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Finding vintage music from a particular year or place

March 15, 2010

Tags: vintage music

The Web is wonderful for tracking down music from a certain place or period, and sometimes you can actually listen to bits of the music. Here are some good sites for finding vintage music:
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
Live Music Archive
Music for funerals, wakes, and memorial services (lots of other helpful material on this site, if I do say so myself!)
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”).

Why post this on a website for writers and editors? Because sometimes you want a little music in a period video. Check out Clearing rights and finding rightsholders. And tell me of any sites I've failed to miss.