By New Times
By Derek Askey
By Mark Deming
By Serene Dominic
By Jason Keil
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Jeff Moses
By Serene Dominic
No, we're not talking about the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheelchairs tour stopping at the Sundome. We're referring to the very real possibility of Elvis moving to Sun City. The King was spotted recently celebrating his 55th birthday with a Whopper and fries at the Burger King inside the Las Vegas Riviera. And just as surely as he lives, Elvis is officially old enough to reside in Sun City.
So, for that matter, are a heap of other rock 'n' roll pioneers. No matter how hard they've tried to die before they got old, Johnny Cash, James Brown, Chuck Berry, and countless other rockin'-chair rollers have all passed the Sun City age barrier.
Just so you can watch out for these falling rock stars, we've compiled a chart full of fun facts about your potential neighbors--name, age, arrest records, et cetera. As you'll find out, these new kids on the old block are as peppy as ever, uniquely qualified to keep up with the active pace of Sun City life.
For instance, James Brown was able to steer his way through not one, but two states to avoid ardent followers recently. Just imagine James in a golf cart! Or picture J.B. sparring in the Sun City Silver Gloves tournament. Along with former fellow boxers Bo Diddley and Screamin' Jay Hawkins, the grandfather of soul would finally get the chance to take up his favorite hobby again.
Now that these fellows are all 55 and older, time is on their side. Aging rockers don't have to ingest PCP or shrivel up and die anymore. They can just move to Sun City instead.
categories of cells
Prior alcohol or drug usage
Drug-related brushes with authority
Other brushes with authority
Boxing or martial arts experience
Eighth-degree black belt in karate
In 1965, was barred at the door of New York's Americana Hotel for dressing like a hippie
"I Got You Babe"
On the road in 1961, began to rely heavily on booze and drugs and hung out with bohemian folkies in New York's Greenwich Village
In 1963, was jailed one night for crossing the Mexican border with a guitar case full of uppers
"A Boy Named Sue"
Alcohol and pills
"Pink Pedal Pushers"
Has been arrested
several times for drug use
Released April 12 from prison after serving fifteen months of a concurrent six-year prison sentence in Georgia and South Carolina for aggravated assault, weapons violations and failing to stop for police during a two-state chase. Is now locked up nights and weekends at a minimum-security facility. As a delinquent teenager, spent time in a state industrial school.
"Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine"
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
"I Put a Spell on You"
In 1966, was convicted on charges of heroin and pot possession and was slapped with a five-year suspended sentence and a $10,000 fine
"Let's Go Get Stoned"
Spent time in prison from 1962 to 1964 after conviction on a charge of transporting a minor across a state line for immoral purposes. In 1979, spent four months in jail for income-tax evasion.
In 1988, was sentenced to a year in the slammer for possessing and transporting cocaine
In 1976, arrested for rigging equipment to avoid paying for long-distance calls
"I Want to Take You Higher"
"Mona (I Need You Baby)"
FROM SIN CITY TO SUN CITY? An exclusive list of rock stars and their eligibility dates:
Bill Wyman, October 24, 1991
Frankie Avalon, September 18, 1994
Gary Glitter, May 8, 1995
Ringo Starr, July 7, 1995
Bob Dylan, May 24, 1996
Brian Wilson, June 20, 1997
Iggy Pop, April 21, 2002
Ozzy Osbourne, December 3, 2003
Peter Frampton, April 22, 2005
Dee Dee Ramone, September 18, 2007
Rat Scabies, July 30, 2012
Morrissey, May 22, 2014
Madonna, August 16, 2014
Jon Bon Jovi, March 2, 2017
Debbie Gibson, August 31, 2025
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Sources for chart include Rock Movers and Shakers and the Book of Rock Lists.
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