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Oldies Connection - Rock 'n' Roll Artists of the '50s, '60s and '70s

Welcome to Oldies Connection

(This 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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Oldies Connection covers the light pop music of the '50s, '60s and '70s -- not the culture, not the politics, not TV or movies -- just rock and rollOldies 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 SedakaCheck out the comprehensive Artists & Music section for thousands of links for hundreds of artists from the Fifties and Sixties and Seventies!
 
 
 

Happy Together Tour 2012

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, July 2012

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First, a little shameless self promotion...
My first novel, THE D.A.'s FOREVER, is available on Amazon Kindle!
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. 
If 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!)
 
 
Learn more about The D.A.'s Forever on its very own website by clicking HERE.


NEW—Oldies Connection now has a dedicated Twitter page! Check it out by clicking on the link, or via the widget below.
 
And feel free to continue following my personal Twitter page as well ... lots of fun stuff related to the '50s, '60s and '70s!

While my oldies sites are a labor of love, certain operating costs (e.g., web hosting) must be met in order to keep them going. If you enjoy visiting my web sites, please consider making a donation to help defray these expenses. Just click on the button to the left to donate via PayPalAny amount is appreciated. Thank you!

Click 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!
NEW PAGE: PHOTOS—links to my online photo albums of concert shots
News and Releases—a "second homepage" for Oldies Connection featuring the latest on (and by) your faves!
Oldies Connection page on Facebook - please "like" the page if you like this site! Would love for you to join us.
Web links for almost 1,000 (!) artists and groups from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s!
For links to all my oldies-related websites and communities, please head on over to Laura's Oldies Sites
If you live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida (or visit frequently) - please join our Oldies Fans of Tampa Bay group on Facebook! 
Check out the Laura's Oldies Connection blog on Wordpress
 

Book Recommendations:

The D.A.'s Forever

Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? - Vol. I

Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? -- Vol. 2

New writeup—Butlins Festival of the '60s Review by Wayne Adderley. Check it out!

Check 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 at 8:30PM.

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!)

Recent passings:
 
 
Tommy Ramone passed away on July 11, 2014, at the age of 65. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Tommy Ramone on Legacy.com.
Erdélyi Tamás (aka Thomas Erdelyi)
January 29, 1949 - July 11, 2014

Bobby Womack passed away on June 27, 2014, at the age of 70. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Bobby Womack on Legacy.com.
Robert Dwayne Womack
March 4, 1944 - June 27, 2014

Composer 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.
Gerald Goffin
February 11, 1939 - June 19, 2014

Casey Kasem passed away on June 15, 2014, at the age of 82. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Casey Kasem on Legacy.com.
Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem
April 27, 1932 - June 15, 2014

Phil 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.
Phillip "Phil" Everly
January 19, 1939 - January 3, 2014

Jay Traynor of the original Jay and the Americans passed away on January 2, 2014, at the age of 70. R.I.P.
John "Jay" Traynor
March 30, 1943 - January 2, 2014

Lou Reed passed away on October 27, 2013, at the age of 71. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Lou Reed on Legacy.com.
Lewis Allan Reed
March 2, 1942 - October 27, 2013


 
Please visit the In Memoriam section of this site for a comprehensive list of passings (including links to obits/guestbooks on Legacy.com, where applicable).
 

 
For other news, please see "Page Two" of Oldies Connection, News and Releases.
 

 NEW STUFF!!!
 
It's finally 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.
Music, Music, and More Music! - sorted by category. Just click on the links to browse the selections!
This site is being expanded; lots of new content coming soon. Please bookmark www.oldiesconnection.com and check back often!

A big THANK-YOU to Artie Wayne for spotlighting Oldies Connection on his blog, Artie Wayne on the Web!

Weekly blog post - Arrivals & Departures.  Birthdays and passings for the week in (1950s, 1960s and 1970s) music history.

 
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Welcome to Oldies Connection

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.

Ronnie Allen has archived his radio shows on the Jersey Girls Sing website.  You can hear the Nutty But Nice shows in their entirety by clicking on the link.

Many thanks to Artie Wayne for including Oldies Connection on his list of Best Oldies and New Music Websites of 2009!
 

Welcome to Oldies Connection

(To help you find your way around)

SPOTLIGHT SITES:
 
Jersey Girls Sing - Denise Ferri (The Delicates) and Bernadette Carroll ("Party Girl")
The Clay Cole Show - Official site for the 60s variety show
Laura's Oldies Sites - Links to all the oldies-related sites and communities I own
 
Also check out:
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!
Ed Rambeau - Singer/songwriter, best known for penning "Navy Blue" for Diane Renay (also see His Name is Rambeau on this site)

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!)

 

Blogs:
 
The official Oldies Connection blog (on Blogger)
Laura's Oldies Room (Tumblr blog)

Book recommendations:
 
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.)
 
Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era.  Read all about this fantastic book by Ken Emerson!  Click on the book title to check out the dedicated page on this site, which includes commentary by the author plus links to editorial reviews and to a December 2005 on-air interview with Ken.
 
 
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