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Songs With Growling Vocals?

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I know a few entertainers like Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder and Charlie Wilson are capeable of these awesome, monsterous growling vocals ( i.e. Charlie Wilson on "Burn Rubber" Sly Stone at the end of "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and Stevie Wonder during the second half of "As".) Female artists like Blue Cantrell, Whitney Houston and Maria Carrey also used the growling technique. I was wondering if anyone knew of other artists who employed it. I like that kind of thing and was looking for more songs or artists using that technique, preferably alot.

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Bobby Bland immediately comes to mind as the having the most distinctive and recognisable "growl" in RnB & Soul history.

 

However I won't begin to try making any comparisons between Bobby Bland and Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston!

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A common style on R&B and soul records, done well adds a great lift, done poorly and it sounds false to my ears. A good example of a great deliverer is Buddy Lamp, especially I Want To Go Home.

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As I've mentioned before in a thread way back when,  Karmello Brooks - Tell Me Baby - lovely little vocal growl when the verse comes back in after the instrumental break. Turns a great record into a stunning record.

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Some of those examples are more akin to belting/screaming. Looking for that Charlie Wilson type delivery or Stevie wonder like "As" or "Living in the City" and preferably from the 80s. I know a lot of growling vocalists did that shtick around that time. D-train does it one time on "Something's on your mind" but I'm looking for a song where it's prevalent.

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I just had another thought. It's almost like a vibrato growl. Blu Cantrell does it in "I'll find a way" right after "Precious love I've lost... YEAAAAAAAAAAH, YEAHHHH!" The yeah yeahs are the vibrato growl I'm speaking of if that makes any sense.

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I used to call the "growling" burning soul-that moment when you hear the vocal and it completely blows you away-that's the power of soul music-(when you hear it you feel it( lol.

 

Try Love Peace and Happiness "Strip me Naked" that male vocal kills me especially at the end

ATB

Mick x

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Are there women who can do what Bland does? Perhaps from the 70's or 80's?

Big Mama Thornton perhaps, but she was a decade or two earlier. Koko Taylor is another.

 

The O'Jays Eddie Levert does a bit of growling from time to time and mighty good he is too.

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i think the female vocal of whitney and mariah to be more of a wail..... a bit like my inherited cat when constipated.... both girls could sing..but they got it all wrong..made plenty of money tho, for what good it did whitney

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IDK that I'd call it wailing here. Also if you've ever heard "So Emotional" and I'm sure you have, you'll be familiar with the ending and right after that long, sustained "Emotionaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..." thing she does, she absolutely growls "LOVE CAN DO" and hits it a second time growling "Oooo" before growling out the same three words as before. That's what I was looking for. Some of these suggestions came close, but they were still more of a raunchy, rough sound.

 

 

Here she does it at 3:22 and 3:38-3:40. Another good one at 4:14.

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