Favorite singers of all time?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Mr. Grieves, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    Patti Smith
  2. marmooskapaul

    marmooskapaul Forum Resident

    Michael Stipe
  3. Spazaru

    Spazaru Angry Samoan

    Mickey Dolenz
    Don Everly
    Robin Zander
    Elvis Presley
    George Jones
    James Brown
    Smokey Robinson
    Noddy Holder
    Brian Wilson
    Carl Wilson
  4. Steve Carras

    Steve Carras Forum Resident

    Whittier,CA USA
    Here are of mine
    These contain a few that might not be expected
    Louis Armstrong
    Bing Crosby
    All four Beatles
    Al Jolson
    Rudy Vallee
    Eric Clapton
    Sheryl Crow
    Taylor Swift
    Meghan Trainor
    Debbie Gibson
    Katy Perry
    Carrie Underwood
    Kate Smith
    Johnny Nash
    Johnny Cash
    Perry Como
    Debbie Reynolds
    Glen Campbell
    Tom Jones
    Engelbert Humperdinck
    Dinah Shore
    Brenda Lee
    Wayne Newton
    Alanis Morrisette
    Olivia Newton-John
    Jimmy Rodgers (the younger, fifties, singer)
    Natalie Merchant
    Melissa Etheridge
    All three "singing dogs"(in Three Dog Night, that is..)
    Michelle Branch
    Russ Columbo
    Ray Bolger
    Bob Dylan
  5. Steve Carras

    Steve Carras Forum Resident

    Whittier,CA USA
    And I'll add one more..
    Maurice Chevalier..
  6. John Porcellino

    John Porcellino Forum Resident

    Beloit, WI

    Karen Carpenter
    Olivia Newton-John
    Frank Sinatra
    Anita O'Day
    Elvis Presley
    Christine McVie
  7. Veovis

    Veovis Forum Resident

    Lowell George
    Judee Sill
    Stevie Wonder
    Joni Mitchell
  8. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
    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:
    Paul Westerberg
    Eric Bachmann
    Ian Felice
    Michael Stipe
    Milo Aukerman
    David Gedge
    Will Johnson
    Dave Pirner
    Guy Piccoletto
  9. Mountain Cowboy

    Mountain Cowboy Well-Known Member

    Roger Daltrey
    Freddie Mercury
    Steven Tyler
    Chris Cornell
    Ronnie James Dio
    Rob Halford
    Ian Gillan
    Ann Wilson
  10. john fisher

    john fisher Well-Known Member

    Jim Morrison
    Eric burdon
    Van Morrison
    Lou reed
    Linda Rinehart
    Grace slick
    Janis Joplin
    John Lennon
    Paul McCartney
    Stevie Elmwood
  11. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    Can’t you even find it in your heart to love Mike Love?
  12. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Burton Cummings
    Iarla O'Lioneird
    Zoe Johnston
    Nick Drake
    Lani Hall
    Sarah McLachlan
    Emily Saliers (and geez! what a songwriter!)
    Tina Dico
    Miriam Stockley
  13. Surly

    Surly Bon Viv-oh-no-he-didn't

    Los Angeles, CA
    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
    11. Prince
    12. Peter Kingsberry (Cock Robin)
    13. Tori Amos
    14. David Bowie
    15. Morten Harket
  14. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    Scott Walker
    Kevin Rowland
    Laura Marling
    Levi Stubbs
    Amanda Palmer
    Joanna Newsom
    Jenny Lewis
    Karen Carpenter
    Gram Parsons
    Brian Wilson
    Dennis Wilson
    Kevin Ayers
    Van Morrison
    Robin Gibb

    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.
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  15. DJ LX

    DJ LX Forum Resident

    Madison WI
    Add: Tiny Tim and Nick Cave and John Cale (three singers whose work I've gotten into of late).
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  16. ando here

    ando here Sitting Weed Floating Bull

    new york, ny
    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.
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  17. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    just so many...too lazy to list them all. John Lennon is my fav singer in The Beatles.
  18. Pierino

    Pierino Forum Resident

    Great choice! Is there anyone who recorded so much known so little?
  19. mdent

    mdent Forum Resident

    New England
    A few female vocalists that come to mind,

    Linda Ronstadt
    Gladys Knight
    K. D. Lang
  20. DJ LX

    DJ LX Forum Resident

    Madison WI
    Well there's Bill Nelson (who the Maels once extended an invitation to join Sparks in the early 70s).
  21. Bob_in_OKC

    Bob_in_OKC Forum Resident

    Dallas, Texas
    In no particular order, and subject to change:

    1. Billie Holiday
    2. Ella Fitzgerald
    3. Dinah Washington
    4. Sarah Vaughan
    5. Julie London
    6. Anita O’Day
    7. June Christy
    8. Linda Ronstadt
    9. Bonnie Raitt
    10. Joni Mitchell
    11. Rosanne Cash
    12. Chrissie Hynde
    13. Gillian Welch
    14. Alison Krauss
    15. Karen Carpenter
  22. pokemaniacjunk

    pokemaniacjunk Forum Resident

    south paris maine
    ok in no order

    Howard Kaylan
    Mark Volman
    Paul McCartney
    John Lennon
    George Harrison
    Jim Pons
    Ringo Starr
    John Seiter
    Al Nichol
    Roger Hodgson
    Freddie Mercury
    Tyler Zanon
    Roy Orbison
    Elaine McFarlane
    Freddie Garrity
    one more for good measure Johnny Barbata
  23. munjeet

    munjeet Forum Resident

    In no particular order. Not all “great” singers, but many of the ones I enjoy most.

    Roy Orbison
    Chuck Berry
    Claude Jeter
    Axl Rose
    Bob Dylan
    Howlin’ Wolf
    Otis Redding
    Sly Stone
    Sam Cooke
    Geeshie Wiley
    Jim Morrison
    Aretha Franklin
    Bon Scott
    Pops Staples
    Gregg Allman
    Louis Armstrong
    Ray Charles
    Frank Sinatra
    Hank Williams
    Neil Young
    Solomon Burke
    Rick Danko
    Jerry Lee Lewis
    Eddie Kendricks
    Skip James
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Steve Marriott
    Cab Calloway
    Harry Nilsson
    Vashti Bunyan
    Richard Manuel
    Roy Hamilton
    Levon Helm
    Charley Patton
    Dean Martin
    Neko Case
    Ronnie Van Zant
    Etta James
    Elmore James
    Slim Gaillard
    Waylon Jennings
    David Ruffin
    Chris Robinson
    Willie Nelson
    Bobby “Blue” Bland
    Sandy Denny
    Ian Gillan
    Willie McTell
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  24. pocofan

    pocofan Forum Resident

    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
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  25. skydropco

    skydropco rock 'n roll nurse

    John Lennon
    Paul McCartney
    Everly Brothers
    Wilson Brothers
    Scott Walker
    Louvin Brothers
    Sandy Denny
    James Brown
    Jackie Shane
    Stephen Jones
    Mickey Hampshire
    Steve Marriott
    Eric Burdon
    Colin Blunstone
    Jackie Wilson
    Little Richard
    Gram Parsons
    Roy Orbison
    Jamie Hoover/Steve Stoeckel
    Jacqui McShee
    Patsy Cline
    Otis Redding
    Reg King
    Mark Lindsay
    Bo Diddley
    Harry Nilsson
    Yma Sumac.....ah, that's enough for today.
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