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The “Golden” Oldies Music Revolution

By Michele Kadison

oldies but goodies The Golden Oldies Music RevolutionConsidered the Golden Age of pop music, what is known as “Oldies” music includes works created during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The term, “oldies, but goodies” was coined in 1957 by renowned DJ Art Laboe, who kept getting requests to hear songs from the early 50′s on his radio show. The name stuck, even to the point where in 1961, a song by Little Caesar and the Romans hit the charts called, “Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You).” Laboe eventually put together a compilation of songs from the era called “Oldies But Goodies” that was on the Billboard top 100 chart for over three years and enjoyed 14 sequels to date.

Oldies Music: The Early Days

The Classic Oldies music of the 50s and early 60′s signify music you can to dance to, sing along to, and fall in love to. With their lyric-driven intensity and their melodic sound, this era epitomizes the golden age of pop music. When the 1960′s came into view, the music began to become more complex and the groups became more diverse in their expression. The singer/songwriter was born, with individuals and bands ranging from folk to pop to rock continuing to break all the rules. Additionally we had a phenomenon called the British Invasion, which changed the face of rock n roll forever.

The Oldies Music Evolution

The early 70′s brought a sound that mirrored what was going on in the burgeoning hippie culture of the time. Expressions of world peace, free love, civil rights, and women’s liberation took hold through rock, funk, and reggae sounds that came from both sides of the ocean.

Oldies: A Musical Revolution of the Times

The 50′s

back to the 50s The Golden Oldies Music RevolutionThe popularity of the Golden Oldies music came from vitality, innocence, and innovation. Never before had music sounded like this. Emerging from a myriad of musical styles that encompassed post World War II blues, jazz, and hillbilly country, which in turn emerged from the big band era along with boogie woogie, the Golden or Classic Oldies indicated the birth of rock n roll. Right around 1955 doo-wop groups began to form, showing off a rhythmic sound and strong backup vocals, with groups like the Del-Vikings singing “Come Go With Me,” the Marcels singing “Blue Moon,” and the classic romantic doo-wop ballad by the Five Satins, “In the Still of the Night.” At the same time, in 1955, Bill Haley came forward with a song that broke all the rules with “Rock Around the Clock” and the revolution began. When Elvis Presley appeared on the scene, things broke open wide. Even though Jerry Lee Lewis had been around before him with his wild and totally unorthodox performances and lifestyle, Elvis gave rock n roll permission to be sexy. He still exemplifies the apotheosis of the Rock Star, and will forever be referenced in this context. The label Sun Records, which signed Elvis and Jerry Lee, became the number one label for making many singers important stars of the time. Artists like Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Ritchie Valens were also shaking up the scene with songs like “Mabelline, “That’ll Be the Day”, “Tutti Frutti,” and “La Bamba” respectively. Here was a whole new sound full of life and rebellion and the kids went wild.

Golden Oldies Music TV

golden oldies The Golden Oldies Music RevolutionAs early as 1952, a local show emerged that featured artists of the time, providing a platform for them to be seen by their fans. In 1956 this little show had a change in hosts, with the young Dick Clark stepping in for Bob Horn and American Bandstand was born. It was picked up by ABC in 1957 and went on to become one of the biggest shows on television for showcasing talent, lasting all the way until 1989.

The 60′s

the 60s The Golden Oldies Music RevolutionWhen Chubby Checker came out with “The Twist,” in 1960, the world was galvanized by the song and the gyrating dance that went with it. Then the early 1960′s brought the revolutionary sound of the Girl Groups. Here we had the sexy Shangra-Las singing “Leader of the Pack” and “Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand) along with the Shirelles, the Ronettes, and the Crystals.. Ike and Tina turner showed up with “River Deep, Mountain High” which featured the avante garde sound of producer Phil Spector and his “wall of sound.” With over 25 top 40 hits between 1960 and 1969, Spector’s creations dominated the charts.

