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Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive

Updated September 9, 2020 10.2k votes 2.9k voters 362.7k views58 items

List RulesVote up the living singers older than 80 you were surprised are still kicking.

With life expectancy in the United States now almost at 79, people are living longer than ever. This means that many of your favorite famous old school singers are also thriving in old age. So, who is the oldest singer alive?

Some old singers still alive from the classic era of radio are doing well. Bill Pitman, who turned 100 in 2020, may not be the oldest singer alive, but he's certainly one of them. Rose Lee Maphis just may be the oldest country singer still alive. Along with her late husband in the 1950s and 1960s, she was known as "Mrs. Country Music." Loretta Lynn is one of the talented, old female singers still alive. She also happens to be a beloved old country music star. However, this isn't just about country music. The oldest living rock stars should be celebrated, too. Ed Ames and Sonny Rollins are a few of the other music legends still alive. You'll also find old school Black singers on this list, like Lloyd Price, who turned 87 in 2020.

From Frankie Valli to Harry Belafonte, these classic voices are still here. This list even shows some of the oldest musicians still performing. Cast your votes below for the old singers you had no idea were still alive.

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    Shirley Bassey still performed as late as 2019, with appearances at UNICEF's Summer Gala in August 2019, and the Ball & Boe TV Christmas Special in December 2019. 

    Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, (born 8 January 1937) is a Welsh singer whose career began in the mid-1950s, best known both for her powerful voice and for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979). In January 1959, Bassey became the first Welsh person to gain a No. 1 single.In 2000, Bassey was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to the performing arts. In 1977 she received the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist in the previous 25 years. Bassey is considered one of the most popular female vocalists in Britain during the second half of the 20th century....  more
    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Tiger Bay, United Kingdom
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  • In 2017, Harry Belafonte released an anthology of earlier recordings produced by his son David and featuring his grandchildren Sarafina and Amadeus, called When Colors Come Together.

    Harry Belafonte (born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor. One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) is the first million-selling LP by a single artist. Belafonte is perhaps best known for his recording of "The Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O". He has recorded and performed many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. He has also starred in several films, including Otto Preminger's hit musical Carmen Jones (1954),...  more
    • Age: 93
    • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
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    Jerry Lee Lewis entered the studio for the first time since his stroke, in March 2020. He and producer T-Bone Burnett reportedly plan to record a new album of gospel covers.

    Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. He has been described as "rock & roll's first great wild man."A pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music, Lewis made his first recordings in 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis. "Crazy Arms" sold 300,000 copies in the South, but it was his 1957 hit "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" that shot Lewis to fame worldwide. He followed this with "Great Balls of Fire", "Breathless" and "High School Confidential". However, Lewis's rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old cousin. He had minimal success in the...  more
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Ferriday, Louisiana, United States of America
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  • In 2018, Jack Jones began his 80th Birthday Celebration Tour.  

    John Allan Jones (born January 14, 1938) known professionally as Jack Jones, is an American actor and jazz and pop singer, popular during the 1960s. He is the son of actor/singer Allan Jones and actress Irene Hervey. Jones is primarily a straight-pop singer (even when he recorded contemporary material) whose ventures in the direction of jazz are mostly of the big band/swing variety. Jones has won two Grammy Awards.He continues to perform concerts around the world and remains popular in Las Vegas. Jones is widely known for his recordings of "Wives and Lovers" (1964 Grammy Award, Best Pop Male Performance), "The Race Is On", "Lollipops and Roses" (1962, Grammy Award, Best Pop Male...  more
    • Age: 82
    • Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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