This is a limited collection of links to the sites that I've found most
useful and/or interesting. The choice of these sites reflects only my own
personal taste and interests - I am _not_ interested in making this page the complete index
of all existing music-related material on the Net.
In any case, I hope you'll enjoy these links as much as I do!
When these links were compiled there was no Google, and even was still in vogue - there have been no proper updates for ages.]
My Favorite Music Sites
Sites dedicated to specific musical genres
- The Soul of the Net
Home for the 60s Soul Music on the Net. Discographies, record reviews, audio files etc.
- Deep Soul Heaven The web
site of John Ridley, one of the leading authorities on southern soul. Great site, numerous
articles on obscure artists and lots of rare (and usually excellent) records available in mp3-format.
- Soul Express
Online This is the web site of an excellent Finnish soul magazine.
Lots of interviews and record reviews. Heikki Suosalo's Deep Soul colum is
always worth reading.
Detroit.com A web site dedicated to the 60s Detroit scene.
The web site also includes a discussion
board, which doesn't restrict itself to the Detroit perspective.
- The "B" Side - a
celebration of the other side Red Kelly's web blog has lots of
great articles on classic soul and r&b records and artists.
- Peter Dean's
Blues and Soul Primer
Short biographies of many of the most important R & B and Soul stars,
bibliographies, record company
- Soulful Kinda
Music The web site of a British soul magazine.
- Miss Funkyflyy's web pages
These stylish pages concentrate on 70s-90s funk and soul artists; lots of great articles and
The Soul Express Home page of a New England radio show; contains biographies of
prominent soul artists, among other things.
- Dusties Homepage of a Soul and R&B radio show.
- Soul Source This Northern Soul site contains lots of
rare 60s and 70s records in real audio.
- Soul City Limits This web site mostly deals with Northern Soul
and Modern Soul. Lots of sound bytes from rare records.
- Solid Hit Soul
Another Northern Soul site.
- David Nathan's R&B and Soul Website The web site of
a well-known R&B journalist.
- Nobby's Soul on 45 r.p.m.
This Japanese page contains discographies of (mostly very obscure) artists and labels.
- Soul Serenade Online
The web site of an Irish soul magazine.
- Offbeat magazine
The web site of the Offbeat magazine that specializes in New Orleans music. Although
most of the older reviews, interviews and colums didn't survive the Katrina
storm, the magazine provides valuable information on the current New Orleans
- Blues Bytes
A monthly online magazine of blues CD reviews.
- Blues & Rhythm An excellent
British blues magazine. Contains a listing of available back issues.
- Blue Highway
One of the oldest web sites dedicated to blues.
- Blues World
This site maintained by Joel Slotnikoff contains a lot of interesting blues-related material.
- Eric's Blues Dates
Blues dates compiled by Eric LeBlanc.
- Hoy Hoy Website This site "promotes the music
of the unsung heroes who rocked before 1954"; lots of sound bites from classic songs in real audio.
A Japanese blues site owned by Hiroshi Takahashi.
- Tom Morgan's Jazz & Blues
Lots of pre-war jazz and blues links.
- The Blues
Bibliographic Database Görgen Antonsson's bibliography contains
references to more than 10000 magazine articles.
- Black Gospel
Blog The weblog of long-time gospel enthusiast Bob Marovich.
- Jim & Nikki's Harmonious page
These pages are dedicated to R&B group harmony and black gospel quartets.
- Vocal Group Harmony Web Site Another excellent
group harmony web site. Lots of wonderful early 50s vocal group recordings in real audio.
- Unca Marvy's R&B
page Among other things, these pages contain several of Marv
Goldberg's classic articles on various 50's R&B vocal groups.
- Red Saunders
Foundation One of the premier sources on the history of the
Chicago music scene in the 1950s.
- L.A. Vocal Groups 1945-1965 Steve Propes is
one of the world's leading authorities on the West Coast vocal group and R&B
- Wang Dang
Dula! This Finnish web site mainly concentrates on the lesser-known cult artists of 1950s
and 1960s r&b and rock'n'roll, and it includes numerous very detailed
discographies and biographies.
