day-by-day history of oldies music and artists from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, including famous celebrity births, deaths, recordings, releases, and events. Compiled and written by your Oldies Expert at About.com.
10 Biggest Disco Hits of the '70s
A list of the biggest and best charting classic disco songs of all time, as compiled and written by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Profile: Bread (the band)
Bread, the band featuring singer-songwriter David Gates, dominated the soft-rock scene of the early Seventies with gentle, sentimental favorites like
The 20 Greatest Oldies Duets Ever
The greatest duets of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, including classic love and relationship songs in rock, pop, soul, r&b, and more. A list compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
What songs are considered the great Northern...
What songs are considered the great Northern Soul classics?
The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs
A list of the greatest Christmas and Holiday songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, presented by your Oldies Guide at About.com, including song history, recording info, chart action, and more.
Here Are the 10 Best Oldies Songs for Weddings
The best wedding songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, complete with reviews and a price comparison guide, from Oldies at About.com.
These 10 Oldies Songs Have Only Two Chords
Only know how to play two chords on your guitar (or piano)? You're in luck - these ten hit oldies, beloved by millions, only use two! Find out which big hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s are the easiest to learn from your Oldies Guide at About.com.
A Handy Guide to Oldies Songs Used in TV...
What song's playing in that TV commercial? Identify those old songs you keep hearing in the most popular new TV commercials and ads... from your Oldies Guide at About.com.
How did Ray Charles become blind?
How did Ray Charles become blind?
November 21 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, November 21, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Top 10 Christmas Albums
Here's a list of the best Christmas albums of the oldies era (approximately from 1945-1975), as hand-picked
The 10 Best Rock Instrumentals of the 70s
The best rock instrumentals of the 1970s, including Philly soul epics, rock and funk workouts, novelties, and more! A tribute to the best music without words of rock's first golden age. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
10 Biggest Doo-Wop Hits Of All Time
A list of the ten most popular and highest charting doo-wop songs of all time, as compiled and written by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
The Top 10 Motown hits of all time
The biggest 10 Motown hits of all time, the best-selling singles from the label and their stories and history, compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
November 20 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, November 20, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
November 24 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, November 24, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
What was Elvis Presley's relationship with drugs?
What was Elvis Presley's relationship with drugs?
November 19 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, November 19, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Top 10 Rockabilly Songs
A list of the ten most popular and highest charting rockabilly songs of all time, as compiled and written by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs -- #9
A countdown of the greatest Christmas and Holiday songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, presented by your Oldies Guide at About.com, including song history, recording info, chart action, and more.
November 18 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, November 18, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
James Brown
An important and activist African-American icon during the civil rights movement of the Sixties A major
Classic Pop Songs That Give Thanks
A list of thanksgiving music and top 40 oldies that give thanks, including songs which made the Billboard charts in the 50s, 60, and 70s, compiled by your Oldies Expert at About.com.
November 23 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on November 23 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
The 10 Best Rock Instrumentals of the 50s
The best rock instrumentals of the Fifties, including drum solos, guitar workouts, novelties, and more! A tribute to the best music without words of rock's first golden age. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Did Jerry Lee Lewis Really Marry His 13...
Why did Jerry Lee marry his thirteen-year-old cousin?
Swoon Over the 10 Greatest Romantic Oldies Albums
The best albums of love songs and romantic cds of the oldies era (approximately 1945-1979).
November 22 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, November 22, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
When and where was Elvis' last concert?
When and where was Elvis Presley's last concert?
In the Spotlight: Earth, Wind & Fire
Brought black consciousness and spirituality to '70s pop A rare nine-piece group with three singers Effortlessly
The Top 10 Elvis Hits of All Time
The biggest 10 Elvis PResley hits of all time, the best-selling singles from the King and their stories and history, compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Here Are Our 10 Favorite Oldies Dance Songs
The Top 10 best oldies dance songs of all time, handpicked by your About.com Guide! Read the reviews, compare the prices, and buy them instantly here!
The making of every Beatles song
The history of the Beatles' songs, including facts, charts, session info, trivia, and more, from your Oldies Expert at About.com.
Profile: America (the band)
All about America, the soft-rock band that dominated the early Seventies with folky, thoughtful radio mainstays like
Playlist: Songs for Cheaters
Songs and music about cheating, affairs, and other illicit romances - a playlist of tunes about extramarital liasons and the toll they take on those involved. Written and compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Here Are Our 10 Favorite Mardi Gras Songs
A list of the best Mardi Gras oldies, as celebrated by New Orleans carnival revelers for decades now, as picked by me, your oldies guide at About.com. Funk, rock, R&B, brass band music, and more from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
The Top 10 Michael Jackson Songs of the '70s
A list of ten musical milestones in the Seventies career of Michael Jackson, both as a solo artist and a member of the Jackson 5, as compiled and written by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Profile: The Beach Boys
One of a series of profiles on rock and roll's most important artists of the oldies era, written and compiled by your Guide here at oldies.about.com.