Most of the oldies music songs of this time were written for the artists by a group of savvy songwriters holed up in the famous Brill Building in New York City. Soul singers such as James Brown and Marvin Gaye were very much a part of the time, along with blue-eyed soul artists such as The Righteous Brothers. In 1959, Berry Gordy had founded Motown Records in Detroit and created the Motown sound. Artists like The Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and The Supremes are just a few of the heavyweights that made hit after hit at the time. Add to the list Stevie Wonder and The Jackson Five, along with many other famous names, and its easy to see how Motown packed its punch. And then came the Brits! The British invasion began with a historic moment in 1964 when a group called The Beatles debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show. After this, English groups began streaming in as American teens were overcome with Brit-mania. The Dave Clark Five, the Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Herman’s Hermits, Elton John, Petula Clark, and Dusty Springfield represent a mere smattering of the impact that the British invasion had on music of the day.

The 70′s

the 70s disco The Golden Oldies Music RevolutionAs the 1970′s approached, classic American rock was hitting its stride in oldies music with The Rascals, the Association, Fleetwood Mac, The Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, The Birds, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and The Doors. The drug culture was beginning to define rock n roll in the late 60′s, spawning the most famous outdoor rock concert ever: Woodstock. Singers like Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and Papas, The Beach Boys, and the Lovin’ Spoonful added to the mix as singer/songwriters were taking their place in the firmament. Folk artists like Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Judy Collins were already making their mark in the 60′s. Richie Havens, Carly Simon, Carole King, John Denver, Cat Stevens, and James Taylor enriched the time with their pointed and sensitive songs that made listeners think.

Rock kept growing, with more imports from overseas such as Rod Stewart and the Faces, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, and the androgynous David Bowie, who gave us permission to explore a wider range of personal expression. Funk music was another genre that made the 70′s so musically rich and diverse. Here was George Clinton, Parliament, and Funkadelic along with Earth, Wind, and Fire, the Ohio Players, Kool and the Gang, and Bootsy Collins heating up the floor and making way for the disco generation to come. From folk rock to psychedelic rock, soul, the Motown sound, and bubblegum pop, 70′s music reflected what was going on in the culture, which meant revolution and change. As the 70′s moved on, other musical styles similar to oldies music began to take root from these sounds, and the beat moved on.

Natalie Merchant’s New Album

Natalie Merchant, the once singer-songwriter for the 10,000 Maniacs, who eventually went out on her own as a great success, has now come out with her next album – “Leave Your Sleep”. Nonesuch Records stated the album was released worldwide April 13. Promoting the album, Merchant is performing a series of release parties and concerts in several major American cities.

Natalie Merchant was born in Jamestown, New York. Her mother encouraged her to study music and wouldn’t allow her four children, including Natalie, to watch TV until they were 12. Merchant said they were taken to the symphony often, as her mother loved classical music. Merchant admits she didn’t know much about any other type of music beyond classical and show-tunes, music her mother loved.

In 1981, Merchant started singing for a band called “Still Life”, which later changed their name to “10,000 Maniacs”. In 1993 she left the group to go out on her own. By 1995 she released her album “Tigerlily” which contained the famous single called “I May Know The Word”. The song was to appear on the soundtrack for the movie Philadelphia but was later cut. “Beloved Wife”, another song off of “Tigerlily” was featured in the trailer for the movie Message in a Bottle. The album also contained the song “River”, dedicated to River Phoenix, whom she defend and castigates the media for sensationalizing his death. Tigerlily was a success and pushed her single “Carnival” into the top 40 of singles. The album sold over 5 million copies.

