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Old 05-04-2015, 09:47 PM   #1
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Rock bands older than the Stones?

Are there any rock bands that are still active that started before the Rolling Stones did?
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Google tells me the Sonics were active beginning in 1960. Not sure what year the Stones formed.

I think they were quiet for years and years, but they actually have a new album coming out.
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(for context, The Stones started in 1962.)

The Ventures are still playing, having formed in 1958.
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The new Sonics album kicks all kinds of ass, BTW.
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Despite how great a song "strychnine" is, I've never heard anything else from the band.
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Interesting.

1. The Ventures
2. The Sonics


Here are the Ventures playing live August 27, 1960

The Ventures "Walk Don't Run"
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The new Sonics album kicks all kinds of ass, BTW.
They're playing a gig here and Travis and I were contemplating going. Maybe, maybe so.
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Despite how great a song "strychnine" is, I've never heard anything else from the band.
Witch please.

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Cliff Richard and the Shadows (1958) are still playing together from time to time.

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Sonics did a Record Store Day in store at Easy Street and had guest appearnces including Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready

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Ok, with the use of the list of Rock Hall Of Fame inductees and defining the term rock band very very loosely, there is actually a good list of rock n' roll groups formed the year the Stones were or earlier. I don't know how accurate the Wikipedia information that these groups are still active is, but this is what I found.

01. The Ventures - 1958
02. The Sonics - 1960
03. The Coasters - 1955
04. The Beach Boys - 1961
05. The Drifters - 1953
06. The Temptations - 1960
07. The Four Seasons - 1960
08. Four Tops - 1953
09. The Platters - 1952
10. The Impressions - 1958
11. The Isley Brothers - 1954
12. The Teenagers - 1954
13. The Flamingos - 1953
14. The O'Jays - 1958
15. Little Anthony And The Imperials - 1958
16. The Hollies - 1962
17. The Comets - 1949
18. The Crickets - 1957
19. Booker T. & The MG's - 1962
20. The Shadows - 1958
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Surprisingly, the majority of the above 20 groups are actually playing concerts at some point during 2015. Several of them are playing Cruise Lines down in South Florida.

In terms of selling enough to earn certifications for Gold and Platinum albums, only the Beach Boys, O'Jays, and Isley Brothers in the above list have anything significant. The Single was much more important than albums back in the 50s and early 60s. Ironically, now in the 2010s, the single has become dominate again and the popularity of the album is rapidly fading.

Although the Rolling Stones get labeled as the oldest, it appears there are many groups still active that are older than even the Rolling Stones.

U2 are young!
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There may be some older bands than the Stones still active, but comparing bands with a small fraction of their original lineup playing Cruise Ships or John Stamos touring summer tents as The Beach Boys to the Stones touring 100,000 seat football stadia is apples and watermelons.
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Surprisingly, the majority of the above 20 groups are actually playing concerts at some point during 2015. Several of them are playing Cruise Lines down in South Florida.

In terms of selling enough to earn certifications for Gold and Platinum albums, only the Beach Boys, O'Jays, and Isley Brothers in the above list have anything significant. The Single was much more important than albums back in the 50s and early 60s. Ironically, now in the 2010s, the single has become dominate again and the popularity of the album is rapidly fading.

Although the Rolling Stones get labeled as the oldest, it appears there are many groups still active that are older than even the Rolling Stones.

U2 are young!
U2 are old.

The other groups are older.
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