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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 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.
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.
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
What was Elvis Presley's last day like?
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.
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.
September 15 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on September 15 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
The 10 Best Rock Instrumentals of the 70s
The best rock instrumentals of the 1970s, including Philly soul epics, rock and funk workouts, novelties, and more! A tribute to the best music without words of rock's first golden age. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
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 songs are considered the great Northern...
What songs are considered the great Northern Soul classics?
September 16 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on September 16 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.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: September 17
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on September 17 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.about.com.
When and where was Elvis' last concert?
When and where was Elvis Presley's last concert?
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?
September 12 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on September 12 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!
What's the meaning of the chorus ("Bye, bye,...
What's the meaning of the chorus (
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.
How did Ray Charles become blind?
How did Ray Charles become blind?
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.
September 11 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on September 11 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
September 13 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on September 13 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.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.
September 14 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on September 14 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
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
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.
Profile: ABBA
Formed: 1971 (Stockholm, Sweden) Genres: Pop, Europop, Disco Members: Anni-Frid Synni "Frida" Lyngstad
The tragic story of the band behind "Baby Blue"
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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.
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.
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.
Swoon Over the 10 Greatest Romantic Oldies Albums
The best albums of love songs and romantic cds of the oldies era (approximately 1945-1979).
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
Profile: America (the band)
All about America, the soft-rock band that dominated the early Seventies with folky, thoughtful radio mainstays like
Buddy Holly's Plane Crash: 'The Day the Music...
How did Buddy Holly die in a plane crash?
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!
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 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.
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.
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
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.
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial...
What are the details of Elvis Presley's burial and grave?
In the Spotlight: The Chi-Lites
Formed: 1963 (Chicago, IL) Styles: Chicago soul, Uptown soul , 70s R&B , Funk , Disco , Doo-wop Claims
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.
Profile: Isaac Hayes
Born: Issac Lee Hayes, Jr. on August 20, 1942, in Covington, TN; died on August 10, 2008, in Memphis,
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.
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
What were Elvis Presley's last words?
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
What are the most popular songs to shag to?
All You Need Is Love
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love - History and Information from the Oldies Guide at About.com
The Top Ten Greatest Bo Diddley Songs
The greatest moments in the musical career of
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on...
Did Jerry Lee Lewis really set his pianos on fire onstage?
September 18 in Music History
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on September 18 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Expert at oldies.about.com.
If I Can Dream
Four decades later, the legacy remains - this simple NBC-TV special remains one of the more fascinating career resurrections in entertainment history. How did the King do it? More importantly, why did he do it? All questions are answered here!
Is This the First Rock And Roll Song?
The first rock and roll song: can it be determined?
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 Godfather of Glam
He was perhaps destined to be a rock star, but he lost his way along the way... until Marc Bolan reinvented himself for the last time, dabbed glitter on his cheeks, and decided to revisit the power of pure rock and roll. He became the biggest thing Britain had seen since the Beatles -- but his star fell much faster. Learn all about the life, music and career of Marc Bolan and T. Rex in my latest profile.
Profile: War
Later years: The band soldiered on in the R&B market, however, despite the loss of Papa Dee Allen to
Teen Tragedy - The Fifties and Sixties
The Top Ten greatest teen tragedy songs of the Fifties and Sixties
Solid Gold Spotlight: I Want You Back
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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
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.
Admit It: 12 Artists You Thought Were White
You thought they were white - black artists who fooled radio listeners from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.
James Brown
An important and activist African-American icon during the civil rights movement of the Sixties A major
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: Barry White
Success: The Barry White sound, honed by years of production, had finally arrived, but one ingredient
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.
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Motown"
A basic guide to the music of Motown.
Top 10 Halloween Oldies
The Top Ten Halloween Oldies of all time, including rock and roll, jazz, pop, R&B and other music from the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies.
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.
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
What were the details of Elvis Presley's funeral?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Did factors other than drugs contribute to...
Did factors other than drugs contribute to Elvis Presley's death?
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.