After three years, Merchant released her second album “Ophelia”. This album would contain a lot of symphonic arrangements composed and conducted by British composer Gavin Bryars. Thirty different musicians were featured on the album. The album was meant to describe a series of women throughout time, who dared to question the patriarchal status quo and were often castigated. Merchant described “Ophelia” as being at once a “novice Carmelite”, a “suffragette”, a “circus queen,” a “demigoddess” and a “mafia courtesan.” The first single of the album “Kind and Generous” received massive airplay on VH1. Merchant also joined Sarah McLachlan performing in Lilith Fair, which helped push her album into Platinum status in under a year. Singles “Break Your Heart” and “Life Is Sweet” received only moderate airplay. Merchant made appearances on VH1, PBS and Hard Rock Live that year as well.

Merchant’s third album would be “Motherland”, released in 2001. The album achieved Gold on the Billboard charts with singles “Just Can’t Last, “Build A Levee” and “Tell Yourself”.

After “Motherland”, Merchant did not resign with her record company but released her next album “The House Carpenter’s Daughter” under her own label, Myth America Records. This was in 2003. Merchant later decided to resign with Nonesuch Records and now, in 2010, we see her album “Leave Your Sleep” being released. Financial Times claims “the album is a double album of poems set to music the traverses the whole range of American vernacular, from Bluegrass to Cajon to miniature chamber music, and beyond.”

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

Why We Love Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels has it all and we love it. He has the look, charm, personality, voice, the band, and the ability to make great music. There are so many reasons why we love Bret Michaels. He has fans from all different age groups ranging from his days as the lead singer for Poison from his days on VH1 as a reality star. He has recently recorded music with Miley Cyrus, and unfortunately has been in the headlines for health reasons. He is an American star with worldwide fame and recognition.

His career started in the early 1980s when he formed the band Poison. It is a glam metal, hard rock band that had amazing success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bret is the lead singer and front man of the band. The band also consists of members: C.C. Deville, Rikki Rocket, and Bobby Dall. Some of the band’s more memorable songs were Talk Dirty To Me and Every Rose Has Its Thorn. Since 1986 they have released nine albums with chart topping hits. Last year, they were on tour with Cheap Trick and Def Leppard.

In addition to recording music and going on tour with his band Poison, Bret has also recorded solo albums. He released his first solo album in 1998 and it was called A Letter From Death Row. He is working on his sixth solo album which is due to be released later this year. It is being recorded under the Poor Boy Records label and is titled Custom Built. One song from the album that has already been released that is receiving positive feedback and attention is the duet with Miley Cyrus called Nothing To Lose.

His songs from his solo albums and from the band Poison are continuously played on Internet Radio stations worldwide. He has fans from so many different age groups because his music is played on classic rock channels as well as pop channels on Internet radio stations. His music is also on traditional radio stations as well. He also has fans who love video games because Poison’s songs are on the Guitar Hero song list, which is a very popular video game where you can be a rock star.

He not only records music but he is also a reality TV star. He was the star of VH1 hit show Rock of Love. Bret was introduced to more than twenty women at a time on his show in hopes of finding his one true love. Bret is currently on Donald Trump’s reality series the Celebrity Apprentice. Unfortunately, he has also been seen on TV recently because of a medical condition. In addition to having type 1 diabetes, he was rushed to a hospital with a brain hemorrhage. Luckily he is doing fine and recovering well.

There are so many reasons to love Bret Michaels. He has continued success in the band Poison and also with his solo career. We love rocking out to his music on Guitar Hero and cannot take our eyes off the TV when he is on a reality show.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

Online Music Singles

A lot of people listen to music on Internet radio stations or on another online music outlet. There are a lot of reasons for this including the ease of finding music you like, fewer commercial interruptions, and music is more accessible online especially if people spend a lot of time on their computers for work or school. Musicians have had to keep up with the demands of people spending time listening to music on the Internet. A lot of them release their new singles online before they come out with a new album.

Releasing a new single on the Internet is like a teaser to a new album they may be working on. A musician can also make just as much money releasing a single first before the album because they make money from online music channels and radio stations. It is an honor and can boost their career if they become the most downloaded music star. It can also determine if the record sales will be good or bad, and they can get feedback from their fans about their music. Releasing a single online has many advantages for a musician.

