Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive

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Vote 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.


  • Jerry Lee Lewis - DIED Oct. 28, 2022
    Photo: Maurice Seymour / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    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 (September 29, 1935 – October 28, 2022) was 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." It was his 1957 hit "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" that shot Lewis to fame worldwide. However, Lewis's rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old cousin. In 1968, Lewis transitioned to country music, this reignited his career. Lewis had 30 songs reach the top 10, a dozen gold records, won several Grammy awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1989, his life was chronicled in the movie Great ...more
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: USA, Louisiana, Ferriday
    323 votes
  • Bill Pitman
    Photo: Jan Pitman / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0
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    173 VOTES

    Bill Pitman

    Bill Pitman has mostly retired from the spotlight, but does appear on panels sometimes to discuss the documentary The Wrecking Crew.

    William Keith "Bill" Pitman (born February 12, 1920) is an American guitarist and session musician. As a first-call studio musician working in Los Angeles, Pitman played on some of the most celebrated and influential records of the rock and roll era. His mastery of the guitar placed him in high demand for popular music recordings, television programs, and film scores. The style and range of his playing covered a wide spectrum, from the distinctive ukulele in the Academy Award-winning song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," to a rich-sounding Danelectro guitar that gave The Wild Wild West its unique musical signature.
    • Age: 100
    • Birthplace: Belleville, New Jersey
    173 votes
  • Burt Bacharach
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    207 VOTES

    In July 2020, Burt Bacharach released his first new music in 15 years, in a collaboration with instrumentalist Daniel Tashian, called "Blue Umbrella."

    Burt Freeman Bacharach (born May 12, 1928) is an American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and singer who has composed hundreds of pop songs from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many in collaboration with lyricist Hal David. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, Bacharach's songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 different artists. As of 2014, he had written 73 US and 52 UK Top 40 hits. He is considered one of the most important composers of 20th-century popular music.His music is characterized by unusual chord progressions, influenced by his background in jazz harmony, and uncommon selections of instruments for small orchestras. Most of ...more
    • Age: 92
    • Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America
    207 votes
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    138 VOTES

    Leroy Van Dyke appeared on Opry's Thursday night show Opry Country Classics in 2017, to celebrate the anniversary of being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry

    Leroy Frank Van Dyke (born October 4, 1929) is an American country music singer and guitarist, best known for his hits "The Auctioneer" (1956) and "Walk On By" (1961).
    • Age: 90
    • Birthplace: USA, Mora, Missouri
    138 votes
  • Sue Thompson
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    135 VOTES

    Sue Thompson

    Sue Thompson last released music in 1976, with singles "Never Naughty Rosie" and "Get Ready, Here I Come," which was with Don Gibson. 

    Sue Thompson (born July 19, 1925) is an American pop and country music singer. She is best known for the million selling hits "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" and "Norman", both pop hits in the 1960s.
    • Age: 95
    • Birthplace: Nevada, Missouri, USA
    135 votes
  • Ed Ames
    Photo: NBC Television / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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    876 VOTES

    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.
    • Age: 93
    • Birthplace: Malden, Massachusetts, USA
    876 votes