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01. Music Reference and Databases

AllMusic [formerly All Music Guide]
Big, well-established site, somewhat overblown in its design, but a good ready reference source. You'll need to go elsewhere for deeper treatment of more obscure artists, but many of the longer artist biographies are well-written and insightful.

45cat
An indespensable reference source. Data for thousands of singles, most of them from UK or USA, familiar and obscure, many with label shots. If you're lucky there'll be some supplementary information in the Comments. Click on "45worlds" at top left of homepage to search LPs, CDs and other formats.

PopMusicInfo.com
Useful database searchable by artist, record or song. At the moment the focus is on the 60s in Britain, the US and Sweden.

Rockin' Country Style
Terry Gordon's indispensable "Discography of Country Rock & Roll and Related Records, 1951-1964". Covers many obscure records unlisted elsewhere.

The Originals
Updates, in English, to Belgian researcher Arnold Rypens's book about original versions. By now the updates are a large resource in themselves.

Spectropop
Authoritative reference site and portal for 60s pop, supplemented by a well-informed forum at Yahoo! Groups (see below under 14. Forums).

Billboard magazine: back issues
Seems too good to be true, but you can search and read complete back issues of Billboard going back to 1940 at Google Books.

Cash Box Magazine: back issues
Archive in .pdf format at the American Radio History site. Issues from 1942 (first year of publication) to 1996 (when it folded) with a few gaps but most issues are there.

BMI;

ASCAP;

and SESAC
Search for details of songwriting credits for almost any American song at these performing rights organisations. For the Australian equivalent, see APRA below.

Songs database at Harry Fox Agency
Quick search for song titles and songwriters at large database of major US licensing agent. Sources include the BMI and ASCAP databases.

US Copyright Office: Books, Music, etc.
Online database covers 1978 to the present, although you might find earlier works if the copyright has been renewed since 1978.

Album discographies at Softshoe Slim's Music Matters
Click on "Album Lists" to find album discographies for hundreds of artists from the 50s to the 00s. Put together by Andy Simons.

Tom Simon's Rock-and-Roll Page
Actually a number of pages featuring concise summaries of the careers of about 150 pop and rock arists.

Artists' Biographies at Black Cat Rockabilly
Not just rockabilly, either: brief bios of numerous rock, pop and country artists, collected from the Net.

45-rpm.org.uk
Excellent database and background information on British singles, as well as discographies for obscure artists.

Discographie Rock 'N' Country
Useful site that includes discographies for some hard-to-find artists.

Discogs.com
Growing collection of discographies and annotations, based on user submissions.

Discog.info
Artist discographies over several decades. Nicely set out site by Jonas Warsted.

Music Pop Hits
Known to its friends as MPH: listen to oldies from all over the world. Treasure trove for research or amusement.

VinylTap
UK record store with lots of label shots at the site.

Contemporary Musicians
Substantial biographies at Answers.com. (The source is the Gale Group book by Michael L. LaBlanc et al.) Also at musicianguide.com

Internet Broadway Database
Detailed listings of productions, scores and people. Search by several criteria.

"American Bandstand" episodes guide
At tv.com. Lists the guests and what they performed, starting at Season 1.

"Oh Boy!" episodes diary
Episode-by-episode history of the British TV pop show "Oh Boy!", September 1958 - May 1959. [Internet Archive version of old site. Some links might not work.]

Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Concise A-Z by Donald Clarke with nearly 4000 entries. This started out as an online copy of Donald's "Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music" (in print 1989-98), but it now includes additions and updates.

78 rpm discography search at HonkingDuck.com
Search for artist discographies based on data from the Online Discographical Project.

Tunecaster
User-friendly database, still under construction, of hit records from the 50s to the 00s, complete with audio samples. Site by Gil Brothers.

Forgotten Hits
"An Oldies Music Newsletter where fans share their musical memories right alongside those of the deejays who help to keep all of this great music alive and many of the artists who created much of this great music in the first place."

New Musical Express: Contents 1953-1969
Useful listing of contents for major British music journal NME.

Shakin' Stacks biography archive
Large collection of rock'n'roll biographies archived from Shakin_All_Over at Yahoo! Groups

MusicBrainz
"Open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public"

British Beat File at Stroll On
Click on 'Index' to browse discographies of 60s British artists. Many of these you won't find anywhere else on the Net.

Sheet Music at Kay's Music Australia
Useful site that gives notes from sheet music on sale.

Sheet Music at MusicNotes.com
Searchable by several criteria, including Composer.

 

02. Australia and New Zealand

The First Wave: Australian Pop and Rock 1955-1963

The Second Wave: Australian Pop and Rock 1964-1969
Discographies of singles released in Australia 1955-1969, compiled by ScreenSound Australia. NB: Links will download/open .pdf documents.

Milesago
The standard reference source for Australasian pop music and culture.

APRA
The Australian Performing Rights Association. Database is searchable by song title to find songwriters and performers.

Bruce Sergent's New Zealand Music: 60s, 70s, 80s
The standard reference site for NZ music.

NZ music at AudioCulture
Rich source of information about NZ music, the "noisy library of New Zealand music..; the stories of nearly one hundred years of New Zealand popular music culture".

Ain't Got No Feelin'
Obscure antipodean '60s beat music: web presence of Andrew Ainsworth's 'zine of the same name. [Internet Archive version]

Primitif Sounds
"Forgotten musicians of '60s Brisbane, Australia": latest project by historian of obscure Aussie music Andrew Ainsworth. You'll find information here that you won't find anywhere else. [Internet Archive version]

I Want, Need, Love You
Opiniated and informed commentary on some interesting Australian records, with label shots.

MPH: audio library of Aussie and world oldies
Treasure trove of audio, much of which you won't find anywhere else, online or on disc, including rarities from Australian artists of the past. [MPH = Music Pop Hits.]

NZ sounds at Ian's igJukebox
Irresistible selection of New Zealand 45s in mp3 format. [Archived page: the site seems to be defunct Sept 2016]

Australian Rock Database
[Offline Jan 2014. Link is to Internet Archive version.] Aussie music reference site run by a bloke in Sweden. (True! His name is Magnus Holmgren.)

RareCollections
Jordie Kilby's podcast from ABC Radio in Canberra looks at "lesser known names and stories in Australian music".

Go-Set
Masters thesis by David Martin Kent on the weekly Australian pop newspaper, 1966-1974 (.pdf files.) A unique resource.

Lucky Starr
Latest on the original 'I've Been Everywhere' man.

Chapter III and Peter Wright
Jeff Black's definitive account of 60s Toowoomba stars Chapter III and Peter Wright. Peter's Festival single "House of Bamboo" is a cult classic, and Chapter III (then The Defenders) ended up in NZ for a while, becoming regulars on TV's "Clickety Click 66" and recording as Hubb Kapp and The Wheels.

Hans Poulsen and 18th Century Quartet
Detailed bio of Hans and the band from 1963, now offline but cached here at the Internet Archive.

Dave Allen of Flake: Burning Mountain Studio
Blog by Sydney flautist and saxophonist Dave Allen from Sydney band Flake. Follow the link there to Dave's pages on Flake history.

Max Merritt
As the homepage says, "a legend in Australasian music over the past four decades". Nice-looking site with detailed biography.

Peter Doyle
Tribute to the Melbourne singer is a comprehensive and user-friendly site, covering his wide-ranging career which included stints in The Virgil Brothers and The New Seekers. Highly recommended. [Internet Archive version]

Oz Hitztory Blog
"Story of the Australian pop charts" from 1940.

