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« on: March 25, 2018, 12:57:24 PM »


Another thread addresses singers who have lost their voices, but still soldier on. I thought it would be interesting to talk about those who actually still sing really well in their twilight years. I'll start with Cat Stevens. He was born in 1948, so is now about 70. I have heard on in various performances in recent years and am utterly amazed at his voice's tone and control - still a pleasure to listen to. Here is a concert from just a year ago. "Father and Son" shows most clearly that his lower baritone (father part) has become "smokier," while the higher register he reaches for the son part, is just a shade lower than it was, not as "tinny" as it used to be. It works, and makes his performance, IMO, as satisfying as ever. 

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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2018, 05:47:27 PM »

Mark Stein from Vanilla Fudge still has it! I saw them recently and I was so blown away at how amazing the guy sounded. He's 71 and sounds exactly like he did during the late 1960s. And singing for Vanilla Fudge certainly seems physically demanding, so hats off to Mark Stein!
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2018, 06:14:14 PM »


Goodness, yes! Here's something recent...

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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2018, 06:23:45 PM »

Colin Blunstone of the Zombies - not too shabby for a guy who must be a bit older than the aforementioned.

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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2018, 06:54:16 PM »

Paul Rodgers
Glenn Hughes
Bruce Dickinson
Sammy Hagar
David Gilmour
Phil Mogg
Ann Wilson
Steve Whiteman
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2018, 06:19:54 AM »

I'm adding the late great Ronnie James Dio to my list. 

I saw one of his final shows in person in August 2009.  At the age of 67 and unknowingly battling stomach cancer at the time, he put on an incredible show.   

For a guy who sang the way he did for four decades was incredible.   And the world of hard rock / heavy metal was a poorer one when he passed in 2010
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2018, 06:42:19 AM »

Captain Obvious here, but Al Jardine.
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2018, 11:16:35 AM »

But rates a mention!
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2018, 05:53:03 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2018, 06:20:00 AM »

Eddie Money still sounds great these days. 
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2018, 08:07:05 AM »

Sounds pretty good. Here he is in 2017 with his kids! But I wonder if those with  lower, husky voices to begin with whose songs required no-so-much in terms of range and other vocal gymnastics  might not have an easier time with aging?




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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2018, 08:25:22 AM »

Frankie Valli sounds phenomenal these days.  Razz

Little Anthony. 77 years old. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeez_Ja49Cs

McCartney deserves a mention, because of this video: https://youtu.be/nCleVJQiZHg?t=220

Obviously his voice has been going downhill since 2012 or so. But it seems that even to this day, if he has a few drinks and does an impromptu performance with someone else sharing the spotlight, he brings his A game. He hasn't belted a "yeahhh" like that in years. He really nails his classic sound for a bit.

Which leaves me frustrated, but optimistic about his upcoming album.
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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2018, 08:30:03 AM »

Oh, yes, Frankie Valli sounds just like he did when he cut his original recordings! A true miracle of miracles....
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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2018, 05:51:57 AM »

Jimmy Buffett.   

I saw him on Friday night, and his voice still sounds just like the early 70s albums. 
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2018, 03:27:56 PM »

I have a friend who is a Parrothead. She says the same thing about his singing. She also loves that his audiences draw a haelthy mix of young/middle/older fans. Love the term "Parrothead."  I've read that Timothy B. Schmit  coined the term. He was a last-minute replacement for someone in the Coral Reefer band and was being driven through the crowd. Amazed at the whole crazy scene, he referred to them as Parrotheads (as opposed to Deadheads ).
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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2018, 05:11:34 AM »

I have a friend who is a Parrothead. She says the same thing about his singing. She also loves that his audiences draw a haelthy mix of young/middle/older fans. Love the term "Parrothead."  I've read that Timothy B. Schmit  coined the term. He was a last-minute replacement for someone in the Coral Reefer band and was being driven through the crowd. Amazed at the whole crazy scene, he referred to them as Parrotheads (as opposed to Deadheads ).

Yep, Schmidt coined the phrase around 1985 or so.   There's a documentary called Parrotheads.  I was hoping it would offer a neat little history of Buffett's music and the culture that his music created, as well as the history of the cult following.   However, it was a little underwhelming.   It did have some feel good stories about the Parrothead community, but it felt like a good portion of the doc was to push relatively unknown trop rock bands that were inspired by Buffett. 

A Buffett show is truly was of the most fun experiences you can ever have going to a concert. 
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« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2018, 01:15:26 PM »

Chuck Negron.  75 years old.

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« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2018, 01:40:05 PM »

Chuck was always my favorite Dog with swagger and a presence, both physically and in terms of his voice, that the others lacked. And what a story of redemption. Once sank so low in addiction that that he was literally on the streets, now counsels music artists with substance abuse issues. It's sad that after so many years Chuck was clean Wells and Hutton could not see their way to allow him back into the fold. On the other hand, addiction does destroy trust. Good to see him doing his thing solo, anyway.
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« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2018, 03:38:11 PM »

Terry Adams/ NRBQ
Mick Jagger/ Rolling Stones
Rickie Lee Jones
Joe Walsh
Tony Orlando
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« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2018, 04:37:02 PM »

Joe Walsh
Id say ditto for Don Henley and Glenn Frey before he passed, as well. I was really impressed with how well theirs and Joes voices had held up when they came to my city with the Eagles a few years ago.
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« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2018, 11:25:43 PM »

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« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2018, 10:46:48 AM »

Hope Sandoval.
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