Bands / Musicians Old Singers 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 another famous singer's birthday and your first thought is, "wait they're still alive?" This is especially true when it comes to old singers you thought had passed away years and years ago.

Some singers from the classic era of radio are still around, and doing well. At a time when the main source of entertainment was sitting around the radio with your family and listening to your favorite singers, the famous vocalists on this list were huge celebrities. Who knew they were still alive?

From Loretta Lynn to Harry Belafonte, these classic voices are still here, though you might not have heard from them in a while. Cast your votes below for the old singers you had no idea were still alive.
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Vera Lynn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 101

Birthplace: East Ham

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Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 94

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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Ed Ames is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 90

Birthplace: Malden, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 91

Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

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