Johnny Cooper
[Offline May 2013: link is to archived version] Neat, informative site of Melbourne rocker from the 60s.

King of Pop awards (Australia 1967-1978)
Milesago explains. (Queen of Pop was added later.)

Cybotron
Progressive Melbourne electronic band, formed 1976, featuring keybooardist Geoff Green.

Wildwood
Site by friend of PopArchives Terry Stacey, about his early 70s band Wildwood ('One Bad Thing' 1971), plus other tantalising glimpses of the Sydney music scene of the day.

The Birth of Kiwi Rock 'n' Roll
Johnny Cooper – 'The Maori cowboy': page at NZ History online

The Marksmen and Imagination
Site by Terry Stacey about Wollongong band, later based in Sydney.

Newcastle Bands Database
[Offline Feb 2014. Link is to Internet Archive version]. Unique record of numerous bands from Newcastle NSW.

Railroad Gin
Legendary 70s Brisbane band fronted by Carol Lloyd seems to be poorly documented on the Net, but this modest tribute site fills the gap with band history and a discography that takes in the later Carol Lloyd Band..

Trove archive (National Library of Australia)
"Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more"

Helen Grover's Laughter Strategies
If you know Noeleen Batley's 1960 hit 'Barefoot Boy' you may be interested to see what became of Helene Grover, who wrote the song as a 16-year-old.

Oral History of Brisbane Music
Eyewitness accounts of Brisbane concerts from 1942 to the present: Railroad Gin, Purple Hearts, Bowery Boys, The Saints, Jon Blanchfield plus many other local and overseas artist

Tom Mix Oz Music
Aussie music from "rare and obscure vinyl", digitalised and downloadable.

Studio Picture Book
Behind the scenes with Sydney studio musicians, mainly from the 70s on. Pages at the Studio Connections website.

Australian labels at Global Dog Productions
Australian department of the definitive and indispensable singles discographies site.

Psychlist: Australian singles 1966-1972

Psychlist: NZ singles 1966-1972
[Archived version: original siite offline June 2011] Selective but useful discographies of Australian and New Zealand 45s.

Australian Rock'n'Roll Appreciation Society
ARRS, publishers of the long-established magazine "Big Beat of the 50s".

Top 100 Singles (Australia)
Nicely presented chronological lists of charting records and author's favourites, including chart data and many audio files.

"The Music Goes Round My Head" (book): Australian pop music 1964-1969
David Johnston's meticulously researched history is the standard reference on this era. No longer in print, but follow the link to try your luck at AbeBooks for a second-hand copy.

 

03. Writing: Reviews, Commentary, Blogs...

Charles G. Hill's Chaz Music Room
Informed and witty musical commentary ranging from Lesley Gore to Gorecki.

PopArchives: The Blog
My repository for writing that doesn't fit into this site. It's still mainly about music, but it ranges more widely, into other countries, genres, media and decades.

Richie Unterberger
Feature-packed website of the prolific music and travel writer, a senior editor of the All Music Guide.

Wilson & Allroy's Record Reviews
Nice-looking, user-friendly site by two amusing chaps who "listen to the lousy records so you won't have to." Yearly reviews 1963-2010 plus artist reviews from the 50s and early 60s.

Pitchfork Media
Savvy online magazine with news and reviews of current music.

Julian's Rock Lists
[Offline May 2013: link is to archived site] Lists from magazines such as MOJO and Rolling Stone: 100 Greatest Singles, Best Songs of the Year etc.

Metacritic: Music
Gives an overview of critiques from a number of publications, assigning them a score out of 100 (something like Rotten Tomatoes does with movies). Other areas covered include movies, books and TV.

Urban Legends: Music
At Snopes.com, the standard urban legends site.

Soundscapes
Wide-ranging, analytical music and media webzine with articles in Dutch and English.

Mclane & Wong
Californian entertainment lawyers' site includes pop music articles & interviews as a bonus: Norma Tanega, The Buckinghams, New Colony Six...

Wilson & Alroy's Record Reviews
User-friendly album review site covering the 50s to the 00s.

PopMatters
Eclectic online pop culture magazine with reviews and commentary covering several media.

The Definitive 1000 Songs Of All Time 1955 to 2005
Cat called Crowbarred is determined to count down to #1. Full of info & opinions, a great argument starter. (Last time I checked, the project was at #351.)

PennyBlackMusic
Indie review 'zine. Some of the links don't work, but they've recently switched URLs, so maybe they'll get it together soon.

Chris Hunt
Site of British music journalist.

100 Essential Jazz Albums
List at 'The New Yorker' by David Remnick

Robert Farnon Society: Legends of Light Music
[Offline May 2013: link is to archived version] Named after light music composer Robert Farnon, the site has biographies of numerous composers including Frank Pourcel, John Barry, Andre Kostelanetz, Roger Roger, Cyril Stapleton, Ron Goodwin, Mantovani, Leroy Anderson... Indispensable.

Collins Crapo's oldies site
Commentary and lyrics for key songs of numerous artists. [Now offline: link to Internet Archive version.]

Sha Na Na and the Invention of the Fifties
Insightful piece by George J. Leonard about our reinvention of the past. Article at "Columbia College Today".

Paste Magazine
"Music, film and culture" news blog covers all bases. (The former Crawdaddy Magazine link also redirects to here.)

Only Solitaire: George Starostin's Music Reviews
Thoughtful, well-informed reviews by Russian linguist Georgiy Starostin, covering an impressive range of artists from the rock'n'roll era to the mid-00s.

Filter Magazine
Online contemporary music magazine.

Robert Christgau
Site of the famed "Village Voice" music critic.

"The Dozens" at Jazz.com
Lists of 12 key tracks by an artist or around a theme, with commentary and ratings.

West Coast Fog
"Musical Exhumations from California's Hazy Age" by Erik Bluhm and Paul Gammage. Detailed research, off the beaten track.

Under Appreciated Rock Artists and Bands
Site by Martin Winfree. His categories also include Barely Appreciated, Somewhat Appreciated... and more. A treasure trove of information.

Rock's Backpages
Extensive rock journalism archive run by Barney Hoskyns. It charges a subscription fee, but the quality is good. (Also one of the working titles for this site till I found it was taken!)

 

04. Specialist: Genres, Producers, Curiosities...

Rockin' Country Style
Terry Gordon's indispensable "Discography of Country Rock & Roll and Related Records, 1951-1964". Covers many obscure records unlisted elsewhere.

Brian Lee's Color Radio
R&B and Doowop-oriented site based around Brian's radio program on KVMR-FM in California. Loads of vital information about lesser known artists, including The Rebels ("Wild Weekend") and Mickey & Sylvia ("Oh Yeah Uh Huh").

Fine-Print Heroes: a pictorial guide to the men and women behind the music scene
Unique site by Phil Milstein has numerous photos of songwriters, producers, arrangers and other contributors to the recording industry, many of whose faces are rarely seen.

Phil Spector discography at Spectropop: the 45s

Phil Spector discography at Spectropop: the LPs

Producers by Martin Roberts
Immaculately presented data and commentary on the production work of Jack Nitzsche, Ron Barrett, Irving Martin and The Tokens (a Terry Melcher page is down Oct 2016).

Garage Hangover
Superb blog-style site with audio and commentary on numerous garage bands, mainly obscure. I've given you the link, get over there now, it's great.

Instromania
[Site has gone missing but the link takes you to a functional version at Internet Archive.] Dedicated to instrumental pop all over the world. French website: click on 'Pays' (= 'Countries') to see what they have on Aussie bands: you'll be surprised.

