Oldest Performer You've Seen Who Was Still Excellent

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Sternodox, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. Sternodox

    Sternodox SubGenius Pope of Arkansas Thread Starter

    The Chuck Berry bad concert thread prompted this. I've seen a number of elder statesmen, including Berry, who were just not very good. A couple were terrible and embarrassing. Was wondering who you've seen who still has it. And I don't mean "for their age" ... I mean can still do what they've always done and do it well.

    I saw Pharoah Sanders not that long ago ... a man in his mid-70s ... and he absolutely killed it. He played for more than an hour and a half and was even better than he was when I saw him in the 1970s. When he did a 20+ minute version of "My Favorite Things" I noticed he had the entire audience captivated. It was one of the most beautiful and soulful performances I've ever seen. Was so happy I was lucky enough to have attended this transcendent concert.
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  2. jomo48

    jomo48 Forum Resident

    Davis CA, USA
    Mose Allison toured into his mid eighties, playing brilliantly and putting on a great show.
  3. mbrownp1

    mbrownp1 Forum Resident

    Mick Jagger
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  4. Fletch

    Fletch Forum Resident

    New York
    Les Paul in his eighties
  5. Kevin Howard

    Kevin Howard Forum Resident

    Oakland, CA
    Jimmy Cobb (b. 1929) & Sonny Rollins (b. 1930)
  6. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    Tony Bennett
    Dizzy Gillespie
  7. DLD

    DLD Forum Resident

    Dallas, Tx
    I saw Rodriguez and Brian Wilson, summer 2015, both very good-excellent (of course Brian had help on the high notes). Rodriguez' solo acoustic set was spot on perfect and Brian, with his band and singers, rocked the house.
  8. philly67

    philly67 Forum Resident

    Leonard Cohen
  9. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

    Marshall Allen, born 1924.
  10. bug2362

    bug2362 Forum Resident

    Seattle, WA
    Charles Lloyd- last year (b. 1938)
  11. uncarvedbloke

    uncarvedbloke Forum Resident

    S~O~T UK
    Will Gaines - Jazz Hoofer
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  12. Edwin Hawley

    Edwin Hawley Forum Resident

    Okobojo, SD
    Johnny Mathis
  13. WayOutWardell

    WayOutWardell Forum Resident

    Johnny Mathis.
    Roy Haynes (b. 1925)
  14. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos was 102 when I saw him in town. Top that!
  15. the sands

    the sands Forum Resident

    Oslo, Norway
    Compay Segundo, 95 (1907-2003). He was part of the Buena Vista Social Club project directed by Ry Cooder.
  16. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

    Tom Jones five years ago at age 70.
  17. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

    Seabrook, TX, USA
    I saw Mac Arnold, former bass player for Muddy Waters and a featured performer on the Sanford & Son theme song, for those not familiar. I saw him last year at 73 years old and the year before as well. He puts on a great show and his band (Plate Full O'Blues) is comprised of some very talented young guys. Highly recommended!

    Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues »
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  18. Coricama

    Coricama Classic Rocker

    Marietta, GA
    Buddy Guy
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  20. PsychGuy

    PsychGuy Forum Resident

    Frank Sinatra
    Mose Allison
    Papa John Creach
  21. weirdoc

    weirdoc Forum Resident

    I saw Andre Williams performing on his 77th birthday - doing a great powerful badass show!

    this was recorded on the next day:
  22. jmuesq

    jmuesq Member

    Fullerton, CA, USA
    Dave Brubeck at the Disney Concert Hall in around 2008. He must have been in his late 80s at the time.
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  23. eeglug

    eeglug Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, USA
    Don Henley, last year in at Chicago Theater - not quite as old as others mentioned above. He was 68. He started off a bit tentatively, sounding a bit gruff doing songs from his new album and at first I thought I'd have to scale down my expectations to "good for his age" levels. It was still a perfectly good performance until he got to the middle where he did a really terrible job on one of his 80s hits. Wobbly pitchy singing, croaky tone...I thought "well so much for that".

    And then like a lightswitch, from the next song onwards he was singing like he was 30 years old again. He did a really good unlikely cover of Tears For Fears' Everybody Wants to Rule the World - a very faithful rendition with the band playing the original's arrangement, except with Henley's distinct vocal style. Anyway I walked away being very impressed at his performance. (He did not perform any Eagles songs!)
  24. SirNoseDVoid

    SirNoseDVoid Forum Resident

    Randy Weston (b. 1926), some 10 years ago, guess he was 80+ years old at the time.
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  25. MoonPool

    MoonPool Forum Resident

    Diamanda Galas this past spring in NYC, she must be pushing 70 and she was spectacular.

    Fripp with King Crimson.

    Segovia in his mid-80s was amazing.

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