Art Laboe is an American pioneering disc jockey, songwriter, record producer, and radio station owner who is generally credited with coining the term “Oldies But Goodies.”
Through his “Original Sound Records” company, Laboe put together the first-ever record album to feature hit songs by various artists from more than one label. Titled “Oldies But Goodies™,” the album stayed on Billboard magazine’s Top 100 LPs chart for over three years and launch the popular “compilation” concept.
For decades, Laboe was at the heart of the West Coast music scene, and worked on such pioneering stations as KPOP, where he broadcast a live show from Scrivner’s Drive-In in Los Angeles, and KRLA in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and again in the 1990s. The city of Los Angeles declared July 17, 1981 to be “Art Laboe Day” when he received a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Art Laboe memorabilia can be seen at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum’s interactive Rock and Radio exhibit in Cleveland, Ohio. In Spring of 2012, the Grammy Museum exhibit, Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles 1945-1975, included a display of Art Laboe memorabilia as he is an important figure that crossed culture boundaries through the music he plays on the radio.
Today, Art Laboe continues in music as a MC and promoter, hosting concerts throughout Southern California, Phoenix, Las Vegas and many other markets. And he continues as a syndicated radio personality with his show, The Art Laboe Connection, which highlights “Oldies But Goodies™” and live dedications, and can be heard Sunday-Friday nights 7pm-12am on HOT 92.3 KHHT Los Angeles CA and nationwide on iHeartRadio.com and parts of the show also air on several other stations in the Southwest including Magic 92.5 XHRM San Diego CA, Mega 104.3 KAJM Phoenix AZ, 105.7 The Oasis KOAS Las Vegas NV, Tejano 1600AM KXEW Tucson AZ, 99.1 KGGI Riverside CA, 98.5 KDES Palm Springs CA, Power 106.3 KAGM Albuquerque NM and the station Art Laboe has owned since 1999, 94.3 KOKO Fresno CA. The Art Laboe Foundation supports several Southern California high schools with annual scholarships in the fields of music and communications and because of his love for animals the Foundation also donates to many animal charities as well. Check www.ArtLaboe.com to find out more.