Profile: ABBA
Formed: 1971 (Stockholm, Sweden) Genres: Pop, Europop, Disco Members: Anni-Frid Synni "Frida" Lyngstad
Songs About Money
The best songs about money -- songs of the 50s, 60s, and 70s dealing directly with money, poverty, greed, and wealth, including big hits, classic tracks, and near-obscurities. A list compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Spotlight on: Electric Light Orchestra
The history of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), the 70s band that merged classical music and Beatles-style pop with AM hits like
Top 10 greatest hits of the year: 1955-1979
An index of the Top Ten oldies from 1955-1979, inclusive, as chosen by your Oldies Expert at About.com -- the smash hits, the best singles, and most influential works. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Profile: Barry White
Success: The Barry White sound, honed by years of production, had finally arrived, but one ingredient
What's the meaning of the chorus ("Bye, bye,...
What's the meaning of the chorus (
The 10 Best Rock Instrumentals of the 60s
The best rock instrumentals of the Sixties, including soul smashes, surf classics, novelties, and more! A tribute to the best music without words of rock's first golden age. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
November 25 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, November 25, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
The Top Ten Greatest Bo Diddley Songs
The greatest moments in the musical career of
Top Ten Oldies of 1955
The best oldies of 1955 - the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts of the year. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, sound samples, and more.
Profile: Tina Turner
One in a series of profiles on rock and roll's most important artists of the oldies era, written and compiled by your Guide here at oldies.about.com.
Profile: Motown
One in a series of profiles on rock and roll's most important record labels of the oldies era, written and compiled by your Guide here at oldies.about.com.
Profile: The Bee Gees
A profile of The Bee Gees, the trio of brothers who began as Australia's answer to the Beatles and eventually kicked a flagging disco scene straight into the heart of American culture with the soundtrack to the Saturday Night Fever film. This Bee Gees profile is one of a series on music's most important artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.
What are the major "Paul is dead" clues on...
What are the major. Oldies Music.
The 40th Greatest Christmas Song of All Time
A countdown of the greatest Christmas and Holiday songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, presented by your Oldies Expert at About.com, including song history, recording info, chart action, and more.
Top 10 Wedding Songs and Wedding Oldies
The oldies.about.com guide to the best wedding oldies songs, complete with reviews and a price comparison guide!
Guide Profile: Otis Redding
One in a series of profiles on rock and roll's most important artists of the oldies era, written and compiled by your Guide here at oldies.about.com.
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial...
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial and grave?
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Motown"
A basic guide to the music of Motown.
Songs About Racism
Songs about racism from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, music which deals with the struggle of African-Americans, compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
I Am The Walrus
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Profile: Stevie Wonder
One in a series of profiles on rock and roll's most important artists of the oldies era, written and compiled by your Guide here at oldies.about.com.
The 10 Biggest Philly Soul Hits
The 10 biggest Philly Soul hits - the lush and romantic genre that finally brought soul fully into the mainstream and set the stage for disco. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Profile: Elton John
Born: Reginald Kenneth Dwight , March 25, 1947, Pinner, Middlesex, England Genres: Pop-rock, Rock and
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
Instrumentals: The 10 Best Pop Instrumentals of...
The best pop instrumentals of the '70s, including classic movie themes, classical motifs, disco, jazz, and more! A tribute to the best music without words of pop's postwar period. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Guide Profile: The Temptations
One in a series of profiles on rock and roll's most important artists of the oldies era, written and compiled by your Guide here at oldies.about.com.
Yesterday
The history of and story behind the Beatles song
Buddy Holly's Plane Crash: 'The Day the Music...
How did Buddy Holly die in a plane crash?
Top 10 Oldies Songs About School
Songs about going to school, getting out of school, cutting up in class and falling in love at the sock hop... Your Guide's picks for the best
Top 10 Oldies of 1960
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1960 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, sound samples, and more.
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on...
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on fire onstage?
American Bandstand Timeline
American Bandstand's greatest and most important moments, a historical timeline outlining the rise and fall of the legendary ABC-TV dance show hosted by the late great Dick Clark. Written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
All You Need Is Love
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love - History and Information from the Oldies Guide at About.com
Profile: War
Later years: The band soldiered on in the R&B market, however, despite the loss of Papa Dee Allen to
Profile: Al Green
(1972) I'm Still In Love With You (1972) Call Me (1973) Livin' For You (1974) Al Green Explores Your
Profile: The Mamas and the Papas
Other facts: John Phillips penned "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)," a hit
The ultimate guide to Elvis
All about Elvis Presley -- an in-depth look at the King's life, music, impact, and legacy, including information on his recordings, concerts, movies, and more. From your Oldies Expert at About.com.
