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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, from the Oldies Expert at About.com.
Ten Classic, Authentic New Orleans Mardi Gras...
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.
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.
What was Elvis Presley's relationship with drugs?
What was Elvis Presley's relationship with drugs?
Every single day in Oldies music history
This day in rock history -- a day-by-day history of oldies music and artists from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, including famous celebrity births, deaths, recordings, releases, and events. Compiled and written by your Oldies Expert at About.com.
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
How did Ray Charles become blind?
How did Ray Charles become blind?
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial...
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial and grave?
February 3 in Music History
Births, deaths, chart action, recordings, and more on this day in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com!
Buddy Holly's Plane Crash: The Day the Music Died
How did Buddy Holly die in a plane crash?
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 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.
The Eagles: Godfathers of "New Country"
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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.
Did Jerry Lee Lewis Really Marry His 13...
Why did Jerry Lee marry his thirteen-year-old cousin?
Today in Oldies Music History: February 2
Births, deaths, chart action, recordings, and more on this day in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Oldies Expert at About.com.
February 5 in Music History
Births, deaths, chart action, recordings, and, in 1957, Bill Haley arrives in London for his first British tour, the first by any American rock star.
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.
Oldies Music News: November 2014
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Today in Oldies Music History: February 1
Births, deaths, chart action, recordings, and, in 1985, The Eagles' Glenn Frey makes his acting debut in an episode of NBC's Miami Vice.
Today in Oldies Music History: February 4
Births, deaths, chart action, recordings, and, in 1966, The Who play their first show as headliners, at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, England.
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.
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
The Top 10 Biggest Motown Hits of All Time
Contrary to popular opinion, the assembly-line approach of capitalism doesn't always lead to inferior
Earth, Wind & Fire: R&B's Most Positive...
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When and where was Elvis' last concert?
When and where was Elvis Presley's last concert?
What songs are considered the great Northern...
What songs are considered the great Northern Soul classics?
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.
The 10 Biggest Rockabilly Songs of All Time
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 70s
The best rock instrumentals of the 1970s, including Philly soul epics, rock and funk workouts, novelties, and more! A tribute to the best music without words of rock's first golden age. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
What's the meaning of the chorus ("Bye, bye,...
What's the meaning of the chorus (
Is Elvis actually still alive?
Is Elvis Presley actually still alive?
February 6 in Music History
Births, deaths, chart action, recordings, and more on this day in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com!
January 31 in Music History
Births, deaths, chart action, recordings, and more on this day in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com!
Top 10 Wedding Songs and Wedding Oldies
The oldies.about.com guide to the best wedding oldies songs, complete with reviews and a price comparison guide!
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!
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: "Motown"
A basic guide to the music of Motown.
Swoon Over the 10 Greatest Romantic Oldies Albums
The best albums of love songs and romantic cds of the oldies era (approximately 1945-1979).
The Crickets after Buddy Holly
What happened to the Crickets after Buddy Holly's death? A look at the second life of Buddy Holly's backing band, including famous songs, hits, guest appearances, and awards, from your Oldies Expert at About.com.
Classic Pop Songs About Money
Now more than ever, money and the lack thereof is on everyone's mind -- but oldies music wrestled with the mercurial nature of the beast for decades, pondering just how much it makes the world (and love itself) go 'round. Check out my list of great money-obsessed songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, classic tunes dealing directly with money, poverty, greed, and wealth, including big hits, classic tracks, and near-obscurities.
Profile: America (the band)
All about America, the soft-rock band that dominated the early Seventies with folky, thoughtful radio mainstays like
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: Elton John
Born: Reginald Kenneth Dwight , March 25, 1947, Pinner, Middlesex, England Genres: Pop-rock, Rock and
What is Mod Music?
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. From your Oldies music Expert at About.com.
Ritchie Valens: The First Latino Rock Star
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February 8 in Music History
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What's the meaning of Verse 6 ("I met a girl...
: What's the meaning of Verse 6 ("I met a girl who sang the blues")? : I met a girl who sang the blues
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.
Al Green: The Voice of Love
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Did factors other than drugs contribute to...
Did factors other than drugs contribute to Elvis Presley's death?
Remembering "American Bandstand"
Even if you already know that ABC's American Bandstand was the MTV before MTV (or even the YouTube before YouTube), the extent of its influence, when taken all at once, is still phenomenal. Doo-wop, teen idols, psychedelic rock, disco, even hip-hop -- Dick Clark and his show were there for all of it. But it took some luck and some guts to get it on the air in the first place. Read all about the amazing and influential history of American Bandstand here.
Ray Charles' Children and Marriages
How many wives and children did Ray Charles have?
The Year in Elvis: 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 Expert at About.com.
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.
Profile: Bread (the band)
Bread, the band featuring singer-songwriter David Gates, dominated the soft-rock scene of the early Seventies with gentle, sentimental favorites like
The 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.
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.
The Top Ten Greatest Bo Diddley Songs
The greatest moments in the musical career of
The 10 Greatest Hits 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.
We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll
The first rock and roll song: can it be determined?
The Year in Elvis: 1976
A historical Elvis Presley timeline of dates and important events in the life of the King, focusing on the year 1976, from your Oldies Expert at About.com.
