Top 10 Male Rock Musicians Over the Age of 65 (and Still Going Strong!)
Who Said That Rock Musicians Had to Be Young?
These male rock musicians are still rockin' even as they approach the age most people will consider retiring. They have had influential careers that have lasted since the 1960s and 70s. Needless to say, they worked very hard to stay in good shape and health in order to entertain us! Here's the top 10 list of male rock musicians over the age of 65.
No. 10 Eikichi Yazawa
Born on September 14, 1949 (age 70), Eikichi Yazawa is one of the most influential and long enduring musicians from my native Japan! Yazawa`s career began in 1972 where he formed the band "Carol". After the breakup of the band in 1975, he flew to the U.S. to start a solo career. He is known for his nick name "Ei-chan". Aside from writing all of his songs, he has produced 33 original albums, 11 live albums, and 53 singles. He tours year round and as of 2012, he has performed in more than 1,800 live performances. He was selected to perform in the "Songs and Visions" rock festival at London`s Wembley Stadium in 1997 commemorating twenty years since the passing of Elvis Presley. He was one of several rock stars including Rod Stewart, Jon Bon Jovi, and Robert Palmer. After Yazawa`s performance in front of an audience of 80,000, Rod Stewart complimented him backstage and suggested that "they tour together". (This tour has not happened yet). Nowadays, he is frequently seen in TV commercials for Premium Malts (beer) and Nissan (hybrid car). I have to tell you, he looks amazing for his age!
No. 9 Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield, born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 (age 70), is an Australian musican, singer song writer, actor, and author. He started his career as lead guitarist and vocalist in the pop/rock group Zoot in which he was a member from 1969 to 1971. He moved to the U.S. in mid 1972 and finally had a top 10 hit "Jessie`s Girl" in 1981 for which he received a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. His other top 10 hits include "I`ve Done Everything For You" (1982), "Don`t Talk to Strangers" (1982), "Affair of the Heart" (1983), and "Love Somebody"(1983). He has also enjoyed a career in acting, starring in the movie "Hard to Hold" and as Dr. Noah Drake in the soap opera "General Hospital" to which he returned in 2013 after more than two decades of absence. His memoir "Late, Late at Night" (2010) was a good read! To date, he has produced 19 original albums and 38 singles. He has received a star on Hollywood`s Walk of Fame for his contribution to music.
No. 8 Steve Tyler
Steve Tyler, born Steven Victor Tallarico on March 26, 1948 (age 71), is a singer-songwriter best known as lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith. In the 1970s, Tyler rose to prominence as the band released milestone hard rock albums such as "Toys in the Attic" and "Rocks". In 1986, upon completion of his drug rehabilitation program for his drug and alcohol addiction, he launched a remarkable comeback with the multi-platinum albums "Permanent Vacation", "Pump", "Get a Grip", and "Nine Lives". He served as judge in the highly popular TV show "American Idol" for two seasons before announcing his departure from the show in 2012. ( I have to say he was a good fit as judge!) Tyler has continued to record music and perform with Aerosmith after more than 46 years with the band and has sold more than 150 million albums. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his debut solo album "We`re All Somebody from Somewhere" was released on July 15, 2016. He performed in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan in April 2017 with the Loving Mary Band as part of the tour promoting this album.
No. 7 Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen, born September 23, 1949 (age 70) is an American singer-songwriter best known for his work with the E Street Band. He debuted in 1964 and has sold more than 64 million albums in the U.S. and more than 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world`s best-selling artists of all time. Nicknamed "The Boss", he is widely known for his poetic lyrics dealing with the working class and sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey. His stage performances are lengthy and energetic, running up to four hours in length. He has earned 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
No. 6 Keith Richards
Keith Richards, born December 18, 1943 (age 75) is an English guitarist, singer-songwriter and founding member of the rock band, The Rolling Stones. He and Mick Jagger, lead vocalist of the Rolling Stones, have written numerous songs for the band and fouteen songs that they wrote are listed among Rolling Stone magazine`s "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". He is also ranked 4th on the Rolling Stone Magazine`s 100 best guitarists as "rock`s greatest single body of riffs". Richards and Jagger began their songwriting partnership in 1963. In 1993, Richards was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In February 2016, the Rolling Stones embarked on their Latin American Tour. One of their most memorable performances was in Havana, Cuba in March 2016 where diplomatic relations with the U.S. was normalized in 2015.
No. 5 Mick Jagger
Sir Michael Philip Jagger, born July 26,1943 (age 76), is an English singer-songwriter and actor, best known as the lead singer and co-founder of the Rolling Stones. Jagger`s career has spanned over 50 years, and he has been described as "one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of Rock & Roll". Jagger`s distinctive voice and performance along with Keith Richards` guitar style have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout the career of the band. He has also released a solo album "She`s the Boss" in 1985. In 1989 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. In 2003, he was knighted for his services to popular music. I have always wondered how he stays so slim, having witnessed his performance with the Rolling Stones in Super Bowl`s half time show in February 2006.
No. 4 Rod Stewart
Sir Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, born January 10, 1945 (age 74), is a British rock singer-song writer. He is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and his total of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten, six of which gained the #1 position. With his distinctive raspy voice, his career started in 1962 when he took up street performance with a harmonica. He joined the Dimensions in 1963 as a harmonica player and part time vocalist. He is best known for his time with the Jeff Beck Group from 1967 to 69 and with the Faces from 1969 to 75. Two of his most memorable singles are, in my opinion, "Sailing" (1975) and "Do Ya Think I`m Sexy?" (1978) where he was seen performing with tight red pants. He appeared dangerously sexy to me, who was barely a teenager at the time. As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
No. 3 Elton John
Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) born on March 25, 1947 (age 72), is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967. They have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career, Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling musicians in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including nine No. 1 hits. For 31 consecutive years (1970-2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. Having been named Order of the British Empire in 1996, John was made a Knight Bachelor by Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services". He came out as gay in 1988 and in 2014, he married David Furnish, a filmmaker originally from Toronto, Canada, with whom he had been in a relationship since 1993. John continues to be a supporter of gay marriage and champion for LGBT social movements as well as a respected musician.
No. 2 Paul McCartney
Sir James Paul McCartney, born on June 18, 1942 (age 77) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band The Beatles, the most popular and influential group in the history of pop music. After the band's break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda and Denny Laine. McCartney has been recognized as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. He is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as member of the Beatles in 1988, and as a solo artist in 1999), and a 21-time Grammy Award winner. He has written or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. He was knighted in 1997 by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music.
No. 1 Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 (age 78) is an American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016. Although Dylan is not the best selling musician of all time, he has definitely had a strong influence in popular music and culture for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest. Early songs such as "Blowin` in the Wind", "Knocking on Heaven`s Door" became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. Backed by a changing line up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. Since 1994, Dylan has published seven books of drawings and paintings and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records. Note that he does not seem to be making great efforts to "look young", hence he looks about his age!
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