oldies radio is more diversified and more fun than classic rock radio

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THIS TIME AROUND, the ques­tion on Quora was, “Why do I miss the oldies sta­tion on the radio and hate the stupid classic rock one when I like classic rock more?” My an­swer was brief and hope­fully helpful (al­though a week later and there’s not a single upvote).

Di­ver­sity does add spice to anyone’s life and the type of di­ver­sity of music played on AM radio in the ’50s and ’60s (pop, rock & roll, rhythm & blues, soul, country, easy-listening, even comedic nov­elty records) has been gone since the ’70s.

Give this oldie a listen and then walk around the rest of the day singing to your­self, “Nothing can stop me now ’cause I’m the Duke of Earl!”

Not only will you smile all day, you’ll prob­ably forget you’re ad­dicted to your smart­phone for a few hours . . .




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i call classic rock “generic rock”

Gen­er­ally speaking, the quality of the mu­si­cian­ship on the 60’s record­ings was better. You can argue with some jus­ti­fi­ca­tion that in the classic rock era, tech­no­log­ical ad­vances in recording process al­lowed artists to create a son­i­cally en­hanced product. The 1960’s and early 1970’s was the era of the ses­sion mu­si­cian and the hit single.

Con­versely, the pe­riod that is com­monly re­ferred to as “Classic Rock” was the singer/songwriter and LP era, and many of these groups in­sisted on per­forming their own ma­te­rial. It would be my opinion that many of these artists, some of whom it could be char­i­tably said were of modest talent, lacked the in­stru­mental prowess that ses­sion players brought to the recording process.

That was why Mo­town, Stax and Fame were so suc­cessful. You had mostly the some group of mu­si­cians playing on the records over­seen by pro­ducers who knew what they were doing, and en­sured that a quality product re­sulted. I’m not sure the same ethos was fol­lowed in the cre­ation of what we call classic rock.

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