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

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(This site created and lovingly maintained by Laura Pinto)
Welcome to Oldies Connection, your one-stop website 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!

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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: Explicit content. 
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.

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!

>>>The Artists of Oldies Connection<<<
Web links for almost 1,000 (!) artists and groups from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s!

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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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Book Recommendations:


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!

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.

Recent passings: 

Merle Haggard passed away on April 6, 2016, at the age of 79. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Merle Haggard on Legacy.com.
Merle Ronald Haggard
April 6, 1937 - April 6, 2016

Frank Sinatra, Jr. passed away on March 16, 2016, at the age of 72. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Frank Sinatra, Jr. on Legacy.com.
Francis Wayne Sinatra
January 10, 1944 - March 16, 2016

Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) passed away on March 10, 2016, at the age of 71. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Keith Emerson on Legacy.com.
Keith Noel Emerson
November 2, 1944 - March 10, 2016

Gogi Grant passed away on March 10, 2016, at the age of 91. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Gogi Grant on Legacy.com.
Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg
September 20, 1924 - March 10, 2016

Sir George Martin passed away on March 8, 2016, at the age of 90. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Sir George Martin on Legacy.com.
George Henry Martin
January 3, 1926 - March 8, 2016

Gayle McCormick (Smith) passed away on March 1, 2016, at the age of 67. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Gayle McCormick on Legacy.com.
Gayle McCormick
November 26, 1948 - March 1, 2016

Lennie Baker (Danny & the Juniors, Sha Na Na) passed away on February 24, 2016, at the age of 69. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Lennie Baker on Legacy.com.
Lennie Baker
April 18, 1946 - February 24, 2016

Sonny James passed away on February 22, 2016, at the age of 87. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Sonny James on Legacy.com.
James Hugh Loden
May 1, 1928 - February 22, 2016

Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) passed away on February 3, 2016, at the age of 74. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Maurice White on Legacy.com.
Maurice White
December 19, 1941 - February 3, 2016

Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane) passed away on January 28, 2016, at the age of 74. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Paul Kantner on Legacy.com.
Paul Lorin Kantner
March 17, 1941 - January 28, 2016

Signe Anderson (Jefferson Airplane) passed away on January 28, 2016, at the age of 74. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Signe Anderson on Legacy.com.
Signe Toly Anderson
September 15, 1941 - January 28, 2016

Glenn Frey passed away on January 18, 2016, at the age of 67. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Glenn Frey on Legacy.com.
Glenn Lewis Frey
November 6, 1948 - January 18, 2016

Davie Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016, at the age of 69. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for David Bowie on Legacy.com.
David Robert Jones
January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016

Natalie Cole passed away on December 31, 2015, at the age of 65. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Natalie Cole on Legacy.com.
Natalie Marie Cole
February 6, 1950 - December 31, 2015

Stevie Wright (The Easybeats) passed away on December 27, 2015, at the age of 68. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Stevie Wright on Legacy.com.
Stephen Carlton Wright
December 20, 1947 - December 27, 2015

Cynthia Robinson (Sly and the Family Stone) passed away on November 23, 2015, at the age of 71. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Cynthia Robinson on Legacy.com.
Cynthia Robinson
January 12, 1944 - November 23, 2015

Songwriter P.F. Sloan passed away on November 15, 2015, at the age of 70. R.I.P.
Philip Gary Schlein
September 18, 1945 - November 15, 2015

Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) passed away on October 20, 2015, at the age of 74. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Cory Wells on Legacy.com.
Emil Lewandowski
February 5, 1941 - October 20, 2015

Frankie Ford passed away on September 28, 2015, at the age of 76. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Frankie Ford on Legacy.com.
Vincent Francis Guzzo, Jr.
August 4, 1939 - September 28, 2015

Cilla Black passed away on August 1, 2015, at the age of 72. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Cilla Black on Legacy.com.
Priscilla Maria Veronica White
May 27, 1943 - August 1, 2015

Lynn Anderson passed away on July 30, 2015, at the age of 67. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Lynn Anderson on Legacy.com.
Lynn Rene Anderson
September 26, 1947 - July 30, 2015

"Diamond" Dave Somerville (The Diamonds) passed away on July 14, 2015, at the age of 81. R.I.P.
David Somerville
October 2, 1933 - July 14, 2015

Chris Squire (Yes) passed away on June 28, 2015, at the age of 67. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for Chris Squire on Legacy.com.
Christopher Russell Edward Squire
March 4, 1948 - June 28, 2015

B.B. King passed away on May 14, 2015, at the age of 89. R.I.P.
Guest book/obituary for B.B. King on Legacy.com.
Riley B. "Blues Boy" King
September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015

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.

Check out 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 continually being expanded. 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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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

Jersey Girls Sing - Denise Ferri (The Delicates) and Bernadette Carroll ("Party Girl")
Musicradio WABC - Awesome tribute site to 77 WABC (New York City), featuring a wealth of jingles and airchecks from the stations's Top Forty era (1961-1982)
Laura's Oldies Sites - Links to all the oldies-related sites and communities I own

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!)

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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