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Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive

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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    Ed Ames does not perform much anymore, though an album of his greatest hits, The Very Best of Ed Ames, was released in 2001.

    Ed Ames (born Edmund Dantes Urick; July 9, 1927) is an American popular singer and actor. He is known for playing Mingo in the television series Daniel Boone, and for his pop hits of the 1960s including "My Cup Runneth Over", "Who Will Answer?" and "When the Snow is on the Roses". He was also part of the popular 1950s singing group with his siblings, The Ames Brothers.  ...more
    • Age: 93
    • Birthplace: Malden, Massachusetts, USA
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    Tom Lehrer released a compilation album, The Tom Lehrer Collection, in 2010.  

    Thomas Andrew Lehrer (born April 9, 1928) is a retired American musician, singer-songwriter, satirist, and mathematician. He has lectured on mathematics and musical theater. He is best known for the pithy, humorous songs that he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s. His songs often parodied popular musical forms, though he usually created original melodies when doing so. A notable exception is "The Elements", where he set the names of the chemical elements to the tune of the "Major-General's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. Lehrer's early work typically dealt with non-topical subject matter and was noted for its black humor in songs such as "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park".  ...more
    • Age: 92
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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    Frankie Valli still tours with The Four Seasons, and there are tickets available to shows through 2021 on his website.

    Frankie Valli (born May 3, 1934) is an American singer and actor, known as the frontman of The Four Seasons beginning in 1960. He is known for his unusually powerful tenor/lead. Valli scored 29 Top 40 hits with The Four Seasons, one Top 40 hit under The Four Seasons alias The Wonder Who?, and nine Top 40 hits as a solo artist. As a member of The Four Seasons, Valli's number-one hits included "Sherry" (1962), "Big Girls Don't Cry" (1962), "Walk Like a Man" (1963), "Rag Doll" (1964) and "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" (1975). Valli's recording of the song "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" reached number two in 1967. As a solo artist, Valli scored number-one hits with the songs "My Eyes Adored  ...more
    • Age: 86
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, 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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