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August 23, 2007


My “Hello World” first post says it all for now. I will just add that I was “Simpsonized” as you can see in my photo stage left (LOL).

Seriously, at this moment in time I’d like to talk about the music, rather than me. Thanks for reading and please keep stopping by. Initially I began presenting you some of my favorite oldies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Effective November 2008 I will be posting oldies every Monday and Thursday (except USA Monday Federal Holidays, USA Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Week).  Those down times will give you a chance to peruse the archives to see posts you may have missed.  But I will be sure to share with you any breaking “Oldies Music News” that I come across as it happens.

Also I want to let you know that effective December 2008 all comments and contact forms sent without valid e-mail addresses are deleted upon receipt unread (as are comments submitted for the sole intent of advertising:).  A conversation is meant to be a two-way street, so if you write something negative, rude, and or accusatory, then common courtesy demands that you should give a valid e-mail address so that I can give you the benefit of a response either personally or on the site (whichever is more appropriate).

I have noticed, in my short blogging experience, that the critics never leave valid e-mail addresses so I have decided to take this new tactic to avoid these distractions.  (Ironically these attackers are the ones in error and I could tell them so if they only had submitted a valid e-mail address)   ;-)

You must give respect to get it: it’s the golden rule!

I appreciate and solicit honest feedback to let me know how I am doing.  If you want to make constructive suggestions for songs and/or monthly musical themes I would love to hear them.

If you prefer that your message be private, rather than posted here, please use the contact form below.

Update 8/28/09

Daddy and me 3_21_71 for OSML

Well I have been at this for a while now so I guess my shyness has abated some, or at least  to the point that I can share with you one of my favorite pics.

This was taken by my favorite step-mom on my Dad’s 39th birthday, with me being two months away from being aged Sweet 16!  We are both dressed in the hippest of 1971 fashions aren’t we now?  Stripes and plaids were all the rage then: really they were.  So was Dad’s “Superfly” fur coat and the blonde furniture and paneling. ;-)

Daddy is sitting on the blonde stereo unit that I first heard so many of the classics that I am sharing with you now here at OSML. I found this photo in my Dad’s things after he passed and it is the third best gift he gave me. The first is the gift of my life and the second being the gift of music — which is what this blog is all about.

Love and Hugs,


Updated 11/05/08, 11/26/08, 12/01/08, 12/21/08,05/22/09, 08/28/09


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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Craig May 14, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Excellent post on M&P’s 12:30. Great song!


2 sondan May 15, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Thanks Craig. 12:30 and Creeque Alley are my two favorite M&P songs!
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you visit again real soon sir.


3 Howard Jones aka Peter Pan June 28, 2008 at 9:02 am

I love Old School, I been raised by the music of the legendary disc jockey,Art Laboe I remember when those Killer oldies,lowrider oldies were new hits, cause I lived through the 60′s One good old school song is “Sitting in the Park” by Billy Stuart from 1966. so you see I too come the Old School too.


4 Bill Biggerstaff July 5, 2008 at 8:02 pm

I just discovered your website as I was searching for an some way to hear “Whispering Bells” by the Dell Vikings again. I remembered it tonight as I was thinking of the first record that I ever bought and played over and over and over again. It’s still fabulous!

I will be back to spend more time here because I love music and I think I’ll be able to enjoy some great memories thanks to your efforts.

Thank you,



5 sondan July 5, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Hi Bill,

Great to meet you. I too have fond memories of “WB”. “Whispering Bells” happens to be one of the 45 records that I recall playing on our giant record player/radio/tv in the living room as a child. Of course it was my Dad’s record that I played over and over again. I also played my Dad’s “When We Get Married” and my mother’s 78 record of “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation” lot too. But “WB” was my favorite because it had a bouncier beat that I could move to (I didn’t know about dancing at that age.)

Music does bring back so many memories of carefree and happier times and if my blog gives you just a little of that I am pleased and proud.

Hope to see a lot of you around.



6 Chili July 29, 2008 at 5:57 am

Great story about the Springfield’s almost forgot where Dusty got her start.


7 tonyblue August 19, 2008 at 10:19 am

Been meaning to say ‘allo for some time…. love your choice of music. This one (You Talk Too Much) got me to thinking of another in a similar vain from roughly the same time. It’s called “If You Wanna Make A Fool Of Somebody”. I don’t know who it’s by. Do you?


