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Subject: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 11:10 AM

I have several people I will nominate for this, including Jean Ritchie, Jean Redpath, and a couple of others. It doesn't have to be just folk or trad, but those are two voices which fit the bill, as far as I am concerned, esp. going by the paragraph I have enphasised:

50 Great Voices: Send Us Your Nominations

October 5, 2009 - In January 2010, NPR will launch a year-long exploration of 50 of the great voices in recorded history. With the series, we're hoping to discover and re-discover awe-inspiring vocalists from around the world and across time. Through archival material, interviews and music, NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered will spend the year delving into the lives and legacies of these voices. But we don't know yet whose voices they'll be.

Between Oct. 5 and Oct. 16, we're asking you — NPR listeners and readers — to tell us who in the whole world possesses the most beautiful, singular voice you have ever heard. Leave your picks, along with a sentence defending each choice and a link to an audio clip if possible, in the comments below, or email GreatVoices@npr.org.

We'll compile your nominations, along with those of our panel of experts, academics and public-radio critics. At that point, we'll name the nominees and ask you to help us winnow them down to the 50 great voices we'll profile in the coming year. We're relying on you to remind us of those voices we may have forgotten or never got the chance to hear; those voices that may sound strange to Western ears; vocalists silenced by politics or history; the singers who are only really embraced by critics and those who are heroes of the everyday listener. No voice is too outlandish, too old or too compromised. It's All Voices Considered here, and we can't wait to see and hear what you send us.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 01:04 PM

Refresh -

The NPR story is here, with a link to an "audio slideshow" (2 minutes of audio & video), featuring the following as examples:

Celia Cruz
Aretha Franklin
Robert Plant
Marion Williams
Youssou N'Dour
Edith Piaf
Franco Corelli

You can post your nominations to the web site as a comment to the story above, or write to GreatVoices@npr.org.

As of this morning, there are more than 2500 comments on the story. They're going to have a good time working on this one!

For me, a good candidate is Roscoe Holcomb: as Bob Dylan said, "Roscoe Holcomb has a certain untamed sense of control, which makes him one of the best." He's the original inspiration for the term "high lonesome sound".

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 01:05 PM

The deadline is Oct. 16.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 01:07 PM

Joan Baez
Bing Crosby
Gordon BOk
Anne Byrne of Irelamd


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: pdq
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 01:45 PM

Some of the great voices in Bluegrass that are working right now are Wayne Taylor, James King, Larry Stephenson and Lynn Morris.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 02:45 PM

Doc Watson
Peter Bellamy
Sandy Paton
Frank Sinatra
Guy Mitchell
Eartha Kitt
The Andrews Sisters [is that one or three?]


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 02:51 PM

Odetta
    Threads combined. Messages below are from a new thread.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: Tech: 50 Greatest Voices
From: Riginslinger
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 07:05 AM

NPR is launching an endeaver to identify the 50 Greatest Voices of the last number of years - since recording began - I think.

It can be found here:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113301632

Sorry, I can't seem to make these things live:

Many of the people nominated I don't even recognize. I thought IRIS DEMENT should be on it.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: maeve
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 07:39 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Tech: 50 Greatest Voices
From: maeve
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 07:41 AM

Hi, Riginslinger. I had to look for it, but I've refreshed an earlier thread on the subject for you. Your post has reminded me to take a look at the site mentioned. Thanks. (I like Iris' singing, too.)

maeve


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Bobert
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 07:54 AM

Any list that does not include Vince Gill is bogus...


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: maeve
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 07:55 AM

The NPR Great Voices page now says, "Thanks so much to everyone who nominated vocalists for 50 Great Voices! We're now tallying and analyzing the more than 3000 comments, the 3500 emails you sent, the 1200 posts to Facebook and the hundreds of tags on Twitter. To stay up to date on the series, and be notified when we open up voting on the final 50 sign up here for the Music Notes newsletter. Thanks again for all your recommendations and thoughts — your enthusiasm and passion has given us hundreds of singers from all over the world to consider."

There will be an opportunity to vote on the 50 finalists at this NPR link, as mentioned in the quote above. It involves registration with an email address and your chosen password.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: BobKnight
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 08:44 AM

Merle Haggard - no contest.


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Subject: RE: Tech: 50 Greatest Voices
From: Riginslinger
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 08:45 AM

Sorry, I looked for an earlier thread and nothing came up.


