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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.
What songs are considered the great Northern...
What songs are considered the great Northern Soul classics?
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.
A Handy Guide to Oldies Songs Used in TV...
What song's playing in that TV commercial? Identify those old songs you keep hearing in the most popular new TV commercials and ads... from your Oldies Guide at About.com.
The 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.
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.
Did Jerry Lee Lewis Really Marry His 13...
Why did Jerry Lee marry his thirteen-year-old cousin?
The 10 Best Rock Instrumentals of the 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 30 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 30 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
The Top 10 Motown hits of all time
The biggest 10 Motown hits of all time, the best-selling singles from the label and their stories and history, compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
July 28 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 28 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
July 31 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 31 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
Profile: America (the band)
All about America, the soft-rock band that dominated the early Seventies with folky, thoughtful radio mainstays like
Today in Oldies Music History: July 29
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 29 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide 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.
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.
What's the meaning of the chorus ("Bye, bye,...
What's the meaning of the chorus (
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 was Elvis Presley's last day like?
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
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!
The 10 Best Rock Instrumentals of the 50s
The best rock instrumentals of the Fifties, including drum solos, guitar workouts, novelties, and more! A tribute to the best music without words of rock's first golden age. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
What 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.
How did Ray Charles become blind?
How did Ray Charles become blind?
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!
July 27 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 27 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
July 26 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 26 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
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 25 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on July 25 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
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.
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.
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.
When and where was Elvis' last concert?
When and where was Elvis Presley's last concert?
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.
What are the major "Paul is dead" clues on...
What are the major. Oldies Music.
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
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.
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.
Profile: Barry White
Success: The Barry White sound, honed by years of production, had finally arrived, but one ingredient
Profile: Sly and the Family Stone
Formed: 1966 (San Francisco, CA) Genres: Soul, R&B, Funk, Rock, Funk-rock, Pop-soul Members: Sly Stone
Profile: War
Later years: The band soldiered on in the R&B market, however, despite the loss of Papa Dee Allen to
Today in Oldies Music History: August 1
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on August 1 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 are the details of Elvis Presley's burial...
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial and grave?
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 most popular songs to shag to?
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Motown"
A basic guide to the music of Motown.
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
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.
James Brown
An important and activist African-American icon during the civil rights movement of the Sixties A major
Buddy Holly's Plane Crash: 'The Day the Music...
How did Buddy Holly die in a plane crash?
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.
Yesterday
The history of and story behind the Beatles song
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.
The Top Ten Greatest Bo Diddley Songs
The greatest moments in the musical career of
The 5th Dimension: In the Spotlight
Formed: 1966 (Los Angeles, CA) Styles: Sunshine pop, Pop-soul, Pop Claims to fame: Broke down color lines
Profile: The Guess Who
The Guess Who started out as a classy pop-soul band with hits like
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Hollies
A profile of The Hollies, the British Invasion band that captivated audiences on both sides of the ocean with hits like
Top Ten Oldies of 1955
The best oldies of 1955 - the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts of the year. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, sound samples, and more.
Phil Spector's 10 Weirdest Moments
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The Greatest R&B Hits of 1964
R&B began the year 1964 as a dead entity, at least as far as Billboard magazine was concerned: having
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Novelty Music"
A basic guide to classic novelty pop music and comedy songs, novelty's 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: Earth, Wind & Fire
Brought black consciousness and spirituality to '70s pop A rare nine-piece group with three singers Effortlessly
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.
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.
All You Need Is Love
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love - History and Information from the Oldies Guide at About.com
In the Spotlight: The Eagles
Formed: 1971 (Los Angeles, CA) Styles: Country-rock, Pop-rock, Classic Rock, Soft-rock, Country Claims
Profile: Al Green
(1972) I'm Still In Love With You (1972) Call Me (1973) Livin' For You (1974) Al Green Explores Your
The Top 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.
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on...
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on fire onstage?
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
Profile: ABBA
Formed: 1971 (Stockholm, Sweden) Genres: Pop, Europop, Disco Members: Anni-Frid Synni "Frida" Lyngstad
Profile: Carole King
Tapestry also ushered in the era of the multiplatinum LP Several of her solo hits have become modern
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 were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
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: 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.
Teen Tragedy - The Fifties and Sixties
The Top Ten greatest teen tragedy songs of the Fifties and Sixties
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
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
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!