American Song-Poem Music Archives
Site by Phil Milstein dedicated to those curious records self-financed by hopeful amateur lyricists responding to magazine ads. Strange and intriguing.

Song-Poems: Songs from the Common Man
Article at PBS about amateur lyricists and their self-financed records.

The British Beat Boom
Useful biographies and discographies of numerous artists, some obscure and not found in such detail anywhere else. [Internet Archive version]

The Voice of Tony Burrows (page at MusicPopHits.com)
Page about the ubiquitous British session singer Tony Burrows who once managed to be on the British charts several times at once, fronting different groups.

Family Tree: Tony Burrows, Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway... (Page by Hiroshi Asada)
A unique map of the career of Britain's most successful session singer.

Marv Goldberg's R&B Articles
Learned stuff, lots of artists covered. Much of this you won't find anywhere else.

No Relevance
Album cover art has been, um, well-covered elsewhere, but this is an online exhibit of 45 rpm record label design.

Space Age Pop
Your parents' old instrumental LPs, now with new cult status! No, seriously: a superb site covering the intricacies of Lounge, Exotica, Jet Set Pop and other sub-genres.

The Cyber Hymnal
Over 5000 hymns with composer biographies, midi audio files, scores and lyrics

Al Kooper
Multi-skilled musical great: think 'Blonde On Blonde' and Blood Sweat & Tears just for starters.

Rockabilly Hall of Fame
Treasure trove of news, articles and biographies.

The Jazz Archive Site at RainerJazz.com
Databases, discographies, collectors' resources, articles... and much more.

The Big Bands Database (temporary?) Home Page
Parts of this defunct site are now parked at Folk Library

Artie Kornfeld
Writer-producer, arranger, recording artist (The Changin' Times), Vice President (Rock) at Columbia Records, initiator of Woodstock, friend of PopArchives...

Cha Cha Charming
"A journalistic tribute to girl-powered pop, past, present and future": visual and informational delight by Sheila Bugel.

American Popular Music Before 1900
Chronologically arranged links to sources. Site of Lone Star College System (formerly hosted by Kingwood College Library).

African American Spiritual and Gospel Music
Flowchart by Michael Tanner showing the influence of spiritual and gospel music on secular genres, from blues and ragtime right through to rap.

The Art of the Negro Spiritual
Site by researcher and soprano Randye Jones.

Alan Freed
The original rock'n'roll disc jockey. A highlight is the archives section, with .pdf files of complete programs from Freed's live shows.

Nick Lampe
The life and career of the New York singer-songwriter, as briefly outlined by me in a blog post. (This may be the definitive account.)

Jimmy Riddle and the Lost Art of Eephing
Story from PBS backgrounds the song 'Little Eephing Annie'

Library Music
[Archived page at Internet Archive] Comprehensive primer on The World of Library Music (and, no, it's not music played in libraries).

Outsider Music: 'Songs in the Key of Z'
The site promotes Irwin Chusid's book, but it includes useful links and features including one about 'The Human Horn', scat singer Shooby Taylor.

Fin-O-Billy
Site by Tapio Vaisanen includes sessionographies of key rockabilly artists.

Mudcat Cafe
Huge folk music resource. Includes the erudite Mudcat Forum.

Garage Hangover
Superb blog-style site with audio and commentary on numerous garage bands, mainly obscure. I've given you the link, get over there now, it's great.

JazzDiscography.com
Excellent discography site showing "detailed session listings, ...index of compositions performed, an index of issues, and an index of musicians." Built using Brian, the discography software developed by Brian Rust (downloadable from the site).

Cliff Richard Song Database
Sessions, songwriters, producers, releases... Thorough coverage of Cliff's career(s) over the decades.

Marmalade Skies
"the home of British psychedelia." Includes a feature on Australian psych pop.

The Rhythm & Blues Foundation
"Founded in 1988, The Rhythm & Blues Foundation has been the only independent nonprofit service organization solely dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of Rhythm & Blues music."

Ronnie Allen's Radio Page at Jersey Girls Sing!
Numerous archived interviews with oldies artists, downloadable in mp3 format. Unique material.

The Phil Spector Record Label Library
Comprehensive collection of label and sleeve shots of Phil Spector-produced records. [No longer online: link is to Internet Archive version.]

Heavy Metal Umlaut
Amusing and scholarly Wikipedia article about the two dots used above letters in heavy metal band names.

Doo-wop Groups & Discography
Personnel and single discographies of numerous Doo-wop groups, updated often. Plenty of obscure groups included at this French blog.

HoyHoy.com: Rock Before Elvis
Site by Morgan Wright: "Rock and Roll / Rhythm and Blues from 1948 to 1953"

The Vocal Group Harmony Website
"Information about the rhythm & blues vocal groups of the 1930s, 1940s & 1950s and their recordings"

R&B Vocal Groups of the 1950s
Label scans and background on selected R&B groups.

JazzStandards.com
Background and analysis of songs from the golden age of songwriting

Solid!
"The encyclopedia of big band, lounge, classic jazz and space-age sounds.'

The Classic Bubblegum Music Page
More a site than a page, by Andrew Bergey.

The Interlude Era
Webzine dedicated to "Pop Music's 'golden decade' from the fall of the Big bands to the rise of Rock and Roll (1946-1955)"

Ray Pizzi of The Rondels
Yes, there was "Back Beat #1" (1961), but check out the extraordinary career of the Rondels' sax man.

Obscure Bands of the 50s & 60s
Solid info on around 40 obscurities (as at Oct 2013).

Canciones Atomicas
Blog by by Sebastian Vientos about "music from the past, not reissued, and not easily found in common blogs". A treasure trove, in Spanish and English. Un tesoro hallado.

Cue Castanets
"Musings on Phil Spector's Wall of Sound and similar music..."

Lost Treasures at Pop Geek Heaven.com
Obscure and unrecorded artists at power pop site. You may as well look around the rest of the site while you're there!

What Was the First Rock 'N' Roll Record?
List of 50 possibilities, 1944-1956, from the 1992 book of that name by Jim Dawson & Steve Propes.

 

05. Originals and Covers

The Originals by Arnold Rypens: the updates
Updates, in English, to the authoritative Belgian book about original versions. Even if you don't have the book the updates are worth browsing, and you can ask questions at the forums.

Cover-Versionen at Coverinfo.de
Oriented towards German market, but very comprehensive database.

The Covers Project
Comprehensive site, including "cover chains" which link several artists through their cover versions: a sort of Six Degrees of Separation through songs.

Second Hand Songs: A Cover Songs Database
Uncluttered database lists over 40000 original songs, around 200000 recordings altogether. There are also several active forums.

The Originals Project
User-friendly site by Dick Rosemont tracing "the earliest recordings of popular and hit songs".

1st and 2nd Labels at Color Radio
Fascinating page by Brian Lee with label shots of original issues - often on small, obscure labels - alongside their reissues, often on major labels.

Pop Meets the Classics
Site by Ostin Allegro explores pop songs (1955-now) that are based on classical music works. A valuable resource, fascinating to browse, and you'll probably find some surprises. Highly recommended.

The Compleat Beatles Covers
Beatles songs by others, and others' songs by the Beatles.

The Beatles from Others (Songs covered by the Beatles)

The Beatles for Others: the Giveaways (Beatles songs covered by others)
Two neat lists by Snellius at Rate Your Music, including sleeve/label shots.

French versions
Long discussion thread at "45 tours de rock francais" lists many English-language songs that were recorded in French during the 60s.

Elvis Presley: The Originals
David Neale traces the original versions of about 500 songs recorded by Elvis.

