Counting Down To The Countdown

The Memorial Day holiday is so so close – and so is our countdown of the TOP 500 SONGS OF ALL TIME. There is still time to vote on the songs that top the chart – just look to your right. Remember we kick it off with #500 Friday at 3pm (ET) only on Hit Oldies

Awesome 80s: Meanwhile At The Movies

While you were loving Madonna, Def Leopard or….we know you spent plenty of time at the movies. And what did you see:

A Different Side Of Brian’s Story

Behind the fun fun fun of The Beach Boys was the fascinating and genius singer/songwriter Brian Wilson. Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of the iconic Wilson — portrayed by two actors, Paul Dano in the ’60s and John Cusack in the ’80s — and examines his musical brilliance, personal voyage and ultimate salvation. Love & Mercy, co-written by Oscar® nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman, also stars Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, and is directed by Bill Pohlad, known as the Academy Award-nominated producer for such bold films as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Sean Penn’s Into the Wild and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.  Love & Mercy opens in theaters on June 5th

Dynamic Duos: Motown’s Finest Pair

Of all the matches made by Motown’s Barry Gordy, Marvin Gaye teamed with Tammi Terrell was the one that clicked the most.

Dynamic Duos: Classic Simon & Garfunkel

To go along with our DYNAMIC DUOS WEEKEND, here’s some video from the early days of Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel:

Lose An Hour Get Some Spring

This weekend we lose that extra hour, but keep in mind that brings us sixty minutes closer to the start of Spring 2015!  Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour by 2am on Sunday.

This Weekend All The Perfect Pairs

This weekend, Hit Oldies is out to play all your favorite pairs. From Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher to Peaches & Herb. It’s our DYNAMIC DUOS WEEKEND and it’s a crime if you miss it!

Rock Discovery: A Rare Piece Of Beach Boys History
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Recorded in 1961, this is a test pressing that predates the final version of SURFIN (the first chart hit from The Beach Boys). This is just part of the rare gold we are uncovering all weekend on a BEACH BOYS SUPERSTAR WEEKEND!

Rock History: Who Wrote SURFIN USA?

This week in 1963, “Surfin’ USA” by the Beach Boys was released in the US, where it will become the group’s second Billboard chart-maker, reaching #3. The song was a note-for-note copy of Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” with new lyrics. After Berry sued, he was granted royalties and all further issues of the song gave him writing credit.
Keep that in your head as you hear the boys doing it live:

Teen Idol Weekend Remembering 16 Magazine

Founded in 1956, the first issue of 16 MAGAZINE hit the newsstands in May 1957, with Elvis Presley on the cover – it  cost 15 cents an issue. The magazine was originally in the  style of more traditional movie magazines such as Photoplay. Longtime editor in chief,  Gloria Stavers, transformed the magazine from a standard general interest movie magazine into a major fan magazine that focused on the pre-teen female. Until the 1990s, 16 carried no ads in the magazine. Here’s a few classic covers:


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