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How and When 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 Guide at About.com.
See What Happened on This Day in 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 guide 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.
The Top 10 Best Wedding Songs
The best wedding songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, complete with reviews and a price comparison guide, from Oldies at About.com.
The Greatest Oldies Duets
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.
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.
Oldies Songs That Only Have 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.
Today in Oldies Music History: April 15
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 15 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Today in Oldies Music History: April 14
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 14 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Today in Oldies Music History: April 11
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 11 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.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.
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.
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 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.
Top 10 Oldies Dance Music
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!
Today in Oldies Music History: April 10
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 10 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
What's the meaning of the chorus ("Bye, bye,...
: What's the meaning of the chorus ("Bye, bye, Miss American Pie")? : So bye, bye, Miss American Pie
What songs are considered the great Northern...
What songs are considered the great Northern Soul classics?
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
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.
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.
Why did Jerry Lee marry his thirteen-year-old...
Why did Jerry Lee marry his thirteen-year-old cousin?
Today in Oldies Music History: April 9
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 9 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Today in Oldies Music History: April 12
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 12 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Top 10 Worst Number One Hits of the Oldies Era
From your Oldies music Guide at About.com: the worst ten Number One hits of the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies, complete with soundclips, reviews, and price guides.
Profile: Dave Clark Five
Formed: 1961 (Tottenham, London, England) Genres: Rock and Roll, Pop, Pop-rock, British invasion Principal
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Motown"
: "Motown" is both a style of music and a label; in fact, no other label (with the possible exception
Today in Oldies Music History: April 13
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 13 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
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.
Buddy Holly's Plane Crash: 'The Day the Music...
How did Buddy Holly die in a plane crash?
What was Elvis Presley's relationship with drugs?
What was Elvis Presley's relationship with drugs?
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 Top 10 Romantic Oldies Albums
Everyone has their favorite romantic albums and love song cds, and here's mine... a list of the best
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!
Profile: America (the band)
Claims to fame: One of the most popular soft-rock outfits of the era Brought the sound of folk-rock groups
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
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.
Profile: Bread (the band)
Success: Faire member Robb Royer suggested to Gates that they form their own group, along with mutual
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.
Top 10 Oldies Songs About School
Here's a list of the Top 10 best oldies songs about school and the classroom experience, in descending
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 "Paul is dead" clues on Beatle album covers? (NOTE: Since all accounts of the PID
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.
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Mod"
A basic guide to classic 60s mod music, its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the mod style fits into other areas of popular music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.
Today in Oldies Music History: April 16
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 16 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.about.com.
When and where was Elvis' last concert?
When and where was Elvis Presley's last concert?
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.
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.
How did Ray Charles become blind?
How did Ray Charles become blind?
Taxman
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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.
Teen Tragedy - The Fifties and Sixties
The Top Ten greatest teen tragedy songs of the Fifties and Sixties
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.
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: War
Later years: The band soldiered on in the R&B market, however, despite the loss of Papa Dee Allen to
Oldies For Workers
The peculiar economic and social structure of America in its post-war years was designed for the working
The Top 10 Weirdest Phil Spector Moments
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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?
Oldies Music Playlist and Mixtape 112: Mama Said
Songs about mothers, motherly advice, and tributes to moms in general. From your Guide 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!
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.
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!
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.
...And Now It's All This
It was the most infamous and disruptive moment in a Beatles history that was filled with them: the magazine
I Thought They 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 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
Profile: Frank Sinatra
Claims to fame: The greatest crooner of his generation, and arguably the greatest interpretive singer
In the Spotlight: The Eagles
Formed: 1971 (Los Angeles, CA) Styles: Country-rock, Pop-rock, Classic Rock, Soft-rock, Country Claims
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Skiffle"
A basic guide to the skiffle genre, its best and most popular artists, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of popular music. From the Oldies music 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.
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.
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 Guide at About.com.
All You Need Is Love
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What Does "American Pie" Mean?
A look at the interpretation of rock's most famous folk history
The Top Ten Greatest Bo Diddley Songs
The greatest moments in the musical career of
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
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.
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial...
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial and grave?
The Top Ten Oldies of the Year, 1955-1979
An index of the Top Ten oldies from 1955-1979, inclusive, as chosen by your Oldies Guide at About.com -- the smash hits, the best singles, and most influential works. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Merseybeat"
A basic guide to Merseybeat music, its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of popular music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.
In the Spotlight: The Doobie Brothers
Success: Noting the following, Warner Brothers signed the Doobies in 1970, but their eponymous debut
Yesterday
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Profile: Three Dog Night
Formed: 1968 (Los Angeles, CA) Genres: Rock, Rock and Roll, Pop, Pop-Rock Principal Members: Chuck Negron
Profile: ABBA
Formed: 1971 (Stockholm, Sweden) Genres: Pop, Europop, Disco Members: Anni-Frid Synni "Frida" Lyngstad
Profile: The Chantels
Claims to fame: The first successful modern "girl group" of the rock era Their 1958 hit "Maybe" is considered
Revolution
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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.
