“The 3” - A bit of a game

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  1. Ted Dinard

    Ted Dinard Forum Resident

    Boston suburb
    Did we mention Little Richard yet?

    World-class vocalist, no doubt in my mind. There is nothing else like his voice in rock and roll: one of the great vocalists of all time. Turns the world from black and white to technicolor (as Keith Richards said) every time you hear it.

    Songwriter? "Jenny, Jenny," "Long Tall Sally," "Tutti Frutti," "Slippin' and Slidin'," "Lucille"--rock music simply would not be what it is without his songs.

    Instrumentalist is the iffy part. A driving rock and roll player, but he's no Jerry Lee Lewis.
  2. Jonboy

    Jonboy Forum Resident

    Cape Town
    Dolly is, as you correctly observed, a national treasure. Fantastic, world-class songwriter, superb vocalist. The only area she falls down in IMO is as an instrumentalist. She's a '2' for me. But I still love her :)
  3. Splungeworthy

    Splungeworthy Forum Rezidentura

    Just listen to "Blue, Red and Grey" and tell me this isn't a great singer.
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  4. ledsox

    ledsox Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA
    Exactly, and the fact that he sang lead on Who material when a guy named Roger was right next to him speaks volumes. I don't hear a drop off in quality just timbre.
    Actually, when I first heard Pete's Rough Boys, I remember thinking "why is Roger singing on this?"
    Pete was (is?) a powerful and expressive singer and I'm sure plenty of songwriters would love to have him sing their songs.
  5. D.H.

    D.H. Forum Resident

    Malmö, Sweden
    Roy Wood.


    He's a great songwriter, a talented multi-instrumentalist and has an awesome voice.
    Just check out the stuff he did with The Move, ELO, Wizzard and as a solo artist.

    His solo albums Boulders and Mustard, on which he (almost) plays all the instruments and sings all the harmonies, are proof of this. Brilliant pop and rock on those two.
  6. Steve G

    Steve G Forum Resident

    los angeles
    Jack Bruce, Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, maybe Lady Gaga, I would say Neil Young although unique in all three, definitely Prince, Marvin Gaye. Hmmmm...
  7. JuanTCB

    JuanTCB Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY
    David Crosby.

    He's got the voice, he's got the guitar chops (weird tunings & chordings galore), and he's written more than a few classics for sure.

    If nothing else, he's got Melissa Ethridge's seal of approval.
  8. Drew D. Saur

    Drew D. Saur Forum Resident Thread Starter

    How about...Merle Haggard?
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  9. Drew D. Saur

    Drew D. Saur Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The songwriting credits for so many of the songs we associate with David Crosby are very much shared with others. In CSN, Graham Nash (who, if he were an amazing instrumentalist — not to say he isn't very very good — would be "The 3") and Stephen Stills are the ones responsible for the greatest percentage of the famous output.
  10. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

    Toronto, Canada
    David wrote a number of songs that a lot of people cherish. It's the guitar chops I would question. He's a capable rhythm guitar player (seen mostly with the Byrds) but is otherwise very limited in his abilities. He has never been any more than the second-best guitarist in any group he was in.
  11. Drew D. Saur

    Drew D. Saur Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Here's one from left field on my followup list:

    Teena Marie?
  12. andy749

    andy749 Forum Resident

    Lowell George
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  13. Drew D. Saur

    Drew D. Saur Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Very good suggestion - thank you!
  14. Drew D. Saur

    Drew D. Saur Forum Resident Thread Starter

    ...and what about Bob Mould?
  15. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

    In terms of Dolly's voice I think she is one of the best. I would never want Streisand or Karen singing this (who I both love). A great vocalist doesn't have to be technically perfect. It's all about the feeling!
    Two things I learned about Dolly today was that she came up with the riff of Jolene and she wrote that song and I Will Always Love You practically the same night. That's pretty brilliant.

    One of my fav Dolly vocals:

  16. LPMusic

    LPMusic New Member

    Jerry Garcia
  17. LPMusic

    LPMusic New Member

    I hate country but Brad Paisley
  18. LPMusic

    LPMusic New Member

    John Mayer - killer guitar player and awards for vocals and songwriting
  19. DJ FeltTip

    DJ FeltTip New Member

    I agree with Freddy Mercury. Underrated piano player, his compositions were just stellar, and we all know about his voice.

  20. DJ FeltTip

    DJ FeltTip New Member

    I would say yes.
  21. Drew D. Saur

    Drew D. Saur Forum Resident Thread Starter

  22. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Forum Resident

    World Class instrumentalist with breath-taking chops is a monumental achievement in itself. Most players on the "World Class" level are devoted almost solely to paying their instruments. Maybe my standard is too high in that sphere, but that precludes most of the Rock and Pop music world. There are some great players but most are not breathtaking.
  23. Drew D. Saur

    Drew D. Saur Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Anybody in the non-Pop and non-Rock worlds you can think of?
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  24. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Forum Resident

    Great players and some composers but most don't sing. John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, or even James Booker or Leonard Bernstein. Antonio Carlos Jobim but his singing is a little flat. I love Joni but she was not a dazzling instrumentalist.

    I guess Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and Frank Zappa my qualify.

    But a player like Steve Vai is much more of a virtuoso than Frank. Maybe I'm being to literal minded.
  25. Drew D. Saur

    Drew D. Saur Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Sounds like you are thinking critically, which is the best way to play the game....I hadn't thought of Zappa because I didn't think of him as being a world-class singer, but his was probably the best concert I ever saw....
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