Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Mr. Grieves, Jul 1, 2016.
Here are of mine
These contain a few that might not be expected
All four Beatles
Jimmy Rodgers (the younger, fifties, singer)
All three "singing dogs"(in Three Dog Night, that is..)
And I'll add one more..
Top 5 in order:
1. Eddie Vedder
2. Jim James
3. Greg Dulli
4. Tim Easton
5. Jack White
Next 10 in no particular order:
Ronnie James Dio
Can’t you even find it in your heart to love Mike Love?
Emily Saliers (and geez! what a songwriter!)
In no particular order:
1. George Michael
2. Daryl Hall
3. Susanna Hoffs
4. Jeffrey Osborne
5. Paul Carrack
6. Jim Kerr
7. Cy Curnin
8. Maria McKee
9. Nina Hagen
10. Alison Moyet
12. Peter Kingsberry (Cock Robin)
13. Tori Amos
14. David Bowie
15. Morten Harket
I’ve gone for singers whose voices and/or music have moved me rather than ones who I think are technically competent. Objectively, Carl was the best singer in the Beach Boys but I’ve generally found him a little anodyne. Laura Nyro has a wonderful voice but I just can’t get into her music (I realise this probably says much, much more about me than it does about her). At the same time, though, my favourite songwriters are Jake Thackray,David Bowie and Nigel Blackwell. Neither find a place here because it’s not their voice that makes their music work for me (that said, the Dame had a cracking set of pipes).
In five years’ time, it’s possible I could be adding Jesca Hoop and Beth Cannon to the list.
Add: Tiny Tim and Nick Cave and John Cale (three singers whose work I've gotten into of late).
Top three and impressions:
Kathleen Battle, Soprano
Light, lyrical and clear-as-a-bell tone. Takes on classical, modern and spiritual music and performs them with aplomb. I don't believe I've heard a recording or live performance that was not infused with passion or reverence. A consumately committed artist.
Billie Holiday, Jazz Singer
On quality of sound alone there have been many others who could out-sing her (Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson) but no one among male or female jazz vocalists have been to capture that deep vulnerability, sentimentality, great spirit and swing quite like Billie. Who made records as far away and as successfully as What A little Moonlight Can Do, Strange Fruit and I'm A Fool To Want You? The 30s, 40s and 50s saw three very different but equally captivating Billie Holidays.
Jessye Norman, Mezzo Soprano
Absolute commanding mid range; no one tops her there. I love almost everything she's recorded and/or performed live but for me it's her German opera and lieder material that's truly exceptional. Well, she made her name with that material initially and it's served her well. Obviously, she's had training but the power in that voice is God given.
just so many...too lazy to list them all. John Lennon is my fav singer in The Beatles.
Great choice! Is there anyone who recorded so much known so little?
A few female vocalists that come to mind,
K. D. Lang
Well there's Bill Nelson (who the Maels once extended an invitation to join Sparks in the early 70s).
In no particular order, and subject to change:
ok in no order
one more for good measure Johnny Barbata
In no particular order. Not all “great” singers, but many of the ones I enjoy most.
Jerry Lee Lewis
Ronnie Van Zant
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Ann Wilson. Not much of a Heart fan but man alive is she incredible
Richie Furay. Just liked the tone of his voice from the first time I heard it. Buffalo Springfield
Paul Rodgers imho he was at the top of his game mid career. Always thought he would be a good American Idol type of judge
Steve Perry. Even made me listen to Journey songs I didn’t like
70’s era Stephen Stills. Gritty voice that just sounded like that was the only voice that would fit the song
Gregg Allman. Talk about somebody who got better with age
Jamie Hoover/Steve Stoeckel
Yma Sumac.....ah, that's enough for today.
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