Oldies but Goodies

Written by on April 27, 2015


As a self-proclaimed “Classic Rock Show,” sometimes I get the not-to-be ignored urge to go back to theroots of rock ‘n’ roll. I once had a professor that asserted that all (pre-60’s) roads in music lead to the Beatles, and all roads since the Beatles stem from them. Though that could be taken as an oversimplification, I generally agree and I think that statement does well to acknowledge all the different influences going into the production of rock music. Rhythm & Blues is the undeniable father-genre of all rock ‘n’ roll, and rock ‘n’ roll, of course, is the genre we have to thank for Classic Rock. But jazz, folk, singer/songwriter, motown, art rock, surf, funk, early rap, even pop and disco, were all happening at the same time as rock ‘n’ roll, or as a fairly directly traceable outcropping of it, and had influences on each other. So, this playlist is a compilation of who I deem to be important pre-classic rock artists, all from various stems of the rock ‘n’ roll tree.





  • Sugar, Sugar
    The Archies
    The Very Best of the Archies
  • The Times They are A-Changin'
    Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan: Greatest Hits
  • Great Balls of Fire
    Jerry Lee Lewis
    Rock & Roll 50's
  • Ain't That a Shame
    Fats Domino
    Rock & Roll 50's
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    The Beatles
    Singles: 1967-1970
  • Beauty and the Beast
    David Bowie
    The Best of David Bowie 1974-1979
  • Somebody to Love
    The Ramones
    Acid Eaters
  • Rescue Me
    Fontella Bass
    Chess Soul: A Decade of Chicago's Finest
  • 19th Nervous Breakdown
    The Rolling Stones
    Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass)
  • I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
    Elton John
    Elton John Greatest Hits
  • It's the Same Old Song
    Four Tops
    The Ultimate Collection
  • Long Tall Sally
    Little Richard
    Rock & Roll 50's
  • Run Through the Jungle
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Chronicle Vol. 1
  • Juke Box Music
    The Kinks
    Come Dancing with the Kinks
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg
    The Temptations
    Emperors of Soul
  • Stayin' Alive
    Bee Gees
  • Be True to Your School [Single Version]
    The Beach Boys
    Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys

  • Show Notes & Show Blogs


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