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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.
The top artists of the '50s, '60s, and '70s
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.
How did Ray Charles become blind?
How did Ray Charles become blind?
The Top 10 Biggest Disco Songs
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.
The Top Ten 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 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 was Elvis Presley's last day like?
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
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.
June Bride? Here Are the 10 Best Oldies Songs...
The best wedding songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, complete with reviews and a price comparison guide, from Oldies at About.com.
July 24 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 24 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
July 22 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 22 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?
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.
July 23 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 23 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Ray Charles' Children and Marriages
How many wives and children did Ray Charles have?
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.
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
Did Jerry Lee Lewis Really Marry His 13...
Why did Jerry Lee marry his thirteen-year-old cousin?
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.
What songs are considered the great Northern...
What songs are considered the great Northern Soul classics?
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.
July 21 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on this day (July 21) 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?
Profile: America (the band)
All about America, the soft-rock band that dominated the early Seventies with folky, thoughtful radio mainstays like
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.
July 27 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 27 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
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.
July 25 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 25 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
July 26 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 26 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Profile: Al Green
(1972) I'm Still In Love With You (1972) Call Me (1973) Livin' For You (1974) Al Green Explores Your
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!
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial...
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial and grave?
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.
Is Elvis actually still alive?
Is Elvis Presley actually still alive?
Profile: War
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > Later years: The band soldiered on in
Profile: Barry White
Success: The Barry White sound, honed by years of production, had finally arrived, but one ingredient
The Eagles: Godfathers of "New Country"
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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 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.
ABBA: Kings (and Queens) of Europop
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The Top 10 Romantic Oldies Albums
The best albums of love songs and romantic cds of the oldies era (approximately 1945-1979).
Top 10 Mardi Gras Oldies
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.
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.
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.
July 28 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 28 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Motown"
A basic guide to the music of Motown.
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.
The Top Ten Greatest Bo Diddley Songs
The greatest moments in the musical career of
What's the meaning of the chorus ("Bye, bye,...
What's the meaning of the chorus (
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!
When did Ray Charles become addicted to heroin?
When did Ray Charles become addicted to heroin?
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.
Summer Music: The Top 10 Summer Albums
The best summer oldies music CDs and compilations on the market - surf music, soul music, drag music, and shag music! All the big hits and some obscurities you haven't fallen in love with yet! Read your Guide's review, compare prices, and buy them right here!
Buddy Holly's Plane Crash: The Day the Music Died
How did Buddy Holly die in a plane crash?
Top 10 Oldies of 1967
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1967 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
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
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.
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.
21 Classic Pop Songs About Mothers
Songs about mothers, motherly advice, and tributes to moms in general. 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 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 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.
Did factors other than drugs contribute to...
Did factors other than drugs contribute to Elvis Presley's death?
Teen Tragedy - The Fifties and Sixties
The Top Ten greatest teen tragedy songs of the Fifties and Sixties
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.
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.
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?
Profile: The O'Jays
Formed: 1958 (Canton, OH) Genres: Philly Soul, R&B, Pop-Soul, Funk, Disco, Soul Principal Members: Eddie
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on...
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on fire onstage?
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.
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.
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.
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
What are the major "Paul is dead" clues on...
What are the major. Oldies Music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chi-Lites: Uptown Soul That Mattered
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"Lost" Oldies
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The Beatles Songs: "With a Little Help From My...
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Phil Spector's 10 Weirdest Moments
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Francie Schwartz: The About.com Interview
Francie Schwartz is the Lost Paul Girlfriend. A struggling scriptwriter who, like thousands, became intrigued
The ultimate vintage Summer playlist
A playlist of classic summer oldies music, including pop, surf, soul, and shag... check the songs and their descriptions, find which ones are available for download, and make your own oldies mix!
The Bee Gees: British Invasion Gone Disco
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 Expert here at About.com.
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.
Profile: Chic
All about Chic, the disco powerhouse that redefined '70s disco with hugs smashes like
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.
Three Dog Night: Rock's First Vocal Trio
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Profile: Phil Spector
Born: Harvey Philip Spector , December 26, 1940, The Bronx, New York, NY Genres: Rock and Roll, Girl
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.
Did Jerry Lee Lewis ever try to kill Elvis...
Did Jerry Lee Lewis ever try to kill Elvis Presley?
Elvis Presley Timeline: 1977
A historical Elvis Presley timeline of dates and important events in the life of the King, focusing on the year 1977, from your oldies guide at About.com.
Profile: The Turtles
A profile of The Turtles, the kings of West Coast sunshine pop who scored big in the Sixties with timeless feel-good classics like
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.