- Doowop Nation,
Era This site contains three webzines dealing with the
forties and fifties vocal groups, R&B and pop music.
- Rockabilly Hall of Fame
A large and informative web site dedicated to fifties rock'n'roll.
- History of Rock & Roll Too superficial to
really work as a history, but there's still a lot of information on many of the essential
50's-60's artists and musical genres.
Lots of information on girl groups, producers, song writers and 1960s pop in
general. The Spectropop discussion group is also highly recommended.
Concentrates on early sixties girl groups.
- Cha Cha
Charming "A journalistic tribute to girl-powered pop - past, present and future, and from all over the
- Tom Simon's Oldies
Biographies Concise biographies of many 50s and 60s oldies artists.
- Latvis' Rockdata
This is the place to go, if you're interested in contemporary Finnish rock music.
- The Fin-a-billy page
Information on the current Finnish rockabilly scene; discographies and pictures of 50s rockabilly stars.
- Once I Waited for Someone: The Story of
Finnish Tango A wonderful article on the history of Finnish tango by musicologist
Some of the best record companies on the net
Here's the home page of world's leading reissue label.
- Baton The web site of a fifties R&B label.
- Bear Family
Home page of the classy German reissue label.
Although Collectables used to have a somewhat dubious reputation, the
quality of their releases has improved in the later years, and the label is
currently one of the major players in the reissue marketplace.
The official web site of the small company famous for the hits by Ritchie Valens, Johnny Crawford, etc.
Home page of the legendary Fame studios; information on many of the artists who recorded there.
A web site dedicated to the legendary 50s-60s Detroit label. Ron
Murphy's classic article on the label is also available on the Soulful Detroit web site.
- Golden World / Ric Tic The story of
a legendary sixties soul label (from Soulful Detroit.com).
The official web site of a Philadelphia label famous for the hits by
Duane Eddy, Barbara Lynn and many others.
Since the eighties Malaco has been the most successful company concentrating on contemporary recordings of
traditional soul, rhythm & blues and gospel music.
A British web page dedicated to the legendary record label and its' sixties Chicago soul releases.
- Ram Bam The web site of a small Finnish label, which
has released albums by Groovy Eyes, Tiny Tones and Jo Buddy.
Rhino has a large catalogue of great releases.
Includes track listings and lots of information on all numerous Rounder releases.
This French Stax site contains lots of information, including complete discographies of Stax and its' subsidiaries.
Another reissue label with many interesting releases.
- Tico "Mambo Gee Gee -
the Story of George Goldner and Tico Records". (from the Spectropop web site)
- Vee Jay
The Vee Jay Story and album discography from Mike Callahan's
Both Sides Now web site.
Publishing and licensing
You can search information from ASCAP's database, which contains millions of songs.
Similar to above. This is one of the greatest online recources that I know of!
- Arc Music Group
The catalogues represented by this firm include many of the 50's-60's hits from the Chess and Vee Jay labels.
- Steve Alaimo. An overview of Alaimo's career
as a recording artist and producer.
- Baby Jane &
the Rockabyes The story of an early-sixties girl group
(by John Clemente, from the Spectropop web site).
The former backing group of Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan has a good home page, too.
A very informative page created by Maria Granditsky.
- Fontella Bass
An excerpt from Cheryl Andryco's video production thesis.
It seems that this well-known Liverpool group has found themselves a home on the Web
(in fact, they have several of them).
- Richard Berry
Although the song Louie Louie will remain Richard Berry's main claim to fame,
he was also a profilic R&B artist.
Home page of an early-sixties doowop group that didn't have any hits but still produced a couple of enjoyable 45s.
- Bonnie & the Treasures. Contains several articles
from Mick Patrick's classic Philately magazine. (From the Spectropop web site).
- Pat Boone
Pat Boone isn't one of my favorite artists, but this interview (from the Austin Chronicle) is a lot of fun!
- James Brown
This page is a part of a larger site, www.funky-stuff.com.
Also check the newsgroup alt.music.byrds to find out what Roger McGuinn is doing today!
