Best ever male vocalist.

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Best ever male vocalist.

Post by No Ney Never » Sun May 03, 2020 10:53 pm

I'm a massive U2 fan, but when it comes to male vocals, Freddie Mercury and Adam Lambert pretty much have it all.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by tim_noone » Sun May 03, 2020 10:59 pm

John Lee Hooker.....Marvin Gaye...Jagger...Bob Dylan to name a few.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Billy Balfour » Sun May 03, 2020 11:01 pm

Mr Subjective.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by brunlea99 » Sun May 03, 2020 11:08 pm

Matt Monro.
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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Devils_Advocate » Sun May 03, 2020 11:08 pm

The one and only Scatman John* (Rest In Peace)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy8kmNEo1i8

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by jdrobbo » Sun May 03, 2020 11:23 pm

Andrea Bocelli
Matt Monro
Colm Wilkinson

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by basil6345789 » Sun May 03, 2020 11:37 pm

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Firthy » Sun May 03, 2020 11:42 pm

Nat King Cole - end of
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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Goobs » Mon May 04, 2020 12:02 am

Assuming we are talking about singers who front bands etc rather than opera singers and such like.

Freddie had such range and power and it is hard to look past him but one I do like and think has a very good voice is Patrick Monaghan (lead singer of Train).

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Tricky Trevor » Mon May 04, 2020 12:08 am

Rock band frontman, Freddie is untouchable. I’ve never seen anybody control the crowd like he could. Then he had the voice and the songs to make the package complete.
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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Vino blanco » Mon May 04, 2020 12:08 am

Roy Orbison is up there somewhere.
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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Bin Ont Turf » Mon May 04, 2020 12:15 am

Vino blanco wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 12:08 am
Roy Orbison is up there somewhere.
He's definitely up there.

But he's also down here, as one of the best. 8-)
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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by No Ney Never » Mon May 04, 2020 12:22 am

Roy Orbison was known to have the range of octaves, but no way could he command a crowd like Freddie.
Brian May looks a tw#t, but he can certainly pick a frontman to leech off.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by tim_noone » Mon May 04, 2020 12:29 am

Tricky Trevor wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 12:08 am
Rock band frontman, Freddie is untouchable. I’ve never seen anybody control the crowd like he could. Then he had the voice and the songs to make the package complete.
Freddy was pretty good at mimicking Mick Jagger..I'll give him that.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Bin Ont Turf » Mon May 04, 2020 12:31 am

No Ney Never wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 12:22 am
Roy Orbison was known to have the range of octaves, but no way could he command a crowd like Freddie.
Brian May looks a tw#t, but he can certainly pick a frontman to leech off.
So what are you asking?

Folks opinion on their best male vocalist or someone who can command a crowd?

I'm going for Smokey Robbo at the moment but in half an hour that will probably change.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by DCWat » Mon May 04, 2020 1:03 am

Big difference between a great singer and a great front man. Plenty great front men haven’t been great singers and I include Jagger in that - Oasis are a prime example. Whiny singing and not talented as vocalists but even as not much of a fan, you’ve got to concede that they did what they do very well.

Freddie Mercury, again not really my sort of music but I’ve yet to hear a singer of a band as good as he was.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Wile E Coyote » Mon May 04, 2020 1:20 am

best ever male vocalist...and the best is fred mercury !! do us all a favour and widen your horizons
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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by KateR » Mon May 04, 2020 1:30 am

Leo Nucci
One of the best singers ever, sold out so many gigs over 50 year

But pop wise
Sam Cooke
Meatloaf right up there with some already mentioned.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by ClaretAndJew » Mon May 04, 2020 2:42 am

Ben Howard

This video of him is live, it sounds like a recording.

Up there with my favourite ever artists.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phktiVZqUbQ

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Cirrus_Minor » Mon May 04, 2020 3:49 am

Roy Orbison
Justin Hayward
Paul Rodgers (Free and Bad Company)

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Darthlaw » Mon May 04, 2020 4:23 am

Sam Cooke or Nat King Cole.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Herts Clarets » Mon May 04, 2020 5:59 am

In terms of the best voice, of the countless live acts I have seen, George Michael. Not my taste in music by a long way but as a singer he made it seem so effortless.
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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Steve1956 » Mon May 04, 2020 6:28 am

Dave Grohl....and a througly nice guy to boot.
Robert Plant
Roger Daltery
Peter Gabriel
Stevie Wonder
Joe Cocker
And Freddie

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Redbeard » Mon May 04, 2020 6:57 am

David Bowie, anyone?

