Otis at Monterey is one of the great performances ever (and one of my favorite albums, in the days I had vinyl). He pratically bursts off the screen and I can only imagine what it was like to be there live.Jeff M.
He sounds so hoarse and breathless before he begins to sing, but it all goes away. Amazing.
Single favorite? Wow. And comparing people in varying fields of singing (or genres, is we wish to insist)?Raspy speaking voices often seem to give way to smooth singing voices, as with Harry Belfaonte. Louis Armstrong's example would seem to be the more likely, but the other seems remarkably common to me.OK, for the moment, Sarah Vaughan and Doc Watson. And I'm already dissatisfied with those answers.Hell, I can't even suggest two least favorite voices that I will insist upon from here on out, though at the moment Rufus Wainwright and, well, let's suggest Paris Hilton among nonsingers who pretend to be singers (and no, it will never end till she's happily forgotten, Bill, any more than it should be).
Or, even, Harry Belafonte.
Immediately I think of a dozen other singers. Maria Callas, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin just to name a few.
Lyle Lovett and Teddy Thompson are two vocal favorites.
Which one is the female?
Female: Sade and Ella, can't narrow it down beyond that.Male: Sinatra, Torme, Bennett. Again, I can't narrow it down further.
I see a lot of singers (*cough cough* Steven Stills) whose voices are shot and then you see Tony Bennett, still sounding fantastic in his mid-80s. Amazing.Jeff M.
Today it's a tossup between Gordon Bok or Tommy Makem on the male side and the young Judy Collins or Mary Travers on the distaff side. Tomorrow, who knows?
Exactly. Joni Mitchell right now for me.
Sam Cooke and Kathleen Battle. Today, anyway.
Jackie Wilson and Judy Garland.
Which one is the female?Neither. I have to think on which woman singer. Maybe Lyle could wear a wig.
The late cabaret singer Nancy Lamott is a favourite right now as is John Pizzarelli, but no one tops Sinatra. I also play Gram Parsons frequently. K.D. Lang also is right up there. Many years ago Roberta Flack was near the top of my list, but these days I never think about or listen to her.
Loved KILLING HIM SOFTLY. What happened to her?
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