[Dixielandjazz] pretty voices?

Bill Gunter jazzboard at hotmail.com
Wed Feb 5 00:12:29 PST 2003

Speaking of vocalist's voices . . .

How about the dulcet tones of (no need to start with Louis though he would 
probably head the list):

Shel Silverstein
Bob Dylan
Rex Harrison (who used to speak the lyrics) - in "My Fair Lady"
Robert Preston (ditto) - in "Music Man"
Lefty Frizel (sp) (country singer who used to sing 5 notes for each note in 
the tune.)

These people were not what you would call 'bel canto' vocalists but they 
related to the audience and sold scads of recordings and garnered the 
respect of thousands of fans!

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Gunter
jazzboard at hotmail.com

ps. It doesn't matter whether or not you personally liked or disliked the 
voice. What does matter is that their voices have touched large segments of 
our population.

>From: Charlie Hooks <charliehooks at earthlink.net>
>To: DJML Dixieland Jazz <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Vocalists
>Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2003 16:00:37 -0600
>on 2/4/03 12:22 PM, John Petters at jpettjazz at btinternet.com wrote:
> > Sinatra in '50s was a great jazz performer, but to my ears he was a late
> > developer.
>I'm sure you're right, John.
>My memory (I don't have the disks, either) is that the early Sinatra (of 
>"Somewhere a Voice is Calling" period, when he was called "The Voice") was
>primarily a ballad singer, and that there came a time when he lost that
>"voice."  Mafiosoed his way into the movies, proved to be a more than
>competent actor, and began to record swinging up-beat tunes.  The word was
>that he he decided to swing because he could no longer croon; if that's so,
>then losing his "voice" was the best thing that ever happened to him.  More
>proof that you don't need a "Voice" to sing: just your own voice.
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