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    Who has The best voice

    We did the bottom of the barrel - now whos the top.. heres who I think have the greatest voices,purely subjective of course..

    Frank Sinatra
    Billie Holiday
    Karen Carpenter
    Marvin Gaye
    Joan Baez
    Judy Collins
    Stevie Nicks
    Diana Ross
    Lauryn Hill
    Whitney Houston (once upon a time)
    Judy Garland
    Pavarotti
    Luther Vandross
    Anita Baker
    Jim Morrison
    Tracy Chapman
    Beyonce
    ....hmm thats off the top of m head

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    U know I was gonna make one of these threads earlier...Oh well u beat me to it


    Top 3 of course Aretha Patti Anita.... Glady's gets a honorable mention.....

    brb with my male choices

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    pshark Guest
    These type of posts are getting old and always ends up with a flame war

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    pshark are you in a good mood my friend.It's just conversation and opinions for god's sake

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    pshark Guest
    Believe me this will turn into hissy fit thread. Kinda like whacking a wasp's nest with a stick. You're just inviting trouble
    Last edited by pshark; 10-09-2010 at 08:52 PM.

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    I usually find that when I do one of these lists I forget some people I really rate but just haven't played for a few months - the list ends up being people I've
    listened to recently ... probably one of those things that needs more thought and time to be really accurate. The other thing is that there many singers that
    move me emotionally far more than others who are supposedly technically better. My rule of thumb has always been if what they're singing touches me it doesn't matter
    if they can't hit notes that only dogs can hear.
    Nomis, Judy Collins ? hmmm, good singer I'll grant you - I'm just not nuts about some of her material, she sometimes comes across as just TOO polished - how about Sandy Denny ?

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    Art Garfunkel
    Elvis Presley
    Aretha Franklin
    Diana Ross
    Frank Sinatra
    Connie Francis
    Michael Buble
    Mariah Carey
    Dusty Springfield
    Whitney Houston of the old times
    Mirielle Mathieu
    Lady Gaga
    Barbra Streisand

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    Nat Cole, Ray Pollard, Sollie McElroy, Dee Dee Warwick, Rudy West, Blinky Williams, Willie Winfield, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstine, Lenny Welch, Barbra Streisand, Nate Nelson, Arthur Lee Maye, Perkle Lee Moses, Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick, Carmen McRae, Maryland Pierce, Eugene Pitt, Mel Carter, Richard Street, Barbara Lewis, Rudy Lewis, Johnny Moore, Arthur Prysock, Pavarotti, Caruso, Jerry Butler,

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    Based soley on the unique quality and mastery of their voice as an instrument ,I would add...........
    Walter Jackson
    Dinah Washington
    Sarah Vaughn
    Chaka Kahn
    Valerie Simpson
    Gladys Knight
    Levi Stubbs
    Nancy Wilson
    Stephanie Mills
    Randy Crawford
    Linda Jones
    Aretha Franklin
    Rochell Flemming
    Joycelyn Brown
    Joe Williams
    Minnie Ripperton
    Denice Williams
    Arthur Prysock
    Charlie Wilson
    Jeffery Osborne
    Rapheal Saddiq
    Marvin Gaye
    Marvin Junior
    Michael Jackson
    Smokey Robinson
    Sharon Jones
    Jill Scott
    Barbara Roy
    Cory Daye
    Sarah Vaughn
    Phyllis Hyman
    Angela Bofill
    Eloise Laws
    Alexander O'Neal
    Eddie Levert
    Gerald Levert
    Martha Wash
    Gwen Guthrie
    Luther Vandross
    Natalie Cole
    Last edited by daddyacey; 10-10-2010 at 02:05 AM.

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    I had no intention in my mind when I posted to start a war..Im far too exhausted from the wars that have been recently going on other threads..just was interested in whose voice has touched sdf members personally

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    Daddyyancey covered most of my favorites but here are some singers that haven't been mentioned yet.

    David Ruffin, Tammi Terrell, Paul Williams, Aaliyah, Selena, Johnnie Wilder, Sam "Little Sonny" Brown, Sharon Paige.

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    Most of my favorites have been mentioned but here is my take:

    For pure vocal power, not to mention longevity at protecting and enhancing their instrument over the years: Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand and on the male side Tom Jones

    For having the natural talent to sing just anything at all and make you believe it: Nancy Wilson, Phyllis Hyman, Anne Murray, Karen Carpenter, and among males Johnny Mathis

    For appealing to my personal style of music: Dionne Warwick, Whitney (for a while as people have pointed out), Phyllis (again), and to give shout outs to a few of my blues mamas-Denise LaSalle, Trudy Lynn, E. C. Scott and Francine Reed. It is harder to pick out some males in this category, but if I had to, it would be Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate, David Ruffin, and Curtis Stigers, but only for the first album. (If I ever meet him, I am going to kick him in the nads for changing his musical style!)

    If there were a gun to my head and I had to name only one favorite out of all of these, it would be Dionne because I have liked more of her music over the years than some of the others. But then you just can't beat Miss Nancy as a pure song stylist. That lady can sannnnngggggggg!

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    OMG ,I forgot to mention Ron Isley ,Jerry Butler ,El Debarge ,Kenny and Clarence Burke.

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    Hi this is Kev-Lo

    Well since no one mentioned The Immortal Sam Cooke I'll start off with him and then
    Smokey Robinson
    Eddie Kendricks
    Curtis Mayfield
    Jackie Wilson
    Aretha Franklin
    Glady's Knight
    Linda Jones
    Eddie Holman
    Phillip Baily
    Russell Thompson Jr.
    Wil Hart
    Ted (The Wizard) Mills
    Damion Harris
    Eugene Record

    Just name a few, daddyacey already named most of great ones

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    useyourchucklemuscle Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by nomis View Post
    I had no intention in my mind when I posted to start a war..Im far too exhausted from the wars that have been recently going on other threads..just was interested in whose voice has touched sdf members personally
    Tata Vega, Tammi Terrell, Kim Weston, Barbara Randolph, Loleatta Holloway, Martha Wash, Shirley Brown, Peggy Scott-Adams, Irma Thomas, Roberta Flack, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, Kiki Dee, Dusty Springfield, Gladys Knight, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Thelma Houston, Bettye Lavette, Patti LaBelle, Linda Clifford, Darlene Love, Diana Ross, Jean Terrell, Scherrie Payne, Chaka Khan, Clydie king, Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews, Sheila Ferguson, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Vermettya Royston, Esther Phillips, Maxine Brown, Ruby Turner, Helen Terry, Christina Aguilera, Doris Troy, Kelis.

    Just a few!!!

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    Marianne Faithfull
    Dusty Springfield
    Laura Nyro
    Joni Mitchell
    Buffy Sainte-Marie
    Blinky Williams
    Brenda Holloway
    Wanda Rogers
    Gladys Horton
    Kim Weston
    Martha Reeves
    Gladys Knight
    Mary Wells
    Jean Terrell
    Tammi Terrell
    Diana Ross
    Nona Hendryx
    Nina Simone
    Dinah Washington
    Billie Holiday
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Mavis Staples
    Sharon Jones
    Janis Joplin
    Martha Davis
    Beth Gibbons
    Siouxsie Sioux
    Doris Duke
    Cass Elliot
    PJ Harvey
    Carmel McCourt
    Grace Slick
    Patti Smith
    Ronnie Spector
    Cher
    Etta James
    Aretha Franklin
    Mitty Collier
    Madeline Bell
    Big Maybelle
    Ruth Brown
    Carla Thomas
    Dee Dee Warwick
    Suzanne Vega
    Amy Winehouse


    David Bowie
    David Ruffin
    Shorty Long
    Levi Stubbs
    Marvin Gaye
    James Carr
    Stevie Wonder
    Otis Redding
    Smokey Robinson
    Brian Wilson
    Lou Reed
    Scott Walker
    Cee Lo Green
    Sam Cooke
    Last edited by copley; 10-11-2010 at 03:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomis View Post
    I had no intention in my mind when I posted to start a war..Im far too exhausted from the wars that have been recently going on other threads..just was interested in whose voice has touched sdf members personally
    Well, since you put that way, I have to say daddyacey pretty much covered most of my best enjoyed singers and kev lo and copely mentioned a few others...Wanda Rogers, definitely and a major inspiration to me, Nina Simone. Other than that
    I've said before my taste often fall far off the beaten path so I'll add:

    Jeri Brown
    Oumou Sangare
    Sa Ding Ding
    Sheila Chandra
    Jane Monheit
    Carmen Souza
    Glodean White
    Carla Cook
    Molly Johnson and my favorite voice of the last 10 years
    Ejigayehu Shibabaw known in this country as Gigi. I could listen to this woman's hiccups and burps...

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    Daddyacey and KevLo pretty much got me covered!

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    Paul Robeson


    and

    Ella Fitzgerald



    edafan

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    Im glad someone mentioned Bassey - Ive always admired her voice it has grown to an almost operatic quality - I think her choice of alot of standards has lessened her impact to many listeners,But shes definetley got the pipes...

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    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,this is great...you actually put elvis average voice on a list with sinatra????haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa puleeeeezzze frank's snoring was better than elvis singing..ok here's my pennies worth...sinatra-dean martin-tony bennett-marvin gaye-lou rawls-luther-jerry butler-david ruffin-brook benton-johnny mathis-nat king cole-jackie wilson-walter jackson...females-aretha-patti-dinah washington-jennifer holliday-the great mahalia jackson!!

