Rock and roll is getting older. Those young, brash kids that brought their youthful exuberance to the world with screaming guitars, bashing drums, and sheer attitude are not so young anymore. While we watch our early heroes like the remaining Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and others grow ever older, we’re continually amazed at their everlasting energy as they still rock on. And more advanced than that group of musicians are the originals themselves: the Rockabilly cats and ladies who hit the scene in the mid to late 1950s.
Of course, many of the most famous rockabilly artists have passed on from this world. Thankfully we still have their music to keep us company in their absence. But there are still several rockabilly musicians who, now mostly in their 70s, are still making appearances on the rock and roll revival circuit.
In 2011 the hottest of these is Wanda Jackson, the “Queen of Rockabilly.” In February of 2011, Jackson released a new CD, “The Party Ain’t Over” produced by White Stripes cool man Jack White. The new record has been getting lots of buzz and Jackson has been making the rounds and doing many live performances. At 73, the small lady with a big voice and even bigger attitude still rocks out and puts on a great show. And, though at her age she does have to take things a little easier than she did when she was first making a splash on the rockabilly scene while still in her teens, she nonetheless puts a ton of energy and spunk into her live shows.
Another rockabilly performer in his 70s, Jack Scott, is also still out on the road making live concert appearances. Scott never really became a household name, but it’s a bit difficult to understand why. He had four huge hits in his career and for about an 18-month period at the end of the 50s he had more charting singles than anyone else has ever had in a similar period at any time in their careers. And that includes Elvis and The Beatles. Scott might now be best known for his bad-attitude rockabilly classic, “The Way I Walk.” He was dangerous looking and dangerous sounding and he still rocks out today when he hits the stage.
And there are many others from the early era still out there rocking. These two names are just two that stick out to me and they make great examples of maturing rock and rollers who never seemed to have gotten the memo that explains that rock and roll is for the young kids! The rock and roll revival circuit is alive and well and though the natural progression of age as well as tragic youthful deaths have definitely thinned the ranks of the original rockabilly performers, you can still catch some of these stars at various revival festivals throughout the world.
And if you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing one of these shows, I can almost guarantee that you’ll be amazed at how good these performers still sound. Their voices are still clear and strong. The music still energizes them and you can see that they clearly love to be on stage entertaining their fans even after five decades of performing.
No one knew what to expect as our early rock and roll idols began to age. When they were young, it never occurred to any of the fans that one day they wouldn’t be so young any more. When they hit their 30s, people began to wonder whether or not they were too old to continue. When they turned 40, fans began to be surprised that they were still at it. As they reached 50, the world started to realize that there might not be any age limit on rock and roll after all. As they entered their 60s, we cheered them on and encouraged them to keep rocking. Now in their 70s, they are inspiring us to live our own lives to the fullest. Undoubtedly some of these rockers will make it into their 80s. And something tells me that when they do, they will still be rockin’ and enjoying every last minute of it all!
Buster Fayte is an author and rockabilly musician. He Blogs at “Buster Fayte’s Rockabilly Romp” where he writes about the passion he shares with millions of musicians and fans for rockabilly and oldies music. Buster has written several books including the “Complete Home Music Recording Start Kit”. He writes original songs, sings, and plays both guitar and bass.
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