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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.
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.
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.
What songs are considered the great Northern...
What songs are considered the great Northern Soul classics?
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.
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.
Oldies Music News -- October 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.
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.
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.
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
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 Greatest Halloween Oldies of All Time
The Top Ten Halloween Oldies of all time, including rock and roll, jazz, pop, R&B and other music from the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies.
October 16 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, October 16, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Today in Oldies Music History: October 15
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, October 15, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.about.com.
October 17 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, October 17, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Today in Oldies Music History: October 14
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, October 14, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.about.com.
What was Elvis Presley's relationship with drugs?
What was Elvis Presley's relationship with drugs?
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.
Did Jerry Lee Lewis Really Marry His 13...
Why did Jerry Lee marry his thirteen-year-old cousin?
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.
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.
October 18 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, October 18, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
How did Ray Charles become blind?
How did Ray Charles become blind?
October 13 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, October 13, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Swoon Over the 10 Greatest Romantic Oldies Albums
The best albums of love songs and romantic cds of the oldies era (approximately 1945-1979).
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.
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!
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.
When and where was Elvis' last concert?
When and where was Elvis Presley's last concert?
October 19 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, October 19, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
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.
Solid Gold Spotlight: "Monster Mash"
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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.
Profile: America (the band)
All about America, the soft-rock band that dominated the early Seventies with folky, thoughtful radio mainstays like
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.
What's the meaning of the chorus ("Bye, bye,...
What's the meaning of the chorus (
The tragic story of the band behind "Baby Blue"
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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 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.
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!
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.
What are the major "Paul is dead" clues on...
What are the major. Oldies Music.
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.
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.
The Beatles Songs: The Word
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What is Northern Soul music?
What is Northern Soul music? Oldies Music.
October 20 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on October 20 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Hey Jude
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?
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.
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial...
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial and grave?
Phil Spector's 10 Weirdest Moments
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Instrumentals: The 10 Best Pop Instrumentals of...
The best pop instrumentals of the Sixties, including classic movie themes, classical motifs, chamber pop, and more! A tribute to the best music without words of pop's postwar period.
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.
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
Profile: War
Later years: The band soldiered on in the R&B market, however, despite the loss of Papa Dee Allen to
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.
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.
The Association Profile -- History of The...
A multi-instrumentalist band that also performed six-part harmonies live on stage Experimented with psychedelic
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Motown"
A basic guide to the music of Motown.
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.
Profile: Barry White
Success: The Barry White sound, honed by years of production, had finally arrived, but one ingredient
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!
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: Bill Withers
Success: Sussex, which was distributed by Buddha, was smart enough to pair the young soul singer with
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
Teen Tragedy - The Fifties and Sixties
The Top Ten greatest teen tragedy songs of the Fifties and Sixties
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.
In the Spotlight: Earth, Wind & Fire
Brought black consciousness and spirituality to '70s pop A rare nine-piece group with three singers Effortlessly
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.
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.
Little Willie John: In the Spotlight
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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.
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Honky Tonk"
A basic guide to Honky Tonk music, its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of pop music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.
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.
In the Spotlight: The Eagles
Formed: 1971 (Los Angeles, CA) Styles: Country-rock, Pop-rock, Classic Rock, Soft-rock, Country Claims
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on...
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on fire onstage?
The story of Dion's "Abraham, Martin and John"
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What was John Lennon's last song?
What was John Lennon's last song?
Did factors other than drugs contribute to...
Did factors other than drugs contribute to Elvis Presley's death?
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.
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
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 Top Ten Greatest Bo Diddley Songs
The greatest moments in the musical career of
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
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.
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.
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.
Profile: Elton John
Born: Reginald Kenneth Dwight , March 25, 1947, Pinner, Middlesex, England Genres: Pop-rock, Rock and
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.
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!
Glen Campbell - History, Songs and Biography
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Top 10 Oldies of 1964
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1964 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Is This the First Rock And Roll Song?
The first rock and roll song: can it be determined?
How did the Northern Soul movement begin?
