Ever See An Oldies Act That Still Rocked?

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I did!

Earlier this year, I was at a gala dinner at a hotel ballroom and in the entertainment portion of the evening, out came Jay Black from the 1960s group Jay & The Americans.

They had huge hits way back when with pop records like "Only in America," "Come a Little Bit Closer," "Cara Mia," and "This Magic Moment."

We're talking major shit.

Well, the Americans must have been overseas this night because this was Jay Black with a whole other bunch of musicians.

Actually, I later did some research and found that Jay -- real name David Blatt -- went bankrupt at one point and had to sell his ownership of the group's name. But he still tours as Jay Black and sings the familiar hits.

And he was amazing!

The man, who's now 72, was in flawless voice, with pipes worthy of the Metropolitan Opera House, I swear!

He can really boom it out with no sign of wear and tear at all.

Whitney Houston he ain't! This man can sing better than ever!

And he had a great, off-the-cuff sense of humor that was endearingly self-deprecating, resulting in lots of laughs and bravos.

After having seen so many beaten-down, worn-out, gargle-voiced oldies acts, this was truly an inspiration.

I am no longer afraid of getting older -- or of seeing performers who've done so.

But does Gary Puckett sound that good today?



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Zorro
Zorro

I was dragged to a Neil Sedaka concert in Vegas a few years ago and got the shock of my life. He blow the roof off the joint...great voice and musicianship and a real old school entertainer. They don't come any better.

MSpeer
MSpeer

Jay Black's voice was and is incredible. Love their music. Gary Puckett was so hot looking back then and looks great now but the voice is not quite the same although his heart is there!

Barkley
Barkley

Linda Ronstadt's voice is still amazing.  I think she's semi-retired, 'though.  Cher's voice is still good, too.

Pat Bradley
Pat Bradley

The B-52's aren't necessarily an "oldies" act, but they sure do have the energy of 25 year-olds at their shows! I saw them at the True Colors concert at Radio City a few years back and they rocked!!

Sausalito
Sausalito

Cyndi Lauper also delivers.

Pat Bradley
Pat Bradley

I wasn't that impressed w her performance at that show; then again, I never was a big Cyndi Fan... (my friend had an extra ticket though)

Barkley
Barkley

Saw her "Memphis Blues" tour, yeesh, so boring and self indulgent.  Just give us the hits, Cyn-Cyn!

Sausalito
Sausalito

Britney still sounds good. Then again she's lipsynching,

nostradavid
nostradavid

Ladies and Gentlemen: the Rolling Stones!The last tour was GREAT!

Melinda9
Melinda9

I saw Richard Thompson last year - an amazing show. Don't know if he'd be considered an oldie, though, since he creates new music.

Whomp
Whomp

Yeah, Sedaka still sounds like butter. Amazing voice.

Dita
Dita

Saw Neil Diamond 2 years ago and he's still selling out MSG & rockin it out.

Rogie
Rogie

Most people don't find it difficult to sound constipated.

Rabbit
Rabbit

I was never a big fan of Neil Sedaka's, but he sang a bit on an infomercial for late 50s/early 60s hits...he has to be at least 70, but sounds exactly the same - like a 22-year-old eunuch!

Windswept
Windswept

Lulu still rocks. Her voice is better than ever.

rolph
rolph

Frankie Valli doesn't sound as good as he used to, but I saw Gary Puckett on TV and he was pretty good. Also BJ Thomas.

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