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Subject: RE: Tech: 50 Greatest Voices
From: maeve
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 08:50 AM

No worries. It took me quite a while to relocate it.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 09:54 AM

I love Merle Haggard BUT if I had to pick one country singer it would be Randy Travis, who, of course, is greatly influenced but Merle, George and Lefty.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 10:31 AM

Maria Callas, Pavorotti, Ella Fitzgerald, John MacCormack, Renata Tebaldi, Eric Burdon, Nat King Cole, Stan Rodgers, June Tabor.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 10:47 AM

Please - NOT, Eric Burdon! A Geordie trying to sound like a cross between John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters!


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: BobKnight
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 11:32 AM

Randy Travis - fine singer - but a bit too nasal at times. No country singer comapres to Merle for vocal range, depth and richness of tone. Has written some classic songs too.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: BobKnight
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 11:36 AM

Female singers - Sam Brown. The most underated female singer in the UK. I saw her do a duet with another Sam, from Sam and Dave, which was worth the television license fee on it's own.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,FolkGiant
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 11:44 AM

BobKnight said:

"No country singer compares to Merle for vocal range, depth and richness of tone."

*cough*George Jones*cough*


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: M.Ted
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 12:53 AM

I tried to post a couple names at the site on a couple of occasions, and it didn't work. I gave up--and on reflection, I think the idea is silly--how can you choose only fifty voices and even partially represent all the music that has ever been recorded, in all the cultures of the world?


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Subject: RE: Tech: 50 Greatest Voices
From: kendall
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 08:16 AM

Paul Robeson
Caruso
P.Domingo
Eileen O'Farrell
Marian Anderson

I don't do links unless they are in blue clicky form.

I like Iris for a short while but that sticky sweet voice is too sweet to listen to very long.


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Subject: RE: Tech: 50 Greatest Voices
From: 3refs
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 09:28 AM

Elvis, singing anything!

Kate Smith, singing "God Bless America"!
Hank Williams, singing "I'm so lonesome I could cry"!
Jim Stafford, singing "The Wildwood Weed!

To me, it all depends on the song. There are some songs that can only be sung by one person(or like that one person). Who else can sing "Big Bad John" but Jimmy Dean? "The Hockey Song, by Stompin Tom? "Respect", by Aretha? "Pretty Woman", by Roy Orbison?

But, Sarah Brightman does to me, what I suspect Elvis did to the girls!


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Subject: RE: Tech: 50 Greatest Voices
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 10:14 AM

Why Tech?

I nominate Tiny Tim singing 'Tiptoe through the tulips'...

:D


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: SharonA
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 11:20 AM

Joni Mitchell!!!

Wish I'd seen this thread in time to write to NPR. :-(


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: open mike
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 11:43 AM

I wonder if anyone added Aaron Neville

he has quite a warbling voice....
from the Neville Brothers out of New Orleans


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,Joseph de Culver City
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 12:01 PM

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Yma Sumac

Howlin' Wolf

Johnny Cash

Little Richard


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,bankley
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 12:13 PM

Keith Whitley
Hag
Possum Jones
Van Morrison
Tim Hardin
Paul Robeson
Brownie McGee
Vern Gosdin
Aaron Neville
Elvis
Bobbie McPherson
Joni
Sandy Denny
kd lang
Ellen McIlwaine
Delbert McClinton
Cameron Nuestro
Ella
Sam Moore
Minnie Ripperton
Orbison

how lucky we are.... and that's just a few....


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Subject: RE: Tech: 50 Greatest Voices
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 12:28 PM

Here's a link to the NPR Story

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 12:39 PM

I suppose it would be difficult to tell, but I have wondered how Americans "hear" British/Irish singers who try to sing in an American accents. As a Brit, I hear them - most of the time - as dreadful and phoney. But, I wonder, do Americans hear them as slightly exotic? Take Van Morrison, from the word go, I heard him as trying to sing American and it coming out phoney. I could almost see him twisting his vocal cords in an attempt to produce "foreign" (i.e American) sounds.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: SharonA
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 12:47 PM

Tunesmith: I hear some of them as "slightly exotic" and others as "dreadful and phoney". Depends on whether the sound comes across as a vocal styling like Morrison's or as an imitation (Tracey Ullman's painfully unconvincing characterizations of Americans come to mind).

SharonA, American citizen


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Subject: RE: Tech: 50 Greatest Voices
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 01:08 PM

Roy Orbison, for sure. Also Mary Fahl, Gordon Lightfoot, Lowell George, Ralph Stanley, Van Morrison, Elvis Presley, Stan Rogers, Sandy Denny, Steve Perry, Tim Obrien, Paul Robeson, Paul Rogers, Norah Jones, both Everlys, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Vince Gill, Patsy Cline.
How's that for diversity?


