They were four young men hired by Hollywood to play a make-believe band. The Monkees were instant international superstars. At one point, they even succeeded in selling more than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. “We’d like to thank The Beatles for starting it all up for us”, they said.

The Beatles made history on this day as the only act ever to monopolize the chart’s top five positions: No. 1: “Can’t Buy Me Love” No. 2: “Twist and Shout” No. 3: “She Loves You” No. 4: “I Want to Hold Your Hand” No. 5: “Please Please Me” In the same Top 100 of April,   Read More …

The thrilling adventure of The Troggs continues thanks to Chris Allen, the artist who fronts the band since 2012. He was so kind to offer an exclusive interview for OldiesMusicBlog.com, on how he succeeded in keeping the music and the legend alive. He really had an astonishing musical journey, from covering “Wild Thing” with school friends at 13 to being today the   Read More …

The course “The Music of the Beatles” will track the musical development of the band, starting from the earliest days in Liverpool and Hamburg, moving through the excitement of Beatlemania, the rush of psychedelia, and the maturity of Abbey Road. While the focus will be on the music, we will also consider how recording techniques,   Read More …

Hawaiian tunes for oldies classics: I Will (The Beatles) Bus Stop (The Hollies) Teenager in love (Dion): Daydream Believer (The Monkees) Dream A Little Dream (The Mamas and The Papas)

Some days ago I was listening to a Beatles mix on YouTube and suddenly Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” caught my attention. It was similar to something else, an oldies tune for sure. Firstly, I thought it was a cover, but then I realized it wasn’t. It was Harrison’s own creation. Listening carefully, I finally discovered what   Read More …

Flowers in the hair, hippies running naked, VW buses and hash brownies… are all to be found in this Ang Lee movie, reminiscent of the ’69 summer of love. “Perspective shuts out the universe, it keeps the love out”, as one the characters states. The film presents two stories that mingle on the way: Elliot’s   Read More …

The “King of the Blues”, guitarist and singer BB King, died yesterday night. Aged 89, King died in his sleep in Las Vegas. Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians and work with Eric Clapton and U2. Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of   Read More …

Esoteric Recordings announced the release of ‘Jukebox: The Ultimate Collection’, a two disc anthology by legendary Chris Thompson. Known for his work as the lead vocalist and guitarist on many hits with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, including “Blinded By The Light”, “For You” and “The Mighty Quinn” as well as featured on the classic Jeff   Read More …

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