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Oldies but goodies

Posted on March 31st, 2010 by annakjarzab

Music reminds me of my dad. He’s a musician (guitar) and when he was in college he was a radio DJ, so there was always music on when we were in the car. Sometimes it was classical, but most of the time it was Hall & Oates or oldies. When I was growing up, we had a kick ass oldies station in Chicago, Oldies 104.3. I don’t even think that’s an oldies station anymore, which makes it pretty worthless to me. John Records Landecker was my favorite disc jockey, and I basically didn’t listen to any other music until high school.

(Okay, that isn’t true. I always say that I didn’t know “they” were making new music until I was in the 8th grade, but I know I had NKOTB albums–kill me–and other things. I remember Alanis Morrisette’s Jagged Little Pill as my first album, but now I’m not so sure that’s true. Whatever. Authors are liars. What of it?)

So I listened to mostly oldies growing up. They remind me of my dad, as does Hall & Oates (we can argue if that’s oldies if you want) and the soundtrack to The Big Easy. Recently I downloaded a bunch of music to beef up my oldies playlist, and I thought I’d share it with you.

Playlist: Songs that remind me of Dad

1. Mr. Tamborine Man – The Byrds

2. My Generation – The Who

3. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

4. Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf

5. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

6. People Got to Be Free – The Rascals

7. Wooly Bully – Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs

8. Money for Nothing – Dire Straits

9. Carry on Wayward Son – Kansas

10. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield

11. I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles

12. Time of the Season – The Zombies

13. Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

14. Get Together – The Youngbloods

15. California Dreamin – The Mamas and the Papas

16. For Your Love – The Yardbirds

17. Kicks – Paul Revere & the Raiders

18. Let’s Live for Today – The Grass Roots

19. Spirit In the Sky – Norman Greenbaum

20. Time Won’t Let Me – The Outsiders

21. Gimme Some Lovin’ – Spencer Davis Group

22. On the Road Again – Canned Heat

23. Bus Stop – The Hollies

24. Last Train to Clarksville – The Monkees

25. Hush – Deep Purple

26. Mony Mony – Tommy James & the Shondells

27. Presence of the Lord – Blind Faith

28. Black Betty – Ram Jam

29. O-O-H Child – The Five Stairsteps

30. Baby I Need Your Loving – Four Tops

31. Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & the Family Stone

32. Then he Kissed Me – The Crystals

33. He’s a Rebel – The Crystals

34. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Dusty Springfield

35. Down in the Boondocks – Billy Joe Royal

36. Down on the Corner – Credence Clearwater Revival

37. More Today Than Yesterday – Spiral Staircase

38. Someday We’ll Be Together – Diana Ross & the Supremes

39. Everyday People – Sly & the Family Stone

40. Proud Mary – Credence Clearwater Revival

41. Bad Moon Rising – Credence Clearwater Revival

42. Take a Letter Maria – R. B. Greaves

43. Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkle

44. You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty

45. Baby Love – Diana Ross & the Supremes

46. Where Did Our Love Go – Diana Ross & the Supremes

47. Love Child – Diana Ross & the Supremes

48. Dawn – Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons (FAVORITE!!!)

49. The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens

50. You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon

2 Responses to “Oldies but goodies”

Shannel on April 2nd, 2010 at 5:20 am Said:

My first exposure to American “oldies” was a audio cassette my Dad bought me from the Shell gas station (they had a promotion going on I’m sure) when I was sixish… my fav songs on the tape were Build Me Up Buttercup; Chain, Chain, Chain; Mr. Tambourine Man… love this post… in a different way, but this brought back memories for me too.

BethDazzled on April 5th, 2010 at 6:16 pm Said:

This kinda reminds me of how I put together playlists for my novels. I just assume one day they’ll be movies, and I need to be prepared to suggest songs for the soundtrack. LOL

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