Art Laboe & those ‘Oldies But Goodies!’

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During the late 1950’s, as many rock and roll tunes became ‘classics,’ when listeners would call radio stations requesting these songs, and dedications to their favorite disc jockey, the term ‘oldies but goodies,’ soon became popular. And the man, given credit to this phrase was ART LABOE, a popular Los Angeles jock, who in the late 50’s got a brilliant idea, while doing a live show at a popular drive in named Scrivener’s, of forming a concept taking these much requested tunes, and packaging them on albums, aptly titled … “Oldies But Goodies.” In forming his own record label called Original Sound, ‘Volume 1’ was released in 1959 and extremely so well received, that the series evolved into the late 1960s, boasting a total of 15 albums, later re-released on CD in the 1980s. Today, Art is still going strong on radio at age 95, heading up ‘The Art Laboe Connection,’ heard regularly on KDAY FM 93.5.