One pop star that has achieved success, fame, and fortune is Miley Cyrus. She has come a long way from her days on the Disney Channel as Hannah Montana. She has matured and so have her fans, and it really shows in her music. Just as musicians have to keep up with new technology and what their fans are doing, she has certainly done the same with her career. As her fans from the Disney channel grew older, she changed her image to cater to a more mature older fan base.

Miley took advantage of the Internet and its advantages and released her new single online this weekend. You can listen to her online music from radio stations on the Internet. Her newest single from the album she is currently working on can be played from her Myspace profile. If her new single has positive feedback then her album will surely have continued success.

Miley Cyrus’ new single is called Can’t Be Tamed. It is different and has a fresh taste from her original sound. It was an unexpected sound from her but the song was really good. Taking a risk and changing music styles can be challenging for artists. Some fans may not appreciate the new sound and others will certainly enjoy it. Other artists who want to take a risk should also release a few singles online before the album. The fans and critiques can respond with helpful comments and criticism.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

Internet Radio and Wedding Plans

A lot of time and preparation takes place before a happy couple’s wedding day. More than half of the planning is for the reception after the wedding. A ceremony usually lasts between fifteen and thirty minutes, but the reception can go on for hours into night. It is a time to celebrate with the newlyweds, dine, drink champagne if you are old enough, and dance the night away. Some couples choose to hire a DJ, and others take care of the music themselves. There is a lot of planning simply for the music during the reception. Here are some ways in which Internet radio can help during your wedding plans.

Planning and preparing for your ceremony and reception can be extremely stressful. There is so much to think about and a lot of people to take into consideration. You have to find food that everyone will like, a location that your family and friends will be able to go to, what kind of music people like and so on. Unfortunately, this can cause fights or panic attacks. If you are under a lot of stress or need to deescalate, listening to music can calm your nerves. Since you are probably looking up information on the Internet, you should keep a tab open with a radio channel ready to be played.

Listening to music while planning can also spark some creativity and inspiration in you. You may be inspired by a love song that you hear or get ideas for a theme when listening to a certain genre of music. Your spouse might have family from another country that has different cultures and customs. You can learn a lot about other cultures by listening to their traditional music. You can find music from all over the world on the Internet. You might even be planning your reception to have a worldly theme, and you can find music to play online.

If you are working with a DJ or choose not to hire one, you should still have a playlist for the reception. You can find fun dance music or love songs for slow dances. Listening to Internet Radio offers you to listen to a lot of music genres in one place without distractions from radio hosts and a lot of commercials. If you decide to play your own music and not hire a DJ, you can always connect your computer to high quality speakers to play music. Internet radio is perfect for this because it has fewer commercials than traditional radio, and you can easily switch music channels and genres.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

Ray LaMontagne

It is possible you have heard his voice, maybe on the radio, or possibly you have heard him on television shows such as Rescue Me, One Tree Hill, Bones, Law and Order Criminal Intent – and such. Maybe you have heard his voice and didn’t know who he was. His sound is distinct and sincere and if you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to Ray LaMontagne, you should.

Ray LaMontagne was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1973. Raised by his mother, a musician who liked to stay on the move, LaMontagne found his interest more in reading and writing than in music in his early years. In his biography, he states that he frequently ditched high school in Morgan, Utah to write stories. Despite barely attending school, LaMontagne did graduate and eventually moved to Lewiston, Maine where he started work in a shoe factory.

Changing careers happened almost instantaneously, as LaMontagne puts it, he was listening to a Stephen Stills song during an early morning work shift – which inspired him to quit and become a singer songwriter. By 1999 he was touring while maintaining a side job as a carpenter. In the summer of 1999 he created a 10-song demo that he submitted to various local music venues. When the doors opened for him by initiation to perform at a local theater, opening for John Gorka and Jonathan Edwards, LaMontagne was quickly discovered. He was signed to Chrysalis Music Publishing and recorded his first album. The album was sold to RCA in the US and Echo Records in the UK.

