bands / musicians Old Rock Stars You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive  

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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.
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Chubby Checker


Chubby Checker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Old Rock Stars You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 76

Birthplace: South Carolina, United States of America

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#80 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#54 on The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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Frankie Valli


Frankie Valli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Old Rock Stars You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 83

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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#96 on The Best Singers of All Time

#39 on The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

#35 on The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

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Little Richard


Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Old Rock Stars You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 85

Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States of America

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#67 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

#54 on The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

#21 on The Best Black Rock Bands

#70 on The Greatest Dancing Singers

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Jerry Lee Lewis


Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Old Rock Stars You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 82

Birthplace: Ferriday, Louisiana, United States of America

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#88 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#72 on The Top Country Artists of All Time

#63 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

#69 on Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President

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