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The greatest female vocalist of all time (pure vocal ability) ?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Rufus rag, Mar 6, 2021.

  1. Rufus rag

    Rufus rag Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  2. 131east23

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    Karen Carpenter comes to mind...
     
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  4. danasgoodstuff

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    Define 'pure vocal ability', seriously. Are we talking about always accurate intonation? Are we talking about melodic inventiveness? Harmonic sophistication? Putting lyrics across? There's a lot of different elements to being a great singer and different listeners weigh those elements differently.
     
  5. JazzVinyl

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    That would be a tie between Phoebe Snow and Diane Schuur
     
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  6. WHMusical

    WHMusical Chameleon Comedian Corinthian & Caricature

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  7. the real pope ondine

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    there can be only one

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  8. Goat

    Goat I could be wrong, but...

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    If it's pure vocal ability then probably an Operatic singer like Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

    If pure gold then Amy Winehouse.
     
  9. Rufus rag

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    Listen to Ella Fitzgerald and she ticks all your boxes!
     
  10. musicfan37

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    Karen Carpenter
     
  11. Jamsterdammer

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    Overall: Maria Callas
    Popular Music: Linda Ronstadt
    Personal favorites: Elizabeth Fraser, Lisa Gerrard, Kate Bush
     
  12. Archon

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    Probably... Montserrat Caballé or Maria Callas.
     
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  13. Was just listening to some Carpenters last night. What a voice , absolutely dreamy.
     
  14. Mullin

    Mullin The man the myth the legend

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    Linda Ronstadt
     
  15. Frip

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    Ella Fitzgerald.

    Still with us: Beth Gibbons
     
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  16. ConnieGuitar

    ConnieGuitar Here in my balloon...

    Exactly....as I'd personally have different answers for each, as I'd imagine most would? Just the first names that come to mind for me but loads of others could be added:

    [Are we talking about] always accurate intonation?
    Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, k.d. lang

    Are we talking about melodic inventiveness?
    Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Yoko Ono (yep)

    Harmonic sophistication? Kirsty MacColl, Rhiannon Giddens, any of the McGarrigle or Roche sisters and their progeny

    Putting lyrics across? Marianne Faithfull, Nina Simone again, Carole King,
     
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  17. Remy

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    Sinead O’Connor
     
  18. Lynivevoli

    Lynivevoli Broken Crayons Still Color

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    I would like to mention Patsy Cline.
     
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  19. MHam

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    Donna Jean Godchaux. :hide:
     
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  20. Fannymac

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    Certainly one of the most influential!

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  21. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    Sarah Vaughan would get top marks from me in all of those categories, FWIW, but there are lots and lots of fabulous female singers -- and those are just the ones I've heard.

     
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  22. Lynivevoli

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    That's a beautiful picture of her.
     
  23. Daddy Dom

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    Dusty!
    Patsy!
    Nina!
     
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  24. William Abely

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    Ella Fitzgerald or Linda Ronstadt.

    Ronstadt was just so versatile. In that respect there has been nobody like her.
     
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  25. frankfan1

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    Ella.

    Leontyne Price.
     

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