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About Us


ClassicBands.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

In 1998, we wanted to share our love of the music that provided the soundtrack to our youth: Rock and Roll from the '50s, '60s, '70s and early '80s. After a two year period of research and development, the domain name ClassicBands.com was registered and the website went online on November 2nd, 2000. Content came together slowly, starting with biographies of Rock and Roll artists of the Classic Rock era, followed by Rock trivia, artist's birthdays and U.S. and U.K. record charts. The quality of the website took a giant leap forward when Mr. Gary James, who has spoken with over 1200 entertainment personalities, agreed to include his fascinating interviews at ClassicBands.com. Since that time, over 300 interviews with the artists who actually made the music, have been added. Gary James has sat down with the likes of Gene Simmons, Cliff Richard, Eric Burdon, Fabian, Gene Pitney, Paul Revere, Dave Clark and members of The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chicago and hundreds more. He has also looked into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Elvis Presley, with in-depth talks with informed authors and experts. Gary promises our readers that the best is yet to come.

Some of the challenges the website has faced over the years is the accuracy of the content. On several occasions, artists themselves have made contact to correct or make additions to their profile. Respect for copyright is always a prime consideration, and on the rare instance that an offence occurs, action is swiftly taken to correct the situation and apologies are issued. For those who are planning or currently have a website, we would highly recommend a similar policy. Simply copying and pasting material from other sources is a recipe for trouble.

Classicbands.com is constantly growing. Readers continue to suggest new material and make recommendations. All of their proposals are considered. New additions include a web poll where viewers can register their opinions, a Rock and Roll quote of the week and a section called "Who Sang That Hit", where readers can look up who recorded a song and where it peaked on the U.S. Top 40.

The subject of Rock and Roll covers a wide variety of musical tastes and interests and while you can't please everyone, we will continue to explore as many genres as possible, from Rock-a-billy, British Invasion, Disco, Bubble Gum and Hard Rock. As Billy Joel wrote: "It's All Rock and Roll To Me."


F A Q


Q. - You left a member of one of my favorite bands off of the Died And Gone To Rock and Roll Heaven section. How could you not include them?

A. - That list will contain major artists or group leaders who had a U.S. Top 40 hit between 1955 and 1985. The passing of band members and sidemen will be noted in our This Week In Rock and Roll History section.

Q. - Will you add a link to my site?

A. - If you have a quality, music oriented site, we'll be happy to post a link to your site.

Q. - Do you mind if I point out a mistake that you made?

A. - Not at all, please do. Typing errors and misinformation are an unfortunate oversight.

Q. - Is Gary James the webmaster of ClassicBands.com?

A. - No. Our friend Gary is a contributor who has been kind enough to share his fascinating interviews with us.

Q. - Did you know you have copyrighted material on your site?

A. - If we have used material that you own the copyright to, kindly let us know and we will remove it.

Q. - Why don't you have the record charts from 1980 to the present?

A. - Our site is dedicated to Rock and Roll from 1955 to 1980. We'll leave Punk, Techno-Pop and Rap to other web sites.

Q. - Do you ever hear from any of the artists you have written about?

A. - Sure, we've heard from several band members or their representatives, including Herman's Hermits, The Kingsmen, The Crickets, Sam The Sham and The Pharohs, The Surfaris, Dale and Grace, Andy Kim, The Rip Chords, The Cavaliers, Three Dog Night and John Ford Coley.

Q. - How do you choose the artists that are profiled on your web site?

A. - If an artist was a major contributor to the rock and roll scene of the '50s, '60s or '70s or had an interesting or strange career, chances are we'll include them.

Q. - Why haven't you included my favorite artist yet?

A. - Be patient. People send us requests for bios on a regular basis. We'll get to yours soon.

Q. - How can I get my favorite artist included on your web site?

A. - Just send us an E-mail to to request a new biography.

Q. - Why do you only post links to news stories?

A. - Most news stories are copyrighted and we cannot re-print them without permission.

Q. - Why don't you have a guestbook?

A. - We got tired of erasing ads and links to other people's web sites.

Q. - Do you ever get nasty e-mails from people complaining about an artist you have overlooked?

A. - Most people are very kind to us, but the occasional loser will write something offensive. Mostly we just consider the source.

Q. - Can I get the band I used to play in included in your biographys?

A. - Not unless you scored a Top 40 hit on Billboard's Pop chart in the 50s, 60s or 70s.

Q. - Do you use a web page making program like Dream Weaver or Front Page?

A. - No, just Windows note pad.

Q. - How did you learn to make a web site?

A. - Community College courses in HTML and Photoshop.

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The views and opinions expressed by individuals interviewed for this web site are the sole responsibility of the individual making the comment and / or appearing in interviews and do not necessarily represent the opinions of anyone associated with the website ClassicBands.com.

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OUR PRIVACY POLICY


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We welcome your comments or questions and have provided e-mail boxes for that purpose. We will never record, collect or reveal your e-mail address. Please note that your e-mail, like most, if not all, non-encrypted Internet e-mail communications, may be accessed and viewed by other Internet users, without your knowledge and permission, while in transit to us. For that reason, to protect your privacy, please do not use e-mail to communicate information to us that you consider confidential.

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You should also be aware that when you visit our websites, we collect certain information that does not identify you personally, but provides us with "usage data," such as the number of visitors we receive or what pages are visited most often. This data helps us to analyze and improve the usefulness of the information we provide at these websites.

Like most commercial website owners, we may use what is known as "cookie" technology. A "cookie" is an element of data that a website can send to your browser when you link to that website. It is not a computer program and has no ability to read data residing on your computer or instruct it to perform any step or function. By assigning a unique data element to each visitor, the website is able to recognize repeat users, track usage patterns and better serve you when you return to that site. The cookie does not extract other personal information about you, such as your name or address.

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Linking to Other Sites

From our "Cool Music Sites" page, we provide links to other websites, not owned or controlled by us, that we think might be useful or of interest to you. We cannot, however, be responsible for the privacy practices used by other website owners or the content or accuracy of those other websites. Links to these various websites do not constitute or imply endorsement by ClassicBands.com of these websites, any products or services described on these sites, or of any other material contained in them.

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