Is This the First Rock And Roll Song?
The first rock and roll song: can it be determined?
Francie Schwartz: The About.com Interview
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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: The Isley Brothers
Later years: Although the vocal trio had added a backing band of relatives in 1973, making them a sextet,
What Does "American Pie" Mean?
A look at the interpretation of rock's most famous folk history
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: Chairmen of the Board
Formed: 1969 (Detroit, MI) Genres: Pop-Soul, R&B, Beach Music, Rock and Roll Principal Members: General
Profile: Etta James
Etta James is best known for the wedding-day standard At Last, but she had a wide and varied career of more than four decades.
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.
Today in Oldies Music History: August 2
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on August 2 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide 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.
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.
The Beatles Songs
The history of the Beatles' songs, including facts, charts, session info, trivia, and more, from 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.
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.
"Lost" Oldies
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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. Page 2.
In the Spotlight: The Doobie Brothers
Success: Noting the following, Warner Brothers signed the Doobies in 1970, but their eponymous debut
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
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.
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.
What songs are typically used for certain dances?
What songs are typically used for certain dances?
The 10 Biggest Stax/Volt Hits
The biggest smash hits from the Stax/Volt labels - legendary soul (and funk) smashes that turned the label into a force to be reckoned with. Classic soul hits from the '60s and '70s from your Oldies Guide at About.com!
Profile: The Ventures
Later years: In 1969, the group scored another huge single with their version of the "Hawaii Five-O"
In the Spotlight: Patti Page
Born: Clara Ann Fowler , November 8, 1927, Claremore, OK; died January 1, 2013, Encinitas, CA Styles:
Profile: Philadelphia International
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: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
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 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.
The latest oldies music news
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.
Profile: The Troggs
Success: The hit came from a strange place -- actor Jon Voight's younger brother, Chip Taylor, who had
Did factors other than drugs contribute to...
Did factors other than drugs contribute to Elvis Presley's death?
Top 10 Oldies of 1969
The oldies.about.com guide to the top ten oldies of 1969 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
The '70s Pop Style Saved by the Internet
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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!
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Philly Soul"
: Like Motown and Stax-Volt, the style known as "Philly Soul" was born largely of one label, in this
Profile: Dave Clark Five
Formed: 1961 (Tottenham, London, England) Genres: Rock and Roll, Pop, Pop-rock, British invasion Principal
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.
In the Spotlight: The Chi-Lites
Formed: 1963 (Chicago, IL) Styles: Chicago soul, Uptown soul , 70s R&B , Funk , Disco , Doo-wop Claims
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: Wilson Pickett
One in a series of profiles on rock and roll's most important artists of the oldies era, written and compiled by your Guide here at oldies.about.com.
What is Northern Soul music?
What is Northern Soul music? Oldies Music.
Elvis Presley Concerts: 1956
A historical timeline of Elvis Presley concerts and appearances in 1956.
Taxman
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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.
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.
Oldies Music Glossary: "Funk"
A basic guide to Funk music, its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of pop and rock music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.
The 10 Best Novelty Songs of the '60s
As American culture seemingly imploded during its most tumultuous modern decade, rock and roll came right along with it; what had been a mere reaction to drunks and children and aliens soon descended into near-madness, not coincidentally helped along by advances in the recording studio and the New Permissiveness that didn't know a line until it was crossed. Yet like rock itself, there remained a impish childishness at its core -- which is why the monsters, ghosts, apes and birds are all here on this list as well. Here are the greatest novelty hits of the 1960s.
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 O'Jays
Formed: 1958 (Canton, OH) Genres: Philly Soul, R&B, Pop-Soul, Funk, Disco, Soul Principal Members: Eddie
What's the meaning of Verse 2 ("Did you write...
: What's the meaning of Verse 2 ("Did you write the book of love")? : Did you write the Book of Love?
Profile: Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
Formed : 1958 (Chicago, IL) Genres: Soul, R&B, Doo-wop, Funk, Gospel Members: Curtis Mayfield (b. June
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.
In the Spotlight: Bill Withers
Success: Sussex, which was distributed by Buddha, was smart enough to pair the young soul singer with
Profile: Staple Singers
Formed: 1948 (Chicago, IL) Genres: Soul, Gospel, R&B, Folk, Blues Principal Members: "Pops" Staples (born
Today in Oldies Music History: August 3
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on August 3 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.about.com.
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