The death last week of Peter Tork seemed to have struck a major nerve with not only myself, but also a lot of my fellow baby boomers.
Not only was the passing of a second Monkee (Davy Jones died this week in 2012) a reminder of how old our generation is getting, but it also brought to mind the question of who, unfortunately, might be next.
Many of the individual artists and bands (who remain) that my age bracket grew up listening to are all senior citizens. In some cases, very senior.
But, bless their guitar-playing hearts, they keep on rockin'.
In case you were wondering, here are a handful of the stars who came of age in the early-to-mid-to-late 1960s and are still performing on somewhat of a regular basis. While we have lost many singers from that generation in recent years -- most recently Aretha Franklin at age 76 in August -- there are still plenty out there continuing to entertain:
º Mick Jagger, 75: Seriously, who thought Mick would still be with us in 2019? Mick, Keith Richards and the rest of the Rolling Stones may outlive us all. While Mick looks relatively well for his age and what he's been through, Keith looks like his body may have passed away about 20 years ago. But thankfully, his spirit remains with us.
º Neil Diamond, 78: He recorded one of my first favorite songs, "Cherry, Cherry" back in 1966. That was 53 years ago, and he still sounds great.
º Frankie Valli, 84: Frankie was singing almost 20 years before I was born, and remember, I am (really, really) old. And he's still semi-touring with remnants of the Four Seasons.
º Simon and Garfunkel, 77: I find it fascinating the singers who made up this acclaimed duo -- Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel -- are the same age. And like most of the artists on this list, they still sound great.
º Bob Dylan, 77: I predict Dylan will sing until he's 100. While some artists lose something in their voice and/or presentation by the time they reach this age, Dylan sounds virtually the same as he did in the early 1960s.
º Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, 76: The Beach Boys have broken into two separate touring acts, and the band members who remain can't hit those high notes like they once could, but they still draw huge baby boomer crowds.
º Ringo Starr, 78: One of the two surviving Beatles, Ringo continues to tour and actually looks much younger than his birth certificate indicates.
º Paul McCartney, 76: The other surviving Beatle, Paul shows no signs of slowing down and even has stopped coloring his hair. It's OK to be gray, Paul. After all, most of your longtime fans are, too.