Thread: Vocalist You rate highly

crazyjoe - 7/10/2019 at 11:30 PM

Iíve learned thanks to the good musical souls here that music ainít better or worse itís sll different n some You dig some not, my blues singer are Allman, Dylan, Waters, Howlin Wolf, been listen to slot of Doors today, does Morrison fit the bunch, I think yes......Peace.....joe. I realize how many great unknown blues vocalist or just amazing vocalist period.

[Edited on 7/10/2019 by crazyjoe]

pops42 - 7/11/2019 at 12:45 AM

Aaron Neville , Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Paul Rodgers.

BIGV - 7/11/2019 at 12:59 AM

Eric Burdon
Paul Rodgers
Lowell George
Etta James
Levon Helm

BrerRabbit - 7/11/2019 at 01:00 AM

Gregg Allman
Billie Holiday
Grace Slick
Tina Turner
Joni Mitchell
Jaqui McShee

Gonna throw in a couple for Tandan:

John Kay
James Dewar

Billastro - 7/11/2019 at 01:03 AM

Charlie Waller of the Country Gentlemen. Anything they did was good. There are about 20 live shows on and a lot on YouTube.


Charlie Waller (Guitar, lead vocals)
Bill Emerson (Banjo, vocals)
Doyle Lawson (Mandolin, vocals)
Bill Yates (Bass, vocals)
Mike Auldridge (Dobro)
Ricky Skaggs (Fiddle)
Al Rogers (Drums)


50split - 7/11/2019 at 03:04 AM

june tabor,van,gregg,joni,sarah mclaughlin,sandy denny,maddy pryor,ian gillian,jerry lacroix,otis,grace,joan baez,bobby darin,joe cocker,scott avett,norma waterson,burton cummings etc.

pops42 - 7/11/2019 at 03:25 AM

Allison Krause

emr - 7/11/2019 at 12:29 PM

For three part harmony

cause when they sing they all sound like one

cause when they sing they sound so different

Two diametrically opposed paths to the same target

njpaulc - 7/11/2019 at 03:50 PM

Eric Burden
Paul Rodgers
Jackie Lomax
Frankie Miller
Terry Ried
James Dewar
Jack Bruce
Sandy Denny
Maggie Bell

Joe_the_Lurker - 7/11/2019 at 05:11 PM

Aretha Franklin
Ray Charles
Alison Krauss
Van Morrison
Bob Seger
Tom Petty
Donald Fagan
Muddy Waters
Lightnin Hopkins
Steve Perry

detterm - 7/11/2019 at 06:12 PM

Add Greg Lake to this list.

redhouse1969 - 7/11/2019 at 07:18 PM

Ruthie Foster & Warren Haynes

here's proof...

Jonesy - 7/11/2019 at 07:57 PM

Dave Mason has stood the test of time

blackey - 7/11/2019 at 08:52 PM

Frank Sinatra when I'm in the mood. His 1966 Live at the Sands with Count Basie is really good

Gregg Allman, Jimi on All Along the Watchtower. Whoever is singing Ventura Highway by America. Bobby Darin Beyond the Sea plus the drummer is great. Glen Frey and Don Henley are okay at times.

Van Morrison is nice on a Sunday morning.

Lee - 7/11/2019 at 09:11 PM

Paul Rodgers as a few have mentioned. He is my all-time favorite.

Lou Gramm

Wilson Pickett on Hey Jude

Gregg of course

Neil Young

And Bruce Sprnigsteen

That would probably be in order.

[Edited on 7/11/2019 by Lee]

bob1954 - 7/11/2019 at 10:16 PM


dzobo - 7/12/2019 at 04:42 AM

Lots of favs among those mentioned but Linda Ronstadt may have had the most beautiful voice.

Agree that Jim Morrison is definitely in the mix.

pops42 - 7/12/2019 at 07:06 AM

Bonnie Raitt.

alanwoods - 7/12/2019 at 12:23 PM

Gregg. Seems like I appreciate him more (that being possible) as time goes on.

A lot of the names already mentioned here. For female vocalist, Bonnie Raitt, certainly.

