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Alice Cooper presents John Paul Jones with Marshall award in November 2010
Turning older doesn’t always mean slowing down, three of today’s birthday celebrants are over 60 and still working in the music industry.

John Paul Jones was a studio musician in the mid-sixties when Jimmy Page recruited him to play bass and keyboards in his newly formed group, The New Yardbirds, which became Led Zeppelin. Currently at the age of 65, Jones is playing with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme in Them Crooked Vultures.

Another multi-talented musician Stephen Stills was born in Dallas on January 3rd in 1945. He’s played with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash and has had a successful solo career. Last September, Neil Young invited Stills to his annual Bridge School Benefit and the 2 reunited with the other surviving member of Buffalo Springfield Richie Furay and played a set. There’s talk that this might lead to a reunion tour sometime this year.

And a man who’s worked in the recording industry more than half a century, Sir George Martin, is celebrating his 84th. He’s sometimes called “The Fifth Beatle” since he signed the Fab Four to their first recording contract and as recently as 2006 he helped produce the Beatle’s Love compilation album. He has worked with other artists along the way including Cheap Trick, Jeff Beck and America and put music together for 3 of the James Bond films.

So as you get closer to your Autumn years, look to some of these individuals for inspiration and enjoy life no matter what your age.

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