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: pdq
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 07:11 PM

female voices (any category):
    Kate Smith
    Jo Stafford
    Linda Ronstadt
    Ginger Boatwright

high male voices (lead):
    Ricky Skaggs
    Vince Gill
    Mickey Thomas (Elvin Bishop group, Starship)
    Joe Perry (Journey)
    Steve Winwood

high male voices (harmony):
    John Duffy
    Herb Pedersen
    Bobby Osborne


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: M.Ted
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 07:38 PM

Diversity?--How about Esma Rezdepova, Khanh Ly, Um Koulthoum, Song Zuying, Pankas Udaj, Gombloh, Eros Ramazzotti, Googoosh, Sonu Nigam, Papa Wemba, Abdel Haleem Hafez, Mohammed Abdul Wahab...and that's just off the top of my head--


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Neil D
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 12:06 AM

Shawn Phillips


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Riginslinger
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 12:12 AM

Has anyone mentioned Sam Cook?


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 08:15 PM

They are not revealing the full list yet, but presenting one singer at a time, and as of last week, we're up to four:

1. Iggy Pop: "The Voice As Weapon" [he appears on the page for the series, but not in links at the bottom of the pages on the other artists]
2. Ahmad Zahir: "The Voice Of The Golden Years", a pop singer in 1970s Afghanistan
3. Mahalia Jackson: "Voice Of The Civil Rights Movement"
4. Maria Callas: "Voice Of Perfect Imperfection"

Stay tuned!

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 09:25 PM

All these names, and no Perry Como?


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Don Firth
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 11:41 PM

WHAT??

39 posts so far and no Ersel Hickey yet!!???

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,999
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 11:44 PM

And no Anthony Kearns.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Don Firth
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 11:47 PM

Anthony Kearns, yes! And Finbar Wright.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: mousethief
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 11:52 PM

Ella Fitzgerald
Maddy Prior
Nat King Cole
Diane Krall
Johnny Mathis
Freddie Mercury
Gordon Bok
Jean Redpath
Tom Waits

O..O
=o=


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,ernest
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 03:50 AM

Cyril Tawney
June Tabor
Bill Price
Mick Ryan
Peter Bellamy
Billy Ross
Alp Bora
Dave Burland
Dick Gaughan
Andy Irvine


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Jack Campin
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 06:47 AM

If they're counting by size of audience over their career, there's no doubt Lata Mangeshkar would win by a vast margin (as she would also win by sheer volume of recordings) - as much as the next few contenders put together.

Caruso probably #2.

#3 maybe Oum Kolsoum, Sinatra or Elvis?


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 11:19 AM

No question about it. John MacCormack


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 11:34 AM

Actually, I think they have posted their full list, on this page.

They have emphasized, this was 50 Great Voices, not The 50 Greatest Voices. They were hoping to "discover and re-discover awe-inspiring vocalists from around the world and across time".

It's heavy on the Americans and American popular music (of various genres), of course, including Sinatra and Elvis, but Sandy Denny and June Tabor are there from . Popular music over all (even if multicultural), I would say, as opposed to much representation of singers of strict-definition traditional music (or even traditional singers ;-). But, reasonably diverse.

~ Becky in Long Beach (which I was yesterday, too!)


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 10 May 10 - 11:10 AM

Here's an update. There are short blurbs for each on the "50 Great Voices" page:

5. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: The Voice Of Pakistan
6. Asha Bhosle: The Voice Of Bollywood And More
7. Elis Regina: The Feeling Between The Notes
8. Umm Kulthum: 'The Lady' Of Cairo
9. Jackie Wilson: The Singer And The Showman
10. Ella Fitzgerald: America's First Lady Of Song
11. Esma Redzepova: 'Queen Of The Gypsies'
12. Sezen Aksu: The Voice Of Istanbul
13. Nat King Cole: An Incandescent Voice
14. Dennis Brown: The 'Crown Prince' Of Reggae
15. Roy Orbison: A Great Voice, A Lonely Sound
16. Radmilla Cody: Two Cultures, One Voice

I was listening to this morning's article on Radmilla Cody, thinking it was a locally-produced item: Radmilla, whose father is African-American and mother is Navajo, was raised by her Navajo grandmother near Flagstaff, Arizona, and sings in Navajo. I was pleased to find it was part of the 50 Great Voices series.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 10 May 10 - 11:22 AM

Just so these links are in close proximity here:

1. Iggy Pop: "The Voice As Weapon"
2. Ahmad Zahir: "The Voice Of The Golden Years", a pop singer in 1970s Afghanistan
3. Mahalia Jackson: "Voice Of The Civil Rights Movement"
4. Maria Callas: "Voice Of Perfect Imperfection"


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 May 10 - 11:26 AM

They missed Seamus Kennedy?!?!?!?