Yesterday
The history of and story behind the Beatles song
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.
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: Three Dog Night
A profile of Three Dog Night, the incredibly popular 70s AM staples who scored over and over with golden oldies like
In the Spotlight: The Eagles
Formed: 1971 (Los Angeles, CA) Styles: Country-rock, Pop-rock, Classic Rock, Soft-rock, Country Claims
Top 10 Oldies of 1964
The oldies.about.com guide to the best oldies of 1964 -- the smash hits, the important singles, and the historical artifacts. Complete with music reviews, information, trivia, and more.
Is Elvis actually still alive?
Is Elvis Presley actually still alive?
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
Profile: Al Green
(1972) I'm Still In Love With You (1972) Call Me (1973) Livin' For You (1974) Al Green Explores Your
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 Best Rock Instrumentals of the '70s, Part 2
A second look at the best rock instrumentals of the '70s, including classics of soul, funk, prog, and jazz! A tribute to the best music without words of rock's first golden age. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.
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.
What Does "American Pie" Mean?
A look at the interpretation of rock's most famous folk history
Phil Spector's 10 Weirdest Moments
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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.
What were some of the great Sixties dance...
What were some of the great Sixties dance crazes and their songs?
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!
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
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: 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.
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.
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.
Today in Oldies Music History: September 19
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on September 19 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.about.com.
Profile: The Righteous Brothers
Early years: The duo of Hatfield and Medley (who were never related) met as members of two popular Southern
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.
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.
In the Spotlight: Linda Ronstadt
James Taylor, Warren Zevon, J.D. Souther) as well as a number of refurbished oldies. Later years: When
The Solo That Created Hip-Hop
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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.
Who was "Dr. Nick"?
: Who was "Dr. Nick"? : Dr. George Nichopoulos was Elvis' private physician from 1969 until the singer's
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
Hey Jude
The history of and story behind the Beatles song
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.
Oldies Music Playlist and Mixtape 110: The...
A playlist of classic doo-wop love songs and ballads for your iPod, other music player, or legally burned CD... check the songs and their descriptions, find which ones are available for download, and make your own oldies CD!
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.
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!
Guide Profile: Sam Cooke
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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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.
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.
The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs
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: Chairmen of the Board
Formed: 1969 (Detroit, MI) Genres: Pop-Soul, R&B, Beach Music, Rock and Roll Principal Members: General
Five Instrumental Hits That Were Supposed to...
They had words once, but these singles somehow became instrumental hits instead -- hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s in rock, pop, soul, r&b, and more. A list compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com!
Who are Jerry Lee Lewis' famous relatives?
Who are Jerry Lee Lewis' famous relatives?
The Beatles Songs: Michelle
The history of the Beatles song. Oldies Music.
Profile: Elton John
Born: Reginald Kenneth Dwight , March 25, 1947, Pinner, Middlesex, England Genres: Pop-rock, Rock and
In the Spotlight: Andy Williams
Born: Howard Andrew Williams , December 3, 1928 in Wall Lake, IA; died September 25, 2012 in Branson,
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.
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 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.
Today in Oldies Music History: September 20
Births, deaths, events, charts, recordings, concerts, and more on September 20 in oldies rock and roll music history. From your Guide at oldies.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
Francie Schwartz: The About.com Interview
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Come Together
The history of and story behind the Beatles song
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
Oldies Music Glossary: "Country Rock"
: The genre known as "Country Rock" came from a very specific time and place -- the late Sixties, when
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.
Profile: Brook Benton
Later years: In 1970, Benton attempted a full-scale re-branding of his persona with a song by Tony Joe
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.
Profile: The Chantels
Claims to fame: The first successful modern "girl group" of the rock era Their 1958 hit "Maybe" is considered
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.
Profile: Lou Rawls
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: Earth, Wind & Fire
Brought black consciousness and spirituality to '70s pop A rare nine-piece group with three singers Effortlessly
Oldies Music Encyclopedia: "Soft Rock"
A basic guide to. Oldies Music.
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