BILL CRIDER'S POP CULTURE MAGAZINE
Bowie and Sting don't change much. Well... Bowie always "Changes" but he doesn't change.
Well, I guess most of them had hits in the '80s, but some of them were already internationally famous in the '60s (Bowie, if just barely, Stewart, as a member of the Faces, Rogers in his fake folk band the name of which slips away at this middle-aged moment--New something or other I'm too uninterested to look up), and a slew were established in the '70s...and thus weren't All That Young 20 years ago. Conversely, I'd say the Go-Go's and the Bangles are aging gracefully.
Rogers actually had some local hits in the '50s. I remember one in particular, "Crazy Feeling." Great stuff.
New Christy Minstrels. Was he doing rockabilly or crooning ballads that early?
Ballads with a doo-wop feel. Or that one is. There was another one I can't remember the name of.
Back in the '80s I thought I looked like Rick Astley. I still think I look like him.These people may be older, but really, they don't look bad. Except maybe Boy George - he hasn't aged well.
Those drug busts will do that.
While Kenny Rogers was in the New Christie Minstrels, his big break came when he and some other dissidents left the group and formed their own band "Kenny Rogers and the First Edition" in the late '60s. They even had a TV show here in Canada.
Surprised they didn't include Grace Slick, who like Rogers was no spring chicken in Starship's 1980s hits days. I think Grace is around 70 now and in the last photos I saw of her a couple of years ago, very grandmotherly looking.Barry McGuire was another New Christy Minstrel who bailed out and had a hit with an angry song.
Geeze, I thought Paul Young died about 10 years ago. He sang with Mike & The Mechanics for a while... oh, a quick Google shows that it was a different Paul Young who died in 2000. Okay, that makes sense.Kenny Rogers though, man, that's just scary. If he doesn't watch it, folks'll start mistaking him for Michael Jackson.
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