Airing Friday 5/2 at 5 pm ET through Monday 5/5 at 3 am ET on 50s on 5
If you follow early rock ‘n’ roll artists like Elvis, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones, then chances are you already listen to Oldies Party on SiriusXM, Internet channel 776. If you have no idea what I’m referring to, then here’s your chance to get familiar: Oldies Party will take over 50s on 5 this weekend!
That’s right, starting this weekend (Friday 5/2 at 5 pm ET through Monday 5/5 at 3 am ET), Oldies Party is coming to 50s on 5, featuring a mix of ’50s and ’60s uptempo party hits.
So, how best to prepare for this upcoming takeover? By doing the Mashed Potato to an Oldies Party playlist, of course!
We asked 50s on 5 and Oldies Party programmer Lou Simon to make a list of his favorite party tracks from the ’50s and ’60s — we’re talking everything from The Beatles’ All My Loving to The Archies’ rendition of Sugar Sugar. Yes, THOSE Archies.
Ready to twist & shout? Let’s go!
1. LOUIE LOUIE — THE KINGSMEN, 1963
“From the wilds of Oregon, The Kingsmen were the kings of jukebox/garage rock fun… And after the FBI got involved, it got even MORE interesting. Read Dave Marsh’s book Louie Louie for the whole story!”
2. (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION — THE ROLLING STONES, 1965
“Get yourself an electric guitar… play these three notes… Voilà! You’re a rock star!”
3. SUGAR SUGAR — THE ARCHIES, 1969
“This was on the radio just as the last muddy tent was being dragged off of Max Yasgur’s farm near Woodstock, NY. Feel good fun for the long walk back to reality.”
4. (WE’RE GONNA) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK — BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS, 1955
“The most famous flipside of all time, neither the record company nor the artist thought much of it. That guitar ride is part of our DNA.”
5. ALL MY LOVING — THE BEATLES, 1964
“The Fabs had so many good-time hits. This one grabs you from the first McCartney vocal right through George’s closing chord. You can’t help but sing along. How was this NOT a single??”
6. BARBARA ANN — THE REGENTS, 1961
“This one became a hit three years after it was recorded. The group had long broken up… but they got back together when this became a national smash!”
7. THE TWIST — CHUBBY CHECKER, 1960
“It’s the only record to hit No. 1 TWICE! A dance where you didn’t touch your partner was something new. The beginning of the ‘me’ generation, perhaps…”
8. LET’S HAVE A PARTY — WANDA JACKSON, 1960
“Elvis did it back in ’57, but we love Wanda’s remake. When Elvis said that he can ‘shake a chicken in the middle of the room,’ we assume he was dancing with a young lady. When Wanda rasps out that line, we have no idea what she means… but we like it!”
9. HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL — JERRY LEE LEWIS, 1958
“This is the theme song to the movie of the same name. It was THE teen flick of the summer that year, playing at every local theater and drive-in, starring Russ Tamblyn and Michael Landon. But the moment to remember was Jerry Lee singin’ on a flatbed truck! Pure energy, angst, and freedom. Try to listen to it and not tap, move, or smile. Impossible.”
10. I GET AROUND — THE BEACH BOYS, 1964
“Summer of 1964. Their first No. 1 hit. Brian Wilson tells us of restlessness (‘gotta find a new place where the kids are hip’), camaraderie (‘my buddies and me are gettin’ real well known’), priorities (‘none of the guys go steady’). and the importance of having a cool ride (‘we always take my car ‘cause it’s never been beat’). All in around two perfect minutes. Delicious.”