8 Chili August 19, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Just realized I can’t type, but I do Love James Brown
But this Papa’s got a “Brand NEW Bag”

As Always




9 sondan August 19, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Hi Tony,

Nice to meet you and thanks for the kind words sir.
No I am not familiar with a song by the title “If You Wanna Make A Fool Of Somebody,” but I will surely give it some research. I am always interested in hearing music that I have never heard before because 99.9 percent of the time if it is and “oldie” it is gonna be a goodie!

Ok – I am home from work. Could it be this that you are referring to?

Lyrics to “If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody”

If you got to make a fool of somebody
If you got to make a fool of someone
Do you really gotta hurt me
I’m the one that’ll worry

Daytime nighttime
Anytime at all
I’ll be there waiting
Anytime you call
Just to be near you
You know
That anywhere I’ll go
How could you hurt me so

If this is it — I checked it out and I HAVE heard this song but not for over forty years ago. I recall this one getting much play on WABC on my transistor radio under the covers late at night ;-).

The correct title is “If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody”, and though covered by many the original was performed by James Ray in 1961. I will blog about it when I do a theme/series on either covers or male vocalists.

Just keep checking in my new music lover friend.

Have a great week ahead.



10 tonyblue August 21, 2008 at 5:03 am

Sweet…. that’s the ONE… thanks a million. Must have been fantastic listening to such music on the radio (we U.K. R&B loving kids had to suffer the “mildly” censored music of the monopolist B.B.C.).

Thanks again.


11 sondan August 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Hey .. no problem at all Tony. And I thank you very very much for bringing that forgotten oldie (at least by me) to my attention. It is on my list for a post in the future and frankly I have been listening to it ever since you brought it up!

Thanks again and keep on loving those classic oldies and please don’t be a stranger here.




12 "The Old Gringo" Butchie August 29, 2008 at 1:58 am

…should’a said amiga in my initial post sis… didnt realize you are a lady!



13 TonyBlue September 4, 2008 at 9:12 am

Hi Sondan,

Me again with another teaser.. or two: both, like James Ray’s “If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody” from 1961. Well, here goes….
How about Delectus (Dee) Clark’s “Raindrops” to bring a tear to the eye: that sound of heavy rain falling at the beginning gets me every time! Or alternatively Eugene Dixon (alias Gene Chandler) singing “Duke Of Earl”

Happy hunting



14 Derrick Davis September 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm


My name is Derrick Davis, and I am the son of the late Ray “Stingray” Davis”, and the bassist for the Original “P” Funk. I had been read the dc blog that you posted and I just wanted to say thank you and well done. It’s articles like this that keep people up on us as a band. We tend to get a little lost in the mix at times, but we are alive and kicking. We are about to come out stronger in the up and coming months. So watch out ya’ll……..we’re headed your way soon.

Thanks again SonDan..we appreciate it.

Much love and respect

Derrick Davis


15 sondan September 14, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Hello Derrick,

It’s a pleasure and an honor to meet you. And my sincere thanks go out to you for keeping the legacy of you father and the rest of the originals alive!

P-Funk music is “Classic American Music as far as I am concerned. The younger generation could learn an awful lot from checking out “The Original P” in concert.

It was a pleasure writing about your group’s performance because I loved it — as did all the fans present.

Your performance was just awesome so once again I thank YOU and the band for continuing to tour and give we fans the real music we want and need. You see we want the funk — gotta have that funk!

I will be looking forward to seeing you all again real soon.

Keeping the oldies alive.



16 sharlafunk June 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Hey SonDAN!!!!
this IS SHarlaFUnk Hollering atcha
OP will be in DC soon this year so look out for us
again stay in touch with me

love all the info in the posts keeping da real
music in play


17 SupaStarry July 4, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Hey Sondan,

this is the reply to the comment left on “Step By Step By The Monitors”. sometimes the music works but most of the time it jus says “buffering…” and never actually starts. but maybe its not your music storage place if nobody else is complaining, maybe i jus have a crappy computer lol you have a good Hoiday weekend too!


18 Mahjestik September 5, 2010 at 11:36 am

An old school mix (40 minute) of classic tracks:


You are able to download it from that link. Enjoy!


19 SonDan September 8, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I will check it out MahjestiK. Thanks for sharing hiere at OSML!


20 melbee February 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm


Great real music 24/7! I’m in heaven. Keep it coming!


21 SonDan February 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Thanks melbee. Welcome aboard the OSML Blog. I love sharing the great music I grew up with and am glad you found me since you love it too.

I will be here — I have no plans on giving up on this mission any time soon. Hope to chat with you soon. :-)


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