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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.

Kellie Pickler Releasing New Single

“Pick Pickler” was American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler’s slogan. The then 19-year old is now on her own, still making music and still gaining notoriety. During an MTV interview, Pickler said she is working on a new album right now that will be her third, to be released this Fall. And this album, she claims, will be very country, as in the past, fans complained her music was too pop for their taste. Pickler says she is going back to her roots and the album will reflect this.

Kellie Pickler was born June 28, 1986 in Albemarle, North Carolina. Pickler’s mother left her and her father when Kellie was 2. She returned for custody but then the court returned the daughter to her grandparents when she was 12. With her father in and out of jail, Pickler was raised by her grandparents. Pickler still attributes her life’s influences to her grandparents, especially her grandfather, Clyde Raymond Pickler Sr.

When Pickler’s grandmother died in 2002, she continued to live with her grandfather and younger sibling Eric until she became a contestant on American Idol. Prior to being on Idol, Pickler graduated from high school and worked as a waitress at a Sonic Drive-In. She participated in the Miss America circuit and won the “Miss Stanly County” pageant at age 17. She also competed for Miss North Carolina in 2004.

In 2005 she auditioned for American Idol in Greensboro, North Carolina. She sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing”. The judges sent her to Hollywood and she slowly reached the Top 12. Pickler became popular due to her quirky personality and southern charm. Audiences loved her naiveté and compared her to Jessica Simpson.

After finishing sixth on American Idol, she made appearances on numerous television shows. In May of 2006 she returned to Albemarle, North Carolina for a parade and reunion with her father. The mayor proclaimed the day as Kellie Pickler Day.

Pickler wanted to continue pursuing her career and decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee. On July 17, 2006 she signed with 19 Records/BNA Records as a recording artist. She released her debut album “Small Town Girl” in 2006. It sold over 800,000 copies and was certified gold by the RIAA. It also was nominated for the CMT Video Awards as “Breakthrough Video of the Year”. The debut album topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums. The album produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Song charts. They included “Red High Heels” at #15, “I Wonder” at #14 and “Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind” at #16.

In addition to her album’s success, Pickler was nominated for “Top New Female Vocalist” by the Academy of Country Music.

Pickler continued to perform and release singles. The single “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” was released to radio in June 2008 and was a Top 25 hit, peaking at #21. Her second album “Kellie Pickler” was finally released on September 30, 2008. The album debuted at the top of the country chart as well as #9 on the Billboard 200, selling over 43,000 copies in its first week.

In 2009, Pickler accompanied Taylor Swift on the first leg of her Fearless Tour. Pickler also re-recorded the single “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” from her first album. The song debuted at #55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became her fifth Top 20 hit, peaking at #14 in February 2010.

Pickler now looks forward to the release of her third album and hopes it receives as much of a welcome as her other two albums, or even a better one at that.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, 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 http://www.977music.com.

Internet radio and Other Music Awards

Singers and bands have loyal fans that stick with them through the thick and thin of their music careers. Annual music awards are a time for the fans to vote for their favorite musicians and give praise for their musical talents. Singers and bands not only get recognition and some type of fancy award, but their careers are usually increased in ratings. There are genre specific music awards, general music awards, and online music awards. Here is a look at an Internet radio awards and some other music awards.

Perhaps the most well known music awards are the Grammy Awards show. It is an annual award given to musicians that are the best in the business. They receive a golden gramophone statuette that solidifies their place in the entertainment industry and their outstanding achievements. The Grammy Award is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The categories you can win an award for are: best new artist, album of the year, song of the year, and record of the year. These categories are also handed out awards for certain genres.

There are other music awards that take place every year that are genre specific. They are less prestigious than the Grammy’s but can still boost a musician’s career and get just as much hype and audience attention. Other annual awards are the County Music Awards, the MTV Video Music awards, Texas Music Awards, Independent Music Awards, and the Brit Awards for example. These music awards recognize achievements for musicians who make music in their genre such as country, hip hop, or alternative music.

Internet Radio is just as influential as traditional radio for promoting a band or singer. Annually, there are the Internet Radio Awards that are held online. You can vote for your favorite Internet radio station, and they will win an award for best program online. If you have a radio station online you can either nominate yourself or one of your listeners can nominate for an award. It is a great way to see what stations there are around the world and to recognize the hard work that your favorite Internet station does day to day to provide you with great music to listen to.

If you want to discover music from around the world, or nominate an Independent musician for their work, you can vote for them at the International Online Music Awards. They are held every year, and you can vote for your favorite Independent band or singer to win an award. A lot of popular mainstream artists have been discovered by their online music. The Internet is very powerful for boosting someone’s career.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, 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 http://www.977music.com.

Sade and Soldier of Love

It has been ten years since anyone has heard from Sade Adu. Sade, pronounced (Shahr-DAY) is a woman and a band. The group was best known in the 80s and later in the 90s for “Lovers Rock.” But now, after being in seclusion, Sade has reappeared and has just released the album “Soldier of Love”.

