MOVES LIKE BENNETT: Nevermind that young'un Mick Jagger.
Tony Bennett isn't gathering any moss either.
As previously reported, while Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, spends a third week at No. 1, Bennett becomes the oldest living artist ever to grace the Billboard Hot 100, as "Body and Soul," with the late Amy Winehouse, bows at No. 87.
At 85 years and two months, Bennett passes the late George Burns, who was 84-years and two-months-old when "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again" wrapped its chart run the week of March 22, 1980.
("I was always taught to respect my elders," Burns once mused. "(But), I've now reached the age when I don't have anybody to respect.")
When it comes to the Hot 100 this year, age ain't nothing but a number.
As Billboard director of charts Silvio Pietroluongo notes, since January, the Hot 100 has housed at least one artist who first graced the survey in each decade of its 53-year existence. Upon Bennett's bow, acts that made their Hot 100 arrivals in the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s have appeared on the chart this year.
While the bulk of the artists responsible for the 487 titles that have ranked on the Hot 100 in 2011 drew their first chart ink from 1990 on (including Willow Smith, who was born in 2000), a select eight acts have exhibited extraordinary longevity.
Here is a look at the eight artists to have placed on the Hot 100 this year that first made the list between the '50s and '80s:
(Artist, first (including debut date) and most recent Hot 100 hit)
Aug. 4, 1958 (the first Hot 100), "Young and Warm and Wonderful" / "Body and Soul"
May 9, 1959, "White Lightning" / "Country Boy" (Aaron Lewis featuring Jones and Charlie Daniels)
Oct. 30, 1971, "Got to Be There" / "Hold My Hand" (duet with Akon) (*Jackson appeared on the Hot 100 as early as Nov. 15, 1969, with the Jackson 5. Similarly, Bono and the Edge (U2) and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) have charted this year on their own after first ranking with their respective groups before the '90s).
June 30, 1973, "Uneasy Rider" / "Country Boy"
May 18, 1974, "Come Monday" / "Knee Deep" (Zac Brown Band featuring Buffett)
June 6, 1981, "Feels So Right" / "Old Alabama" (Brad Paisley featuring Alabama)
"If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say, avoiding worry, stress and tension," Burns once said.
"And, if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it."