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Old Singers You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive

Updated September 9, 2020 9.8k votes 2.9k voters 358.9k 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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    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
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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
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      • The Lloyd Price compilation album 16 Greatest Hits, was released in 2006.

        Lloyd Price (born March 9, 1933) is an American R&B vocalist, known as "Mr. Personality", after his 1959 million-selling hit, "Personality". His first recording, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", was a hit for Specialty Records in 1952. He continued to release records, but none were as popular until several years later, when he refined the New Orleans beat and achieved a series of national hits. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998....  more
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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
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