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Old Rock Stars You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive

Updated June 14, 2019 12.5k votes 2.2k voters 205.9k views25 items

With the life expectancy (at least in the United States) now at 81 for women, and 76 for men, sometimes you just don't realize how far back that goes. That means people born in the '30s and '40s are quite possibly still alive and kickin'. You hear it's a famous rock star's birthday and your first thought is, "Wait, they're still alive?" This is especially true when it comes to the hard living rock stars on this list. These are the old rock stars you had no idea were still alive.

Luckily for fans of rock music, many of the rock stars from days gone by are shockingly still with us today. Somehow. They lived lively, full, hard lives full of excitement and... other, possibly not-legal things. We can only imagine the stories they have to tell from their decades of madness.

Some of the rock stars on this list were even around for the very beginning of rock and roll. How have these musicians made it into old age? Cast your votes below for the rock stars you had no idea were still alive. The ages of these rock stars might surprise you!

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  • Frankie Avalon
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    • Age: 80
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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    #508 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#18 of 219 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s#32 of 66 The Greatest Crooners of All Time

  • Petula Clark
    Photo: flickr / CC0
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Epsom, United Kingdom
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    #98 of 602 The Best Female Vocalists Ever#288 of 355 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame#332 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Pat Boone
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    • Age: 86
    • Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
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    #16 of 162 1970s Christian Pop Artists#35 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#180 of 196 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

  • Neil Sedaka
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    • Age: 81
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
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    #96 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters#287 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time#225 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists