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    Top 5 Vocalists

    RightVerb and I are discussing who are the greatest vocalists of all time. One list for male and one for female.

    Female for me:

    Aretha
    Whitney
    Ella
    Etta
    Mariah

    Male:
    Elvis
    Pavarotti
    Sinatra
    Prince
    Freddie Mercury
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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    I'm not even an Opera fan, but Mario Lanza was better than all "three tenors".

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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    Years ago, I had a friend whose mother had brought her up on Mario Lanza, and she insisted no one else came close. I'd forgotten about that. I know nothing about opera, but the favorite bit I've heard is Kira Ti Kanawa singing Richard Strauss.

    Otherwise, Sinatra has always been my ideal. I'd have to think more to come up with a more complete answer.
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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    Years ago, I had a friend whose mother had brought her up on Mario Lanza, and she insisted no one else came close. I'd forgotten about that. I know nothing about opera, but the favorite bit I've heard is Kira Ti Kanawa singing Richard Strauss.
    The actor Paul Sorvino used to do an opera show on public radio and play tracks and comment on opera singers. He was effusive about Lanza and even I could hear the difference.

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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    Classical-
    Maria Callas (soprano)
    Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (mezzo soprano)
    Enrico Caruso (tenor)

    Jazz
    Nina Simone

    rock/pop
    Elizabeth Fraser
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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    I'll take a shot. Rock ERA only:

    Male
    Freddie Mercury
    Paul McCartney
    Paul Rodgers
    Robert Plant
    Elvis Presley

    Female
    Ann Wilson
    Aretha Franklin
    Grace Slick
    Lady Ga Ga (Not my style, but a fantastic voice)
    Whitney Houston (again, not my style but great voice)

    Non Rock (Coed list) because these names should be ona list of great singers
    Frank Sinatra
    Barbara Streisand
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Martina McBride
    Pavarotti
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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    Were does Chris Cornell rank?

    And Roger Daltrey?

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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    The actor Paul Sorvino used to do an opera show on public radio and play tracks and comment on opera singers. He was effusive about Lanza and even I could hear the difference.
    My late uncle was a huge opera fan, but he especially loved Mario Lanza. He was also a prolific letter writer who saved everything. After he died, I found a copy of a letter he wrote to the local (Norfolk, VA) radio station that had a weekly opera show. He wrote that he really enjoyed the show but politely asked if they could find it in their hearts to play more of his favorite singer, Mario Lanza.

    He also resisted moving from his home to a retirement community because he wanted to still be able to blast his Lanza records after midnight if he felt like it...the animal.
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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed View Post
    He also resisted moving from his home to a retirement community because he wanted to still be able to blast his Lanza records after midnight if he felt like it...the animal.
    Quite an animal. Awesome.

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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    Non-Rock (I don't know opera well enough):

    Sinatra
    Peggy Lee
    George Strait
    Patsy Cline
    Sarah Vaughan

    Rock(ish):

    Roy Orbison
    Sam Cooke
    Eric Burdon
    Roger Daltrey
    David Bowie/Freddie Mercury/Otis Redding/Aretha Franklin


    This is far from a definitive list
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    How could I forget Roy Orbison?

    But I gotta nix Roger Daltrey. Dude just screams.

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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    I'm not qualified to make a ranked list, but my favorites on the female side are more in the mold of Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and Melissa Etheridge than some of the others mentioned here.

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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    In addition to many of the names already mentioned, I’d give Neko Case, Brittany Howard, and Rufus Wainwright some consideration.
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    Re: Top 5 Vocalists

    The name which leaps to mind for me has not yet been mentioned: George Michael.



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