Does Atkins really sound that different to how he sounded in 1984?
Nah, I jest... I know what you're saying, but he's definitely aged better than some other vocalists. I always take into consideration the fact that he does actually look older than 80 years old when I rate his voice. But he still sounds like Ronnie Atkins, either way.
Yeah, you're right. I've always found that strange also, especially considering that Steve Perry's "Oh Sherrie" was always and still is a staple of commercial radio down here. It actually charted #5 Nationally here in the mid 80's (thank you Wikipedia).