~S~


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 May 10 - 12:34 PM

A few:

Jussi Bloerling
Kenneth MacKellar
Vera Lynn
Lolly Anderson
Edith Piaf
Jacques Brel
Enrico Caruso
Lizzie Miles
Lead Belly
All great singers of the past.

I hate lists of this kind; they all end up reflecting popular or panel opinion and the agency (in this case NPR, with a limited listener spectrum).

The names contributed by posters here are just as valid as those which will be on the NPR list.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 10 May 10 - 01:23 PM

"I hate lists of this kind; they all end up reflecting popular or panel opinion and the agency (in this case NPR, with a limited listener spectrum)."

My suggestion? At this point, forget the "tell NPR who" part of the thread title and just enjoy the intriguing and diverse sampling of vocal artists that they've put together (artists whom they label as "great", not "greatest").

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 May 10 - 06:44 PM

and a few more

Amalia Rodrigues
Monserrat Figueras
Germaine Montero
Placido Domingo
Johnny Horton


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 May 10 - 07:22 PM

Cynthia Gooding
Natania Davrath


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: SINSULL
Date: 10 May 10 - 07:50 PM

Orson Welles "I will sell no wine before its time."


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Don Firth
Date: 10 May 10 - 09:03 PM

Years ago, I heard Orson Welles on the Dick Cavett show read a scene from Wind, Sand and Stars, by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Spellbinding! One of the great speaking voices of all time.

James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader and "This . . . is CNN.") ain't no slouch either.

One of the finest operatic lyric baritones to come down the Pike in many generations is Dmitri Hvorostovsky, here doing a bit of Handel.

Early on, he shot into prominence winning a singing contest in Cardiff, Wales. Here's the winning song, an aria from Verdi's "The Masked Ball," in which his character has just learned that his wife and his best friend are having an affair. They aren't, but he thinks so, and that's enough for the drama to get pretty intense.   Eri Tu! ("So it's You!"). Very young. His hair is still dark.

Here he is again, with his prematurely silver-grey hair and exuding testosterone, as Don Giovanni, trying to put the moves on Renée Fleming, a little cutie-pie who is also one of the great voices around today. "Your apartment or mine? Or that haystack over there looks comfortable."

I'd swap throats with that sucker any day of the week. . . .

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: GUEST,Nelkane Benton
Date: 10 May 10 - 10:40 PM

Without doubt bing Crosby!!


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 May 10 - 10:45 PM

Guess- who was born to follow a wandering star?

And would you put him in the top 50 or the last 50.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Donuel
Date: 10 May 10 - 10:48 PM

story telling voices: Studs Terkle, Jean Sheperd

tenor Pav or Otti

bass Paul Robson

down home natural James Taylor


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 May 10 - 10:53 PM

Don, your voice is very nice also. Has NPR come a knocking? ;-D

I've enjoyed listening to the series and learning about performers I hadn't come across before. In fact, NPR is the single richest source of music information, via All Things Considered and Morning Edition and Fresh Air with Terry Gross in particular. And A Prairie Home Companion.

SRS


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 May 10 - 11:13 PM

I heard the one of Radmilla, today, also. It was beautiful.

Don, thanks for the links. He's easy on the eyes, too! I completely agree with you re' Orson Wells and James Earl Jones.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Don Firth
Date: 11 May 10 - 01:22 AM

Thanks, for the kind words, Maggie! Nuthin' from NPR yet, but I live in hope. . . .

I get a kick out of the end of the Dmitri/Renée duet where, even though it's a concert situation, he starts to drag her off-stage. I saw a television interview with Renée Fleming; when the interviewer asked her what it's like to work with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, she panted and fanned herself!

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Some voices are really one-of-a-kind.

What can I say?   More to the point, What can HE say?

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 14 Jun 10 - 11:15 PM

Another update on NPR's list:

17. Enrico Caruso, And Confessions Of An Operaholic
18. Lydia Mendoza: The First Lady Of Tejano
19. Janis Joplin: The Queen Of Rock
20. Sandy Denny: Mercurial Queen Of British Folk Rock

I heard the stories on Lydia Mendoza and Sandy Denny (today's). These are good listening, and there are more audio samples with each story.

