BEST “OLDIES” AND “NEW MUSIC” WEBSITES OF 2009!
December 17, 2009
I grew up listening to Top 40 music, where I could hear Pop, R&B, Country and oldies side by side. Today, to get that kind of diversity from one place is impossible , so now I must get my music from many different sources.
I’ve made a list of BEST ”OLDIES” AND “NEW MUSIC WEBSITES OF 2009 which I hope you enjoy. Here they are in no particular order.
Spectropop… One of the main reasons I joined Spectropop, was the appreciation, by its members, of the well-crafted Pop song, the kind that dominated the Top 40 charts in the 1960s. The site is full of information and entertainment that has brought me back dozens of times this year! It’s one of the best interactive music sites on the web. http://spectropop.com
Coverville…Creator and host, Brian Ibbott, is one of the most consistent podcasters around. His twice weekly show spotlights new covers of older songs, never cease to amaze me! Make sure to check out the archives http://coverville.com
Kent Kotal, has put together quite a remarkable website…I’ll let him describe it, “If you’re tired of the same old 200 oldies being drummed into your head over and over and over and over again…then GET ON THE LIST!!! Forgotten Hits is a free online oldies music newsletter that allows oldies music fans the opportunity to share their memories right alongside those of the deejays, who keep this music alive, as well as many of the great artists who created this great music in the first place.” Just click onto http://forgottenhits.com for more information and http://forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com/ to see new postings and features.
The “Classic Hit” Superstar is preparing to release a new album and a new book. “Me, the Mob and the Music” at the beginning of the year. http://tommyjames.com
OVER 50 MUSIC. COM
My longtime friend songwriter/ producer musician, Art Munson has put together a website that features music and articles of interest to our generation. He also is writing about his firsthand experiences as a musician, playing with Dick Dale as one of the Deltones, working on sessions with Glenn Campbell, and producing the Blossoms. I can’t wait to hear some of his stories about playing on Phil Spector and Righteous Brothers sessions. http://over50music.com
See clips from past shows plus all the videos of winners and runners up from all seasons http://www.americanidol.com/
The website of the hot TV show which tells the story of a High School Glee Club with great songs that make us sing along! http://www.fox.com/glee/
SCOTT SHANNON TRUE OLDIES CHANNEL
My pal from the past, Scott Shannon, not only is the top “Oldies” DJ in America, with millions of listeners, but he’s become a champion of an era of music that is being systematically eliminated on radio. The pursuit of younger listeners by advertisers, is resulting in part of our musical history being all but wiped out. Check out Scott’s website. http://www.trueoldieschannel.com/html/what.html
MTV is the pioneer in pop videos where you can see videos on line from early in the morning…until a little later in the morning. They are a bit heavy on puke-inducing alleged reality shows like “The Hills”, and the search for a new best friend by Paris Hilton, but you still can keep up with the latest hits as well as the drama http://www.mtv.com/
VH1 is the equivalent of an MOR or Adult Contemporary station with very little rap, and a better quality of pop songs. They have some the coarsest shows on reality TV like “”FLAVOR OF LOVE” and “Tool Academy””. They probably have shows like “What’s Your STD?”, and “Who’s Your Baby’s Daddy” waiting in the wings. They also routinely have music specials that are pretty good, but my favorite show is the Top 20 video countdown. Check it out. http://www.vh1.com/
BET…The Black Entertainment network is a bit rap heavy, but diverse within the Genre. It’s also one of the few places where you can see the latest R&B videos. One of my favorite shows is “106th street And Park”, with its Top Ten Countdown hosted by the foxy, Rocsi and some guy. The site also archives favorite old videos of current chartmakers like Usher, Ciara, and TI, which has given me a new perspective on enigmatic artists like Tupac Shakur. Click http://bet.com go to videos…music and check it out.
I’m really love the CD “I Hear Voices”, by my longtime friend, sometime collaborator, and fellow Spectropopper, Alan O’Day (“Undercover Angel”, “Angie Baby”, “Rock and Roll Heaven”). My first impression…is I want to hear it again!
As relevant as the recent releases by Neil Diamond, Madonna and Brian Wilson, Alan has written, sung and produced the finest album of his career. Alan should have a few more hits added to his resume. http://alanoday.com
ARTIE KORNFELD “PIED PIPER OF WOODSTOCK”
My old pal Artie, gives the inside scoop on his songwriting career (“Dead Man’s Curve”, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things”) and how he and his partner Michael Lang created the cultural event of our generation, WOODSTOCK 1969. http://www.artiekornfeld-woodstock.com/
THE CLAY COLE SHOW
The top NY ‘60s Disc Jockey has just put out a book, “SH – BOOM”, which is like a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Great pictures and stories. http://www.claycoleshow.com/
Co-writer of “Roses Are Red”, “When”, and platinum selling recording artist “Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat’, “Happy Go Lucky Me”, Paul has got the Christmas Novelty of the year “SANTA”S GOT STUCK UP IN THE CHIMNEY”, with over 100,000 views on YouTube! http://paulevans.com
JERSEY GIRLS SING
Jersey Girls Sing is a website created by Denise Ferri and Bernadette Carroll, celebrating the artists and music of the 50s and 60s. Denise and Bernadette teamed with Peggy Santiglia Davison to do background work in for stars including Frankie Valli, Patty Duke, and Kitty Kallen; they are most noted for their work with Lou Christie on all his MGM hits including the #1 smash “Lightning Strikes.” http://jerseygirlssing.com
RONNIE ALLEN OLDIES ARCHIVES
My Spectropop pal, Ronnie Allen, internet DJ, has put 65 of his best interviews online with the stars, and the people behind the scenes, who shaped the music of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Ronnie Allen is located at the Jersey Girls Sing site, and if you click onto the marquee with his name on it, you’ll see a list of his archives, which include rare interviews with Bob Crewe and Roy Orbison. http://jerseygirlssing.com/index.html
LAURA PINTO’S OLDIES CONNECTION
Laura calls her remarkable site, “the one-stop-shopping place to catch up with all your favorite actively touring artists from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. We cover the light pop music, ot the culture, not the politics, not TV, or the movies…just Rock&Roll! Click onto http://lpintop.tripod.com/oldiesconnection/
MICHAEL JACKSON UPBEAT NEWS
A website devoted to positive news and stories about the “King Of Pop” http://www.mj-upbeat.com/UpbeatAdditionalNews.htm
THE NEWLY RE-MASTERED “LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE” BY MICHAEL JACKSON IS AVAILABLE AT http://over50music.com
SPECIAL THANKS TO MICHAEL GODIN AT TREASURE ISLAND OLDIES
On his 13th Annual Christmas Special Sunday, Dec. 20 for the live show from 6 to 10 pm Pacific, and later on the Archive), Michael will be playing “Little Christmas Tree” by Michael Jackson. It’s one of the longest running radio shows in the world online (since 1997) and also syndicated on FM, Am, and Online radio stations in the US, Canada, England and Sweden. http://www.treasureislandoldies.com/
If you have more sites that I should write about, please leave the info below in the comments section along with a url of the site..
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