Welcome to Oldies Connection
site created and lovingly maintained by Laura Pinto)
Welcome to Oldies Connection,
your one-stop-shopping place to catch up with all your favorite actively touring artists from the '50s, '60s, and '70s.
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covers the light pop music of the '50s, '60s
and '70s -- not the culture, not
the politics, not TV or movies
-- just rock and roll! Oldies Connection is
devoted mainly to rock, pop,
and doo-wop ... and is especially
focused on artists from the '50's
through '70s who are still touring and making
personal appearances, like Andy Kim, Paul McCartney, Mark
Lindsay, Lou Christie, and Neil Sedaka. Check
out the comprehensive Artists & Music section for thousands of links for hundreds
of artists from the Fifties and Sixties
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First, a little shameless self promotion...
It's 1988, and four men reunite for a special Fifties-themed homecoming celebration at their old New Jersey
high school, thirty years after graduation. While in their teens, the boys had been known collectively as the D.A.'s (not
so much a "gang" as a tight group of friends); but time and distance have brought changes and adult responsibilities. Letting
go of the past proves challenging for the quartet, which consists of Frankie, the group leader and tough-guy greaser still
playing the part at age 48; Denny, Frankie's best friend, whose misguided counsel to his 20-year-old son backfires in his
face; Tony, the romantic, whose marriage and happiness are threatened by the reappearance of an old love; and Eddy, the straight-laced
nerd and arguably most centered of the four thrown into emotional turmoil by the appearance of a new one. Now, all four must
find the courage to leave the past behind as they come to terms with middle age and the realities of their diverse lives.
NOTE: This book contains explicit language and sexual situations
and is intended for mature audiences only.
you're a babyboomer like me who loves the music and culture of the 1950s, check out THE D.A.'s FOREVER. Sale price is just $2.99 (USD), a real bargain for a full-length novel!
Amazon Prime members can borrow the book, for free, from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.
(No Kindle? No problem! You don't
need a Kindle device to read a Kindle book; just download a free reading app for your PC, Mac, or smartphone, or use the Kindle Cloud Reader to read the book
in your browser!)
NEW—Oldies Connection now has a dedicated Twitter page! Check it out by clicking on the link, or via the widget below.
free to continue following my personal Twitter page as well ... lots of fun stuff related to the '50s, '60s and '70s!
to visit Laura's Little Shop of Oldies, where you can check out music by and books about
our favorite artists from the '50s, '60s and '70s!
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to my online photo albums of concert shots
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News and Releases—a "second homepage" for Oldies Connection
featuring the latest on (and by) your faves!
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Oldies Connection on Facebook - please
"like" the page if you like this site! Would love for you to join us.
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for almost 1,000 (!) artists and groups from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s!
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links to all my oldies-related websites and communities, please head on over to Laura's Oldies Sites
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you live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida (or visit frequently) - please join our Oldies Fans of Tampa Bay group on Facebook!
Fantastic tribute to the late Bob Crewe by Ronnie Allen, who's put together a four-part radio show exclusively on the Jersey Girls Sing website!
Check it out—more than three dozen singers, songwriters, deejays and producers were interviewed for this awesome labor of love.
out this cool Internet radio website, Oldies Your Way! Features shows by DJ Stu (Weiss), who can be heard on The Pop Shoppe every Friday night and on the Sunday
Night Doo-Wop Party. You can interact with Stu and the other deejays in the chat room during their shows! Also, every other
Friday night, Stu's Pop Shoppe features Ed Rambeau's Little Corner of the World, specially themed half-hour shows personally presented
by Ed (who joins in the chat room during the broadcasts). The Pop Shoppe airs from 7:00PM-3:01AM Eastern; Ed's segment starts
NOTE (April 2014)—The Artie Fletcher show is no
longer on the air due to Artie's touring schedule. However, all of his shows (nearly 2 years' worth) have been archived on
the station's website. Scroll down for info and the podcast link!
Attention babyboomers: For a little change of pace, tune in to the
Artie Fletcher Show, which airs every weeknight from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on the Tan Talk Radio network. Artie is a comedian, actor, and author whose (often raunchy) program focuses on music and
current events, and he frequently has artists from the '60s and '70s as guests—artists such as Martha Reeves, Joey Dee,
Bobby Rydell, Jay Proctor, Ric Seymour from Wet Willie, and David Brigati of The Rascals and The Starliters (Ric and David
are each on with Artie every other week). To listen to past shows, just visit Artie's podcast archive. (You can also follow Artie on Twitter and Facebook!)
Michael Brown (The Left Banke) passed away on March 19, 2015, at the age of 65.
Guest book/obituary for Michael Brown on Legacy.com.
25, 1949 - March 19, 2015
Mike Porcaro (Toto) passed away on March 15, 2015, at the age of 59.
Guest book/obituary for Mike Porcaro on Legacy.com.
