According to research out of John Hopkins, music is medicine for the mind. Listening to music can stimulate the brain in positive ways, sparking creativity, improving memory recollection, and reducing anxiety, blood pressure, and pain. Is it any wonder then that some of the most hardcore rockers in the world are still alive after all these years? Perhaps by continuing to tour and do what they love, these rock stars have managed to remain young at heart. Here are some rock stars that prove aging and their age is nothing but a number.
#1 Willie Nelson (85)
For evidence that marijuana could have potential health benefits, look no further than Willie Nelson. The icon of country music and godfather of ganja has been steadily touring since high school days...in 1947! Nelson, now age 85, is one of the most recognized artists in country music, with a discography that spans 67 studio albums, 12 live albums, 42 compilation albums, and nine feature-length films. The man is quite possibly the most prolific senior artist in the world, and he has shown no signs of stopping anytime soon.
#2 Little Richard (85)
Little Richard, born December 5th, 1932 as Richard Wayne Penniman, is another of the rock n roll hall of fame oldest residents. Little Richard burst onto the scene in the mid-1950’s with an explosive blend of rock n roll, soul, and funk that earned him infamy as one of the most excellent stage performers of all time. At age 85, Little Richard has announced his retirement from performing, but at his advanced age, he is still more than capable of putting on a show, as evidenced by his last spate of shows in Las Vegas. The retired rocker recently had hip surgery, so that may have put a damper on his spryness, but he’s still vocal about his performing abilities, saying in 2016: “Not only is my family not gathering around me because I'm ill, but I'm still singing. I don't perform like I used to, but I have my singing voice, I walk around, I had hip surgery a while ago, but I'm healthy”.
#3 The Beatles: Paul (76) & Ringo (77)
The two remaining Beatles members have both maintained a steady touring date since reaching an advanced age. Sir James Paul McCartney has been steadily releasing and producing collaborations that continue to breach onto the pop charts. He’s nowhere near his peak days in the Beatles, but he’s collaborated with artists such as Kanye West and even released two new singles in anticipation of a forthcoming album. The album will be called Egyptian Station and is set to release on September 7th. Ringo hasn’t been quite as prolific as a solo artist, but he has still been steadily touring and playing residency shows in Vegas for quite a while.
#4 The Beach Boys: Mike Love (77) & Brian Wilson (76)
Good vibrations must do a lot for your physical health. These rockers have been playing since their 20’s and are known for having one of the longest running rock feuds in music history, comparable only with Prince vs. Michael, Roger Waters vs. David Gilmour, and everyone in the Eagles vs. everyone in the Eagles. Both artists embarked on fruitful solo careers after the split up of the Beach Boys and continue to write, record, and release their material. In 2011, the Beach Boys reunited for one final 50th-anniversary tour, along with publishing on the album “That’s Why God Made the Radio.” Brian Wilson has cemented in rock and roll legend as one of the greatest songwriters and producers in any genre and was inducted in the rock and roll hall of fame in 1988.
#5 Bob Dylan (77)
Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman is another icon of rock n roll who has refused to cede to old age. The man has released 38 studio albums over his career, several books of poetry, been the subject of several films, and was even awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His quality hasn’t exactly been applauded since his heyday in the 1960’s, but fans of Dylan are always happy to receive another collection from the rocker. In 2000, Dylan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. This rolling stone plans to keep rolling as far as we can tell.
#6 David Crosby (76)
Crosby is famous as one of the founding members of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Crosby is still rocking his signature mustache, and while the shade has turned a Gandalf shade of white, the rocker’s ethos hasn’t ever changed from the anti-establishment, anti-war, peace, love, and happiness sentiments he has advocated for all his life. Crosby’s last album was called Sky Trails and was released in September of 2017. Like his past work, it’s an expert’s blend of jazz-rock and classic country. Unfortunately, there has been an ongoing feud between the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young bandmates, with insults still being hurled despite being well into their old age.
#7 Paul Simon (76) & Art Garfunkel (76)
These “The Graduate” rockers are known as two of the most gifted songwriters and performers of the past 100 years. Their blend of soft jazz rock and tender melodizing have earned them numerous Grammys and well-earned inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The duo split up in 1970 at the height of their popularity, but since then have reunited for periods at a time before splitting up again. Paul Simon has released 13 solo albums and written music for multiple television shows and feature films. Garfunkel has released ten studio albums on his own and also contributed voice and acting work to many films and television shows. The duo received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 2003.
#8 The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards (74) & Mick Jagger (74)
The Rolling Stones are pretty much synonymous with the old rocker image, and the two most notable members, Richards and Jagger, are icons of rock that haven’t seemed to age a bit in over 50 years of performing. The Stones have a whopping total of 30 studio albums, 24 live albums, and 25 compilation albums. They are the fourth best selling group of all time and have held over 48 tours of varying length, including three of the highest grossing tours of all time. Jagger and Richards have the been two longest running members in the stone's history, since their first show in 1962 and to this day, where they are still touring around the world.
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