- Clarence Carter
The official Clarence Carter web site.
- Mel Carter
The official Mel Carter site.
- Cascades. An article on the excellent 60s soft-pop group
most famous for their 1963 smash hit "Rhythm of the Rain".
- Gene Chandler
The official Gene Chandler web site.
- Ray Charles
A very good official site; includes a long autobiographical article about his early years.
Clay A very interesting interview by Makoto Takahashi.
- Patsy Cline
Beautiful web site dedicated to the late songstress.
An excellent and very informative web site dedicated to the legendary
vocal group. There's also
another Coasters site, which contains the memoirs of Carl Gardner,
the original lead singer of the group.
- Sam Cooke
This is probably the best Sam Cooke site, but there's also
one, which includes a lively
Sam Cooke web board
populated by many fanatic Cooke fans.
- Spencer Davis Group An official site for
this British sixties R&B group.
The official home page of a legendary vocal group that has been recording
great music for nearly fifty years.
- Bo Diddley
This site contains a Diddley biography, discography and a tribute to Lady Bo, among other things.
An article from Salon.com.
- Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers International Info Circle.
Fellows The web site of a fifties vocal group, created by
group member (and historian) Jim McGowan.
- Connie Francis
Lots of information.
- Lesley Gore
A discography, pictures, links, etc.
- Dobie Gray The official Dobie Gray web site.
Eyes Groovy Eyes is a Finnish band with an authentic 1950s R&B and rock & roll sound.
They have recorded two excellent CDs and are an excellent live act. Highly
- Ronnie Hawkins The official web site of the Canadian rock'n'roll legend.
- Buddy Holly
The official Buddy Holly web site.
- John Lee Hooker A Swedish John Lee Hooker
- Johnny Horton
A long article on Horton's career (from the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame web site).
- Howlin' Wolf A web site
dedicated to the legendary blues singer.
- James Hunter The
official web site of a British singer-guitarist, whose latest album
"People Gonna Talk" (2006) is recommended listening to all fans of sixties
soul and rhythm & blues.
- Phyllis Hyman
A newsletter dedicated to the Philly soul diva, who left us in 1995.
- Ink Spots Home page of the
legendary vocal group.
- Jan & Dean
The official Jan Berry web site.
- Jefferson Airplane
The official Jefferson Airplane web site.
- Carol Kaye
This is the web site of a famous West Coast studio bassist/guitarist.
- B.B.King This B.B.King site
contains biographical and discographical information, audio clips and a news section.
Excellent web site for one of the most profilic sixties British bands.
- Patti Labelle
The official Patti Labelle web site.
- Bettye Lavette The official web site of the great
Detroit soul diva.
- Brenda Lee The official Brenda Lee web site.
Lee A weblog
dedicated to the 60s and 70s soul artist.
- Left Banke
This mid-sixties pop/rock group is famous for the original version of "Walk Away Renee", but they did have a couple of other very nice releases.
- Julie London
Informative and stylish pages dedicated to the 50's and 60's pop songstress.
- Lovelites A typically exhaustive
Spectropop article on the obscure mid-sixties girl group.
Lynn Mick Patrick's article on the singer/guitarist. There's
a recent interview with her.
- Gwen McCrae An interview from Maria Granditsky's web site.
- Ernie Maresca
An interview with the singer/songwriter.
- Barbara Mason
Another long interview from Maria Granditsky's web site.
- Rick Nelson
The official Rick Nelson web site.
- Neville Brothers
The official web site of the New Orleans family group.
Sisters A great 1990 interview with the group.
A very good biography from Maria Granditsky's web site.
- Jimmy Radcliffe
A web page devoted to the late soul singer/songwriter.
- Otis Redding
The official web site of the late soul singer.
- Reparata & the Delrons The story
of a sixties girl group, written by Mick Patrick & Charlotte Greig. (from the Cha Cha Charming magazine)
- Charlie Rich
The official Charlie Rich web site.
- Cliff Richard
This excellent Australian home page contains a biography, discography and news stories about Sir Cliff's current activities, among other things.
- Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
Yes, they do have a home page!