The first album LaMontagne is most noted for is “Trouble”. The album was released in 2004 with featured performances by Nickel Creek violinist Sara Watkins and Stephen Still’s daughter Jennifer Stills. Although the album didn’t reach as much pop success in the US, with peaking only at #189 on the Billboard 200, it sold over 250,000 copies and over 400,000 copies worldwide.

When American Idol contestant and then winner Taylor Hicks performed “Trouble”, the song was brought to the forefront of many new listeners. The song was again performed by another American Idol contestant during Season 6. By 2005 people were hearing the voice of LaMontagne for the TV series Rescue Me. Songs “All the Wild Horses”, “Trouble” and “Burn” were used in the background. In 2006, “Touble” became a top 40 hit in the UK and peaked at #5.

In 2006 LaMontagne released his second album “Till The Sun Turns Black”. The album featured more instrumentation than his first and included the use of a horn and string section on several of the songs. The album peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 album chart and sold 28,000 copies in its first week. LaMontagne was asked to perform on The Tonight Show and was album to promote his album. Soon after, the song “Till The Sun Turns Black” was featured on the television show ER and “Lesson Learned” was used on One Tree Hill.

 LaMontagne’s efforts have not gone completely unnoticed. He has won three Boston Music Awards for Album of the Year (“Trouble”), Song of the Year (“Trouble”), and best male singer/songwriter. He was also nominated for “Act of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year”. XM Nation Awards named him “Best New Acoustic Rock Artist”. “Trouble” was nominated for the 2005 Shortlist Music Prize and Esquire Magazine awarded LaMontagne a “Best Voice Esky” in the 2006 Esky Music Awards.

In 2008 LaMontagne released his third album “Gossip in the Grain” and reached #3 on the Billboard Charts. The song “You Are the Best Thing” was featured in the movie I Love You, Man. He also sang the song “Sarah” on an episode of House.M.D.

LaMontagne is certainly a voice we will be hearing over and over, and now you can put a name to it.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

Internet Radio for Parties

Planning a party can be challenging but the end result is so rewarding because you get to have a lot of fun with your friends and family for any occasion. Planning a party requires making a budget, deciding on a theme, what type of food to serve, what kind of music to play, and many other details. If you are throwing a party you should start planning for it a couple of weeks in advance. The most important aspect of any party that will make it a success is the music. Using an Internet radio station is the best choice to use for music at your party.

The first step for planning your party is knowing your budget. Once a budget is determined, you can allocate the funds for invitations, decorations, food, and other party supplies that you will need. You can have a themed party if you want such as a Hawaiian or country theme. Perhaps you are celebrating a particular occasion such as a birthday, graduation, or a baby shower. If you have a theme of a certain occasion you are celebrating, you can decide on appropriate music to play at your party.

Making a playlist can be a lot of fun and you may even discover a new band you had not heard of before. You can have a theme styled playlist or a mix of different genres, singer, and bands. If you are throwing a western themed party you should include a lot of country music at your party. People love to dance at parties, so good dance music is a necessity. You can make your playlist by listening to Internet radio stations to find songs for your playlist. When you hear a song on radio channel that you like, write it down and record it for your party playlist.

If you do not want to make a specific playlist for your party or prefer to just have background noise, you can have the radio on. If you choose to have the radio on during your party, using an Internet Radio station would be better than a traditional radio station. Having music play from the Internet can be less distracting because stations usually have fewer commercials and dj’s talking after every song. You can also find music from all over the world which is perfect if you are throwing a themed party.

The music at your party can get conversations started, especially if you are playing a popular song that people like. There is so much to talk about when it comes to music. Also, people love to dance at parties and can make it really fun.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

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