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 05 Aug 10 - 03:51 PM

Another update on NPR's list:

21. Donny Hathaway: Neglected Heart Of Soul
22. Lauryn Hill: Singer and Rapper
23. Fairuz: Lebanon's Voice Of Hope
24. John McCormack: The Charming Irish Tenor
25. Khaled: The King Of Rai
26. Biggie Smalls: The Voice That Influenced A Generation

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Aug 10 - 04:44 PM

One's own preferences in music or drama influence the selection, thus I fail to see that any such lists have any validity.I wouldn't expect anyone to agree with my own list, which changes from time to time.
A few:

Monserrat Figueras
Lollie Anderson
Boris Chaliapin
Alfredo Kraus
Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Maria Callas
Nana Mouskouri
Paul Robson
Joan Baez
Mahalia Jackson
Kenneth McKellar
Edith Piaf
Jussi Bjorling

After listing these, I looked up thread and saw I had a somewhat different list last spring.

Who cares besides me?


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 05 Aug 10 - 05:18 PM

Q, my point in point posting this thread now is to point people to the list that NPR ultimately came up with, because their articles are well-written and provide an opportunity to listen to and learn something about a singer or singing genre that you may never have considered, or to maybe learn more about something you do know.

Why post a list if your main point is to grumble about those who make lists??

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Aug 10 - 05:31 PM

Because I do't look at other people's lists.


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 07 Sep 10 - 02:29 PM

Another update on NPR's list:

27. Bjork: A Celestial Voice
28. Twinkie Clark: Riffing On Gospel
29. Irma Thomas: The Soul Queen Of New Orleans
30. Freddie Mercury: Rock 'N' Roll's Humble Showman
31. Yossele Rosenblatt: The Cantor With The Heavenly Voice

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 10:05 PM

Another update on NPR's list:

32. Carlos Gardel: Argentina's Tango Maestro
33. Robert Plant: Born In England; Made In America
34. Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Protest Through Poetry (Persian classical)
35. Howlin' Wolf: Booming Voice Of The Blues
36. Kitty Wells: The Queen Of Country Music
37. Amalia Rodrigues: The Voice Of Extreme Expression (fado)

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 20 Oct 10 - 12:48 AM

Several earlier posts have mentioned names from various genres that would certainly be on my personal favorites list.

But here are a few that I've admired that I don't think anyone has mentioned:

Glenn Yarbrough
Ronnie Gilbert
Alfred Drake
Howard Keel
Al Jolson


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: mattkeen
Date: 20 Oct 10 - 04:16 AM

Frank Sinatra
Elvis
Jackie Leven
Robert Johnson
Aretha
Chris Wood
May Bradley
Ella


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 07 Dec 10 - 11:37 AM

Another update on NPR's list:

38. Celia Cruz: The Voice From Havana, "Queen of Salsa"
39. Buika: The Voice Of Freedom
40. Placido Domingo: The Spellbinding Voice Of A Titan Tenor
41. Chavela Vargas: The Voice Of Triumph, still singing at 91
42. Billie Holiday: Emotional Power Through Song
43. Luther Vandross: The Velvet Voice
44. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: The Voice Of Hawaii

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 07 Dec 10 - 11:44 AM

A quote from Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, "If you're playing music with somebody that play, and you don't know the song, no play."

Wise words.

:-)


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Subject: RE: 50 Great Voices-all genres- tell NPR who
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 10 Jun 11 - 09:27 PM

A final update on NPR's list:

45. Youssou N'Dour: The Voice of Senegal
46. George Jones: The Voice of Heartbreak
47. Camaron De La Isla: The Voice of Flamenco
48. Meredith Monk: A Voice For All Time
49. Dianne Reeves: A Jazz Voice With Pop Sensibilities
50. Montserrat Caballé: A Voice Of Passionate Grandeur

Since they changed the format of their posts at the end of the series, in order to find the last 6 I had to work from the alphabetical list they've got now and check against this thread. Although I did not check every single one, it was nice to see that there was at least some overlap (if not a lot) with Mudcatter nominations. :-)

I know that this project exposed me to some voices that I might not otherwise have heard, as well as giving me some new insights on some that I was acquainted with.

Again, as they explained, this was not a list of "greatest" voices, and in making the selections there was an emphasis on voices that might be "discoveries" for the listening audience, with a particular interest in presenting "the Frank Sinatras and Aretha Franklins in other countries".

No such list can ever be definitive or anything less than contentious, but once the selections are made, and when accompanied as this is by information (and, audio!), it can be at least educational and entertaining.

If I may: one last contribution. ;-)

~ Becky in Tucson


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