Posted on : 19-08-2009 | By : Live Concert | In : Live Concert
Tags: Music, Oldies Music, Rock Music
The term, “oldies,” refers to both popular music from the 1950s-1970s and the radio format that specializes in this type of music. “Golden oldies” oftentimes refers to oldies music exclusively from the 1950s-early 1960s. Oldies tunes are typically from the R&B, pop and rock music type ofs but may also include country, movie soundtrack, novelty, and other categories of popular music played on the radio from around 1950-on. Pop music type ofs that had their heyday before the 1950s (e.g., ragtime, big band) are generally thought to be “too old” to be included in the oldies radio format. Oldies music radio stations, which typically feature artists and performers such as (to name several ) Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Pat Boone, Sam Cooke, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Rascals, the Association, the Temptations, the Who, Elton John, and Fleetwood Mac, cover a broad variety of styles including early rock and roll, rockabilly, doo-wop, surf rock, girl groups, the British Invasion, folk rock, psychedelic rock, baroque pop, soul music, Motown, and bubblegum pop. Oldies music also overlaps with classic rock which focuses on the rock music of the late 1960s and 1970s as well as newer music in a similar style.
The phrase, “oldies but nice ies,” was 1st coined in 1957 by renowned disc jockey Art Laboe who, at around that time, used to get frequent requests from his fans for tunes from the early 1950s. A central figure in L.A. radio for over half a century, Laboe was the 1st disc jockey to play rock and roll on the West Coast and one of the 1st to play black and white musicians on the same show. In 1959, he put together the 1st LP to feature (mostly older) tunes by divergent musicians. This immensely popular compilation album, entitled “Oldies But Goodies,” stayed on Billboard’s Top 100 LP’s chart for over three years and has, to date, spawned some 14 sequels. (Click here for a recent interview with Art Laboe.)
Soon after the release of Laboe’s first “Oldies But Goodies” album, the phrase, “oldies but nice ies,” became commonplace and by around 1960, people were waxing nostalgic for 1950s doo-wop which was already starting to be classified as “oldies.” Little Caesar And The Romans’ 1961 hit, “Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You)” and its sequel, “Memories of Those Oldies But Goodies,” both pay homage to early doo-wop and doo-wop musicians. This wave of nostalgia brought about a doo-wop revival in the early 1960s which was the first of a lot of nostalgia movements in pop music since the term, “oldies,” was first applied to older pop music.
While “golden oldies” has remained a never ending over the years, the larger body of pop music that we still call “oldies” today – which is made up of core golden oldies tunes plus more modern material – isn’t fixed but has been gradually expanding forward in time to keep up with changing demographics. Nowadays, oldies music is generally considered to include all of the 1970s, even disco, and the same is expected to be true someday for the music of the 1980s, now a number of times described as “retro.” Oldies music is additionally expanding in breadth as thousands of long-forgotten tunes from the 1950s and 1960s that never made the Top 40 in their day are being re discovered and resurrected. Whether because of nostalgia, curiosity, or a genuine love for good music, the oldies format has maintained a immense following and will could continue to do so for a lot of years to come.