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The very best oldies music - that's quite a statement. But as you listen to these songs you'll probably agree.

People tell me that they haven't heard some of these songs in a long, long time. And some of the younger people have never heard any of them.

To me this is a sad situation that I'm going to do my best to remedy.

On this site you'll find a variety of golden oldies including:

Early Rock And Roll Music

Rock and roll music has gone through quite a few changes since it started back in the 1950's. And at times people have disagreed on what rock and roll really is, and which songs should be included or excluded.

I went through my teen years in the 1960's when the rock and roll radio stations were still playing the earliest stuff. But I don't claim to be an expert on any kind of music. I just know what I like.

To me, rock and roll includes many types of songs including ballads, instrumentals, and even some country and western songs. After all, that's what the rock and roll stations played back then.

I've put together some playlists of songs that I like. The playlist starts out in the 1950's and 1960's, and works its way through the 70's and into the 1980's.

Soft And Gentle Music

Sometimes I like to sit in my recliner, close my eyes and relax listening to soft and gentle music. And yes, I often fall asleep doing such.

To me this is one of the simple pleasures in life.

Instrumental Music

I once had a friend who only liked songs with lyrics. I always believed he was missing out on a lot of great music.

For instance, Rhapsody In Blue by George Gerschwin has to be one of the greatest songs ever written. It expresses emotions from anger to fear, from an intense desire to run away to a building of courage, and from determination to triumth. All without a single word. Rhapsody In Blue is the last song on the Instrumental Music page.

I always feel good after listening to it.

There's a lot of great instrumental music out there and I've been collecting as much as I can get my hands on. And I'm adding songs to this page a little at a time.

Big Band Era Music

There were a lot of big bands that used to tour the country. And you didn't have to go to a "concert" and sit in a stadium to experience their music. They performed in dance halls and night clubs.

They didn't need gigantic amplifiers and electric instruments to sound good. And many of them seemed to have total mastery over harmony, both vocally and instrumentally.

Those of you who have listened to big band era music don't need to be persuaded. Those of you who haven't are in for a pleasant surprise, and perhaps a little bit of a musical education.

Big Band Leaders & Singers

On the five pages of big band era music you'll find the following artists:

  • Artie Shaw
  • Benny Goodman
  • Billy Vaughn
  • Bob Hope
  • The Canadian Brass
  • Count Basie
  • Dinah Shore
  • Doris Day
  • Eddie Fisher
  • Ella Mae Morse
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Glenn Miller
  • Gogi Grant
  • Gordon Macrae
  • Guy Lombardo
  • Harry James
  • Jane Morgan
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • Julie London
  • Kay Kyser
  • Kay Starr
  • Kitty Kallen
  • Leroy Anderson
  • Les Baxter
  • Les Brown
  • Les Elgart
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Margaret Whiting
  • Merve Griffin
  • Mantovani
  • Moe Coffman
  • Nat King Cole
  • Nelson Riddle
  • Patti Page
  • Pee Wee Hunt
  • Peggy Lee
  • Percy Faith
  • Perez Prado
  • Perry Como
  • Richard Haymond
  • Rosemary Clooney
  • Russ Morgan
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Spike Jones
  • Teresa Brewer
  • Tommy Dorsey
  • Vaughn Monroe
  • And Others

The Best Of 1960's Music

I went through my teen years in the 1960's. So these songs are important to me. They bring back many memories and feelings.

The most popular songs from the 1960's can be found in the "Music By Year" area (upper-right linkbar). But the 1960's Music section of this site is for playlists of my favorite songs from that decade. Included with the titles are the years the songs were recorded.

Motown Music

Most of the Motown Music on this site is from the late 1950s thru the 1970s.

The artists include:

  • Billy Preston
  • Bobby Darin
  • The Commodores
  • David Ruffin
  • Diana Ross
  • Edwin Starr
  • The Four Tops
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • The Isley Brothers
  • The Jackson 5
  • Jr Walker & The All Stars
  • Martha & The Vandellas
  • The Marvelettes
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Mary Wells
  • The Miracles
  • The Originals
  • Rare Earth
  • Smokey Robinson
  • The Spinners
  • Stevie Wonder
  • The Supremes
  • Tammi Terrell
  • The Temptations
  • The Undisputed Truth

Vietnam War Era Music

The Vietnam War is part of me. It can't be amputated or removed from my memory, or from my heart. I quess it's like that with all combat veterans. But the worst part of it was coming home.

I've included a narrative of thoughts and feelings that I've associated with some of the songs from the Vietnam War Era.



Samples Playlist

  1. Curtis Lee - Pretty Little Angel Eyes
  2. Scott Joplin - The Easy Winners
  3. Stan Getz & Astrid Gilberto - The Girl From Ipanema
  4. Guy Lombardo - The Music Goes Round And Around
  5. Sir Douglas Quintet - She's About A Mover
  6. Tommy Dorsey & Jack Leonard - Marie
  7. Chase - Get It On
  8. Neil Diamond & Chet Atkins - Blue Highway
  9. Bob Moore - Mexico
  10. Air Supply - Lost In Love
  11. Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
  12. Terry Stafford - Suspicion
  13. Perry Como & The Fontaine Sisters - You're Just In Love
  14. Al Hirt - Java
  15. Carpenters - This Masquerade
  16. Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man
  17. Ray Stevens - Guitarzan
  18. Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knocking
  19. Ringo Starr - No No Song
  20. Big Brother & The Holding Company (Featuring Janis Joplin) - Combination Of The Two
  21. Big Brother & The Holding Company (Featuring Janis Joplin) - I Need A Man
  22. Eric Clapton - Hey Hey
  23. Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind
  24. Guess Who - No Sugar Tonight
  25. Henry Mancini - Pink Panther
  26. Jethro Tull - Living In The Past
  27. Mary Wells - My Guy
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