Fats Domino's 10 Biggest Hits
The biggest of Fats Domino's ridiculous amount of Top 40 hits from the '50s and '60s, the ballads, the strolls, the jump blues! Classic New Orleans R&B from the Fifties from your Oldies Guide at About.com!
Profile: Jan and Dean
One in a series of profiles on rock and roll's most important artists of the oldies era, written and compiled by your Guide here at oldies.about.com.
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Mod"
A guide to classic 60s mod music, its best and most popular artists and songs, and a history of how the mod style fits into other areas of popular music.
Top 10 Oldies of 1970
The oldies.about.com guide to the top ten oldies of 1970 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
Teen Tragedy - The Fifties and Sixties
The Top Ten greatest teen tragedy songs of the Fifties and Sixties
Is Elvis actually still alive?
Is Elvis Presley actually still alive?
Profile: The Hollies
A profile of The Hollies, the British Invasion band that captivated audiences on both sides of the ocean with hits like
Profile: The Platters
The Platters were the king of the pop vocal groups in the late Fifties, indelibly linked to doo-wop even though they didn't utilize the style. Find out more about the group behind
The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs -- #4
A countdown of the greatest Christmas and Holiday songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, presented by your Oldies Guide at About.com, including song history, recording info, chart action, and more.
What's the meaning of Verse 4 ("Helter Skelter...
: What's the meaning of Verse 4 ("Helter Skelter in a summer swelter")? : Helter Skelter in a summer
Top 10 Elvis Presley CDs
The top ten Elvis Presley CDs of all time - compilations, original albums, live recordings, and more! A handy shopping list from your oldies.about.com guide. Compare prices and buy these Elvis CDs here!
The Elvis Years: 1954-1977
A database of important information about Elvis Presley, including a timeline of important events, recording sessions, concert dates, and discography. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Top 10 Oldies Myths
The Top Ten myths and urban legends about rock and pop in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, how they started, and why they're totally (or at least mostly) false. From your Oldies Expert at About.com.
The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs -- #1
A countdown of the greatest Christmas and Holiday songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, presented by your Oldies Guide at About.com, including song history, recording info, chart action, and more.
The 35th Greatest Christmas Song of All Time
A countdown of the greatest Christmas and Holiday songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, presented by your Oldies Expert at About.com, including song history, recording info, chart action, and more.
What are the major "Paul is dead" musical clues...
Since all accounts of the Paul is Dead story have Paul dying no earlier than fall of 1966, musical clues are limited here to albums after then.
12 White Soul Artists You Assumed Were Black
You thought they were black - blue-eyed soul and R&B artists who were white but didn't sound like it, from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, compiled by your Oldies Expert at About.com.
Phil Spector's 10 Weirdest Moments
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Did factors other than drugs contribute to...
Did factors other than drugs contribute to Elvis Presley's death?
November 26 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, November 26, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Christian rock songs of the hippie era
A collection of religious and Christian-themed music that made the top 40 in the late '60s and early '70s... check the songs and their descriptions, find which ones are available for download, and make your own oldies playlist!
Sounds Like Elvis
The all time greatest and most popular Elvis Presley imitations, impersonations, and tributes on record... a list of the most prominent vocal pretenders to the King's throne, handpicked by your Oldies guide at About.com.
The List: Songs About Cars
Ten of the biggest and best oldies songs about cars -- classic Detroit rolling iron, luxury models, compacts, sportscars, and more! The ten biggest and best car songs to hit AM radio during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Ray Charles' Children and Marriages
How many wives and children did Ray Charles have?
The 39th Greatest Christmas Song of All Time
A countdown of the greatest Christmas and Holiday songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, presented by your Oldies Expert at About.com, including song history, recording info, chart action, and more.
21 Classic Songs About Mothers
Songs about mothers, motherly advice, and tributes to moms in general. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Profile: Sly and the Family Stone
Formed: 1966 (San Francisco, CA) Genres: Soul, R&B, Funk, Rock, Funk-rock, Pop-soul Members: Sly Stone
Profile: Etta James
Etta James is best known for the wedding-day standard At Last, but she had a wide and varied career of more than four decades.
Frank Sinatra: The Original Teen Idol
Frank Sinatra was the original teen idol, the original pop icon, and one of the finest singers in 20th century music.
Top 10 Oldies of 1965
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1965 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
The 38th Greatest Christmas Song of All Time
A countdown of the greatest Christmas and Holiday songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, presented by your Oldies Expert at About.com, including song history, recording info, chart action, and more.