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    useyourchucklemuscle Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by nomis View Post
    Im glad someone mentioned Bassey - Ive always admired her voice it has grown to an almost operatic quality - I think her choice of alot of standards has lessened her impact to many listeners,But shes definetley got the pipes...
    I love Dame Shirley's 'Performance' album. Her voice is still powerful!

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    RossHolloway Guest
    My Holy Trinity of Singers are: Diana Ross, Brenda Holloway and Teena Marie.

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    One of the best singers ever http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maHE2bkQ9No

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    anyone said Melba Moore ?

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    topdiva1 Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by waldo View Post
    anyone said Melba Moore ?

    Well they sure should have - and for God's sake what about Dionne Warwick, and Esther Phillips.

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    I should be horsewhipped for not mentioning..natalie cole-whitney houston..and a female voice many of us may have forgotten-theora kilgore[great singer]!

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    topdiva1 Guest
    Shirley Bassey and all of The Three Degrees - plus Phoebe Snow - All of Labelle - Mary Wilson (surprise) and Nina Simone.

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    phyl Guest
    mary wilson is my favorite singer of all time she cna sing anything and i love it.

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    Females:
    Mama Cass
    Dusty
    Karen Carpenter
    Dionne

    Men:
    J. Vincent Edwards
    Richard Barnes
    Cuba Gooding
    O.C Smith
    Al Wilson

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    I have to add Lauren Hill ,Lisa Stansfield and Joss Stone to the list.

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    The real deal

    Russell Thompkins Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuz View Post
    The real deal

    Russell Thompkins Jr.



    One of the best, most spectacular singers to emerge in the 1980s was Miki Howard. She came after Billie Holiday, Aretha and Ch
    aka, but she was every bit their equal.

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    Where is your Dad, Kamasu?

    We need him to help define and keep order here. He's missed.

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    Patti, Barbra, Luther, Lorraine Ellison, Darlene Love,Sam Harris, Aretha, Bobby Hatfield, Thelma Houston,David Ruffin

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    I listened to Alison Moyet the other day..boy can she sing love how her voice sounds..

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    Some notable omissions:-
    Al Green
    Solomon Burke
    Sam Moore
    Ann Peebles
    Blinky


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    Ronnie Dyson
    Jerry Butler
    Dusty Springfield
    Brenda Holloway
    Alton McClain
    Kim Weston
    Anita Baker
    Morgana King (perhaps an acquired taste?)
    Brenda Payton
    Wanda Rogers
    Edna Wright
    and Miss Jean Terrell

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    anyone mentioned Jackie Wilson? the vocal on "Lonley Teardrops" floors me..Im glad other people have mentioned Karen Carpenter as well,The depth of sorrow in her voice for someone so young..everytime I hear Karen Im astounded at her instrument..its so precise,clear and melancholy....

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    Patsy Cline, Selena Quintanilla, Tammi Terrell, Flo Ballard, Karen Carpenter, Dusty Springfield, Timi Yuro, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Janet Vogel-Rapp (The Skyliners), Gus Hardin (female Country/blues)...

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    Just the men:

    Al Jarreau
    Luther Vandross
    Jack Jones
    Teddy Pendergrass
    George Michael
    Steve Perry
    Johnny Mathis
    Marvin Gaye
    Levi Stubbs
    Tony Hadley

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    Has no one named LINDA RONSTADT? For real?

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    Quote Originally Posted by topdiva1 View Post
    Well they sure should have - and for God's sake what about Dionne Warwick, and Esther Phillips.
    Esther - oh HECK yes!!

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    Not sure if Chaka was overlooked. For longevity & sheer power. And am certain the superb pipes of Temp, Ali "Ollie" Woodson was!

  45. #45
    So many great voices mentioned here & I can't really present a logical argument against any of them.

  46. #46
    Great choices here but I'd add Tony Williams of the Platters.

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    She doesn't belong on here, but for the main fact she is, Imo, an Aretha Franklin sound-alike. Shirley Brown.

  48. #48
    This post is fun,so how bout...eddie lavert...walter jackson...dennis edwards...roy hamilton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arr&bee View Post
    This post is fun,so how bout...eddie lavert...walter jackson...dennis edwards...roy hamilton.
    Don't forget Eddie past on his voice to son, Gerald. Don't believe me? Go check out that father/son album they dropped back inaday!!! Uncanny!!!!

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    The baritone/bass: Temp Mel "Blue " Franklin & Mike McCarty (?) of B2M for subtle, understated and underrated silk n mocca.

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