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Paul’s Top 10 Greatest Singers Of All Time

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Posted by admin On November - 20 - 2008

-A.S. Zack has been slowly returning from semi-retirement, so I have branched out in the search of other opinions. I really like the dialogue that this Greatest Singers of All Time list has generated. I asked our good friend of the Festival Crashers, Paul Brisske to give his $.02. Without any further ado, I give you Paul’s Top 10 Greatest Singers of All Time with commentary (Rolling Stone ranking in parenthesis).

1 (1). Aretha Franklin: Aretha is a test to modern recording. Her voice can make you cringe inside yourself or not even feel the floor beneath you. And she did it all on vinyl and magnetic tape, before the days of sharp digital editing and auto tune. Aretha Franklin can hit notes you’ve never heard before, notes that don’t come from a piano. Why do you think they call it soul?

2 (8). Otis Redding: I don’t know what happened in our society that we started accepting the excuse that you can’t sing and dance at the same time. This man ran marathons onstage while his voice retained the shattering force that his recordings promised. Redding’s energy and stamina is one that has never been matched and shamefully by today’s standards will never have to be. Not to mention his soul touching gospel ballads like “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” which can make even the most abundant life feel lonely.

3 (2). Ray Charles: You don’t need to have the blues to sing the blues, but it certainly helps. And if anyone in this world ever had the blues, it was Ray Charles. Like Aretha, his range of notes could not be replicated by any instrument but the human voice. I don’t know what else to say about the man other than that he is just blue.

4 (9). Stevie Wonder: Stevie Wonder was born with the voice of an angel. Not even filtered water is as pure. It’s funny how a blind man can paint a more perfect picture of love than those who see it everyday.

5 (22). Etta James: She is too smooth and too hot to listen to without melting. I would leave any woman to have Etta James sing me to sleep every night. Not to be unoriginal but, she’s like butta.

6 (25). Michael Jackson: Just say it slowly to yourself–Michael…Jackson…

7 (Not Ranked). Bessie Smith: Bessie Smith belted the sorrow of the south and was the vocal influence for countless blues singers to follow. She makes me cry, not because I’m sad but because she is.

8 (NR). Nat King Cole: Frank Sinatra has the second most charming voice in history. If Billy Dee could sing he would be Nat King Cole.

9 (14). Al Green: The Reverend of seduction, Al Green has an untouchable pitch range which drives his raw emotional content home. No woman can resist being serenaded by Al Green. If he were a dirty homeless man singing on the street he’d still get laid.

10 (18). Freddie Mercury: The Gods of music instilled the sheer power and rebellious rage of rock ‘n roll into one voice which they then gave to Freddie Mercury. With great power comes great responsibility. I hope I don’t need to tell you whether or not he embraced it.

1 Response

  1. Shore Said,

    I like this list a lot. Convincing and funny. I also like the California Raisins a lot.

    Posted on November 20th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

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