29, 1955 - March 15, 2015
Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog
Night) passed away on March 11, 2015,
at the age of 67. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Jimmy Greenspoon on Legacy.com.
7, 1948 - March 11, 2015
Lesley Gore passed away on February 16, 2015, at the age of 68. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Lesley Gore on Legacy.com.
2, 1946 - February 16, 2015
Joe Mauldin, bassist for
Buddy Holly's Crickets, passed away
on February 7, 2015, at the age of 74. R.I.P.
Benson Mauldin, Jr.
8, 1940 - February 7, 2015
Musician and producer Kim
Fowley passed away on January 15, 2015, at the age of 75. R.I.P.
21, 1939 - January 15, 2015
Curtis Lee passed away on
January 8, 2015, at the age of 75. R.I.P.
28, 1939 - January 8, 2015
Joe Cocker passed away on
December 22, 2014, at the age of 70. R.I.P.
20, 1944 - December 22, 2014
Jimmy Ruffin passed away
on November 17, 2014, at the age of 78. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Jimmy Ruffin on Legacy.com.
7, 1936 - November 17, 2014
Jack Bruce of Cream passed
away on October 25, 2014, at the age of 71. R.I.P.
Asher "Jack" Bruce
14, 1943 - October 25, 2014
passed away on October 23, 2014, at the age of 72. R.I.P.
27, 1942 - October 23, 2014
of The Raiders passed away on October 4, 2014, at the age of 76. R.I.P.
7, 1938 - October 4, 2014
Bob Crewe passed away on September 11, 2014, at the age of 83. R.I.P.
12, 1930 - September 11, 2014
passed away on July 11, 2014, at the age of 65. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Tommy Ramone on Legacy.com.
Tamás (aka Thomas Erdelyi)
29, 1949 - July 11, 2014
passed away on June 27, 2014, at the age of 70. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Bobby Womack on Legacy.com.
4, 1944 - June 27, 2014
Gerry Goffin passed away on June 19, 2014, at the age of 75. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Gerry Goffin on Legacy.com.
11, 1939 - June 19, 2014
passed away on June 15, 2014, at the age of 82. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Casey Kasem on Legacy.com.
27, 1932 - June 15, 2014
Everly of The Everly Brothers passed away on January 3, 2014, at the age of 74. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Phil Everly on Legacy.com.
19, 1939 - January 3, 2014
Traynor of the original Jay and the Americans passed away on January 2, 2014, at the age of 70. R.I.P.
March 30, 1943 - January
visit the In Memoriam section of this site for a comprehensive
list of passings (including links to obits/guestbooks on Legacy.com, where applicable).
here! The Artists of Oldies Connection - a comprehensive section featuring thousands of links to official sites and social network pages
for hundreds of your favorite music artists from the '50s, '60s
and '70s! It's truly the "connection" part of Oldies Connection; please check it out.
Cool Reads - book recommendations for lovers of oldies music.
This site is being expanded; lots
of new content coming soon. Please bookmark www.oldiesconnection.com and check back often!
Weekly blog post - Arrivals & Departures. Birthdays and passings for the week in (1950s, 1960s and 1970s) music history.
Let's get social! Below are links to a
few of my social networks:
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Ronnie Allen and the Jersey Girls Sing
website have launched an exceptional page called Gone But Not Forgotten (a name that's shared with a page on Oldies Connection!), a comprehensive list of musicians and other entertainers who have passed away since 2008. Gone
But Not Forgotten includes links to info pages for each person listed, and names can be sorted alphabetically
as well as chronologically. Do stop by and take a look at it!
Take a look at Ronnie
Allen's Video Pages on the Jersey Girls Sing website! Ronnie has just added a cool new feature that lets you, the viewer,
select YouTube videos from an alphabetized list (or you can allow them to be selected for you randomly), then view all of
them on a single page. For some wonderful performance videos from the '50s and '60s, check out Ronnie's Video Pages! Who knows, you just might find a treasure you didn't know existed.
(To help you find your way around)
Jersey Girls Sing - Denise Ferri (The Delicates) and Bernadette Carroll ("Party Girl")
A couple of excellent
sites by my UK counterpart, Rosemarie:
Kris Ife - Singer, composer and producer, one of Mark Wirtz's frequent songwriting partners -
and what a voice!
Oldies deejay Ronnie Allen has conducted interviews
with a bevy of noted 50s and 60s recording artists. All of Ronnie's shows are permanently archived on the Jersey Girls Sing! website. To check 'em out, please click on the link for Ronnie's
Radio Page. (By the way, if you listen to the debut show from 07 Aug 2007, as well as the Ron Dante interview
from 03 Oct 2007, you'll hear a couple of cameo appearances by yours truly!)
Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? -- Volume 1. First in a series, this book by Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March
catches up with 26 artists from seven 1950s/1960s acts. It's chock full of quotes, facts, trivia, and lots of surprises!
Click on the link above to read more about it. (P.S. Volume II of the series is now available as well! Details and link are
on the Volume I page.)
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