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Buddy Holly Songs | 1958 Love song True Love Ways

Buddy Holly songs include one of his most haunting, beautiful ballads, True Love Ways. Recorded in 1958 as a wedding gift for his wife,"True Love Ways" will bring a tear to your eye and the dreamy saxophone accompaniment by "Boomie Richman" is absolutely perfect.

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Skip and Flip Vinyl Record Memories | "It Was I" Classic from 1959.

It was 1959 and Skip and Flip were singing "It Was I" on this 45rpm record. Remember having your shirt collar turned up Elvis style on your multicolored pin-stripped shirt, your duck tail hair cut, and hanging out with friends at Friday night school dances.

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Pride In What I Am | Merle Haggard "Fightin' Side of Me" live album

"I Take A Lot of Pride In What I Am" is a fan favorite from the 1970, "Fightin' Side of Me" live album. The introduction says it all. The Houselights blink, then dim. The crowd quiets. Then the intro and the man they've been waiting for. This is Merle Haggard - Live!

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Just Stay Here And Drink | Merle Haggard "Back to The Barrooms"

Merle Haggard features another great barroom song, "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," his twenty-sixth number one song, and an album, "Back to The Barrooms" filled with songs of bars, booze and the blues.

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When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold | Merle Haggard with Janie Fricke

When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again, performed by Merle Haggard in 2004 at Texas honky tonk, Billy Bob's. Merle performs 21 songs and the entrance of the talented Janie Fricke singing back-up on this number was a welcome bonus for all.

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Mama Tried Lyrics | Merle Haggard 1968 Vinyl Record Memories

Mama Tried Lyrics looks back on hard times as Merle Haggard tried to focus on the pain and suffering he caused his mother after being placed in San Quentin prison in 1957. His songwriting always seemed to take you with him and make you feel the hurt he experienced.

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Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star | Merle Haggard Vinyl Record Memories

Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star was co-written by Merle Haggard with Freddie Powers in 1987 and was the last of his thirty eight number one singles as a solo artist. Haggard wishes upon a star not for riches but for reconciliation with a lover, with a bit of doo-wop influence.

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Misery and Gin lyrics | Is this the Best Barroom song ever written?

Misery and Gin lyrics was the first single off the album "Back to the Barrooms," and words alone make this one a Honky-tonk classic. "Looking at the world through the bottom of a glass all I see is a man who's fadin' fast" adds to my list for Best Bar Room song ever written.

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That's The Way Love Goes Lyrics | Merle Haggard duet with Jewel.

That's The Way Love Goes was a #1 song for both Johnny Rodriguez and Merle Haggard, ten years apart. Haggard's version possesses a trace of sadness that somehow becomes uplifting mainly because of his masterful delivery of words and this duet with Jewel is solid gold.

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Silver Wings Lyrics | Merle Haggard Vinyl Record Memories.

The Silver Wings Lyrics was written by Merle Haggard based on a plane trip. Romanticizing an airplane’s “silver wings” that took away his lover, Haggard sang so intimately that you wondered if you were eavesdropping.

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Jackie Wilson Story | No More Lonely Teardrops

The Jackie Wilson Story looks at the life and career of this deeply troubled artist and his 1958 signature song, "Lonely Teardrops." His recorded voice stands as clear evidence of his rightful place among the greatest vocalists in popular music history.

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Duke of Earl Oldies Music Lyrics | 1962 Vinyl Record Memories.

It was 1962 when Eugene Dixon became Gene Chandler and released the Duke of Earl oldies music lyrics under the Vee-Jay record label. A million copies sold in a little over a month and the song would be on the charts for 15 weeks, three weeks at number one.

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The Royal Teens vinyl record memories | "Short Shorts" & "Believe Me"

It was late 1957 when The Royal Teens released their first big hit, Short Shorts, a novelty tune with very few words. The #3 song co-writer would later write songs for and become a member of "The Four Seasons." Read their remarkable story.

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Ritchie Valens Oldies Music Lyrics | The Veracruz La Bamba Story

This Ritchie Valens Oldies Music Lyrics page is about the song La Bamba, the true story of the song born in Veracruz, Mexico.

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Send Me Down to Tucson Mel Tillis | Country Cheating song lyrics

Send Me Down To Tucson is one of those Classic Country cheating songs you're bound to hear on any country music station. It's one of those all-time classic country cheating songs that finds the singer having a torrid affair with a lover in another city and state.

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"Thank you so much for all the work you have done on these pages.  I found my way here, and spent the next two hours in absolute bliss. Memories, memories...thank you for rekindling them."

Bob Douglass,
Richmond, VA


"Just stumbled onto this site and decided to stay and visit for a while. You have it laid out so wonderfully. Easy to get around and love your comments. Thanks for my trip down memory lane. Really, really enjoyed it."

Priscilla Hernandez,
Arkansas


Thanks for an excellent musical experience. I found your website by accident and just kept enjoying one classic after another. Great job! Like yourself, I'm still enjoying my vinyl collection. We share many of the same favorite artists. Regards,

Jim Miles, Germantown, MD


Congratulations on an outstanding site. I am from old school. I was 13 when Rock & Roll erupted in 1955. I would literally run home from school to watch Bandstand every day. I lived outside Philly and grew up with all the Philadelphia music scene and its performers. Keep up the good work and I thank you for your time and effort in keeping the old vinyl music alive for us and future generations.

Bill Moore (retired)
Lugoff, SC


Growing up with Elvis ... My Story.

How my story begins...Learn more.

Connie Francis is NOT in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How ridiculous is that?  Read more...

Go to Connie Francis Biography | Read the stories watch the videos.

"Poor Little Fool" song writer claimed Ricky ruined her song. Read the story here.


The real "Little Deuce Coupe" story with great video.  Read more.


Hottest rockabilly ever performed in one setting!  Watch as Carl Perkins sings rockabilly songs with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and others. Read more...

Go visit the Blue Suede shoes Rockabilly session and enjoy Carl and his friends.

The song "True Love Ways" was recorded in the presence of Buddy's wife, and should be appreciated for the impact of this great song, and the love that inspired it.  Read the story here.


Why did Patsy dislike the song "Crazy" when she first heard it? Read more.


"Looking For An Echo" is street corner music with soul. A time when the ability to sing was mandatory. Read more...

"We practiced in a subway,
In a lobby or a hall
Crowded in a doorway

Singing "Doo-wops" to the wall"

Go to the Kenny Vance page to enjoy this wonderful song.

Tucked between the 50s Doo Wop  groups and the mid-60s British invasion was the phenomenon known as the Girl Groups.  Read More.

Girl Groups pages start here | Teen girl groups from the 50s to the 60s.

"That's The Way Love Goes"

Merle performs his classic #1 song live with Jewel. It is one of the better versions of the song ever recorded as a duet. Simply put...Jewel is a Diamond and Merle is pure Gold. Read more. 

Merle Haggard vinyl record memories.

Many consider "In The Still of The Night" to be the anthem of Doo Wop oldies and it would be hard to argue that point giving the year the song was originally released, 1956. Read more.

Go to Five Satins page | Listen to original 45rpm record.