October 18, 2008
I grew up listening toTop 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 TOP TEN “OLDIES” AND NEW MUSIC WEBSITES!, 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! I personally want to thank Mick Patrick for helping to create and maintain one of the best interactive music sites on the web. http://spectropop.com
Here’s the last interview producer, Hank Medress (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, “He’s So Fine”, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”) did before he passed away, which ran first on Spectropop. http://www.spectropop.com/HankMedress/index.htm
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! This week is his 516th show (all of which are downloadable). 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.”
SCOTT SHANNON TRUE OLDIES CHANNEL
My pal from the past, Scott Shannon, not only is the top “Oldies” DJ in America, with over a million 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 on “Making The Band”. http://www.mtv.com/
Three of my MTV video favorites this week are from David Archuleta “Crush” http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?artist=3080429&vid=278040
NEW EXCLUSIVE! Beyonce and her latest “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1518071&vid=288236
UNEDITED! UNCENSORED! Britney Spears, “Womanizer”, http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1518072&vid=288244
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 “I Love Money”, “Rock Of Love” and “Charm School”. 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/
My VH1 faves this week are, NEW! “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce, “What About Now? by Daughtry, “Single” by New Kids On The Block, and NEW! Katy Perry Video, “Hot And Cold”. On the left hand side of the VH1 Homepage, you can click onto the titles you’d like to see.
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.
CMT…Country Music Television plays the best country videos. I haven’t been able to get it here the desert, for a year, so I can’t recommend any thing new. http://cmt.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, or when he played with Jimi Hendrix.
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.
LAURA PINTOS 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/
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..
Thanks and regards, Artie http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/
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