The Complete Covers of the songs of the Rolling Stones
Vast list at Nico Zentgraf's Complete Works Website: The Rolling Stones Database

 

06. Chart Sites

ARSA: Airheads Radio Survey Archive
Charts from radio stations in various US cities, along with examples from other countries including Australia. Late 50s to mid-80s, but mainly in the 60s. Highly recommended.

Cash Box Top 100 Singles archive
Essential reference compiled by Randy Price. [Link is to archived version at Internet Archive.]

Archie Gramble's Top 100 Songs Database
[No longer online: link is to archived version.] This link is to the 60s page, but the whole site lists every Top 100 (USA) song from 1955 to 1999. Follow the links to the period you're looking for. Probably based on Billboard charts.

Billboard chart data at Bullfrogspond.com
Chart data 1890-2011, spreadsheet from Billboard sources: go to Downloads

Billboard Top 10 Singles at Oldies But Goodies
Neat Japanese site lists all Top 10 singles in chronological order, 1960-1989. The nice thing is the inclusion of songwriters for each song.

Australian charts from Go-Set Magazine 1966-1974
All the weekly singles and album charts published by teen music mag Go-Set, plus end-of-year charts and other statistics. A unique resource compiled by Barry McKay. Hosted at PopArchives.com.au.

AustralianCharts.com
Weekly ARIA charts, data and archive. Registered users can make comments and rate music. Australian version of SwissCharts.com.

Australian Chart Directory
Scans and label shots for a selection of (mainly) radio station charts, 1958-1990. Valuable resource by jwjstone at RateYourMusic.com

Australian #1s
Chronological list from 1955. Not sure what source it's using, but it's a nicely set out site with lots of nostalgia value. Includes links to a similar Dutch site.

Australian Chart History
[Offline; link to archived page]. Research project by Daniel Lowe, who once worked for the Australian Music Report. This is the definitive history of Australian charts and their sources, from radio station playlists (and "the opinion of the individual music director of the radio station") to the hard sales figures used today.

Chartwatch (UK)
British chart site with data from 1952 to present.

Radio London Fab Forties
Complete weekly charts of the pirate radio station from January 1965 till August 1967, with entertaining and informative commentary. Part of the Radio London site [radiolondon.co.uk].

Radio Caroline Charts
British pirate station's charts 1964-1968, now at the Radio London site. Still some gaps: a work in progress. Includes a chronology of the station.

Chart Links: UK and worldwide
Useful portal to chart sites. Page at the UK Chart Facts & Feats website.

A Half Century of British Number Ones
Site by Mike J. Smith has annotated listings from 1950s to 2000s, and a great collection of links.

British Charts 1963-1966
Top 30, week by week.

NZ: Lever Hit Parades 1960-1965
Top 8 used on commercial radio, based on some kind of listener survey. Weekly charts, searchable, at Flavour of New Zealand

NZ: Listener Magazine charts (1966-1970)
Another NZ poll-based chart which preceded the use of sales figures from 1970. Weekly charts, searchable, at Flavour of New Zealand.

Dean Scapolo's NZ Chartbooks
Blog by the compiler of the New Zealand chart books.

The Irish charts
Eire charts from 1962.

Canadian Charts 1957-1986
30 years of weekly Canadian charts. [Now offline: link is to Internet Archive version.]

Canadian chart archive (RPM)
Searchable archive of weekly charts from Canadian magazine RPM, beginning in 1964

Vancouver radio charts
60s radio station surveys from CKWX, CFUN and CKLG. Excellent presentation, highly recommended.

Hit Parade Italia
Archived Italian chart data over several decades with good background.

Charts-Surfer
German site allows search of charts from several countries (individually or all at once) going back to the 50s.

European charts at OldiesHitParade.de
Includes #1s and end-of-year charts for several countries, as far back as the 50s.

Charts All Over The World at Latvian Academic Network
LaNet.lv's big collection of links to current charts. Scroll to bottom of page for links to archived charts.

Swiss Charts
Useful chart data and forum that has always had companion sites for other countries, although these don't seem to be so readily accessible from this site now. (The Australian site is at australiancharts.com.)

South African Charts at SA Rock Lists
Some SA chart statistics from 1958 to 1989.

Classic Top 30
Historic charts, mainly 60s-70s, from half a dozen US radio stations.

Chart archives, 1960s to now, at TuneCaster.com
Weekly, yearly and decade chart data. This link is to the 60s page, but several decades are covered. (I can't see any source cited for historical charts.)

Official Charts (UK): archive
Archived charts going back to 1960: weekly Top 40s, #1s by year...

Top 100 Singles (Australia)
Nicely presented chronological lists of charting records and author's favourites, including chart data and many audio files.

German Charts
Another in the "Swiss Charts" family of sites.

 

07. Regional

Birmingham & West Midlands 60s: Brum Beat
See the Main Index for such Birmingham area bands as The Move, The Uglys ("Wake Up My Mind"), The Applejacks and The Senators ("She's A Mod").

ManchesterBeat
This has the Manchester scene well covered, from the early 60s on.

Tamworth Bands: History 1960-1990
Tamworth UK, in the Birmingham area (not Australia's Country Music Capital).

California: West Coast Fog
"Musical Exhumations from California's Hazy Age" by Erik Bluhm and Paul Gammage. Detailed research, off the beaten track.

Detroit labels
Label shots and discographies of numerous labels, including Motown and its subsidiaries. Excellent site by L.G. Nilsson.

Detroit: Don't Forget The Motor City
Extensive, indispensable discography and sessionography of Motown and related labels of Berry Gordy.

GeorgiaSoul.com
Blog about Georgia R&B and Soul Records: The Mighty Hannibal, James Brown... How about Arthur Willis, "perhaps the most mysterious singer to have recorded in Georgia"?

Louisiana Music Hall of Fame
Let's see... Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Guy, Mahalia Jackson, Pete Fountain, Dale & Grace, Fats Domino, Dale Hawkins, Clarence Henry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Johnny Rivers, Percy Sledge, Irma Thomas, John Fred...

Phoenix AZ: Photo Flashbacks
The Doug Hartley Collection: "Rare performance photos of the Rock and Roll music scene in the Phoenix, Arizona area during the late 1960s"

Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame
Discussions on mainly traditional Hawaiian music topics.

Northeastern Record Labels at Paisleyhaze.com
Valuable work in progress that aims to document independent labels from the USA's Northeast, including New York City and suburbs.

Chicago labels at the Red Saunders Research Foundation
Discographies with selected label shots for over twenty Chicago labels, focusing on post-war jazz, R&B and blues. Labels include Arisocrat, Chess, Checker and Vee-Jay. [Archived version at Internet Archive]

Eastern Europe: Soviet-era Labels at Eastalgia.com
Album discographies, most of which you won't find anywhere else. Site by Valdas Bytautas in Lithuania.

Brisbane in the 60s: Brisbands at Primitif Sounds
"Forgotten musicians of '60s Brisbane, Australia": project by historian of obscure Aussie music Andrew Ainsworth. You'll find information here that you won't find anywhere else. [Internet Archive version]

Brisbane Music: Oral History
Eyewitness accounts of Brisbane concerts from 1942 to the present: Railroad Gin, Purple Hearts, Bowery Boys, The Saints, Jon Blanchfield plus many other local and overseas artists. [Internet archive version. Some navigation required.]

North East England: Ready Steady Gone
"Gigging in the North East 1965-1972", a Blog style site by Roger Smith who was there as a musician. Priceless anecdotes and history of working bands in and around Newcastle.

