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Thread started 05/02/21 2:56pm

Annika

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Your favourite lesser known/underrated male vocalists?

My playlist has been in a bit of a rut lately and I realise I am kind of lacking in male voices which really take you somewhere and make you feel something. Who are those guys in your libraries you feel ought to get more attention than they do? I have some to spare, all eras and genres most welcome!

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Reply #1 posted 05/02/21 4:02pm

coldcoffeeandc
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Jonah Nilson/Dirty Loops.. Love his voice

https://youtu.be/rV9uCmlMQ1c stick out the first minute or 30 secs as the song is not as it first sounds, wait for the chorus to hit

To me, he has a gorgeous voice. Bit of stevie and toto and mj in there

Another song that showcases his voice is crash and burn delight which is understated until the last minute
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Reply #2 posted 05/02/21 5:18pm

MickyDolenz

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Chuck Jackson
Brook Benton
Michael Franks
Little Milton
Leon Thomas
Black Ivory
Eddie Holman
Jerry Butler
Z.Z. Hill
O.V. Wright

Severin Browne (Jackson Browne's brother who released some albums on Motown)
Ronnie Dyson
Rance Allen Group (1970s)
The Moments / Ray, Goodman, & Brown (same group under different names)
Louis Jordan
Ace Spectrum
The Whatnauts
Blue Magic
Ronnie McNeir
Johnny Bristol

Walter Jackson

Slim Harpo

Washboard Sam

O'Bryan

The Pasadenas

Roy Head

Ivory Joe Hunter

Billy Eckstine

Michael Henderson

Tyrone Davis

Joe Hinton

Stoney Edwards

Bobby Hebb

Big Al Downing

Dobie Gray

Joe Bataan

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #3 posted 05/02/21 10:19pm

purplethunder3
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Not my lesser known artist--but I have to mention my late great friend Angel--who told me she was a closet Fanilow and I took her to see Barry and she was shocked to see so many people of color at the concert... This one is for you, Angel...

https://youtu.be/bJSgd7TYnQY?t=25

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #4 posted 05/03/21 12:34am

JoeyC

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MickyDolenz said:

Chuck Jackson
Brook Benton
Michael Franks
Little Milton
Leon Thomas
Black Ivory
Eddie Holman
Jerry Butler
Z.Z. Hill
O.V. Wright

Severin Browne (Jackson Browne's brother who released some albums on Motown)
Ronnie Dyson
Rance Allen Group (1970s)
The Moments / Ray, Goodman, & Brown (same group under different names)
Louis Jordan
Ace Spectrum
The Whatnauts
Blue Magic
Ronnie McNeir
Johnny Bristol

Walter Jackson

Slim Harpo

Washboard Sam

O'Bryan

The Pasadenas

Roy Head

Ivory Joe Hunter

Billy Eckstine

Michael Henderson

Tyrone Davis

Joe Hinton

Stoney Edwards

Bobby Hebb

Big Al Downing

Dobie Gray

Joe Bataan


You're good. thumbs up!

Rest in Peace Bettie Boo. See u soon.
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Reply #5 posted 05/03/21 7:31am

RJOrion

Stokely Williams (Mint Condition)
Emmanuel Rahiem Leblanc (GQ)
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper (Parliament/Funkadelic)
Duncan Sheik
Maurice White (not lesser known, but underrated as far as vocal talent)
Howard Hewett (Shalamar)
Glenn Jones
Edmund Sylvers (The Sylvers)
Levi Stubbs (Four Toos)
Marvin Junior (The Dells)
Paul Williams (The Temptations)
Alexander O'Neal
Steve Arrington (Slave)
Pepe' Willie (94 East)
Kashif
Cat Stevens
Adam Duritz (Counting Crowes)
Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode)
Johnnie Wilder Jr. (Heatwave)
Jermaine Jackson
Leon Ware
Lillo Thomas
Donald Fagan (Steely Dan)
Terry Callier
Russell Thompson Jr. (The Stylistics)
Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
Todd Rundgren
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Reply #6 posted 05/03/21 8:29am

jjhunsecker

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Peter Wolf (J Geils Band)
Ronnie Hawkins
Carl Perkins
Little Walter
Little Milton
Garnett Mimms
Howard Tate
Steve Marriott
#SOCIETYDEFINESU
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Reply #7 posted 05/03/21 10:24am

BalladofPeterP
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Bobby DeBarge. If ya know then ya know but for the most part he is not well known.

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Reply #8 posted 05/03/21 10:56am

CoolMF

Jeff Redd

Glenn Goins (P-Funk)

Freddie Stone (Sly)

Corey Glover (Living Color)

Steve Russell (Troop)

Larry Dodson (Bar-Kays)

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Reply #9 posted 05/03/21 12:40pm

MickyDolenz

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Roy Clark
Ed Motta
O.B. McClinton
Raul Midon
Eric Benét
Jonathan Butler
Charlie Rich
Mills Brothers
Ink Spots

Frankie Lee Sims

Mighty Clouds Of Joy

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #10 posted 05/03/21 12:43pm

ReddBlitz


James 'D-Train' Williams
Curtis Hairston
Chuck Stanley
Eugene Wilde
Howard Johnson
Leslie Wilson (Newbirth)
Kevin Spencer (Dynasty)
Tony Thompson (Hi-Five)
Kenny Greene (Intro)
Horace Brown




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Reply #11 posted 05/03/21 12:44pm

Empress

Jim Cuddy - Blue Rodeo - extremely underrated singer.

