This question was inspired by Wire & String’s last blues song of the day question. He mentioned Myra Taylor’s recent death and how she still had stage presence into her 90s. This got me thinking who the oldest musician I’ve seen perform. I saw Pintop Perkins at a blues festival when he was87. At the time of his death in March of this year, he was the oldest living Mississippi delta blues musician at97. Considering his age, he had plenty of stage presence. BQ: When you see older musicians on stage, do you expect more because of their experience? Or less because of their age? Thanks for the answers @American Guitarist- yeah. I saw BB King on his 75th birthday tour about 11 years ago. He sat down the whole time, even between the show/encore. . They just dimmed the lights. Typo- That was supposed to read Pinetop Perkins. I was so pleased to find this — Leonard Cohen was 75 when I saw him in concert at MSG back in 2009. (One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen, incidentally. ) BQ: More because of their experience. I understand that older singers don’t have the same pipes they did in their younger days, and that people who were extremely energetic decades ago don’t necessarily have the same stamina today. Having said that, I’d say the greats find ways to compensate for that. (In the case of Leonard Cohen, none of that applies anyway – his music doesn’t lend itself to frenetic energy, and as far as I’m concerned his voice has actually aged very well. ) EDIT: Actually Bo Diddley may have been slightly older (by a few months) when I saw him as part of Little Steven’s Underground Garage Festival on Randalls Island back in the summer of 2004, but it was a fairly short set, and to be honest not as memorable as the LC concert, though not half bad.