Welcome to Oldies Connection
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...
My first novel, The D.A.'s Forever, has just been published! Here's what the book is about:
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.
a babyboomer like me who loves the music and culture of the 1950s, please click on one of the links to 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!)
Note: The D.A.'s Forever contains explicit language and sexual situations. Reader discretion is advised.
Read more about the book on its very own
website by clicking HERE.
It's that time
of year again: Head on over to one of Oldies Connection's sister sites, Christmas Rock, for lyrics, video links and other fun stuff!
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PHOTOS—links to my online photo albums of concert shots
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Web links for almost 1,000 (!) artists
and groups from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s!
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to all my oldies-related websites and communities, please head on over to Laura's Oldies Sites
live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida (or visit frequently) - please join our Oldies Fans of Tampa Bay group on Facebook!
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, to get a heads-up on scheduled guests!)
Lou Reed passed away on October 27, 2013, at the age of 71. R.I.P.
2, 1942 - October 27, 2013
Eydie Gormé passed away on August 10, 2013, at the age of 84. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Eydie Gormé on Legacy.com.
16, 1928 - August 10, 2013
Clarence Burke, Jr., lead singer of the family group The Five Stairsteps, passed away on May 26, 2013,
at the age of 64. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Clarence Burke,
Jr. on Legacy.com.
25, 1949 - May 26, 2013
Lytle, an original member of Bill Haley & His Comets, passed away on May 25, 2013, at the age of 79. R.I.P.
1, 1933 - May 25, 2013
Ray Manzarek, one of the founding members of The Doors, passed away on May
20, 2013, at the age of 74. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Ray Manzarek on Legacy.com.
Daniel Manzarek, Jr.
12, 1939 - May 20, 2013
O'Day passed away on May 17, 2013, at the age of 72. R.I.P.
3, 1940 - May 17, 2013
George Jones passed away on April 26, 2013, at the age of 81. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for George Jones on Legacy.com.
12, 1931 - April 26, 2013
Havens passed away on April 22, 2013, at the age of 72. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Richie Havens on Legacy.com.
21, 1941 - April 22, 2013
sweetheart, Annette Funicello, has passed away at the age of 70. The former Mouseketeer died from complications from multiple
sclerosis (MS), which she had been battling for more than 25 years. The world won't be the same without Annette's bright smile,
charm, and talent, but we're all a lot better for having known her. R.I.P. Annette.
Guest book/obituary for Annette Funicello on Legacy.com.
1940 - 08 April 2013
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.
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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.
new 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!
host, disk jockey, emcee, writer, producer, movie star, singer, and author Clay Cole passed away at his North Carolina home
on December 18, 2010. R.I.P. Clay.
scroll down for some info on how YOU can help get Clay inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although this honor
may now be bestowed posthumously, it is well deserved and we know that Clay will be watching from Rock and Roll Heaven and
smiling. Please sign the petition to get him inducted.
sign the PETITION to get CLAY COLE inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME!
We would like to petition
the induction of legendary TV, stage and film personality
Clay Cole into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in the "Non-Performer" category.
Frankie Valli stated it well when he was quoted on the back cover of Clay's immensely popular new book
"Sh-Boom! The Explosion Of Rock 'N' Roll 1953-1968," which chronicles those memorable years:
in the day, EVERYBODY in New York watched Clay Cole."
Renowned New York Daily News
journalist David Hinckley put it this way:
COLE SHOW was one of television's greatest rock 'n' roll shows. Clay had the whole music industry to draw on, and watch him.
Clay Cole imprinted a powerful image onto the memory of a few million teenagers."...
To read the rest and sign the
(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
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