Best singer??? (in your opinion)

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    I'm going to break this up into 4 categories to keep things fair...

    In your opinion, who is the:

    Best Rock/"Pop" music singer male or female?

    Best Broadway-style singer male or female?

    Best Opera singer male or female?

    Best (miscellaneous) singer male or female?


    Feel free to offer youtube links to back up your claims.
     
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    Even within the classification of rock/pop, there are too many subgenres to generalize who is the best of all of them. Freddie Mercury, for example, was an absolutely spectacular singer within the confines of Queen, but his would not have suited many genres very well.
     
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    i wont say, im biased on how hot she is, even though she is amazing
     
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    In your opinion, who is the:

    Best Rock/"Pop" music singer male or female?I think Linda Ronstadt has the most range and versatility.

    Best Broadway-style singer male or female?This is tough, I'll go with Patti LuPone.

    Best Opera singer male or female?Another difficult choice I'm torn between Maria Callas and Beverly Sills.

    Best (miscellaneous) singer male or female? The was the only really easy choice for me Keali'i Reichel
    Feel free to search youtube for links, I'm feeling lazy tonight!


     
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    You share my thots which is why I posted that thread about her! Hugs!
     
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    Barbara Cook was the first runner up for me to LR. I love both of them, but I think Linda was able to transcend the limitations that Barbara Cook never wanted to bother with.
    /www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYIW2qMfmd8
     
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    Y'r right BC's voice really only lets her do a specific type of music where Linda can do it all. She was luckily blesses w/a wide range voice and an underastanding for a lot of types of music. Personally for me I never took to BC or Blossom Dearie or all those type gals. Tho I liked Dorothy Louden. Sorry I couldn't find film of Bobo's Bar and Grill! :biggrin1:
     
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    Thank you. I was searching for her rendition of "I can cook too." and got all excited when I could not find it.
     
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    Nancy Walker's version is the best. IMHO
     
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    Have you heard BC's version? I saw her at Carnegie Hall years ago and every time she is at the Carlyle I go to see the show. I once dated one of her sound men for her show and only kept up the ruse until I got to meet her. Yes I am star struck too!
     
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    Nah as I said for some demented reason I've never warmed to her recordings. She always sounds like one of my aunt;s singing at a wedding to me. That's not to say she sounds like that but she's not my cup of tea likewise Blossom Dearie. They both so one thing and do it well.
     
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    Grace Slick..good pic. I really loved her first solo lp!
     
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    Best female: This is a cheat but I think Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson singing harmony is one of the lovliest sounds to ever have come out of pop or rock.

    Best male: Freddie Mercury

    Best female: Patti Lupone but Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary.... hmmm.
    Best Male: Michael Crawford but not by much

    Best countertenor: couldn't care less. I don't care for the sound.
    Best lyric tenor: Unquestionably Luciano Pavarotti
    Best spinto tenor: Robert Rounseville (but then I'm biased :biggrin1:)
    Best dramatic tenor: couldn't tell you
    Best heldentenor: Lauritz Melchior (the man owns Wagner)
    Best baritone: couldn't tell you this either
    Best basso: no clue
    Best lyric soprano: Kiri Te Kanawa
    Best coloratura soprano: Lucia Popp (dig this about 40 seconds in)
    Best dramatic soprano: Jessye Norman
    Best mezzo-soprano: Susan Graham
    Best contralto: Marian Anderson (but then I haven't heard many)

    Best Soul: Aretha. No question. James Brown.

    Best Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald (w/ props to Cleo Lane).

    Best Gospel: Mahalia Jackson.

    Best Lounge: Eartha Kitt and Frank Sinatra.

    Best Country: Patsy Cline and Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash
     
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    Hmmm Eartha Kitt and Frank are not consideed lounge even if they landed on some neo-lounge cds. Louis Prima was a lounge singer not Frank! Roy Orbison is not considered country. He's rockabilly and rock. Cleo Lane Jazz? Maybe. Jmes brown Soul? I think he's more pop and jump blues.
     
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    My knowledge is too limited for me to offer much here, even tough I love sung music. A current favorite of mine in the pop genre is Perla Batalla. She and Julie Christensen toured with Leonard Cohen for about fifteen years and had a lot to do with his "sound." In recent years she has gone solo, although she remains passionately devoted to LC, and had made several albums. She is a tiny little Chicana woman with a BIG VOICE. Attached is a YouTube clip of she and Julie doing LC's "Anthem." I love it when she sings:
    "I can no longer run with this lawless crowd while the killers in high places say their prayers out loud. They have summoned up a thunder cloud. They're going to hear from me." (She frowns and points her finger.) She's all over YouTube in vintage Cohen stuff.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dIv2MXU7_4
     
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    Well pardon me!
     
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