One I haven't seen and wonder if y'all think belongs in this list - Chris Robinson. For what he did with the Crowes, I think he does. I like his CRB work, too.

spoonbelly - 7/12/2019 at 02:15 PM

I'm surprised no mentioned Steve Winwood. His age has taken a tiny toll though.
Also surprised I didn't see John Fogarty And again the age factor.

[Edited on 7/12/2019 by spoonbelly]

ScottC - 7/12/2019 at 03:21 PM

Eva Cassidy:

StratDal - 7/12/2019 at 04:14 PM

Ronnie James Dio
Ian Gillan
Grace Slick
James Dewar

CanadianMule - 7/12/2019 at 10:23 PM

Geddy Lee
Roger Hodgson
Steve Perry

StratDal - 7/13/2019 at 03:16 PM

Geddy Lee
Roger Hodgson
Steve Perry

Ha! Ha! I actually like Geddy Lee. Not for everyone but works for me.

Uponthe2ndfloor - 7/13/2019 at 09:40 PM

Lots of favs among those mentioned but Linda Ronstadt may have had the most beautiful voice.

Agree that Jim Morrison is definitely in the mix.

Could not agree more on both points.Linda was always my favorite vocalist.

A few others:

Annie Haslam

Pat Benatar

Rhiannon Giddens

Randall - 7/14/2019 at 12:06 AM

I agree with most of those listed so far. Different styles and approaches, but all good.

I would have to add Mike Mattison; he's like the Swiss Army knife of vocalists.

allmanfan21 - 7/14/2019 at 02:27 AM

Glenn Hughes is awesome!!!

JimSheridan - 7/14/2019 at 03:43 AM

Eddie Vedder and Susan Tedeschi are 2 singers who really can do it live. A lot of singers are studio wonders; these two really deliver it on stage.

Some singers I love because of their amazing sound and attitude and uniqueness are Bon Scott, David Bowie, Johnny Rotten, Paul Westerberg, and Jeff Tweedy.

Rod Stewart's early stuff & Faces & Jeff Beck Band is wonderful. He was a truly great singer who really made you feel it.

Finally: Rick Danko. Pure soulful vocals.

fender31 - 7/14/2019 at 11:31 AM

Paul Rodgers
Mick Jagger
Chris Cornell
Scott Weiland
Steve Winwood

[Edited on 7/14/2019 by fender31]

kevdab - 7/14/2019 at 12:50 PM

Paul Rogers
Levon Helm
Rod Stewart

hankpipes - 7/14/2019 at 06:46 PM

Joe Bonamassa
Joe Cocker

Doesn't fit the genre but Donna Summer man she could sing

masbama - 7/14/2019 at 07:11 PM

Freddie Mercury had a great rock voice

Buzzy82 - 7/15/2019 at 03:17 AM

Jimmy Hall just gets better with age

CanadianMule - 7/15/2019 at 03:44 AM

Sam Brown

Holt - 7/15/2019 at 03:41 PM

Lots of good suggestions here but no one has mentioned John Cowan currently of the Doobie Brothers.

BIGV - 7/15/2019 at 06:31 PM


Interesting choice, I can't help but wonder how spectacular she would be with a change of musical direction. Horns, B-3, Ray Charles, Bobby Blue Bland etc....

piacere - 7/15/2019 at 08:04 PM

If we're going to rate vocalists on how good they were/are then my top ten are all opera. Luciano Pavarotti was the best voice I ever heard. Sonya Yoncheva, Elina Garanca...the list is a mile long.

My favorite? Nothing more magical than Gregg with an acoustic guitar and a mic.

Fretsman - 7/15/2019 at 08:35 PM

I agree with most mentioned, but I haven't seen James Taylor or BB King mentioned. I love JT, his vocals off Sweet Baby James, Mud Slide Slim, & That's Why I'm Here are some of my favorite vocal performances on disc.

BB King is on another level, known for his Lucille he has the most heart attack style on his staccato vocal barrage. Hearty with love and angst.

There's a few southern rockers I like current and past. From Elvis to Charlie Starr.

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