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Finding vintage music from a particular year or place

June 17, 2009

Tags: music and images

For audio-visual presentations and video tributes, here are sites where you can track down music from a certain place or period, and sometimes actually listen to bits of the music. Links below will take you to good sites for finding vintage music and a Web page with links to sources for royalty-free music, images, video clips, and other archives.
Billboard’s #1 Song on Any Given Date in History (Josh Hosler’s site)
Dismuke's popular songs from the 1920s and 1930s (audio files)
Fifties Web (material from 1950s and 1960s
Free Play Music
Folk Music of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Canada and Australia
Music for funerals, wakes, and memorial services
Old Forty-Fives.com ((music and other nostalgic items from the 1950s and 1960s, good for bringing back old memories--but NOT public domain; you must clear rights)
Perfessor Bill Edwards (Ragtime and other old-time piano music, 1910-1919)
Popular hymns
Popular Song Recordings from the Victrola (1913-1919), Besmark
Popular Songs in American History
The Year in Music (Wikipedia’s Timeline of Musical Events—Google a year date and “in music”).

For a broader range of resources for use in audio-visual productions, check out:
Telling your story a jam-packed page of practical links, including:
• Sources for music, images, video clips and related material, including preservation
• Timelines, archives, family history, genealogical and other historical resources
And click here for delightful examples of video tributes
Please let me know if I've let anything out!