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Thread started 01/21/15 7:53am

MusicAddict95

Technically greatest (pop) vocalists

Hopefully, the title description isn't too vague, but who are among the most technically skilled singers/vocalists in popular music (excluding opera)?
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Reply #1 posted 01/21/15 11:40am

kalelvisj

Freddy Mercury, Elvis, Aretha, Marvin Gaye and Roy Orbision are a good place to start a list of technically great pop vocalists.

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Reply #2 posted 01/22/15 3:04am

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I'm afraid the question is vague. What's technically skilled? Hits the highest or the lowest notes? Reaches 5 octaves? Had formal training?
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Reply #3 posted 01/22/15 5:46am

Javi

Smokey Robinson and David McAlmont.

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Reply #4 posted 01/22/15 5:52am

Empress

George MichaelSam Cooke

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Reply #5 posted 01/22/15 8:02am

nuttynutmeg

SuperSoulFighter said:

I'm afraid the question is vague. What's technically skilled? Hits the highest or the lowest notes? Reaches 5 octaves? Had formal training?

+1

Some of the most-gifted singers don't even know what they're doing technically in their singing. They just do it.

But here are some of the most versatile vocalists on top off my head (not necessarily formally trained). In no particular order:

Stevie Wonder

Prince

Sam Cooke

Donny Hathaway

Tim Buckley

Jeff Buckley

Paolo Nutini

Harry Nilsson

Paul Mccartney

Aretha Franklin

Whitney Houston

Luther Vandross

Michael Jackson

Beyonce

Christina Aguilera

George Michael

Marvin Gaye

Teena Marie

Maxwell

Eric Benet

Keny Loggins

Steve Winwood

Phil Collins

Freddie Mercury

Tina Turner

Lewis Taylor

Mike Patton

etc.

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Reply #6 posted 01/23/15 11:24am

bobzilla77

Ian Gillan of Deep Purple. Phenomenal pipes in his prime.

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