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Old 05-30-2014, 03:56 PM   #41
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Like Wicked Games, but I can't hit the high notes.
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:00 PM   #42
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I had a similar experience and a Bob Dylan concert even when sitting near front row. Plus, sometimes was a bit difficult to see through all the say, "clouds of smoke"
I can relate to that. He was singing Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35. All I could make out was "every body must get stoned" or words to that effect. No one seems to care what he was singing ....
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:23 PM   #43
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There are many singers I like, so it is impossible to narrow down to one male and one female. And there are some singers whom I like but only with a few songs, so perhaps I was in love with the songs instead.

But hey, do not make fun of Neil Diamond. I particularly like his rendition of "The Windmills of Your Mind".
This is my thought as well - including the Neil Diamond comment. Reading the favorites named here brings back some good memories.

Seeing the mention of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, I saw her perform in Nashville (in a coffeehouse) and she did a spot on imitation of Dylan.

Here's a chart I saw recently comparing the range of some singers. A few surprises... The Vocal Ranges of the Greatest Singers | ConcertHotels.com.
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Looks to me Ella got the popular vote so far. It's not surprising.

Glad to see someone still remember Connie Francis. I grew up listening to her a lot.
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Ella doing a deceptively complicated Cole Porter tune. She rips through it like a walk in the park.

http://youtu.be/VpciilCxSjU
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Also agree about the vocalist on Great Gig in the Sky...fabulous. Saw "Brit Floyd" last week. They're a Floyd tribute band that tours worldwide, and they put on a great show.
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:44 PM   #50
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Karen Carpenter. So clear, so natural.
Katy Perry. So clear, so natural, so loud, so good on some songs like "Fireworks".
Streisand.
Fiona Apple.

James Taylor on his early songs.

Many more..............
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James Taylor on his early songs.

Many more..............
I'm surprised that this is the first mention of James Taylor. He has a great sounding and identifiable voice. But i guess he's not a great singer in a technical sense, I don't recall any long held, or high notes or anything like that - but he sure does what he does, and does it well! He's on one track (with Allison Krause) of the fairly recent "Appalachian Journey" from Yo-Yo Ma.

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Chuck Berry and Linda Ronstadt but many others come to mind if I think too long.

heh heh heh -

However currently listening more to ol' Willie Nelson and Iris Dement
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Too many females come to mind......
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At one time Sade Adu was a favorite. Many Do I like only for certain songs. Often they sing in a language I do not understand or only a few words. Mirielle Mathieu a French singer, Pavarotti, Brightman, Tony Bennet espcially when singing Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

A recent discovery is Diego El Cigala, his stage name, Spanish born, started off as Flamenco singer then branched out.

A one hour sample, along with several musicians, truly masters of their instruments. I only understand a few words, yet the performance is entrancing.

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Tony Bennett is also a favorite of mine. Below is an early recording of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", played to a fast Tango tempo.

Bennett is still alive. He served as an infantry soldier in WWII and saw much combat in Europe. I just learned that he is also an accomplished painter.

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Male - In the "voice as an instrument" category, I would have to choose Bobby McFerrin. Love or hate his music, his voice is amazing.

Female - So many choices, so (today) I pick Karen Carpenter - a near flawless voice. I did see Carpenters in concert and their work was stunning.

I hasten to point out that with today's technology, a half decent voice can be "corrected" to near perfection. Live - not so much. YMMV
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