What is the retirement age for singers?
Retirement at the age of sixty-four, which causes a sensation in France, is mentioned in a song by The Beatles. And singers are not always in a hurry to stop …
Sixty-four is the age imagined by Paul McCartney of the Beatles in 1967, on the album Lonely Hearts Club Band Sergeant Pepper, to talk of his future retirement—gardening, weeding, tinkering around the house… He is twenty-five, and so he anticipates himself at sixty-four, the age of retirement about which France has been turbulent for so many weeks. And a few months later, in the fall of 1967, Marcel Amont adapted his song into French.
In the first episode of These songs make the news This weekend, hear excerpts from:
the Beatles, When I’m sixty-four1967
Marcel Amont In forty-five years1967
Charles Aznavour, I will not say goodbye1987
jacques brel, to grow old1977
Maxime Le Forestier We’ll be old1977
jacques brel, the, the, the, 1967
montehouse, Come on Lyon1936
Leo Ferry Pensioners1964
Jan Ferrat the mountain1964
Serge Lama the retirement2023
Jovan Sears, feat. Ann Sylvester There is no retirement for artists2019
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