North East England: Vintage Sixties Live
Fascinating scrap-book style site with photos, clippings, gig posters and other memorabilia connected with the numerous working bands of Newcastle and beyond, most of them obscure beyond that area.

Baltimore: Where Are They Now?
Ronnie Dove, Peppermint Rainbow, The Orioles and others. Feature in Baltimore Style.

Indiana, Michigan, Ohio & Illinois: Midwest 45s
Soul, funk and gospel 45s from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Huge treasure trove of playable audio files, neatly organised, with label shots. It seems to lack an index or search function, but I'm not complaining: just lose yourself in it and wallow. Site by Scott Harlow.

 

08. Songwriters

Songwriters at Magic Town
Site by Hiroto Yanagida with discographies for songwriters Barry Mann, Jimmy Webb, Tony Hatch, Mark James and Brian Wilson.

Songwriters at the R.N.Shrout Website
Song lists for numerous songwriters, plus other music history. ("R.N.Shrout" is a pseudonym, explained at the site.)

Songwriters Hall of Fame
US site. Link to the index page, a springboard to bios and songlists of numerous songwriters.

Songwriter Files by Hoppy Asada
Song lists for British songwriters Tony Macaulay, Cook & Greenaway, John Carter, and Arnold, Martin & Morrow (AMMO). An essential resource compiled by Hiroshi 'Hoppy' Asado, part of his now-defunct tribute site to the ubiquitous British session singer Tony Burrows. Hoppy Asado, where are you now? [Archived pages]

John D. Loudermilk
The definitive Loudermilk site by Kees van der Hoeven at ihesm.com. Everything you'll ever want to know about the legendary singer and songwriter. A list of 160 versions of "Tobacco Road"? No problem!

Carole King
Song list at CaroleKing.com.

Jackie DeShannon
Peter Lerner's list of Jackie's compositions showing who recorded them.

Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Song list at the official site of the major songwriting partnership, Mann-Weil.com.

Jeff Barry
'Jeff Barry Song Database': a sparkly list of songs by Jeff Barry, songwriting great and partner of Ellie Greenwich (1st page of 2: check out the rest of the site for more Jeff Barry resources).

Bob Crewe
'Songs written by Bob Crewe', at MusicVF.com, showing chart positions, label and co-writers.

Bert Berns (aka Bert Russell)
Check out the discography and other resources for this giant amongst producers and songwriters to see the extent of his work: "Here Comes The Night", "Hang On Sloopy", "Twist And Shout"... the tip of a spectacular iceberg.

Vanda & Young [1]
Discography of Harry Vanda & George Young songs by various artists. Compiled by Jonas Warstad.

Vanda & Young [2]
Discography by Magnus Holmgren at his Australian rock database [archived page at Internet Archive]

The Bee Gees [1]
'Gibb Songs', Joseph Brennan's invaluable site, has chronologically arranged and annotated discographies of songs recorded or composed by The Bee Gees, including unreleased sessions and 'songs the Bee Gees gave away'.

The Bee Gees [2]
'1030 Songs Written by The Bee Gees' Aims to list every Bee Gees composition. Page at the Bee Gees Rarities website. A continual work in progress, it has expanded every time I check back, and 1030 was the total by January 2017.

Tony Hatch
Official site of the British songwriter, arranger and producer.

Mick Jagger & Keith Richard: songs they 'gave away'
'Songs From The Kitchen': Jagger-Richard(s) compositions that were either never released by the Stones or were released before the Stones’ versions were issued in the U.K. Page at 45Cat.com by Deltics. Includes audio via YouTube links.

Artie Wayne
'Artie Wayne on the Web', a wide-ranging and informative blog by longtime - and still active - songwriter, producer and singer, best-known in Australia for '4,003,221 Tears From Now' (Judy Stone), 'From The Inside' (Marcia Hines) and 'Go To Him' (Ray Brown).

P. F. Sloan
'The P. F. Sloan Website', by David Ridges, about the legendary singer-songwriter-poet-etc. All the discographies, related information, and lots of P. F. Sloan's own words.

Bonner & Gordon
For a start, how about... 'Happy Together', 'She'd Rather Be With Me', 'She's My Girl' for The Turtles and 'Cat In The Window' for Petula Clark? [Now offline: link is to Internet Archive version.]

Dick Holler
He wrote 'Snoopy vs The Red Baron' and 'Abraham, Martin & John'. True! Official site.

Burt Bacharach
Discography at a Bacharach fansite, A House Is Not a Homepage, at BacharachOnline.com

Hal David
Song lists at HalDavid.com. Follow links to comprehensive repertoire and discography of lyricist best known for his collaboration with Burt Bacharach.

Carl Sigman
'MajorSongs: The Songs of Carl Sigman': Site devoted to the works of celebrated lyricist (and sometimes composer) Carl Sigman. He wrote the words to 'What Now My Love', You're My World', 'Answer Me' and 'Ebb Tide', for example.

John Barry
Unofficial site dedicated to the British film composer.

Leiber & Stoller
Song list, now offline: this is the Internet Archive version.

Graham Gouldman
'Graham Gouldman Things', a site by John Bruinsma devoted to the 10 CC member and ubiquitous 60s songwriter ('You Stole My Love', 'No Milk Today', 'Heartful Of Soul', 'For Your Love', 'Bus Stop'...) [Internet Archive version]

 

09. Radio history

Pirate Radio Hall of Fame
You'll be surprised at how many of the pirate deejays were Aussies. Includes numerous audio clips that evoke the atmosphere of commercial pop radio of the sixties.

The Reel Top 40 Radio Repository
Huge repository of audio clips (known as "airchecks") along with written commentary, featuring famous and lesser-known disc jockeys of the past from stations all over the USA. Current subscription rate (2017): $US10.00 for 6 months.

5KA Adelaide Airchecks (archived site at Pandora)
Don't miss this: audio clips from the 50s, 60s and 70s, featuring many well-known announcers recorded on air. Also includes jingles and commercials. Pure nostalgia!

Radio London
Web home of 60s pirate radio station, including links to other pirates and the Radio London Fab 40 charts from the 60s.

The Radio Antenna: Australian airchecks
Blog with airchecks of Australian radio stations from several decades, along with commentary and other Australian radio features.

Radio files at Bluehaze Multimedia
A treasure-trove of Australian and British audio clips (mp3 & RealAudio) put together by Tony Sanderson, including entire programs from 3AW and 3DB going back as far as the 40s. Packed with background information too.

John Pearce: 'For The Love Of Mike'
Memoir of Australian radio by John Pearce. Lots of great stories about his early days in radio at stations that included 2QN Deniliquin and 3SH Swan Hill. [Original site offline: link is to Internet Archive]

Chickenman
The story behind the late 60s radio serial ('He's everywhere! He's everywhere!') created by Chicago radio man Dick Orkin. Follow the link to Dan O'Day's Chickenman page to hear Episode 1 and order the complete Chickenman.

Radio Rewind: BBC Radio 1
Retrospective of BBC pop radio station launched 1967. Includes mp3 airchecks (free registration required).

Glenn Gould speaks about Petula Clark
Radio program from 1967: classical pianist Glenn Gould talks about his love for Petula Clark's records.

Microphones
Not just radio, but historic microphones in loving close-up and in context.

KCRJ Jerome AZ (1928-1944)

RadioGOLDINdex
Database of historic radio programs.

Frank Avis's Memoirs of 42 Years in Radio
Frank Avis started at 2MG Mudgee in the 1950s, and his memoirs, in blog form, were up to 2DAY-FM in the 80s and 90s last time I checked.

United States Early Radio History
Comprehensive site by Thomas H. White covers 1897 to 1927.