ABBA: Kings (and Queens) of Europop
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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.
In the Spotlight: Linda Ronstadt
James Taylor, Warren Zevon, J.D. Souther) as well as a number of refurbished oldies. Later years: When
10 Classic Top 40 Hits 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
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.
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.
Buddy Holly's Widow, Maria Elena Holly
All about Buddy Holly's widow, Maria Elena Santiago, and her place in Buddy Holly's life and legacy, including her controversial stance on licensing the legend's name and face for commercial purposes. From your Oldies Expert at About.com.
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
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.
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.
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
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.
21 Classic Pop Songs About Mothers
Songs about mothers, motherly advice, and tributes to moms in general. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Profile: The Big Bopper
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What are the major "Paul is dead" clues on...
What are the major. Oldies 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
January 15 in Music History
Births, deaths, chart action, recordings, and more on this day in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.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.
In the Spotlight: Billy Ward and His Dominoes
Formed: 1949 (Manhattan, New York, NY) Styles: 1950s R&B, Doo-wop, Pop vocal Contributions to 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.
When did Ray Charles become addicted to heroin?
When did Ray Charles become addicted to heroin?
Phil Spector's 10 Weirdest Moments
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Did Jerry Lee Lewis ever try to kill Elvis...
Did Jerry Lee Lewis ever try to kill Elvis Presley?
Teen Tragedy - The Fifties and Sixties
The Top Ten greatest teen tragedy songs of the Fifties and Sixties
Chicago (the band): Jazz-Rock Crosses Over
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Profile: Carole King
Tapestry also ushered in the era of the multiplatinum LP Several of her solo hits have become modern
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on...
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on fire onstage?
Stevie Wonder History, Charts, and Songs
Profile of one of rock's most idiosyncratic, yet accessible songwriters, who created a politically-charged blend of soul, jazz, & funk that transformed R&B forever.
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
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.
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 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.
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
What Does "American Pie" Mean?
A look at the interpretation of rock's most famous folk history
The Beatles Songs: "With a Little Help From My...
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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.
James Brown
An important and activist African-American icon during the civil rights movement of the Sixties A major
Profile: War
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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.
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.
How did racism affect Ray Charles?
How did racism affect Ray Charles?
Profile: The Isley Brothers
Later years: Although the vocal trio had added a backing band of relatives in 1973, making them a sextet,
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.
Elvis Presley Timeline: 1954
A historical Elvis Presley timeline of dates and important events in the life of the King.
June 12 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on June 12 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert 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 Animals (the band): The Ultimate in British...
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The Beatles Songs: "Revolution"
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The Ultimate Guide to Black History and Oldies...
All about the struggle of African-Americans in the history of rock and roll and oldies music -- a look at how blacks influenced the musical styles of a generation and their simultaneous personal civil rights struggle. From your Oldies Expert at About.com.
What is Northern Soul music?
What is Northern Soul music? Oldies Music.
The Platters: Bringing Pop Vocal to Rock
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February 7th in Music History
Births, deaths, chart action, recordings, and more on this day in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.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.
The 10 Greatest Hits 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.
Profile: Johnny Mathis
The king of romantic. Oldies Music.
The 10 Greatest Hits 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.
All About Buddy Holly
Profile of musician Buddy Holly, one of rock and roll's most important artists of the oldies era.
Profile: The Jackson 5
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Maurice White, Leader of Earth, Wind, and Fire,...
The latest news for rock and roll, soul, pop and R&B artists of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, compiled here by your Oldies Expert at About.com.
The Fundamentalist Debate Behind "Great Balls...
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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
The 10 Greatest Hits 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.
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
Three Dog Night: Rock's First Vocal Trio
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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.
Elvis Presley Concerts: 1956
A historical timeline of Elvis Presley concerts and appearances in 1956.
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 Top 10 Greatest Hits 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.
June 26 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on June 26 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Oldies Expert at About.com.
Did Ray sing backup vocals on his own song?
Did Ray sing backup vocals on his own song?
The Original R&B Loverman: Barry White
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The 10 Greatest Hits 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.
The Story of Elvis Presley - Life and Career in...
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.
The Chi-Lites: Uptown Soul That Mattered
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How did the payola scandal affect the future of...
How did the payola scandal affect the future of radio?
The Hippest of the Unhip Bands: The Association
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The 40 Best Christmas Songs Ever
A list of the greatest Christmas and Holiday songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, presented by your Oldies Guide at About.com, including song history, recording info, chart action, and more.
Profile: The Clovers
Formed: 1946 (Washington, DC) Genres: R&B, Doo-wop, Rock and Roll, Pop Vocal Principal Members: John
The Doobie Brothers: Biker Boogie Gone Mainstream
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The Funkiest Disco Group: KC and the Sunshine...
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The Top 10 Elvis Presley Books
The 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: "All You Need Is Love"
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love - History and Information from the Oldies Expert at About.com
The Blueprint for Philly Soul: The Spinners
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The Beatles Songs: "Michelle"
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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.
Elvis Presley Concerts: 1955
A historical timeline of Elvis Presley concerts and appearances in 1955.

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