Retire? 95-year-old pianist still wows crowds six nights a week

95-year-old pianist still wows crowds six nights a week
95-year-old pianist still wows crowds six nights a week

Irving Fields has got to be one in a million.

Consider the statistics. Of the 5.7 million Americans over the age of 85, only 33% are men, totaling 3.8 million. Of those, roughly 5% of them still work. That's 190,000 guys over 85 still in the labor force.

But how many of them play the piano professionally six nights a week? At 95?


Irving Fields has been entertaining audiences since 1930, when the 15-year-old won the Fred Allen Radio Amateur Hour and received a week's engagement at the Roxy Theater. By the time he was 18 and a student at the Eastman School of Music, he was playing cruises, where he developed a passion for Latin American music. (Check out this vintage video of him playing "The Mexican Hotfoot.")