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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.
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.
How did Ray Charles become blind?
How did Ray Charles become blind?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 14 in Music History
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.
April 17 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 17 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
April 15 in Music History
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.
What songs are considered the great Northern...
What songs are considered the great Northern Soul classics?
April 16 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 16 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
The Life and Times of Percy Sledge
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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.
What was Elvis Presley's relationship with drugs?
What was Elvis Presley's relationship with drugs?
April 13 in Music History
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 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.
Ray Charles' Children and Marriages
How many wives and children did Ray Charles have?
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.
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
What was Elvis Presley's last day 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.
April 18 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 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 (
When and where was Elvis' last concert?
When and where was Elvis Presley's last concert?
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.
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 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.
April 19 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 19 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.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.
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.
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.
Swoon Over the 10 Greatest Romantic Oldies Albums
The best albums of love songs and romantic cds of the oldies era (approximately 1945-1979).
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.
Did Jerry Lee Lewis Really Marry His 13...
Why did Jerry Lee marry his thirteen-year-old cousin?
Profile: America (the band)
All about America, the soft-rock band that dominated the early Seventies with folky, thoughtful radio mainstays like
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
What are the major "Paul is dead" clues on...
What are the major. Oldies Music.
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!
21 Classic Songs About Mothers
Songs about mothers, motherly advice, and tributes to moms in general. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
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.
Profile: ABBA
Formed: 1971 (Stockholm, Sweden) Genres: Pop, Europop, Disco Members: Anni-Frid Synni "Frida" Lyngstad
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
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
What is Don McLean's hit song "American Pie"...
What is Don McLean's hit song. Oldies Music.
The Top Ten Greatest Bo Diddley Songs
The greatest moments in the musical career of
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Motown"
A basic guide to the music of Motown.
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.
April 20 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 20 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert 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.
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
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.
Profile: Elton John
Born: Reginald Kenneth Dwight , March 25, 1947, Pinner, Middlesex, England Genres: Pop-rock, Rock and
Profile: War
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Is Elvis actually still alive?
Is Elvis Presley actually still alive?
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.
Buddy Holly's Plane Crash: The Day the Music Died
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.
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.
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.
Teen Tragedy - The Fifties and Sixties
The Top Ten greatest teen tragedy songs of the Fifties and Sixties
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on...
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on fire onstage?
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.
Guide Profile: Eddie Cochran
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
The Beatles Songs: "With a Little Help From My...
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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: Chic
All about Chic, the disco powerhouse that redefined '70s disco with hugs smashes 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.
Profile: Barry White
Success: The Barry White sound, honed by years of production, had finally arrived, but one ingredient
Profile: Tina Turner
One in a series of profiles on rock and roll's most important artists of the oldies era, written and compiled by your Guide here at oldies.about.com.
Profile: 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
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!
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.
In the Spotlight: Jay and the Americans
. Learn all about the lives, music and career of Jay and the Americans in my latest profile.
Is This the First Rock And Roll Song?
The first rock and roll song: can it be determined?
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: Dave Clark Five
Formed: 1961 (Tottenham, London, England) Genres: Rock and Roll, Pop, Pop-rock, British invasion Principal
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
The Beatles Songs: "Eleanor Rigby"
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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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
What Does "American Pie" Mean?
A look at the interpretation of rock's most famous folk history
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 5th Dimension: In the Spotlight
Formed: 1966 (Los Angeles, CA) Styles: Sunshine pop, Pop-soul, Pop Claims to fame: Broke down color lines
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.
In the Spotlight: Linda Ronstadt
James Taylor, Warren Zevon, J.D. Souther) as well as a number of refurbished oldies. Later years: When
April 21 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 21 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Profile: Motown
One in a series of profiles on rock and roll's most important record labels of the oldies era, written and compiled by your Guide here at oldies.about.com.
Profile: The Isley Brothers
Later years: Although the vocal trio had added a backing band of relatives in 1973, making them a sextet,
In the Spotlight: The Eagles
Formed: 1971 (Los Angeles, CA) Styles: Country-rock, Pop-rock, Classic Rock, Soft-rock, Country Claims
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'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
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: Al Green
(1972) I'm Still In Love With You (1972) Call Me (1973) Livin' For You (1974) Al Green Explores Your
Playlist: The Marvin Gaye Cheat Sheet
New to the music of Marvin Gaye but not sure where to begin? Here's a playlist that tells the story of Marvin remarkable career, from his string of sexy '60s hits to his acclaimed duets to his groundbreaking '70s work and his eventual comeback -- including a few choices that may surprise even you lifelong Gaye fans!
Revolution
Information, facts, and trivia about the legendary song by The Beatles.
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.
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.
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.
The Beatles Songs: "Michelle"
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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.
When did Ray Charles become addicted to heroin?
When did Ray Charles become addicted to heroin?
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.
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 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.
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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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.
Top 10 Oldies of 1957
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1957 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, sound samples, and more.
The Only Spring Playlist You'll Ever Need
Mad at the groundhog? Still stuck in the snow? Celebrate the seasonal renewal that is spring with this suite of songs about showers, sunshine, green grass, and the end of winter. This playlist flows gently and brightly from the mid-Sixties to the late Seventies in search of that perfect springtime feel. Download the songs here and let this playlist thaw that frozen mood.
Phil Spector's 10 Weirdest Moments
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Top 10 Oldies of 1968
The oldies.about.com guide to the top ten oldies of 1968 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
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: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Formed: 1967 (San Francisco, CA) Genres: Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Swamp-rock, Country, Psychedelic
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'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
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.
"Lost" Oldies
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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: 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.
The Beatles Songs: "Yesterday"
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Today in Oldies Music History: March 6
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on March 6 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.about.com.
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.
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.
Is "Ray Charles" his real name?
: Is "Ray Charles" his real name? : Yes and no. He was born Ray Charles Robinson, but to call himself
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.
Come Together
The history of and story behind the Beatles song
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.
Today in Oldies Music History: April 22
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on April 22 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.

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