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Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive 

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Updated March 20, 2020 10.5k votes 2.4k voters 327.7k views 19 items

With life expectancy in the United States now almost at 79, people are living longer than ever. This means that many of your favorite crooners are also thriving in old age. 

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.

Vera Lynn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Since she turned 100 a few years ago, Vera Lynn has continued to be active. In fact, Lynn won a lawsuit against a gin company who used her name to market their product in 2019.

Vera Lynn is also well-known for the various charitable causes that she promotes. 

Age: 101

Birthplace: East Ham

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Ed Ames is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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The multi-talented Ed Ames had a prolific career, not only as a singer, but also as an actor. Born in 1927 in Malden, MA, he studied opera in school before forming a quartet with his brothers. Ames then struck out on a solo career before appearing in Broadway productions.

Ames is also very political. In fact, at one point, he was the president of the Zionist Organization of America's Los Angeles chapter. 

Age: 91

Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Malden

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Lloyd Price is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Lloyd Price was born in 1993 in Kenner, LA, where he grew up surrounded by music. Price grew up to be a very successful musician, with hits like "Just Because" and an adaptation of "Stagger Lee." When his partner, Logan, was murdered in 1969, though, Price left music altogether and moved to Africa.

He returned to the US in the 1980s and embarked on some tours with Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. 

Age: 85

Birthplace: Kenner, Louisiana, United States of America

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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Little Richard is still going strong at 87. Unfortunately, the singer collapsed while performing on stage at Washington, DC, in 2012.

He suffered a heart attack, but he says that taking a baby aspirin saved his life.

Age: 86

Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Macon

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