Singing Seniors

The Young @ Heart Chorus is a music group that was formed in an elderly housing project in 1982 in Northhampton, Massachusetts. Though none of the original members are still a part of the group, the 71- to 93-year-olds who currently sing in the chorus keep their spirits alive. But wait! The group doesn't sing old standards or anything like that. They perform contemporary rock by bands such as Coldplay, The Ramones, Sonic Youth, and The Clash.

Here's the group's music video of The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated":

And before you watch this unusually moving live rendition of Coldplay's "Fix You," read this introduction by You Tuber akf2000:
This is from a documentary shown on Channel 4 in the UK called 'Young@Heart'; the name of the New England octogenarian chorus line. The performer here is Fred Knittle, who suffers from congestive heart failure. This song was intended to be a duet between Fred and another chorus member, Bob Salvini. Sadly, Bob died of a heart attack and it was left to Fred to carry the song on his own. If I'm correct, the people you see crying at 01:13 are Bob's family. The lady you occasionally see mouthing the lyrics in the audience is Fred's wife.

—Reporting From Glendale, California


  1. The Ramones! My face was hurting from laughing, it was great! Thank you, Prince for posting this. I want to see what else they sing. I'm Bringing Sexy Back?

    You can always dream.

  2. Apparently, the documentary about them is amazing. I believe Loren's company just bought it.

  3. there's a group in australia that does a version of 'talkin' 'bout my generation' that is mad fun.