The Late Movies: Musical Seniors
We all know that musicians like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are over-the-hill, but we usually don't hear about too many people rocking away into the golden years. Some senior citizens, though, are showing that you don't have to be young to be a rock star (or party like one).
The Zimmers rocketed to fame with their cover of The Who's "My Generation" (above). The roughly 50-member band, formed for a BBC documentary, is touted as "the oldest band in the world" with a cumulative age of 3700. Their first album, "Lust for Life," also includes covers of The Alan Parsons Project's "Old and Wise" (below), Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven," and the Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right (To Party)," among others.
The Young@Heart Chorus was also featured in a documentary. Formed in 1982 at a Massachusetts elderly housing complex, the group has been performing on stage since 1983. Their current members range in age from 73 to 89. Their cover of James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" is above, while their cover of the Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere" is below.
Jerrie Thill entered the commercial music business at age 18 and continued performing for more than 70 years. From 1984 until her death earlier this year, Thill performed every Sunday afternoon at the El Cid Restaurant in Hollywood, CA. Above is a video of a collaboration between Thill and songwriter/artist Allee Willis when Thill was 91 (in 2008); below is a video of Thill and Willis performing at the El Cid that same year.
Ruth Flowers, aka "Mamy Rock"
Ruth Flowers has taken the European party circuit by storm as DJ Mamy Rock. The 69-year-old English grandmother started DJ-ing after accompanying her grandson to a club for his birthday. Now, she's an in-demand DJ with tracks on iTunes. Above is the live premiere of her single "Still Rocking" at Magazzini Generali in Milan, Italy; below is a live video of her DJ-ing at Gold & Platinum in Geneva, Switzerland.
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