Rock Radio Scrapbook
Radio history and audio "from Canadian and US stations The Golden Age of Top 40 Radio".

WLAC Nashville
Key station in the history of rock'n'roll.

American Radio History
Invaluable resource by David Gleason includes scans from original publications such as Broadcasting Yearbook and Broadcasting Magazine.

Old Time Radio Downloads
"Free Old Radio Shows in MP3": original audio, 1920-1962

KTKT Tucson AZ
Station history

Australian Radio Callsigns: Hidden Meanings
They're not all hidden: 3SH Swan Hill is fairly obvious, but what about 2SM or 3DB? [Internet Archive link]

Radio Use Only
"vinyl radio station compilations and singles - records distributed by stations to promote the station, disc jockeys, and/or local bands."

Soul on the Air
60s-70s soul/r&b radio airchecks at Stepfather of Soul

 

10. Labels

Label discographies (45s) at Global Dog Productions.
Indispensable. As well as US labels, includes sections on Australian, Canadian and British labels.

Soul labels at Soulful Kinda Music
Over 150 soul-oriented labels listed.

British labels at DragonDiscs
[Archived version at Internet Archive] Almost complete discographies for several labels including HMV, Apple, Deram and Top Rank, plus EP lists for four labels.

Online Discographies Project
Site by Ty Settlemier listing 78s by label, going back as far as 1908.

Rockin' Country Style: Label Listings
Label discographies for "Country Rock & Roll and Related Records, 1951-1964" (see the 'Criteria for Inclusion' page). Many of these companies were small, obscure regional operations.

Both Sides Now: Album Discographies
Extensive discographies of LPs from numerous US labels, including track listings and label histories. Singles discographies are an exception but there are a few here as well (see below).

Brian Lee's Color Radio: Cat, Debra and Domino label shots
The numerous label shots for artists are a highlight of Brian's site, but here he focuses on some specific labels. (While you're there, don't miss the '1st & 2nd Labels' page.)

Chicago labels at the Red Saunders Research Foundation
[Archived version at Internet Archive] Discographies with selected label shots for over twenty Chicago labels, focusing on post-war jazz, R&B and blues. Labels include Arisocrat, Chess, Checker and Vee-Jay.

South African labels at SA Rock Lists
Includes South African RCA, Immediate, Fontana, Pye, Rave.

Eastalgia.com: Soviet-era Eastern European Labels
Album discographies, most of which you won't find anywhere else. Site by Valdas Bytautas in Lithuania.

Bell Records
Site about New York budget label, incudes discography.

Casablanca label
Label founded by Neil Bogart: album and singles discography 1973-1985.

Northeastern Record Labels at Paisleyhaze.com.
Valuable work in progress that aims to document independent labels from the USA's Northeast, including New York City and suburbs.

Singles discographies at Both Sides Now
Most BSN lists are albums only, but this Google results page shows some exceptions. Includes Swan, Dunwich, Cadence...

Dimension

Sun Records, Memphis
Numerical listing of singles at Black Cat Rockabilly.

Detroit labels at Seabear Studios.
Label shots and discographies of numerous labels, including Motown and its subsidiaries. Excellent site by L.G. Nilsson.

Charisma Label
British label, 1969-1986.

Mercury
Site by Matsubayashi 'Shaolin' Kohji, packed with information about Mercury Records, much of it based on the web owner's collection.

Minor French labels
Part of the french singles site '45 tours de rock francais'.

Australian label histories at MilesAgo
Well-researtched accounts of numerous local labels, from the famous to the obscure (Pakktel?).

Label shots at RainerJazz
78s from Brunswick, Bluebird, Paramount... many others.

British labels at Mods website.
This site features several labels that released international records of interest to the Mods. Included are British-issue discographies for the Stateside, London, Bluebeat, Sue and Tamla-Motown labels.

Label scans at Oldies Teen Sound

Loma Records discography
Complete discography of Los Angeles label, 1964-1969: " 'uptown' soul, blues, R&B, and popular music subsidiary of Warner Brothers."

Twirl Records
History of Detroit label that released Don & Juan's “What’s Your Name”, Del Shannon's "Runaway" and Johnny & The Hurricanes' "Crossfire"... But read on...

Decca (UK) discography
At Sixties Beat

Don't Forget The Motor City
Extensive, indispensable discography and sessionography of Motown and related labels of Berry Gordy.

 

11. Buying Australian music

Amazon.com
I hate to say it, but you'll often find even obscure Australian music here when you've given up on the local stores.

eBay Australia
If you don't find what you're looking for, set up a Favorite Search and they'll let you know if it comes up later.

Batman Records (and Books)
Famed Melbourne second-hand store, established in the 1930s, now operates by mail order only. Stock includes 45s, LPs, 78s, cassettes and books.

Vinyl Solution
Melbourne online dealer sells CDs, records in all formats, memorabilia and accessories.

Red Eye Records
Sydney record dealer: recently found a hard-to-get LP for a friend of PopArchives, so they're probably worth a try.

Atlantis Records
New, used and collectable record store in Scarborough St, Southport, Qld. Search and order online. Vinyl, CDs and DVDs. Recommended by a friend of PopArchives.

The Country Music Store
Highly regarded specialist shop in Charlotte Street, Brisbane also does mail order.

Sandman Records
"Classic Australian Albums, Lovingly restored, remastered and repackaged"

Craig Moerer - Records by Mail
Vinyl dealer based in Portland, Oregon runs a reliable and fast mail order service that offers a couple of million titles, including some from Australia.

Alibris
US portal for sellers of used music, movies and books.

Oz Music Online
"New and used CD's, Vinyl Records and Music Memorabilia"

Wonderland Records (NZ)
Online store for record, CD & tape dealer in Wainuiomata.

Rare Rockin' Records
"Home of the best obscure oldies music": Australian mail order site, also issues its own oldies CDs. Wide range; international rather than Australian focus.

Playback Records
Switched-on Australian specialist reissue label.

 

12. 78s and Cylinders

Vinyl Record Collector Resources
Page of links at KIX Software.

Online Discographies Project
Label discographies of 78s.

Tyrone's Record and Phonograph Page
And don't miss the extensive Links page.

University of Washington Music Library
Huge list of links related to 78s and other early recordings.

The Truesound Online Discography Project
Documents the Acoustical Era (1888 - 1930): early discs and cylinders recorded without electronic amplification.

The Roots Music Listening Room
A treasure trove of blues, roots and gospel mp3s at 32kb/s. Try 'Stop And Listen Blues' by The Mississippi Sheiks. Then go on to 'Big Road Blues' by Tommy Johnson. Do I see a smile of recognition? (Part of this section is password protected: you can email for a password.)

Juneberry78s.com: Early American Roots Music
Resources for collectors of 78s. Includes the Roots Music Listening Room

Cylinder Preservation and Digitalization Project
Website of the University of California at Santa Barbara has details and audio files on cylinder releases.

Tim's Phonographs and Old Records
Entertaining and informative site by collector Tim Gracyk, now at Gracyk.com

 

13. Countries

Netherlands: Alex Gitlin's Nederpop Encyclopedia
You may know more of these artists than you realise: try Shocking Pink, Golden Earring, George Baker Selection, Tee Set and, er... Stars on 45.

France: Songwriters
Biographies and discographies for over sixty French composers and lyricists at Les Auteurs et Compositeurs de la Chanson Francaise

France: InfoDisc
French discographies (French and non-French artists), listed by artist A-Z, including chart positions. (Some other parts of this site are pay-for-view.)

France: Teppaz and co - le site des annees 60s
French 60s site featuring the "ye ye" phenomenon (click on biographies).

