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post #121 of 126
I wanted to add Steve Wilson to the males singers.

The ladies have been poorly represented on this thread. So, I'll give female singers some props. I'm sure my list will date me but here it goes:

Janis
Aretha
Ann Wilson
Grace Slick
Annie Lennox
Joni Mitchell
Stevie Nicks
Debra Harry
Tina Turner
Pat Benetar
Beyonce
Kim Deal
Joan Jett

EDIT: Clare Torry deserves mention

EDIT II: If you can get through the pop, Cindy Lauper also
post #122 of 126
For gals how about Martha Davis from the Motels. Love that voice!

Todd
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post #123 of 126
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I think the thing about Buckley which I love so much is that he is technically skilled, but he doesn't rely on it.

I would take a singer like Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Ian Curtis......over Dio, Halford, Dickinson any day...........yes they have technical prowess, but they lack everything else, sincerity, depth, dynamics, versatility.
Nick Drake and Dylan are other personal favs too.

I think the music genre in which you play also affects the way you have to sing. Metal vocalists are much more technical then other great singers like Dylan, Bowie, Drake, Cohen, Cash, etc.

I've left many metal singers which I like from the names I've mention because of that fact, but you gotta hand it to them ... they are technically flawless.

If you hear names like Daniel Gildenlow, Jorn Lande, Russel Allen, Bruce Dickinson and the aforementioned Mikael Akerfeldt and Devin Townsend and some of the european power metal vocalists like Tobias Sammet, Timo Kotipelto, etc, you can hear some great voices ... and I don't really agree they lack sincerity and all that (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_83H7CJOFgE for a quick example). It's just a different atmosphere that is created by metal songs.

You can't really compare a Startovarius song with a Nick Drake song

There are, indeed, fabulous singers nowadays, but I'm yet to see one as great as the great pretender (Freddy). He was truly, IMO, the best of them all.
post #124 of 126
Freddie Mercury and Jim Gillette (lol).
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...Lowell George (the best white blues singer ever!)...

Lets face it, there are a lot of talented folks out there crooning for us! And you can tell by my selections I am older than a lot of you...
Oh man, "Tripe Face Boogie"!

Nice list of additions. The issue is how broadly one defines "great vocalist" - heart, technique, natural gift - some magical combination of them?

By the way, I'd probably replace Jeff with his father Tim in DM's list. Not that I don't love Jeff.

- Ed
post #126 of 126
One I want to throw out there is David Draiman of Disturbed he has a great range and very powerful voice

A lot of the names I see out there are great front men but as true singers not so sure. and although I'm not a huge fan you can not leave out Michael Jackson as a voice
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