Updated: May 10
Some of us can’t wait to retire from our jobs. Others who have made it rich and famous retire early to engage in other activities. But there are some, like these musicians who go on performing past retirement age. Obviously, retirement is not for these musicians.
He was part of the famous quartet known as The Beatles that produced hits after hits making each member famous in their own right. Paul McCartney was best known as the singer-songwriter of Lennon and McCartney and he is still churning out songs in his late 70s. From every decade since the 60s through the 00s, McCartney has been nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards. His album McCartney III topped the charts in England and hit number 2 in the United States last year. The album includes the hit “Find My Way”.
Another iconic musician who performed past retirement is Bob Dylan, also known for being the legendary singer-songwriter in music history. The American has had his songs covered thousands of times by artists from Jimi Hendrix to Adele. Dylan was not just only inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame, but he also was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for creating new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.
Barbara Streisand is a legendary musician but also an actor and director. She’s one of the very few entertainers who pulled off wins at the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. Throughout her illustrious career, Streisand has had 11 albums that topped the US Billboard 200 chart. She still sounded incredible in her 2018 album “The Rain Will Fall”.
Well into her 80s, Dionne Warwick possesses one of the greatest voices in popular music. She has charted numerous times, ranking among the 40 biggest US hitmakers between 1955 and 1999 in Billboard’s Hot 100 chart history. She’s well-known for evergreen classics such as “I Say A Little Prayer”, “Then Came You”, and “That’s What Friends Are For”. She continues to record singing “What the World Needs Now” in 2020 for her 2019 album ”She's Back”.
Most famous for being the drummer of the Beatles, singing classics such as “Yellow Submarine” and “With a Little Help from My Friends”, Ringo Starr continues to perform with his All-Starr Band. He scored a top-charting hit with “Photograph” after the Beatles disbanded and he has toured almost every year since 1989. Starr, like McCartney, recorded during the lockdown and he released a star-packed single from the sessions entitled “Here’s to the Nights” in 2021.
If you happen to be retired and think that learning a new instrument might be too late for you, that’s not true. There are several good reasons to learn a musical instrument after the age of 50. Maybe you can jam till your later years, who knows? Get a free trial with us at Ritmo Music Studio.