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by williamjblazkowicz » Mon May 04, 2020 7:05 am

Surely "The King" has to be in with a shout?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n0dB_nWfPA
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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by ashtonlongsider » Mon May 04, 2020 7:17 am

Paul McCartney
Gary Brooker
Frank Sinatra

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by beddie » Mon May 04, 2020 7:43 am

Sir Tom Jones.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Sykoclaret » Mon May 04, 2020 8:05 am

Elvis Costello

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Bosscat » Mon May 04, 2020 8:11 am

Rocky... his range of scream when a Goalkeeper was taking a GK was sublime

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Burnley1989 » Mon May 04, 2020 8:12 am

Frankie Valli

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by djt2006 » Mon May 04, 2020 8:14 am

John Fogerty

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Bosscat » Mon May 04, 2020 8:16 am

Freddie Mercury had probably one of the finest voices ...

From Rock to Opera he covered every thing ...

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Stalbansclaret » Mon May 04, 2020 8:20 am

Sam Cooke....for the sheer purity of his voice
Eddie Vedder.....in terms of powerfully fronting a rock band
Elvis Costello...for singularity that works
Roy Orbison...for haunting other worldliness
Jake Burns ...for ferocity

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by depechedingle » Mon May 04, 2020 8:37 am

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Claret Till I Die » Mon May 04, 2020 8:58 am

Up to the back end of last year I'd always said Freddie Mercury had the greatest voice that I've ever heard live. That was until I saw Andrea Bocelli and his voice completely blew me away.
Some great shouts higher up the thread in Elvis and even Meatloaf, but the arguments for controlling a crowd can't stand up as Robbie Wiliams has people eating out of his hand and he's only a fat dancer !!

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Gordaleman » Mon May 04, 2020 9:12 am

Nat King Cole has been mentioned a couple of times and is a great shout but Paul Robeson is also up there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epjzkfd3i6E

Gotta love Elvis as well though. He could sing just about anything, from rock to ballads.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by SalisburyClaret » Mon May 04, 2020 9:24 am

Daltrey, Gabriel, Mike Scott, Chris Rea, Springsteen

Those Beatles chaps could hold a tune too

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Dyched » Mon May 04, 2020 10:06 am

Bob Dylan

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Colburn_Claret » Mon May 04, 2020 10:27 am

So many great singers already mentioned. I could change my mind every half hour as well

I'll throw in Al Green not just because he was a great singer, but also because he was pretty unique. I can't imagine anyone singing his songs coming anywhere near to sounding like The Reverend.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Redbeard » Mon May 04, 2020 10:34 am

Colburn_Claret wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 10:27 am
I'll throw in Al Green not just because he was a great singer, but also because he was pretty...
:shock:

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by keith1879 » Mon May 04, 2020 10:37 am

Joey Ramone

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Claretlad » Mon May 04, 2020 10:42 am

Bob Dylan....Joe Cocker.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Steve1956 » Mon May 04, 2020 10:44 am

Van Morrison

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Steve1956 » Mon May 04, 2020 10:45 am

Lennon, Harrison, Starr.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by nil_desperandum » Mon May 04, 2020 10:57 am

KateR wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 1:30 am
Leo Nucci
One of the best singers ever, sold out so many gigs over 50 year
Interesting choice for an operatic baritone, and probably not known to the majority on here, but I'm a little surprised that you put Nucci above many of his contemporaries in that field.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by ClaretTony » Mon May 04, 2020 11:00 am

Some fantastic names on this thread. From days gone by such as Nat King Cole & Roy Orbison and the likes of Smokey Robinson.

Arguments on Freddie - the best front man for me but also the best vocalist. Absolutely incredible.

But jdrobbo mentioned the brilliant Andrea Bocelli - he's a bit special.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by tiger76 » Mon May 04, 2020 11:19 am

I'm shocked no-one's mentioned Sting in this list,so i'll correct that wrong.

Prince had charisma,and the talent to back his ego up.

Opera hard to see past Pavarotti.

Bon Scott,Chuck Berry,Kurt Cobain,Michael Hutchence,and one from left field Suggs of Madness fame,all merit a mention,not all necessarily great vocalists,but they could all put on a show and entertain a crowd.
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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Steve1956 » Mon May 04, 2020 11:30 am

tiger76 wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 11:19 am
I'm shocked no-one's mentioned Sting in this list,so i'll correct that wrong.

Prince had charisma,and the talent to back his ego up.

Opera hard to see past Pavarotti.

Bon Scott,Chuck Berry,Kurt Cobain,Michael Hutchence,and one from left field Suggs of Madness fame,all merit a mention,not all necessarily great vocalists,but they could all put on a show and entertain a crowd.
Always rated Sting....just his solo stuff though, very underrated.

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Re: Best ever male vocalist.

Post by Im_not_Robbie_Blake » Mon May 04, 2020 11:31 am

Another one for Freddie

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