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.   


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. 




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




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 for more information and  to see new postings and features.




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.



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”.


Three of my MTV video favorites this week are from David Archuleta “Crush”


NEW EXCLUSIVE! Beyonce and her latest “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”


UNEDITED! UNCENSORED! Britney Spears, “Womanizer”, 




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.


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 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.



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.




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 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



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


See what Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan were talking about when they mentioned our feature “If It’s On The Internet It’s Gotta Be True!” on their EMMY award winning show “30 Rock” last season! Here’s the latest installment.


Copyright 2008 by Artie Wayne


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  3. Brian Ibbott Says:


    Thank you very much for the kind mention! It’s one of those cheesy shout-outs, but I mean it: I really couldn’t do the show without the support of folks like you who spread the word. Thank you so much for all you’ve done!

  4. Laura Says:

    Hi Artie, How ya doin’? Thanks so much for including Oldies Connection on your list; it’s an honor to be included with these heavy hitters. As well as your own site, my favorites include Ronnie Allen’s archives, Over 50 Music (great concept!), and, last but not least, the fabulous Spectropop site and group. I hope to find the time to expand Oldies Connection to include many more articles and interviews.

    By the by, speaking of great music – I saw Ron Dante and Andy Kim in concert on October 11; photos will be posted soon.

    Thanks again, Artie, I really appreciate it. Take care and keep rocking.


  5. Steve Williams Says:

    I was just reading in a back issue of the LA Times (Oct. 4, 1958) that fifty years ago you (or someone with your name) issued a 45rpm entitled: “Ooooh, You Said The Magic Word.” Are you the one responsible for this timeless rocker?

  6. Kent Kotal Says:

    It’s ALWAYS great to be mentioned on a Top Ten List of ANYTHING … well, maybe not “Mass Murderers” or “Worst Farters” … so I guess I’d better clarify that comment JUST a little bit to restate it as ANYTHING to do with OLDIES MUSIC!!! And it means SO much more when you’re named “Top Ten” by somebody who REALLY knows his stuff. Clearly, ARTIE, you have EXCELLENT taste … and you DO know your stuff!!! (lol) Thank YOU for all that YOU do to help keep all of this great music alive in a time where FAR too many folks are trying to write it off as “old hat”, “meaningless” and “unimportant”. Of course WE know better and thanks to sites like yours, FORGOTTEN HITS and all of the OTHER great sites mentioned on your list, there IS a place for fans of this music to go and enjoy it once again … and, hopefully, along the way, introduce it to a whole NEW generation of music fans who will come to love it as much as WE do. Thanks again … and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Sincerely! (Yeah, I know … THE MOONGLOWS!!!)
    Kent Kotal / Forgotten Hits

  7. Ronnie Allen Says:

    I think this is the first time I have ever made a Top Ten list.

    I am wondering ….. is it “Top Ten with a bullet”?

    Ronnie Allen

    P.S. The Jersey Girls, Denise and Bernadette, are thrilled and we all thank you so very much!

  8. Art Munson Says:

    Hi Artie,

    Thanks for mentioning my site at
    Got lots more stories but one correction. I didn’t actually play with Jimi Hendrix but if the story I’m researching is true, it’s even better!

    Take care

    Art Munson

  9. Samantha Says:

    Awesome list, great information.

  10. Hey Artie, How is my favorite friend and great Writer & producer? You are so wonderful to do all the things you do , all for the Music! I have A wonderful collection , thanks so much to you.I really appreciate you including my “oldies” from the 60’s , such as “JIMMY DARLIN” & Wild Angel and some others you have turned people on to, thank you and May God Bless You, I hope you have A wonderful year in 2009. love you, Vikki (Vicki Sallee)

  11. American High School Says:

    Hey, check out Aubrey O’Day being punched in American High School.

  12. I have always wondered about this – thanks for making it clear for me.

  13. I will right away grab your rss as I can’t find your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please let me know so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

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