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The Greatest Male And Female Vocalists (In Your Opinion)

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The simplest premise, who are your top two (or three, we'll have no fighting here) male and female vocalists of all time? There is no such thing as a wrong answer!!!

 

Male

 

Chuck Jackson 

Frank Beverly

 

Female

 

Dee Dee Sharp

Thelma Houston

 

Go!

 

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          Male       Marvin Gaye

                       Levi Stubbs

 

 

         Female    Gladys Knight

                       Chaka Khan

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Dee Dee Warwick

Milie Jackson

 

 

Eddie Holman

Garnet Mimms

 

Got to have Eddie in there, there aren't many that could do with their voices what he could do with his, I mean to a chap on the street you 'Might' think 'I surrender' was actually two different vocalists... His falsetto was that good wasn't it... oh and 'I'm Not Gonna Give Up' is simply immortal isn't it..

 

Malcolm

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By no means a definitive answer but

 

Teddy Pendergrass

 

Freddie Gorman

 

 

 

Ann Nesby

 

Betty Swann

 

and all of the a fore mentioned artists,we have been blessed in our lifetime and should think ourselves very lucky.

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I mentioned Little Willie John. He is far from a favourite singer of mine. I read that no one could or wanted to follow him on stage as they couldn't compare or compete with him. This included Jackie Wilson and James Brown. After reading his autobiography I listened to a fair bit of his music and even though not all too my taste you could see why many did say he was probably the best ever.

One of the most underrated has to be Tommy Tate.

Are some of the above suggestions based on their voice and the quality of it of because they are a favourite?

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agree Tommy Tate doesn't get mentioned enough, and he should.. I'd need to hear more of Little willie John to make any reasonable comment on him, although from what I have heard he has certainly has a very pure voice, beautiful tones and a little bit of that smoothness Bobby Bland had in abundance..

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Guest Dave Turner

Just a few off the top of my head but so hard to narrow it down

 

James Carr

Wilson Pickett

Otis Clay

O.V. Wright  .... not the greatest voice but his phrasing and delivery was superb

Johnnie  Taylor

Spencer Wiggins

 

Aretha Franklin

Frankie Gearing

Millie Jackson

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Male: 

 

Lee Jones

Jerry Butler

 

Female:

 

Linda Jones

Gladys Knight

 

Lee jones is a good call

 

but for me it would have to be

 

MARVIN JUNIOR

 

HANK DIXON of the Originals ,, so so under rated

 

and third place would be between

 

MARVIN GAYE AND BOBBY WOMACK

 

and for the girls

 

LINDA JONES

 

SHIRLEY BROWN

 

and as mentioned so many times previously

ARETHA

 

plus 100's of others who where as good but hit paydirt

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PAUL WILLIAMS (TEMPS)

LEVI STUBBS /TOPS

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD

ARETHA FRANKLIN

 

 

Great to see a shout for Paul Williams, vastly underrated and criminally under used..

 

for myself....

 

Changes by the minute..... :yes:

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Guest phillybuster

Eddie Levert,Gerald Levert,Teddy P,Marvin Junior,Marvin Gaye,Phillipe Wynne,William  Wee Gee

Howard,Donny Hathaway,Levi Stubbs ,Hank Dixon,sorry forgot C P Spencer etc,etc 

Ladies,Aretha,Margie Joseph,Jean Carn,Mavis Staples.

 

Sorry couldn't help myself.

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By no means a definitive answer but

 

Teddy Pendergrass

 

Freddie Gorman

 

 

 

Ann Nesby

 

Betty Swann

 

and all of the a fore mentioned artists,we have been blessed in our lifetime and should think ourselves very lucky.

Closest of all the posts to my answers Martin. Obviously a man of impeccable taste.

Agree totally with TP, AN & obviously BS & would only replace Freddie Gorman with Al Greene closely followed by Jackie Wilson, David Ruffin & the surprise - Tolbert. Just listen to I Got It & you'll hear what I mean.

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Tolbert,Sorry to me, a few tunes don't make him worth a great male singer,but too each their own?

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