Saunders The home page of the Red Saunders Research Foundation.
One of the premier sources on the Chicago music scene in the 1950s
- Del Shannon The official
Del Shannon site. A biography, discographies, pictures, lyrics, etc.
- Sly & the Family Stone
The official Sly Stone web site.
- Dusty Springfield
These Australian pages contain Dusty's US & UK discographies, a biography, pictures, etc.
- Mavis Staples
A lengthy interview from Maria Granditsky's web site.
- Candi Staton
The official Candi Staton web site. Her latest album "His Hands" (2006) is
one of the best new soul releases to come out in the last few years.
- Irma Thomas
My own modest contribution. It will get better, I promise! (There's also an
official Irma Thomas web site)
- Tower of Power
The official web site of Oakland California's premier soul and horn band.
- Ike Turner For a change,
this article deals with his side of the story.
- Van Morrison
Just about everything you ever wanted to know about Van Morrison.
- Bobby Vee
Bobby Vee's Official Home Page.
- Velvet Underground
Including discographies, bibliographies and links to the other Velvet Underground sites.
- Gene Vincent
This very informative web site is dedicated to one of the best (and most underrated,
at least in the US) fifties rock'n'roll artists.
Dee Warwick David Nathan's liner notes to a deleted collection
of Warwick's Atco material.
- Muddy Waters This is the official
Muddy Waters web site.
- Sonny Boy Williamson II This web site is dedicated
to the legendary blues harpist.
Songwriters, producers, DJ's
- Bert Berns The official Bert Berns web site. Contains a detailed
discography of his compositions and productions.
- Alan Freed Lots of material about the legendary DJ.
- Jack Nitzsche
Lots of material on the legendary arranger/composer.
A web site dedicated to the profilic songwriter/producer/artist.
A discography of singles produced by Spector.
Jerry Wexler A long interview from the Austin Chronicle. There's
article on Wexler by Peter Coyote.
Record collecting, charts, discographies
- All-Music Guide
A searchable database that mostly concentrates on album discographies, but there are also biographical articles on most
of the major artists. All Music Guide is not perfect or free of errors, but it's still a very useful source of information.
- Cash Box Top Singles This site
contains the complete Cash Box singles charts from 1952-1982.
Record Collecting Resources A huge collection of links to relevant
sites; maintained by
T.P. Uschanov. [NOTE: I haven't included any dealers' pages in my link
collection, since you can find them all on this page!]
musiikkisivut In Finnish. Among other things, there's a useful
list of Finnish second hand record shops.
A Child's Garden of Record Labels Compiled by Brian D. Phillips.
- Both Sides Now Stereo Newsletter
Mike Callahan's newsletter reviews the sound quality of current Oldies reissues. This site also contains
a large number of 50s and 60s LP discographies from various American record labels.
Newsgroups and mailing lists
(NOTE: If your local news server doesn't carry the Usenet groups listed here,
you can also access them by using Google Groups.)
Discussion on the popular music of the 1950s (especially doowop). Lots of knowledgeable people here!
Discussion on the popular music of the 1960s.
Discussion on the popular music of the 1970s.
The Usenet soul discussion group; not as good as the following mailing list, though.
- Southern Soul mailing list
The list is a great source of information. The regular contributors include many Memphis/Muscle Shoals
musicians, artists and producers.
- Soulful Detroit
Discussion Forum Lots of interesting discussions - and not only about the
- BLUES-L mailing list (bit.listserv.blues-l)
This is basically a mailing list that you can also read through a newsgroup mirror.
If you prefer receiving 50-100 messages a day to your own private mailbox, you can join
the list by filling a form.
Rockin' Records mailing list
Mainly concentrates on discographies of rockabilly, country & western, doowop
and r&b artists/record companies.
An e-mail discussion list "about Phil Spector, Brill Building, Girl Groups,
West Coast, British Invasion and topics generally related to pop music of the
pre-Woodstock 1960's". Very civilized atmosphere, lots of knowledgeable people,
Spectropop also has an extensive web site.
The music newsgroup of the local Finnish sfnet.* hierarchy.