30 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Elvis
Little-known facts and trivia about Elvis Presley, including stories about his childhood, career, death, and more. Elvis Presley facts most fans don't know, courtesy of your oldies music guide at About.com.
In the Spotlight: The Eagles
Formed: 1971 (Los Angeles, CA) Styles: Country-rock, Pop-rock, Classic Rock, Soft-rock, Country Claims
The 5th Dimension: In the Spotlight
Formed: 1966 (Los Angeles, CA) Styles: Sunshine pop, Pop-soul, Pop Claims to fame: Broke down color lines
The Top Ten Oldies of 1977
The oldies.about.com guide to the top ten oldies songs of 1977 - the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Elvis Filmography: 1964
A historical timeline of Elvis Presley movies from 1964.
Oldies Music News: November 2014
The latest news for rock and roll, soul, pop and R&B artists of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, compiled here by your Oldies Expert at About.com.
The Road Warrior Who Became Famous for His...
He struggled for a full decade as a perennial rock outsider, eventually assembling one of the world's greatest bar bands, but Bob Seger ironically didn't become a star until he started looking back on those days, echoing the discontent of rock's first aging generation. Learn all about the life, music and career of Bob Seger in my latest profile.
Profile: Three Dog Night
A profile of Three Dog Night, the incredibly popular 70s AM staples who scored over and over with golden oldies like
Profile: Dean Martin
Dean Martin's boozy playboy persona and velvet croon made him the smoothest cat in the Rat Pack, and also ensured him lots of enduring hits like
Top 10 Oldies of 1961
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1961 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
The Best Rock Instrumentals of the '70s, Part 2
A second look at the best rock instrumentals of the '70s, including classics of soul, funk, prog, and jazz! A tribute to the best music without words of rock's first golden age. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
What happened to the Crickets after Buddy...
What happened to the Crickets after Buddy Holly's death?
Top 10 Oldies of 1963
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1963 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Top 10 Oldies of 1971
The oldies.about.com guide to the top ten oldies of 1971 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Profile: Carole King
Tapestry also ushered in the era of the multiplatinum LP Several of her solo hits have become modern
What was John Lennon's last song?
What was John Lennon's last song?
The 10 Ickiest Soft-Rock Hits of the '70s
Ten '70s soft-rock smashes that make you feel very uncomfortable... big lite-rock hits that went too far in their declarations of love. A list of icky Seventies ballads from your Oldies Guide at About.com.
November 17 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, November 17, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
What is Western Swing?
All about Western Swing, the curious '30s and '40s dance music that wasn't quite jazz but was definitely country - and how it led directly to rockabilly and rock and roll, including info on the best bands, songs, and hits of the style. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.
Top 10 Oldies of 1968
The oldies.about.com guide to the top ten oldies of 1968 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
The Top 10 Worst Disco Songs Of All Time
A list of the ten worst disco songs of all time from the classic 70s disco era, as compiled and written by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs -- #14
A countdown of the greatest Christmas and Holiday songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, presented by your Oldies Guide at About.com, including song history, recording info, chart action, and more.
What were the great Fifties rock and roll dance...
What were the great Fifties rock and roll dance steps?
In the Spotlight: The Byrds
Formed: 1964, Los Angeles, CA Styles: Folk-rock, Jangle pop, Psychedelia, Country-rock Contributions
Profile: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Formed: 1967 (San Francisco, CA) Genres: Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Swamp-rock, Country, Psychedelic
Top 10 Oldies of 1957
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1957 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, sound samples, and more.
The tragic story of the band behind "Baby Blue"
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Is This the First Rock And Roll Song?
The first rock and roll song: can it be determined?
The Woman Who Became the Most Recorded Bassist...
Carol Kaye was a trailblazer in several ways: not just a teenage, female, white jazz guitarist at a time when that was unheard of, but a session musician who went on to redefine the bass guitar as an instrument in rock, funk, and pop. In the process, she became, arguably, the most recorded musician of all time. And you've definitely heard her work, over and over again! Check out the history of Carol Kaye in this appreciation, complete with a clickable, listenable list of her most famous songs.
Top 10 Oldies of 1966
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1966 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Top 10 Oldies of 1962
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1962 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Top 10 Oldies of 1956
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1956 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, sound samples, and more.
The Beatles Songs: Michelle
The history of the Beatles song. Oldies Music.
It's Hard to Die: '70s AM Tragedy Songs
The second part of my Top 10 tragedy list: the early Seventies! A golden time for pop, and an equally disturbing time for drama. Suicide, homicide, car accidents, dead pets, even cannibalism -- it's all here. How did these songs get on the radio, anyway? Read all about the history of the '70s greatest teen tragedies here.
The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs -- #3
A countdown of the greatest Christmas and Holiday songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, presented by your Oldies Guide at About.com, including song history, recording info, chart action, and more.
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