Dec 5, 2014

Golden Oldies.. the music of my parents generation

In the late eighties, an oldies radio station was born in Denver Colorado called KOOL 105. They played all kinds of great music from the 50s and 60s, and it was a favorite radio station of my old mans. While I was on the road the other day, I happened to tune into KOOL 105 and was shocked at what I heard. They were playing a Prince song from the 80s! Really? 1980s songs are now considered to be oldies?!?  Wow.. I'm getting old.

I guess there are 30 years separating the decade of the 80s from today, so maybe young people do consider music from bands like Fleetwood Mac and Hall and Oates to be oldies. In the 1980s, the music of the 50s that my parents grew up on, was considered goofy oldies music by a lot of kids. I guess I was pretty naive to think that the music I grew up on, would never be referred to as oldies at some point.

I now have a great affinity towards my parents music that is now referred to as "Golden Oldies". Just look at the titles of the following catchy classics that will forever be burned into my brain.   Notice how a couple of these titles have become phrases and sayings that many still use to this day..

See ya later Alligator - Bill Haley and the Comets
Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys
Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Yakety Yak - by the CoastersTutti Fruitti - Little Richard
All Shook up - Elvis Presley
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Chantilly Lace - Big Bopper
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Poison Ivy - The Coasters
Splish Splash - Bobby Darin
Alley Oop - Hollywood Argyles
Johnny be good - Chuck Berry
Monster Mash -
Bobby "Boris" Pickett
You talk too much - Joe Jones
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Rock around the Clock - Bill Haley and the Comets
Charlie Brown - by the Coasters

The playing of these songs would instantly put my old man in a great mood, and I've got to say that they do the trick for me as well. The songs of the 50s and 60s were so much more simpler, upbeat, and innocent. The music was made to get you moving and feeling good. It makes me laugh to think that my grandparents thought of this music to be rebellious noise. I guess some things will never change. Folks will always reminisce about the music from their youth, and some will scoff or detest new music that just doesn't suit their taste.

So how about you? Are there oldies that your parents or grandparents loved, that you find yourself humming or singing from time to time?


  1. When IO was a kid, late 60s, early 70s, my parents did have a little collection of LP's and 45 records that I used to borrow and listen in my room while playing. There was, of course, Elvis Presley, The Beatles but also Tom Jones and the instrumental records of James Last, which I loved. I often went to my grand-parents home, just below, and they had a large stereo with a good bunch of LP's. I remember listening to the likes of Bing Crosby, Tino Rossi and french singer Gilbert B├ęcaud. Somehow I liked all of these and didn't bother with the generation gap there was. Of course I went along with the songs of my own youth, late 70s and 80s but the music I listened to as a kid stayed with me. I kept a large portion of these original records and made MP3's out of most of them so I can listen to them every now and then, bringing back good memories.

    1. You've got good taste my friend. It's funny.. the music of my folks and grandparents I didn't care for as a kid, I actually revisited and now love today.. the prime example being Lawrence Welk!

  2. I hate that the "oldies" stations I've listened to for so long have long forgotten about the '50s music and are playing '80s songs! I guess they think there just isn't a market anymore for the 1950s' hits but that couldn't be further from the truth. When I got my new car over the summer it came with a three month trial of Sirius and I subscribed when the trial was I have the 1950s through the 1990s channels are pre-set.

    1. Hey Pammy! Boy I DO love satellite radio.. and had all of those presets you have. I particularly loved the channel with classic radio shows. MARGARITAVILLE also capitalized alot of play time as well! I may have to get the old XM turned on again soon!


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