South Africa: Rock Files
First port of call for comprehensive treatment of South African pop history.

South Africa: Rock Lists at South Africa's Rock Files
Includes charts, discographies, trivia. A one-stop site for South African recording history.

Eastern Europe: Soviet-era Labels
Eastalgia.com, a site by Valdas Bytautas from Lithuania featuring pop albums on several Eastern European labels, many from the 70s and 80s.

Switzerland: SwissCharts.com
More than just a chart site. Good portal into European pop.

Belgium: The Belgian Pop & Rock Archives

France: The Ye Ye Girls Index
Bios of singers in the French ye ye genre of the 60s. [Archived version of defunct website]

France: 45 tours de rock francais
French 45 r.p.m. singles from the 60s, 70s & 80s. Includes label and sleeve shots. Check out the forums while you're there.

Ireland (Eire): The Irish Charts
Irish Recorded Music Association site covers the charts in Eire from 1962. Searchable, nice site.

Europe: ReadySteadyGirls.eu
"Girl" singers and groups from Britain, France, Germany & Italy. Bios and streaming audio.

Italy: Hit Parade Italia
Organised around chart data, but good background on artists and songs is included.

France: EncyclopeDisque
Online encyclopedia of French-language 45 rpm singles.

Canada: Pop Music Encyclopedia

Canada: CMRRA
Repertoire search at Canadian music licensing agency.

Ireland: IrishRock.org
Irish groups of the 60s & 70s, Irish punk & new wave...

Ireland: Irish Showbands
"...showbands, beat-groups and memories from the Ireland of 1955 - 1975"

France: "French Pop: Goldmine of Style"
Article by Tor Midtskog [archived, original no longer online].

Yugoslavia: Jugobeat
Yugoslavian punk and beat site. [No longer online: link to archived version]

 

14. Forums

Spectropop Discussion Group
Many members are industry insiders who worked on the great pop records of the 60s, but any fan of (mainly) 60s pop is welcome. This is one of the most civilised and informative pop forums on the Net

Rock&Roll Scars at Yahoo! Groups
Well-informed and lively discussion about Australasian pop & rock music.

New Zealand Music - The 60s and 70s Forum
Discuss or ask about NZ music at this wide-ranging forum site. Participants include NZ music expert Bruce Sergent and NZ chart compiler Dean Scapolo. An essential NZ music site.

Mudcat Discussion Forum
Learned discussion on folk/traditional music at Mudcat Cafe

Second Hand Songs Forum
Discussion boards at the cover version site.

UKMIX Forums
"UK's online music community". Check out the Chart Analysis forum in particular.

Whirligig forums: 50s Music
Surprises to be found here. Look out for threads on obscure British labels, for example.

 

15. Music Blogs and other miscellanies

Probe is Turning-on the People!

Left and to the Back

Garage Hangover

Office Naps

relaxmusic

Lost Bands of the New Wave Era

Soul Sides: Music For Rhythm Addicts

Diddy Wah

Funky 16 Corners

Soul Detective

Home of the Groove

Rock On Vinyl

Space Age Selection

TAM TAM & Melodie

Living in Stereo

FreeIndie.com

The 'A' Side

The 'B' Side

Sir shambling's Deep Soul Heaven

Stepfather of Soul

Tape Findings

honey where you been so long? (pre-war blues)

Fingertips: The Intelligent Guide to Free and Legal Music

Music for Robots

Said the Gramophone

Music You (Probably) Won't Hear Anywhere Else

NineBullets.net

Twangville Downloads

Boogie Woogie Flu

TomMixMusic2

The Lonely Beat
Listen to tracks that capture "a period–specific set of images, motifs and themes associated with the modern, post–War American city".

The Exotica Project
"One hundred dreamland 45s" to listen to. Companion site to The Lonely Beat.

 

16. Sites about just one song

Louie Louie

The Popcorn Song

American Pie

Classical Gas

Radar Love

A Whiter Shade Of Pale
The site is defunct, but here's the archived page listing 255 versions.

Hey Joe
Originally at heyjoe.org, now a blog. 1800 versions listed to date (early 2017)

 

17. Songs that sound like other songs

Similar-Sounding Songs
Lists and commentary by Thomas Irvin. [Archived version at Internet Archive]

Disturbingly Similar Songs
List of soundalikes with mp3s. [Archived version at Internet Archive]

UCLA Music Copyright Infringement Resource.
Extensive scholarly resource, including accounts of cases over many years. (You'll find Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music here, for example.)

Oasis Magpie
Page about Oasis songs and the songs they sound like. No longer online, but archived here at Internet Archive.

 

18. Cheapo Labels (Budget Soundalike Records)

The Hit Records Project
Discography and notes for famous Nashville cheapo label Hit, including discography.

Levy's Sound Studios
Bill Johnson's memoir of his days at the studios that produced the Embassy soundalike budget singles.

Tony Rivers on Top of the Pops
British musician recalls his days recording soundalikes of current hits for the Top of the Pops series. [Internet Archive version]

My blog posts on budget labels
Not the definitive source, but you'll find some links for further reading. Includes infoemation about Golden Fleece, the Australian budget label sold through service stations.

Cheapo Labels Group
Forum at Yahoo! Groups isn't very active right now, but the home page has a useful list of about 40 cheapo label names.

Herbert Hunter/Leroy Jones
Discography at Soulful Kinda Music of singer who covered soul tracks for Nashville budget label Hit.

Johnny Worth (Les Vandyke) single on Embassy
Renowned British songwriter who recorded a single for Embassy. Page at www.45rpm.co.uk includes bio and label shot. [Scroll right down the page.]

Soul sides on Hit and Spar
Post by Jeff Lemlich at Bomp Digest. [Internet Archive version]

Elton John's Cheapo Covers
Review by Richie Unterberger about "Chartbusters Go Pop!", the CD reissue of soundalike tracks recorded pseudonymously by Elton John 1969-70.

 

19. Lyrics

SongMeanings
I don't usually recommend lyrics sites (it's better just to use Google) but this one's different: no junk, easy to read, and it's also a forum for commenting on and discussing lyrics.

 

20. Internet radio

Gulch Radio
My favourite radio station, from Jerome, Arizona. The Gulch has gone from AM over to FM on 100.5 FM, using the callsign KZRJ-LP. That's fine if you're in the area, but you might prefer to listen online as I do. Great, eclectic playlists. (Try Shoutcast Radio on WinAmp, or visit the website.) Ric's M-F breakfast show comes on at 10:00 pm, Eastern Australian time, and it makes perfect late-night listening.

UnderCurrents with Gregg McVicar
"American music with a passport" Listen from the website, also syndicated to 30 stations including Gulch Radio.

MVYradio podcasts
Try the excellent "Blues at 8", for example.

Radio Paradise
Online radio station with terrific eclectic playlist. Highly recommended.

Secret Museum of the Air with Pat Conte and Citizen Kafka
Arcane music history. Archived from a defunct WFMU program 2000-2002

 

21. Software

JJ mp3 renamer
Change file names and tags on mp3s. Easier than messing with individual files: open several at once. FREE

Mp3 Trimmer
Clip seconds from start or finish of an mp3 and fade in or out as you wish. FREE, but upgrade to handle larger files.

VLC Media Player
Seems to play pretty much any format. [FREE]

Rippers and Converting Software at Download.com
Browse programs for making mp3s or wav files from CD tracks.

CD & DVD Burning Programs at Download.com
Browse programs for burning your own CDS.

Media players at Download.com
Browse programs to play audio or video on your computer.

