You think The Rolling Stones are old? They say Madonna is too old to have another hit? Phil Collins should stay in retirement?
I was "inspired" - terrible word to use - by the recent deaths of many of our beloved artists. I'm not so sure we have been hit so hard like we have in January 2016, and it got me thinking of those charting artists who are still alive. What started as a curiosity, actually became quite interesting as I discover many artists I thought were decaesed. I was certain Doris Day had passed away, so what a surprise to find she is still kicking. Eventually I had a list, so (hopefully not in bad taste), here is what I have so far of the 100 oldest artists who have charted on the Singles and Albums charts.
NOTE: This is purely of artists who have charted off the top of my head, and only via Wikipedia's Births pages. It will no doubt be incomplete, with more obscure artists not being represented, but I might expand on this at a later date when more information is uncovered.
With the recent passing of Chuck Berry, I thought this list needed an update. (I also realize I posted this list in January last year, and hope I wasn't responsible for so many deaths to follow throughout 2016.
Chuck Berry was #7 on the list above, and we also lost Debbie Reynolds, John D. Loudermilk, Leonard Cohen, Billy Paul and Bonnie Brown from the list. We even had someone climb the list, after a birthday correction from Wikipedia...ha ha!
But it's not all depressing as we say HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY today to our #1 singer, Vera Lynn, still alive and well.