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35 Musicians With Legendarily Long Careers

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30. Keith Richards
> Born: Dec 18, 1943
> Years active: 61

This legendary rock guitarist and sometime singer and songwriter started playing in pubs in a blues band with his school friend Mick Jagger in 1960. The group evolved into the Rolling Stones, which debuted officially on stage in 1962 and released their first album two years later. The Stones “No Filter” tour originally scheduled for 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19, but will be revived later this year or in 2022.

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29. Loretta Lynn
> Born: Apr 14, 1932
> Years active: 61

A country music legend, this “coal miner’s daughter” made her first record, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” in 1960. She went on to chart 24 number-one singles (so far) on the country charts. Her latest album, “Still Woman Enough,” was released this March.

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28. Mick Jagger
> Born: Jul 26, 1943
> Years active: 61

One of the most famous figures in rock and roll, Jagger met guitarist Keith Richards in school and the two played the blues together in a pub band starting in 1960. Renamed the Rolling Stones, the band released its first album in 1964, two years after it made its official debut on stage. The Stones “No Filter” tour originally scheduled for 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19, but will be revived later this year or in 2022.

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27. Judy Collins
> Born: May 1, 1939
> Years active: 62

Collins made her professional debut at folk clubs in Colorado in 1959, then went on to perform, like so many stars of the folk scene, in New York’s Greenwich Village. Signed to Elektra records, she released her first album in 1961. A DVD and CD set called “Winter Stories: Live from the Oslo Opera House,” with Norwegian folk singer Jonas Fjeld and the band Chatham County Line, came out last year, and she has a new album, “Resistance and Beauty,” due for release in the coming months.

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26. Diana Ross
> Born: Mar 26, 1944
> Years active: 62

In 1959, at the age of 15, Ross joined a singing group called The Primettes, which included future Supremes Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. They auditioned for Motown at the behest of Smokey Robinson, a one-time neighbor of Ross’s, and in 1961, the label signed them and they became The Supremes. The group helped define the Motown sound and charted 12 number-one hits. Ross has also had an extensive solo career as both a singer and an actress. Her tour of Great Britain, originally scheduled for this summer, has been postponed due to the coronavirus, but may be revived later this year.

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