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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 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.
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.
Did Jerry Lee Lewis Really Marry His 13...
Why did Jerry Lee marry his thirteen-year-old cousin?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What songs are considered the great Northern...
What songs are considered the great Northern Soul classics?
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.
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 18 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on this day (July 18) 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 (
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!
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 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.
Profile: America (the band)
All about America, the soft-rock band that dominated the early Seventies with folky, thoughtful radio mainstays like
July 17 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on this day (July 17) 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?
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.
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!
Swoon Over the 10 Greatest Romantic Oldies Albums
The best albums of love songs and romantic cds of the oldies era (approximately 1945-1979).
July 19 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on this day (July 19) in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
July 20 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on this day (July 20) 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?
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.
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.
What are the major "Paul is dead" clues on...
What are the major. Oldies Music.
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.
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
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!
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.
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 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.
When and where was Elvis' last concert?
When and where was Elvis Presley's last concert?
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.
Profile: War
Later years: The band soldiered on in the R&B market, however, despite the loss of Papa Dee Allen to
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.
Buddy Holly's Plane Crash: 'The Day the Music...
How did Buddy Holly die in a plane crash?
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.
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial...
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial and grave?
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 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 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!
Profile: Barry White
Success: The Barry White sound, honed by years of production, had finally arrived, but one ingredient
Teen Tragedy - The Fifties and Sixties
The Top Ten greatest teen tragedy songs of the Fifties and Sixties
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.
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
In the Spotlight: The Eagles
Formed: 1971 (Los Angeles, CA) Styles: Country-rock, Pop-rock, Classic Rock, Soft-rock, Country Claims
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
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.
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Motown"
A basic guide to the music of Motown.
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.
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.
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 History of Elvis: 1954
The history of Elvis Presley in 1954, including Elvis singles, concerts, important dates and more. A historical Elvis Presley timeline courtesy of your oldies music guide at About.com.
Profile: The Guess Who
The Guess Who started out as a classy pop-soul band with hits like
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday
The history of and story behind the Beatles song
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
All You Need Is Love
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love - History and Information from the Oldies Guide at About.com
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.
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.
The Top Ten Greatest Bo Diddley Songs
The greatest moments in the musical career of
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: ABBA
Formed: 1971 (Stockholm, Sweden) Genres: Pop, Europop, Disco Members: Anni-Frid Synni "Frida" Lyngstad
In the Spotlight: The Doobie Brothers
Success: Noting the following, Warner Brothers signed the Doobies in 1970, but their eponymous debut
Francie Schwartz: The About.com Interview
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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.
Classic Pop Soundtracks for a Summer Romance
The all time greatest oldies songs and music about summer romances, their fleeting nature, and the joy and pain they can bring... a list of 60s and 70s summer romance classics handpicked exclusively by your Oldies guide at About.com.
Phil Spector's 10 Weirdest Moments
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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: 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.
James Brown
An important and activist African-American icon during the civil rights movement of the Sixties A major
What Does "American Pie" Mean?
A look at the interpretation of rock's most famous folk history
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
Is This the First Rock And Roll Song?
The first rock and roll song: can it be determined?
The Top Ten Oldies of 1978
The oldies.about.com guide to the top ten oldies songs of 1978 - the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Elvis Presley Timeline: 1954
A historical Elvis Presley timeline of dates and important events in the life of the King.
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!
Today in Oldies Music History: July 25
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 25 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.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.
Profile: Al Green
(1972) I'm Still In Love With You (1972) Call Me (1973) Livin' For You (1974) Al Green Explores Your
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.
Guide Profile: Jerry Lee Lewis
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.
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: Linda Ronstadt
James Taylor, Warren Zevon, J.D. Souther) as well as a number of refurbished oldies. Later years: When
The Beatles Songs
The history of the Beatles' songs, including facts, charts, session info, trivia, and more, from your Oldies Guide at 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
"Lost" Oldies
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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.
Profile: Sly and the Family Stone
Formed: 1966 (San Francisco, CA) Genres: Soul, R&B, Funk, Rock, Funk-rock, Pop-soul Members: Sly Stone
Guide Profile: The Four Seasons
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.
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: Carole King
Tapestry also ushered in the era of the multiplatinum LP Several of her solo hits have become modern
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
Profile: The Lovin' Spoonful
Formed: 1965 (New York, NY) Genres: Pop, Folk-pop, Pop-rock, Folk, Country Members: John Sebastian (b.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Guide Profile: The Drifters
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 1974
The oldies.about.com guide to the top ten oldies of 1974 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Profile: The Troggs
Success: The hit came from a strange place -- actor Jon Voight's younger brother, Chip Taylor, who had
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: Chic
All about Chic, the disco powerhouse that redefined '70s disco with hugs smashes like
Who are Jerry Lee Lewis' famous relatives?
Who are Jerry Lee Lewis' famous relatives?
Did factors other than drugs contribute to...
Did factors other than drugs contribute to Elvis Presley's death?
Profile: Chairmen of the Board
Formed: 1969 (Detroit, MI) Genres: Pop-Soul, R&B, Beach Music, Rock and Roll Principal Members: General
Guide Profile: The Supremes
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.
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.
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.
Profile: The Ventures
Later years: In 1969, the group scored another huge single with their version of the "Hawaii Five-O"
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: Tommy James and the Shondells
Other facts: James is a well-known Christian pacifist Was 15 when he cut "Hanky Panky"; he forgot much
10 Great Breakup Songs About Men
A list of the best breakup oldies songs sung about bad men, as picked by me, your oldies guide at About.com. Rock and roll, R&B, pop, disco, girl groups, and more from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
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.
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Soft Rock"
A basic guide to. Oldies Music.
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
Today in Oldies Music History: July 26
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 26 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.about.com.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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: The Mamas and the Papas
Other facts: John Phillips penned "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)," a hit
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 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.
Rockers In Jail
A list of important rock, soul, and pop artists who have spent a long time in prison for various offenses, or who were caught up in short but notorious jail sentences. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
In the Spotlight: The Chi-Lites
Formed: 1963 (Chicago, IL) Styles: Chicago soul, Uptown soul , 70s R&B , Funk , Disco , Doo-wop Claims
The Top Ten Oldies Songs of 1979
The oldies.about.com guide to the top ten oldies songs of 1979 - the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Come Together
The history of and story behind the Beatles song
Profile: The Crystals
The group recorded "There's No Other" on the night of their Senior Prom, still in their dresses "He Hit
The Beatles Songs: Michelle
The history of the Beatles song. Oldies Music.
Guide Profile: Aretha Franklin
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.
21 Classic Songs About Mothers
Songs about mothers, motherly advice, and tributes to moms in general. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
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