In the words of the Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne himself, 2016 was the year of the dying rock stars. He said,
“We’re all in our late 60s! I’m 68! “The way things are going, people are dying left, right and center this year, you know what I mean?… It’s like, every day somebody else dies and I’m thinking, f******g hell, I hope I’m not [next].”
We may have lost many great music legends from the world of rock n’ roll this year but it’s refreshing to find out there are still some who are aging gracefully and continue to amazingly defy the rockstar “live fast, die young” motto. Some even still perform, going strong in their 80s and 90s! The life expectancy of rock stars is not pretty long, with their world of drugs, alcohol, and everything else in between, it’s a miracle if they cheat death even when they’re still young, wild, and gorgeous. Maybe it’s good genes or just plain ol’ good luck, these 10 musicians are still thankfully with us to this day. And they’re not done “living fast” either.
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Born on December 24, 1918 (yes even before the roaring ’20s!), Dave Bartholomew is one of the pioneers of the Rock N’ Roll revolution, and one of the oldest musicians still alive today. A man of multiple musical talents, he has a place in every important hall of fame you could think of. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Most prominently known as a songwriter, producer, ad arranger in the music industry, Bartholomew gained his musical chops from playing the trumpet and tuba in the New Orleans blues scene. He is the man behind the hit “Country Boy,” in 1950 and the self-proclaimed inventor of the “Big Beat”. Well it’s certainly a big life at 97 going on 98!