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Rock-togenarians
« on: March 08, 2021, 10:00:45 AM »
Looking for artists born before 1940. Amazing how many of the true stars were born in the 1940s, from Ringo Starr (7 July 1940) to Robin Gibb (22 December 1949)

But how many were born before 1940? They don't have to be still active, but the more active the better.

These two for starters...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_Black (26 August 1938)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Hunter_(singer) (3rd June 1939)

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Re: Rock-togenarians
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2021, 10:07:55 AM »
First one that comes to mind is Ed Cassidy, the drummer for Spirit (and stepdad to guitarist Randy California) who was born in 1923 and had begun his music career before Jet Black or Ian Hunter had been born. He died aged 89 in 2012.

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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2021, 10:20:59 AM »
Sadly (as of 2017) no longer with us, but The Beat's saxophonist Saxa was born in 1930.

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2021, 10:44:20 AM »
The wonderful Shirley Bassey (b. 1937) released a new album in November.

Petula Clark (b. 1932) is also still quite active.

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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2021, 10:47:48 AM »
Bill Wyman

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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2021, 10:56:28 AM »
Daevid Allen, born 1938 & Gilli Smyth, born 1933.

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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2021, 11:04:32 AM »
Yoko Ono, born 1933.

Obviously he’s long gone, but Alex Harvey of SAHB was born in 1935.

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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2021, 11:05:31 AM »
Hilda Woodward of Lieutenant Pigeon died in 1999 aged 85.

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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2021, 11:06:42 AM »
Elza Soares, born 1930 and has recorded three "post-punk" albums in the last five years.
Vi Subversa, born 1935 (singer of Poison Girls).

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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2021, 11:12:02 AM »
Tina Turner

...and Phil Spector

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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2021, 11:14:29 AM »
A list of old people. Marvellous.

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« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2021, 11:33:13 AM »
Punk rocker Jet Black was born on the 26th of August 1938, 38 days before rock n roller Eddie Cochran was born.

EDIT- Of course I missed his entry in the OP.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2021, 12:47:27 PM by SteveDave »

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« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2021, 12:24:22 PM »
Alan Vega from Suicide was also born in 1938: sadly no longer with us but I was surprised when he died to find he was quite that old.

Jet Black was still playing with the Stranglers til comparatively recently, wasn't he? I know he came on to do a few songs when I saw them in 2014. Was very surprised to see him outlive Dave Greenfield.

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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2021, 12:48:03 PM »
Tommy DeVito (b. 1928) and Nick Massi (b. 1927) were both well into their 30s by the time they started having hits with the Four Seasons. Given they were a teen-idol band, I'm not sure that would happen these days. 

Their frontman Frankie Valli was born in 1934, and I think was still touring fairly recently.

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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2021, 12:53:43 PM »
Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain

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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2021, 01:08:00 PM »
Jethro Tull born 1674

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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2021, 01:38:25 PM »
Johnny Cash: 1932

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« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2021, 01:49:23 PM »
Jerry Lee Lewis, still going at 85 too.

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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2021, 01:55:38 PM »
Jethro Tull born 1674

Capability Brown born 1716

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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2021, 01:57:07 PM »
Ray Manzarek of The Doors, born 1939. A bit dead since 2013 though.

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« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2021, 02:11:15 PM »
Members of krautrockers Can Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit both died recently, aged 79 and 78. So close but didn’t make the cut. Keyboardist Irmin Schmidt is an official rocktogenarian at 83.

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« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2021, 02:13:59 PM »
Yoko Ono, born 1933.

Obviously he’s long gone, but Alex Harvey of SAHB was born in 1935.

He was 46 when he died.

I feel so old…

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« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2021, 02:25:18 PM »
He was 46 when he died.

I feel so old…

Back in the mid to late 70s admiration for Alex Harvey was the most reliable indicator of good taste in music in a new acquaintance

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« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2021, 02:39:49 PM »
Wee Willie Harris: Still Rockin at 87!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wsbt94-Cpg

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« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2021, 02:49:20 PM »
Willie Nelson: 1933 and still rockin

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In 2018, Nelson sang a song written by Daniel Lanois called "Cruel World" for the soundtrack of Rockstar Games's action-adventure video game Red Dead Redemption 2. Lanois wrote the song especially for Nelson. When a hurricane prevented Nelson from recording the song, the production team sent the track to Josh Homme in the hopes that he could record it in time for the game's release. Nelson was ultimately able to record the song in time in Los Angeles; the team considered combining the two versions into a duet, but ultimately included both versions in the game. Also in 2018, Nelson was one of several artists on Restoration, a cover album containing various country renditions of songs originally by Elton John, on which he performed "Border Song". His 2019 release Ride Me Back Home (Ride Me Back Home is the sixty-ninth solo studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson.) charted at number two on Billboard's Top Country Albums. For the title-track, Nelson received the Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance.

Following the U.S. coronavirus pandemic lockdowns that began in March 2020, Nelson livestreamed a series of benefit concerts. The first two raised $700,000 for people who had suffered financial loss due to effects on the U.S. economy. The third, which was held on April 20, 2020, was a variety show titled Come and Toke It. Some of the content was cannabis-themed, and some of the proceeds will be used to support The Last Prisoner Project, a restorative justice program relating to persons convicted of cannabis related crimes. The same year, Nelson was approached by Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs to collaborate. They chose to do a cover of David Bowie and Queen's Under Pressure.

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« Reply #25 on: March 08, 2021, 02:57:09 PM »
Nico, born 1938. Died in 1988 aged 49.

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« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2021, 03:07:53 PM »
Wee Willie Harris: Still Rockin at 87!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wsbt94-Cpg

Got a suggested link watching that. Marty Wilde (born 1939) This is Your Life. Wee Willie is in it!
So, sadly is poor Billy Fury, looking just about dead (which he was a month later, they say)

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« Reply #27 on: March 08, 2021, 03:41:05 PM »
Got a suggested link watching that. Marty Wilde (born 1939) This is Your Life. Wee Willie is in it!
So, sadly is poor Billy Fury, looking just about dead (which he was a month later, they say)

I was stunned to see when I glanced at that 2020 doc that WWH is still with us and still performing in his 9th decade, esp since I'd just watched his 70s appearance on the Wheeltappers and Shunters Club, where he already looks of pensionable age (and bizarrely makes his stage entrance dressed in what appears to be an early version of Colin Hunt from the Fast Show's get up)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9reC-9i4fxw

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« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2021, 03:49:21 PM »
P.J. Proby - b. 6th Nov 1938
Engelbert Humperdinck - b. 2nd May 1936
Tommy Steele - b. 17th December 1936
John Leyton - b. 17th February 1936

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« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2021, 04:38:13 PM »
Tom Jones is 81 this year. Think I'm gonna dance now. Huurgh!

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