Sade Abu was born in Nigeria. Her father was a Nigerian lecturer in economics and her mother an English nurse. The couple divorced with her mother taking Sade, then 4-years-old, back to England. Sade later moved to London and studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. It was in college she joined the band Pride where she sang backup vocals. She was discovered when singing the solo “Smooth Operator”. Epic Records asked her to sign along with three members of her band.

The band was later renamed Sade and technically formed in 1983. The group’s debut album, Diamond Life, went Top Ten in the U.K. in late 1984 and sold platinum. In 1985, their third single “Smooth Operator” was released and nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards and Sade was given awards for Best Female Video and Best New Artist. The same year, Sade released their second album “Promise” in the United Kingdom. In 1986 Sade Abu was nominated for an American Music Award and Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist. She also won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

It was in 1988 Sade released their third album “Stronger Than Pride” in the U.K., which reached No. 3. The album came out in the US the following year. It didn’t receive as much attention as the 1990 release “Love Deluxe”. This album did hit Number 3 on the US Album charts and was certified Quadruple-Platinum.

If the group wasn’t known then, they became quite known after releasing two successful singles for the films Philadelphia and Indecent Proposal. For Philadelphia they recorded the song “Please Send Me Someone To Love”. In 1994 they won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for “No Ordinary Love”, the single featured in Indecent Proposal. This same year, Sade released their first compilation album “The Best of Sade”. The album peaked at Number 9 on Billboard’s Album Chart.

With the new millennium and eight years later, Sade released “Lovers Rock”. The album reached Number #3 in the US and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Sade also performed at the MOBO Awards ceremony for the first time since the early 90s. The band toured in the US throughout 2001.

In 2002, Sade was made a member of the Order of the British Empire, an organization dedicated to chivalry, who grants admission to both males and females.

A performer, mother, and famous recluse – Sade has now, in 2009, released “Soldier of Love”. It is Sade’s sixth album. It was released worldwide in February of 2010. The single “Soldier of Love” has already debuted Number 11 on the Urban Hot AC chart already, making it the highest debut of the decade.

When not touring, Sade continues to live in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, 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 http://www.977music.com.

Remembering the 90’s

The 90s was a time of Bill Clinton, Friends and Sienfield. In regards to music, here are the top five songs and musicians along with a little trivia.

1.) Britney Spears: ‘…Baby, One More Time’

This Mouseketeer became a pop phenomenon shortly after this first hit single. Jive Records released the song on October 13, 1998. With a sexy and somewhat controversial video, the single peaked at number on the Billboard Hot 100 for weeks.

The song was originally written for TLC, claimed the song’s writer, Max Martin. Unfortunately for TLC the song was nominated for a Grammy that year, and has since become Spear’s most successful song performed. Britney said, “ever girl can relate to it”. This claimed to be somewhat true, as the song sold over 750,000 copies, earning a three-times golf certification.

2.) Nirvana: ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

Off the release of Nirvana’s album, Nevermind in 1992, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, quickly became a hit. Some believe this song sparked a teenage revolution of alternative rock, which is still well recognized today. The song was Nirvana’s biggest hit, even getting a fluke remake out of Weird Al Yankovic.

‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ received many MTV Video Music Awards. Cobain stated, “I was trying to write the ultimate pop song”. Even after Kurt Cobain’s death critics recognized the song as being one of the greatest alternative rock songs of all time.

3.) Alanis Morissette: ’You Oughta Know’

Grammy-Award winning song written and performed by Alanis, herself, was placed on Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill in 1995. The song’s love/hate lyrics were rumored to be about Morissette’s boyfriend Dave Coulier of TV’s Full House.

This pain-ridden song, with a shocking set of musical words, was one of the first attempts to state heartache so explicitly. The song became mainstream across the teenage universe, becoming a hit in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

4.) Cher: ‘Believe”

This spark of one of Cher’s many comebacks became the single, most-listened to, hit of her career. The song has been remade four times, to fit the club scene, dance re-mix genre and ballad arena. Earning a Grammy, this multi-platinum song was written collaboratively by six individuals (Paul Barry, Matt Gray, Steven Torch, Brian Higgins, Timothy Powell and Stuart McLellan).

The song, ‘Believe’ was released in 1998, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. After it’s release, it also became a number one song in over twenty-three countries worldwide, within two weeks.

5.) Rob Thomas: ‘Smooth’

This collaborative effort between Rob Thomas (of Matchbox Twenty), and Santana wowed music audiences with its slick lyrics and amazing guitar riffs. Rob Thomas originally wanted George Michael to sing the song for the recreated lyrics he had constructed from the song, ’Room 17’.

The song became a hit in 1999, spending over twelve consecutive weeks at number one, on the Billboard Hot 100. The same year, ’Smooth’ won three esteemed Grammy Awards, including, Song of the Year. Rob wrote the song for his wife, Marisol Thomas.

When it came to music of the 90s, there were many hits from various genres, but the above songs are the ones most still have stuck in their heads.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, 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 http://www.977music.com.

Singing Siblings

People say that talent runs in a family. A lot of actors take after their parents, brothers, or sisters. This is also true in the music industry. There are not only a lot of family acts, such as the Jackson 5 or the Jonas Brothers, but there are a lot of siblings who are both in the industry. Sometimes one sibling takes the spotlight more so than the other which can lead to rivalry and jealousy. Other times, both siblings are both such sensational hits that the family name takes over the music charts. Here are some famous sibling musical artists.