How did the Northern Soul movement begin?
Yesterday
The history of and story behind the Beatles song
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.
Profile: Ritchie Valens
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: The Hollies
A profile of The Hollies, the British Invasion band that captivated audiences on both sides of the ocean with hits like
Top 10 Christmas Albums
Here's a list of the best Christmas albums of the oldies era (approximately from 1945-1975), as hand-picked
Is Elvis actually still alive?
Is Elvis Presley actually still alive?
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: The Mamas and the Papas
Other facts: John Phillips penned "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)," a hit
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.
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.
Today in Oldies Music History: February 25
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on February 25 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
The 5th Dimension: In the Spotlight
Formed: 1966 (Los Angeles, CA) Styles: Sunshine pop, Pop-soul, Pop Claims to fame: Broke down color lines
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.
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.
All You Need Is Love
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love - History and Information from the Oldies Guide at About.com
"Lost" Oldies
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What happened to the Crickets after Buddy...
What happened to the Crickets after Buddy Holly's death?
Outcasts: Oldies Artists Never Even Nominated...
A list of important rock, soul, and pop artists who have never been nominated for, much less inducted into, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including their eligibility year, song samples, and more. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
James Brown
An important and activist African-American icon during the civil rights movement of the Sixties A major
The Fifth Jersey Boy Who Could Have Been An...
Bob Crewe was the lost Jersey Boy, the Fifth Season, the man who co-wrote and produced the group that brought doo-wop into its own as a form of modern pop. But he had several successes with other songs, some written for the Seasons, and some surprising ones the group could have never done -- disco, swing, Europop, and much more. Check out the history of Bob Crewe in this appreciation, complete with a clickable, listenable list of his most famous songs.
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.
Top 10 Oldies of 1959
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1959 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, sound samples, and more.
October 21 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on today, October 21, in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Profile: Chic
All about Chic, the disco powerhouse that redefined '70s disco with hugs smashes like
What Does "American Pie" Mean?
A look at the interpretation of rock's most famous folk history
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!
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
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.
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.
The Beatles Songs: Here Comes The Sun
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In the Spotlight: Ben E. King
Success: As with one of King's earlier groups, The 4 B's, The Five Crowns were considered one of Harlem's
Power To The People
Protest songs that dealt with money and power rather than race or war -- classic oldies and hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Profile: Al Green
(1972) I'm Still In Love With You (1972) Call Me (1973) Livin' For You (1974) Al Green Explores Your
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Soft Rock"
A basic guide to. Oldies Music.
Come Together
The history of and story behind the Beatles song
Top 10 Oldies of 1969
The oldies.about.com guide to the top ten oldies of 1969 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Profile: The Chantels
Claims to fame: The first successful modern "girl group" of the rock era Their 1958 hit "Maybe" is considered
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.
Profile: Simon and Garfunkel
Formed: 1964 (Forest Hills, Queens, New York, NY) Genres: Folk, Folk-rock, Pop-rock, Pop Members: Paul
Profile: Carole King
Tapestry also ushered in the era of the multiplatinum LP Several of her solo hits have become modern
Ray Charles' Children and Marriages
How many wives and children did Ray Charles have?
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass: In the...
Herb Alpert was a fledgling record executive when he put his label on the map by blowing his horn... but he quite accidentally became an instrumental (and vocal) star all his own with
Profile: Paul Revere and the Raiders
Formed: 1960 (Portland, OR) Genres: Rock and Roll, Garage Rock, Pop-Rock, Psychedelia Original Members:
The Beatles Songs: "Twist and Shout"
The history and story behind the Beatles song Twist and Shout, including personnel and recording data and a list of the song's live performances, from your Oldies Expert at About.com.
What are the conspiracy theories surrounding...
What are the conspiracy theories surrounding John Lennon's murder?
Profile: The Isley Brothers
Later years: Although the vocal trio had added a backing band of relatives in 1973, making them a sextet,
Top 10 Elvis Presley DVDs
The top ten Elvis Presley DVDs 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 DVDs here!
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