40 Working Artists Ages 70 and Up

The year is 1919. World War I has just ended, the U.S. has only 48 states, you can buy the newfangled Ford Model T for a few hundred dollars and Pete Seeger has just been born. Today, as Seeger’s still going strong at 94, even the artists who looked up to him as a father figure—including some guy named Dylan—are in their 70s, still celebrating their birthdays onstage. These 40 artists haven’t checked into the Rock Star Retirement Home, and probably never will.

Ronnie Spector – Aug. 10, ’43
Mick Jagger – Jul. 26, ’43
Robbie Robertson – Jul. 5, ’43
Al Jardine – Sept. 3, ’42
Brian Wilson – Jun. 20, ’42
Paul McCartney – Jun. 18, ’42
Barbra Streisand – Apr. 24, ’42
Aretha Franklin – Mar. 25, ’42
Graham Nash – Feb. 2, ’42
Art Garfunkel – Nov. 5, ’41
Paul Simon – Oct. 13, ’41
David Crosby – Aug. 14, ’41
Charlie Watts – Jun. 2, ’41
Bob Dylan – May 24, ’41
Eric Burdon – May 11, ’41
Neil Diamond – Jan. 24, ’41
Jorma Kaukonen – Dec. 23, ’40
Ringo Starr – Jul. 7, ’40
Phil Lesh – Mar. 15, ’40
Smokey Robinson – Feb. 19, ’40
Dion DiMucci –Jul. 18, ’39
Mavis Staples – Jul. 10, ’39
Wanda Jackson – Oct. 20, ’37
Garth Hudson – Aug. 2, ’37
Merle Haggard – Apr. 6, ’37
Don Everly –Feb. 1, ’37
Bobby Rush – Nov. 11, ’36
Buddy Guy – Jul. 30, ’36

Jerry Lee Lewis – Sept. 29, ’35
Frankie Valli – May 3, ’34
John Mayall – Nov. 29, ’33
Willie Nelson – Apr. 29, ’33
Little Richard – Dec. 5, ’32
Loretta Lynn – Apr. 14, ’32
Ralph Stanley – Feb. 25, ’27
Chuck Berry – Oct. 18, ’26
Tony Bennett – Aug. 3, ’26
Bucky Pizzarelli – Jan. 9, ’26
B.B. King – Sept. 16, ’25
Pete Seeger – May 3, ’19

40 Working Artists Ages 70 and Up

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