Both the Jonas Brothers and the Van Halen brothers perform as a group. The Jonas Brothers took over the music charts and their group exploded into stardom amongst younger kids and teens. They are a pop band from New Jersey and record under the labels Hollywood, Columbia, INO, and Daylight. They went on tour with another famous artist who followed in her father’s footsteps, Miley Cyrus. Currently, they have four albums released. Their first album was titled, “It’s About Time,” and the most current album is titled, “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times.”

The Van Halen brothers are a little more old school and are a rock band that hit their prime in the 1980s. The three brothers, along with a few other musicians, make up the band Van Halen. This band is from the opposite side of the country from the Jonas Brothers and originated in California. They are a heavy metal and hard rock band that records under the labels Yessup Recording and Warner Brothers. They are such a successful band that has sold close to 100 million albums worldwide. The three brother’s names are Alex, Wolfgang, and Eddie Van Halen.

Two siblings that performed separately that both took over the music charts since the 1980s are Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. Michael’s career started much earlier than his sister’s did when he performed alongside his older brothers in the Jackson 5. He had a solo career which turned him into music sensation and legend. His music and dancing is still admired even after the mourning of his recent death. He is a pop icon and invented new dance moves. His sister had a huge shadow to cast out of. Janet Jackson was a hit and her dance moves also stunned the world. When she turned 16 years old, she signed a recording contrast and her career took off ever since that time.

You can’t look at a tabloid or magazine without seeing the two faces of these sisters. Jessica Simpson and Ashley Simpson-Wentz are singing sensations. Jessica had a promising career and was up against huge stars Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. She had a rough start and a lot of competition. Her voice is amazing and she can carry a tune. She had a few hit singles as a pop star and recently crossed over to work on her career as a country music artist. Like Janet Jackson, Ashley Simpson also had big shoes to fill. Ashley was instantly a hit even with a lot of criticism. Her fame can be attributed to her MTV reality show and her name. She is more of a punk/pop singer and is more edgy than Jessica. Both sisters have had chart topping hits.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, 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 http://www.977music.com.

Musicians Take Over Reality TV

Reality TV has scooped up musicians as a new and popular hype. Retired musicians, as well as those attempting to jump start a second-wind in their career, have now allowed their personal lives to be taped for the sake of exposure.

Some famous musicians have taken the path to finding love, as Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison did, in his three seasons of ‘Rock of Love’. Others choose to exhibit a family life worthy of television, introducing Hollywood living at its best. The TOP 5 rated musicians whom have made reality TV appealing are:

1) Reverend Joseph ‘Run’ Simmons – Run’s House – Reverend Run, of Run DMC exhibits his hit rapper-turned-minister ways as a family man attempting to consistently manage his six children (Vanessa, Angela, Jojo, Diggy, Russy and Miley), and the launch of his come-back career. Rev. Run, alongside his wife Justine, have proven to be an act to follow since the show’s initial air in 2005.

MTV has since launched five seasons of the rapper’s New Jersey lifestyle, which has also led to the spin-off, ‘Daddy’s Girls‘. In Daddy’s Girls, the reverend’s daughters Vanessa and Angela leave home to pursue their career in fashion, while still staying in touch with Daddy ‘Run‘.

2) Ozzy Osbourne – The Osbournes – This kooky Prince of Darkness has become one of America’s favorite TV fathers. The Osbournes, a series featuring the domestic life of Osbourne and his family (wife Sharon, children Jack and Kelly and special guest appearances from his son Louis) Ozzy and Sharon’s oldest daughter Aimee declined to participate in the show, completely. The program became one of MTV’s greatest hits, premiering in March 2002. The family’s final episode aired March 21, 2005.

3) Gene Simmons – Gene Simmons Family Jewels was a series that premiered in 2006. The show follows the life of K.I.S.S. bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons, his longtime partner Shannon Tweed, and their two children, Nick (born 1989) and Sophie (born 1992). The show is similar to The Osbournes in that it follows a rock star and his family through their everyday lives. Season four ran from June 7, 2009 until August 16, 2009.

4) Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood is an American television reality show starring rapper Snoop Dogg and his family. His family includes wife Shante, daughter Cori whom he calls “Choc”, son Cordell whom he calls “Rook”, and his oldest son Corde whom he calls “Spank”. It premiered December 9, 2007 on E!, and premiered on January 13, 2008 in the UK. It is rated TV-14, but is often mistaken to be rated for a more mature audience. The series initially broadcasted on E!. The second season debuted November 30, 2008.

5) William ‘Flavor Flav’ Drayton – Flavor of Love premiered on VH1 after the rapper’s two prior reality shows, ‘Strange Love ‘ and ‘The Surreal Life 3′. In season one, 25 women from around the globe competed for Flavor’s heart. Women underwent physical, mental and emotional challenges all under the public eye. The winner of the season was awarded, not only Flavor’s heart, but also a set of gold teeth.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, 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 http://www.977music.com.

 
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