OldVersion.com
'Because new is not always better': download previous versions of software.

Free RAR extractor: The Frog
User friendly tool, used to access compressed RAR files. (Essential if you're downloading from Midoztouch!)

 

22. Beatles

Beatles songs covered by others

Steve's Beatles Pages

Songs The Beatles Didn't Do: site by Joseph Brennan

Beatles Songs: Index to Wikipedia articles

The Beatles from Others (Songs covered by the Beatles)

The Beatles for Others (Beatles songs covered by others)

DM's Beatles Site
Highly recommended.

Beatles Discography (UK & USA) at NNNB

Dave Rybaczewski's Beatles Music History
"The in-depth story behind the songs of the Beatles"

BeatlesNumber9.com
Excellent Beatles resource by Dave Holmes: "I've tried to make one of the most informative and reliable Beatles sites on the net..."

Let's Be The Beatles at SilentBugler.com
Click on a Beatles album cover to go to a page of songs borrowing from/based on/inspired by songs from that album. The criteria are loose, as the compiler agrees, but it's an interesting compendium of Beatles influence.

 

23. Audio Archives (78s & cylinders)

Max Hunter Folk Song Collection (Real Audio, MIDI and AIFF)

Red Hot Jazz Archive (Real Audio)

Roots Music Listening Room (mp3)

Dismuke's Hit of the Week (Real Audio)

Cylinders at University of California, Santa Barbara (mp3 or wav)

Virtual Gramophone: historical Canadian recordings (mp3)

Jazz Old Time (Real Audio/mp3; listen free, subscribe to download)

Turtle's 78 rpm Jukebox
Old - very old - records as mp3s.

 

24. Sampled songs and their samplers

Julien's Originals - Samples
"Jazz, Funk, Soul, Disco joints sampled in House, Hip-hop, and others." Includes mp3s of the originals. SEE ALSO:

Julien's Originals - Covers
"Some covered or plundered originals."

The-Breaks.com
Big samples reference database, browsable by genre and searchable by several criteria.

Xampled: Sample Spotters
Or, Who's Sampling Who in What Songs? The list of James Brown songs that have been sampled goes on forever. [Archived version at Internet Archive.]

What's The Most Sampled Song Ever?
James Brown - 'Funky Drummer'? How about The Winstons - 'Amen Brother'?

 

25. Soul

Soulful Kinda Music
Web presence of the British print magazine includes over 400 artist discographies and over 150 label discographies.

Soulwalking
British soul site packed with features, including over 1,000 artist biographies. Well worth browsing.

Northern Soul at Anorak's Corner by David Flynn
Full of label scans, discographies and other soul delights.

Soul Records: Australian Releases
Anorak's Corner page featuring releases of soul records on such Aussie labels as W&G, Astor and Festival.

Rare and Northern Soul singles at NorthernSoul45s.co.uk
A feature of this site is the clear, readable label shots and the audio samples.

Soul Source
Forums and many other resources. Give it a browse.

Soulful Detroit
Excellent Northern Soul site with focus on Detroit, including an active forum and general Northern Soul background stories.

GeorgiaSoul.com
Blog about Georgia R&B and Soul Records: The Mighty Hannibal, James Brown... How about Arthur Willis, "perhaps the most mysterious singer to have recorded in Georgia"?

Shades of Blue at RhythmAndTheBlues.org.uk
"...a personal commentary on the great blues and authentic soul music produced from the 1940s to the present day" [Now offline: link is to Internet Archive version.]

Loma Records discography
Complete discography of Los Angeles label, 1964-1969: " 'uptown' soul, blues, R&B, and popular music subsidiary of Warner Brothers."

Don't Forget The Motor City
Extensive, indispensable discography and sessionography of Motown and related labels of Berry Gordy.

Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven
Wide-ranging artist bios + mp3s, lots of lesser-known stuff. Soul heaven indeed.

Soul Detective

The B side

The A Side
Soul Detective, The B Side, and The A Side: Three superb mp3 blogs by Red Kelly, featuring the more obscure corners of soul. Treasure troves of great music and informed commentary.

Soul on the Air
60s-70s soul/r&b radio airchecks at Stepfather of Soul

Midwest45s
Soul, funk and gospel 45s from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Huge treasure trove of playable audio files, neatly organised, with label shots. It seems to lack an index or search function, but I'm not complaining: just lose yourself in it and wallow. Site by Scott Harlow.

 

26. Country Music

Country Music discographies
Site by Petr Vitous has discographies (albums and singles) as well as biographies, lyrics and sleeve shots, covering numerous Country artists.

The Country Startpage
User-friendly portal to Country music sites all over the world. Huge list of links to artist and general sites. Pretty terrific, I reckon.

Discographie Rock 'N' Country
Useful French site (with plenty of English) that includes discographies for some hard-to-find artists.

Rockin' Country Style
Terry Gordon's indispensable "Discography of Country Rock & Roll and Related Records, 1951-1964". Covers many obscure records unlisted elsewhere, many with audio clips and label shots.

Country Music Hall of Fame
Run by the "non-profit, educational Country Music Foundation". Check out the Inductees List from the sidebar.

History of Country Music
Primer at Roughstock.com

ItsCountry.com.au
Comprehensive and informative Australian site that keeps in touch with current events on the country scene.

Urbane Cowboys: alt.country in the 90s
Masters thesis by John Molinaro goes into the history of alt.country

History of Alt Country
Jeff Wall: "Alt Country ain't new... It was happening back in the late 30s."

Joe Sixpack's Incomplete Guide to Alternative Country
Album reviews, part of Slipcue.com by San Francisco Bay Area DJ & writer

Alternative Country at InsurgentCountry.net
Links, reviews, resources.

No Depression
The Americana-alt.country magazine folded in 2008 but persists as a website and a bi-annual bookazine.

Twangville
"Music with a touch of twang. Alt-Country, Americana, Indie, Rock, Folk & Blues as therapy for mind and soul."

The Country Music Store
Online mail order catalogue of specialist country music store in Charlotte Street, Brisbane.

HillbillyMusic.com
You want obscure..?

 

28. Historical Newspapers Online

Trove: Australian Newspapers 1803-1954
Facsimiles of selected Australian newspapers from the National Library of Australia. Free.

Papers Past (NZ)
Newspapers and journals from all parts of New Zealand, 1839 to 1920. Digitised collection from National Library of New Zealand. Free.

Winona Newspaper Project
Three late-19th and early-20th century newspapers from Winona, Minnesota, a project of Winona State University. Free.

Chronicling America
Searchable facsimiles of selected historical newspapers from several US states. From Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities. Free.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Digitised pages from 1841 to 1902. From Brooklyn Public Library. Free.

Northern New York Historical Newspapers
Numerous digitised newspapers from Northern New York Library Network. Free.

Newspaper Archive
Huge collection of mainly US newspapers. Paid subscription required.

 

29. Old radio jingles

5KA Adelaide
5KA jingles from the 60s and 70s. [Page at Pandora Archive.]

WABC New York
Jingles from the 50s to the 70s at Musicradio 77 (now NewsTalkRadio 77). Page at tribute site Musicradio77.com.

Jingles audio at Norman Barrington's Radio Pages
Includes British pirate stations, BBC and numerous montages.

Pirate radio jingles
Jingles and airchecks from Swinging Radio England, Caroline, Luxembourg, Radio 227... Page at SixtiesCity.com

 

30. Oldies CDs by mail order

Rare Rockin' Records
"Home of the best obscure oldies music": Australian mail order site, also issues its own oldies CDs. Wide range; international rather than Australian focus.