Super Oldies

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Super Oldies
Founded2002 (2002)
FounderShawn Nagy
  • 1950s rock
  • 1960s rock
  • 1970s rock
  • oldies
Country of originUnited States of America
LocationLos Angeles, California
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Super Oldies is an American independent record label based in Los Angeles, California. It specializes in obscure and rare Canadian recordings from the 1950s to the 1970s becoming one of the foremost reissue labels of vintage Canadian material. It is also an established online station that went on the air on November 2, 2003.


Label and station founder Shawn Nagy was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Canada taking training for broadcasting and journalism. He worked at CJME (Regina, Saskatchewan) and CKX-AM in Brandon, Manitoba before becoming a full-time touring musician in 1990. His travels took him to U.S. venues starting in 1994 and he noticed the '50s and '60s format disappearing from commercial radio. Moving to the U.S. in 1996, he began compiling the U.S. and Canadian Top #100 chart hits with plans to eventually start a station. He began producing oldies genre concerts in 2002 and in November 2003 the Super Oldies station went live on the internet. The San Francisco Chronicle / Pop Beat column of December 7, 2003 had positive reviews for the new station proclaiming "Shawn Nagy is single-handedly making it safe to listen to oldies again".

In 2013, Nagy was responsible for the digitization of the entire tape vault for the Bob Hahn Estate which included historic Canadian jingles and productions. Learning the process of reel tape baking, he published "The Great Bake-A-Tape Debate" [1] in 2014 that has become a popular online resource for questions about the process.

Nagy successfully trademarked "Super Oldies"[2] in 2015.

In 2016, Nagy was responsible for the digitization of the entire audio, video and memorabilia vault for Norman Petty Studios of Clovis, NM. He was granted permission by the Petty Estate to revive Petty's Nor-Va-Jak Music [3] label.

He currently licenses material for the Super Oldies and Nor-Va-Jak labels for commercial use in TV shows, commercials and movies.


Due to the inclusion of Canadian material, listeners from around the world made inquiries about the availability of this material. He tracked down master tapes for the Manitoba Eagle Records label and Super Oldies had its first CD release[4] in March 2005. Nagy acquired the Eagle Records audio catalog and publishing from Wes Nowosad shortly after the CD was issued. He then contacted Frank Wiener of the Franklin Records label and a 2 CD compilation preserved dozens of Manitoba music of the era. The 3rd Manitoba collection "Buried Treasures - Winnipeg Rock Gems" featured 22 area artists and a subsequent concert The Winnipeg Rock Reunion[5] was held September 26, 2009 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Nagys ties to the Norman Petty Studio of Clovis, NM enabled him to secure master tapes for Canadian groups that recorded with Petty, and various releases on Wes Dakus & The Rebels, Willie & The Walkers, Gainsborough Gallery, Happy Feeling and Barry Allen were issued. Subsequent concerts held were the Alberta Rock & Roll Reunion[6] (Edmonton, Winspear Centre on October 7, 2006), and Barry Allen & The Rebels Reunion [7] held in Edmonton on March 10, 2012. Other Edmonton related releases were issued for Tim Feehan, Footloose, and The Nomads.

Other Canadian artists include J.B. & The Playboys, Crowcuss, Karen Marklinger, The Metro-Gnomes, Johnny Burt Society, Ray Condo & His Hardrock Goners, Hugh Dixon, Rick Pearson, Mantis, Billy Van Singers, and The Gemtones.

Super Oldies in the media



  1. "Super Oldies - the reel tape baking process explained article".
  2. "Super Oldies trademark registration".
  3. "Nor-Va-Jak Music - Revival Of A Label".
  4. "CD releases on the Super Oldies label".
  5. "The Winnipeg Rock Reunion".
  6. "Alberta Rock Reunion - St. Albert, AB newspaper article".
  7. "Rebels With A Cause - Edmonton Journal article".

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