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Rock Stars Over 65

Chelsia Hart
By Chelsia HartNovember 8, 2013

Some people just get better with age. See how these 10 talented seniors have not only successfully entertained throughout their lives; they also embody the powerful genre of Rock and Roll.

Learn more about these senior rock stars over 65 who still rock.

Rock Stars Over 65

Performing is one thing. But actually having the talent and presence to captivate audiences around the world for many decades is truly impressive.

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Discover how each of the seniors below have helped to reinvent the music industry, popular culture and Rock and Roll, well into their golden years:

1. Chuck Berry, 1926 – 2017

At 89, Chuck Berry is still  appearing frequently at venues around his home near St. Louis, MO. This “Maybellene” singer got his start in the 50’s and forever changed Rock and Roll music with other hits like “Johnny B. Goode,” “No Particular Place To Go” and “Rock and Roll Music.” This pioneer and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner has been considered one of the greatest rock and roll acts, praised by big names, such as John Lennon and Ted Nugent.

2. Willie Nelson, 85

This 85-year-old member of the Highwaymen wrote his first song at age 7 and produced his first album in 1962. Since then he’s continued act, perform, record as well as tour the world, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He continues to advocate for the improved treatment of horses, marijuana law reform and is a LGBT rights supporter. The “On the Road Again” singer released a new album this year called “To All the Girls,” a collection of duets with female singers such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Norah Jones.

3. Leonard Cohen, 1934 – 2016

The famous folk icon released 2012’s “Old Ideas” album, in which he continues to wow audiences and music fans alike, at age 81. With a new biography, “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen” he captivates with his enigmatic personality, undeniable talent and fascinating life. With topics of depression, love, religion, politics and more, he has proven to be a versatile artist.

4. Tina Turner, 78

As a member of the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, she is also ranked on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists” of all time. Miss Turner, at 73, was, the oldest person to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine. While not active musically, she has recently become a Swiss citizen, residing there as her main residence.

5. Bob Dylan, 77

The 77-year-old published author, artist, musician and singer has won a Grammy, Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his various musical contributions, and is also an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Shortly after a concert tour of the U.S., there was a release of all of his albums as well as live recordings and music from films and other sources in a collection by Columbia Records. Dylan’s latest original album was released in 2012.

6. Aretha Franklin, 1942 – 2018

The recent GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame member has over 85 charted singles in her 50+years of being involved in music. Appearing most famously in the Blues Brothers movies, she has come back to her music roots, working on an album for RCA Records and collaborating with contemporary producers Babyface and Dangermouse.

7. Van Morrison, 73

The Irish “Brown Eyed Girl” singer has won 6 Grammys and just released his 34th studio album in October of 2012. In support of his latest record, he performed at The O2 in Dublin as well as at the 46th Mountreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. At 68, he was also the recipient of the Freedom of Belfast; the highest honor given from the famed city in Ireland.

8. Neil Young, 72

One of the founding members of the Farm Aid project, Neil Young has received multiple awards for his music and his political activism. At 72, as one of Rolling Stone’s greatest artists of all time, he continues to be innovative and adored by meaning. In 2014 he created  Pono, a high-resolution digital download service.

9. Iggy Pop, 71

Gaining fame in the late 1960’s with the Stooges, this 69-year-old punk rocker is still performing, most recently at Riofest 2013, with his band. His wild act on stage and energetic performances made this Michigan-born icon world famous. Working with another member on this list, David Bowie, Iggy gained success in England after meeting the famed artist at a restaurant in NYC.

10. Patti Smith, 71

As the “Godmother of Punk,” Patti Smith is still very active, recently contributing to the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” She has become an accomplished photographer, remains to be an activist of many causes, and collaborates frequently with other artists including members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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