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 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.
James Brown
An important and activist African-American icon during the civil rights movement of the Sixties A major
In the Spotlight: Linda Ronstadt
James Taylor, Warren Zevon, J.D. Souther) as well as a number of refurbished oldies. Later years: When
What are the major "Paul is dead" musical clues...
: What are the major "Paul is dead" musical clues in Beatles songs? (NOTE: Since all accounts of the
Today in Oldies Music History: April 17
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 17 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.about.com.
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Soft Rock"
: The music that ruled certain areas of FM in the late Seventies was known as "Soft Rock" not because
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.
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.
Summer of Love Oldies
The all time greatest oldies songs and music from 1967 that deal with the Summer of Love or which merely espouse its philosophy... a list of the summer of '67's greatest peace-and-love classics, handpicked by your Oldies guide at About.com.
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 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.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Outcasts
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.
Lady Madonna
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Let It Be: The History of This Classic Beatles...
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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!
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!
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!
The Beatles Songs: Here Comes The Sun
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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.
"Lost" Oldies
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What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
Twist and Shout: The History Behind the Classic...
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.
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on...
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on fire onstage?
The Ultimate Guide to Disco
All about disco music -- an in-depth look at classic 70's disco songs, hits, artists, history, impact, and legacy. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
The Association Profile -- History of The...
A multi-instrumentalist band that also performed six-part harmonies live on stage Experimented with psychedelic
Profile: Chic
Claims to fame: Disco's greatest band One of the most consistently popular disco acts of the era Leaders
Hey Jude
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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.
Come Together
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The Beatles Songs
The history of the Beatles' songs, including facts, charts, session info, trivia, and more, from your Oldies Guide at About.com.
What's the meaning of Verse 5 ("And there we...
: What's the meaning of Verse 5 ("And there we were, all in one place")? : Oh, and there we were, all
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.
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.
Garage Rock's 10 Biggest Hits of All Time
The ten biggest garage rock hits of all time, including psychedelic raveups, R&B covers, blue eyed soul, Tex-Mex, novelties and more! A list of history's most popular and enduring garage rock classics from your Oldies Guide at About.com.
The Beatles Songs: Michelle
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The History of Elvis: 1960
The history of Elvis Presley in 1960, including Elvis singles, concerts, important dates and more. A historical Elvis Presley timeline courtesy of your oldies music guide at About.com.
Ray Charles' Children and Marriages
How many wives and children did Ray Charles have?
Profile: Etta James
Born: Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938, in Los Angeles, CA; died January 20, 2012, Riverside, CA
Oldies Music Glossary: "Bubblegum"
: The sub-genre of pop music known as "bubblegum" is one of the very few dominated by a specific production
Profile: Simon and Garfunkel
Formed: 1964 (Forest Hills, Queens, New York, NY) Genres: Folk, Folk-rock, Pop-rock, Pop Members: Paul
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.
Today in Oldies Music History: April 18
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 18 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.about.com.
Profile: The Mamas and the Papas
Other facts: John Phillips penned "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)," a hit
What is Shag dancing?
What is Shag dancing? Oldies Music.
Profile: The Turtles
Later years: The group had splintered by 1970, due to dissatisfaction with their label, forever pushing
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
The Beatles Songs: In My Life
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Spotlight on: Electric Light Orchestra
Their innovative live show, featuring a full-size spaceship on stage, helped make them a legendary concert
Today in Oldies Music History: April 8
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 8 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.about.com.
Francie Schwartz: The About.com Interview
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Profile: The Platters
Formed: 1953 (Los Angeles, CA) Genres: Pop Vocal, Doo-Wop, R&B, Soul Principal Members: Tony Williams
Profile: Carpenters
Other facts: Karen originally played glockenspiel before switching to drums, beginning with chopsticks
Did Alan Freed invent the term "rock and roll"?
: Did Alan Freed invent the term "rock and roll"? : The term "rock and roll" was not invented by Alan
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.
Profile: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Formed: 1967 (San Francisco, CA) Genres: Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Swamp-rock, Country, Psychedelic
Profile: Al Green
(1972) I'm Still In Love With You (1972) Call Me (1973) Livin' For You (1974) Al Green Explores Your
How Did Elvis Presley Die?
Did factors other than drugs contribute to Elvis Presley's death?
If There's a Rock and Roll Heaven...
The story of the Righteous Brothers' quieter half, including sites that deal with his sudden death, rich life, and amazing career. If you've ever loved the tenor/falsetto end of the Brothers' seamless vocal blend, you'll want to check out this combination eulogy and celebration.

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