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Reply #12 posted 05/03/21 1:52pm

RJOrion

ReddBlitz said:


James 'D-Train' Williams
Curtis Hairston
Chuck Stanley
Eugene Wilde
Howard Johnson
Leslie Wilson (Newbirth)
Kevin Spencer (Dynasty)
Tony Thompson (Hi-Five)
Kenny Greene (Intro)
Horace Brown





word...good list

Howard Johnson, DTrain, Leslie Wilson & Tony Thompson(RIP) are 4 of my favorites that i missed...
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Reply #13 posted 05/03/21 2:55pm

SPYZFAN1

For jazz...Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling and Phil Perry.

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Reply #14 posted 05/03/21 6:41pm

paligap

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SPYZFAN1 said:

For jazz...Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling and Phil Perry.

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I Love those three singers!

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" I've got six things on my mind --you're no longer one of them." - Paddy McAloon, Prefab Sprout
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Reply #15 posted 05/03/21 7:35pm

paligap

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...

Cuba Gooding, Sr. (Main Ingredient)

Walt Williams (O' Jays - Most fans only mention Eddie LeVert)

Bobby Smith (Spinners - Most fans only mention Phillipe Wynne)

Sidney Barnes (Rotary Connection)

Lewis Taylor

Frank McComb

Jon Lucien

Lenny Williams (Tower of Power, solo)

Peter Cox (Go West)

Bobby Caldwell

Anthony Hamilton

Jarrod Lawson

Gary Clark (Danny Wilson)

Willie Hutch

Reggie Watts

Kenny Rankin

Curtis Stigers

Bernard Ighner

Grady Tate

Ed Motta

Jarle Bernhoft

Felton Pilate (Con Funk Shun)

Michael Cooper (Con Funk Shun)

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" I've got six things on my mind --you're no longer one of them." - Paddy McAloon, Prefab Sprout
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Reply #16 posted 05/04/21 3:41am

rlittler81

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C. Duncan

3121... Don't U Wanna Come?
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Reply #17 posted 05/04/21 6:50am

CoolMF

Eddie Murphy

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Reply #18 posted 05/04/21 8:52am

purplethunder3
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CoolMF said:

Eddie Murphy

lol

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #19 posted 05/04/21 1:23pm

phunkdaddy

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Hamish Stuart - Average White Band

Michael Cooper/Felton Pilate - ConFunkShun

Eric Roberson

Frank McComb

Stokley - Mint Condition

Eric Benet

Glenn Lewis

Larry Dodson - Barkays

Arnell Carmichael - Raydio

Russell Thompson - Stylistics

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Don't laugh at my funk
This funk is a serious joint
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Reply #20 posted 05/04/21 2:42pm

CoolMF

purplethunder3121 said:

CoolMF said:

Eddie Murphy

lol

Actually, I was being serious. Caught "Put Your Mouth On Me" on satellite radio a few weeks ago and watched Dreamgirls on cable this weekend so, for purposes of the OP, I consider him an "underrated male vocalist".

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Reply #21 posted 05/04/21 3:21pm

BlueShakooo

Nik Kershaw
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Reply #22 posted 05/04/21 3:31pm

SPYZFAN1

Pali....Lewis Taylor..Yes!!! You were one of the few orgers that turned me on to LT back in the old org days. cool

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Reply #23 posted 05/04/21 5:17pm

paligap

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SPYZFAN1 said:

Pali....Lewis Taylor..Yes!!! You were one of the few orgers that turned me on to LT back in the old org days. cool

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Ahhh, yeah...The Old org days biggrin ...NDeed!!

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" I've got six things on my mind --you're no longer one of them." - Paddy McAloon, Prefab Sprout
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Reply #24 posted 05/04/21 5:20pm

paligap

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BlueShakooo said:

Nik Kershaw

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I'm still a big Kershaw fan to this day!

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" I've got six things on my mind --you're no longer one of them." - Paddy McAloon, Prefab Sprout
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Reply #25 posted 05/05/21 9:09pm

RJOrion

Billy Stewart
Sam "Little Sonny" Brown (The Intruders)
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Reply #26 posted 05/08/21 8:55am

RJOrion

not really underrated, but Tevin Campbell could have been one of the greatest singers in history if he could have sustained his success into his adult years... "Can We Talk" is one of the greatest vocal performances ever...Tevin Campbell sounds like a young, male version of Whitney Houston on that joint... but unfortunately, personal issues and drug problems derailed his promising career... but he was the greatest teenage singer i ever heard outside of Michael Jackson as a teen
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Reply #27 posted 05/08/21 9:01am

2freaky4church
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Most of the greats are greats for a reason. Sananda eye guess.

Keith Washington.

Dood from TSOL

Rahsaan

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #28 posted 05/08/21 9:23am

MattyJam

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Van Hunt

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

Tim "Ripper" Owens

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Reply #29 posted 05/09/21 1:49am

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BalladofPeterParker said:

Bobby DeBarge. If ya know then ya know but for the most part he is not well known.




True, Not that well known. My son says until the Unsung Switch episode he always thought those Switch songs was El Debarge.

I was listening to Switch, Switch II and Debarge first album. Bobby's vocals on Switch II are absolutely flawless. I've always felt Bobby should have saved the tracks from the Debarge first album for his solo album.
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