Where does Jerry Lee Lewis live now?
Where does Jerry Lee Lewis live now?
James Brown
An important and activist African-American icon during the civil rights movement of the Sixties A major
The Life and Times of Percy Sledge
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The Life and Times of Ben E. King
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > Success: As with one of King's earlier
Ten Classic Songs About Breaking Free From Bad...
Hate Valentine's Day? Alone and loving it? Or are you looking to feel good about leaving the man who made you feel bad? Try my Top Ten list of oldies breakup songs, aimed at men... it's the perfect antidote to the bad relationship blues.
Profile: The Chantels
Claims to fame: The first successful modern "girl group" of the rock era Their 1958 hit "Maybe" is considered
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 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.
What Is Bubblegum Music?
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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.
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.
Profile: The Isley Brothers
Later years: Although the vocal trio had added a backing band of relatives in 1973, making them a sextet,
Ritchie Valens: The First Latino Rock Star
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Why is Jerry Lee Lewis known as "The Killer"?
: Why is Jerry Lee Lewis known as "The Killer"? : Many people assume that Jerry got his famous nickname
We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll
The first rock and roll song: can it be determined?
Profile: The Ventures
Later years: In 1969, the group scored another huge single with their version of the "Hawaii Five-O"
10 Classic Pop and R&B 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 Expert at About.com.
Oldies Music Playlist and Mixtape 111: The...
A playlist that details the early birth, growth, and eventual explosion of disco, assembled for your iPod, other music player, or legally burned CD... check the songs and their descriptions, find which ones are available for download, and make your own oldies CD!
The Beatles Songs: "Let It Be"
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Did Ray sing backup vocals on his own song?
Did Ray sing backup vocals on his own song?
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.
You Gotta Know How To Pony
The great dances of the Fifties and Sixties, and their place in the history of rock and roll and the rock generation.
Profile: Dave Clark Five
Formed: 1961 (Tottenham, London, England) Genres: Rock and Roll, Pop, Pop-rock, British invasion Principal
Profile: The Big Bopper
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The History of Elvis: 1955
The history of Elvis Presley in 1955, including Elvis singles, concerts, important dates and more. A historical Elvis Presley timeline courtesy of your oldies music guide at About.com.
What's the meaning of Verse 3 ("Now for ten...
: Now for ten years we've been on our own Although the song was recorded in 1971, it was written around
Top 10 Christmas Albums
Here's a list of the best Christmas albums of the oldies era (approximately from 1945-1975), as hand-picked
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: The Flamingos
Formed: 1952 (Chicago, IL) Genres: Doo-wop, Rock and Roll, Pop Vocal, R&B Principal Members: Jake Carey
The Doobie Brothers: Biker Boogie Gone Mainstream
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What Does "American Pie" Mean?
A look at the interpretation of rock's most famous folk history
The Many Different Fathers of Classic Pop
Songs about fathers who were there and fathers who weren't, and tributes to dads in general. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
The Association Profile -- History of The...
A multi-instrumentalist band that also performed six-part harmonies live on stage Experimented with psychedelic
July 30 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 30 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Elvis Presley Timeline: 1975
A historical Elvis Presley timeline of dates and important events in the life of the King, focusing on the year 1975, from your oldies guide at About.com.
Playlist: The Glory of Love
All your favorite doo-wop ballads (and some songs you may not be so familiar with) in one place, flowing together in my own unique mix... a doo-wop love songs playlist you can use as some serious Valentine's Day mood music -- or mellow background music, if you like. Either way, you can get the songs right here! Check out my playlist of great romantic doo-wop ballads here.
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Soft Rock"
A basic guide to. Oldies Music.
Profile: Carpenters
The Carpenters were soft-rock's greatest duo, led by the magnificent voice of Karen Carpenter on sunshiny yet moving classics like
Donna Summer's 10 Biggest Hits
Donna Summer's 10 biggest hits - paying tribute to the late great Queen of Disco with the songs she's best known for. The disco suites and ballads are here, but so are the rock moves, the new wave comebacks, and more! From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Profile: Wilson Pickett
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.
Rock Goes Disco
A list of hit '70s disco songs made by rock artists, as compiled and written by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
Oldies Music Glossary: "Funk"
A basic guide to Funk music, its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of pop and rock music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.
Who are Jerry Lee Lewis' famous relatives?
Who are Jerry Lee Lewis' famous relatives?
The Beatles Songs: "Michelle"
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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.
Top 10 Elvis Presley Books
The oldies.about.com guide to a Elvis Presley book collection -- biographies, histories, and guides no Elvis fan should be without, complete with reviews and a price comparison guide!

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