Video Roundup: National Senior Citizens Day

Kim Gordon, age 61 // photo by Hilary Harris

Frankly, every damn day should be National Senior Citizens Day (sorry for the language, gramma), but August 21st is officially the day we honor the elders in our community. The day was designated in 1988 by then-president Ronald Reagan, who added, “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”

KEXP agrees, and today we offer a Video Roundup salute to some of our favorite senior musicians (reports differ, but the age 60 seems to be the median age to be declared “senior”). These artists prove that age ain’t nothin’ but a number as they continue to compose and perform music with every passing year. Watch below and be inspired.


Kim Gordon, age 61


David Bowie, age 67


Bob Dylan, age 73



Patti Smith, age 68


Leonard Cohen, age 79


Jody Stephens, age 61


Iggy Pop, age 67


Robyn Hitchcock, age 61


Kate Pierson, age 66; Fred Schneider, age 63; Keith Strickland, age 60


Yoko Ono, age 81


David Byrne, age 62


Dick Dale, age 77


Bootsy Collins, age 62


Jonathan Richman, age 63


Mavis Staples, age 75


Willie Nelson, age 81


Ray Davies, age 70


Giorgio Moroder, age 74


Tom Waits, age 64


Brian Eno, age 66


Bettye LaVette, age 68

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