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Old Feb-28-2006, 7:27 AM
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Arrow My top 10 singers list

This was a hard one to put together, but after much thought it looks like this. Based on the fact that they all connect with me emotionally in a big way. In no particular order:

Ian Gillan
Glenn Hughes
David Coverdale
Geoff Tate
Steve Perry
Fergie Fredriksen
Tommy Shaw
Dennis DeYoung
Michael Flexig
Bobby Kimball

What would be your additions/omissions to this list and why? Remember the limit of 10 singers
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Old Feb-28-2006, 9:37 AM
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Paul Rodgers
Glenn Hughes
Terry Wilson Slesser
Gene Clark
Richie Furay
Eric Burdon
Phil Mogg
Jack Bruce
Roy Orbison
Chris Isaak
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Old Feb-28-2006, 9:49 AM
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Ok then, also in no particular order...

Glenn Hughes
Tony Carey
Jeff Scott Soto
Ian Gillan
Joe Lynn Turner
Ian Hunter
Fish
Gary Moore
Ronnie James Dio
Steve Perry

The Deep Purple family tree has given us an incredible array of talent. When Glenn Hughes sings, the stars and planets align themselves on that great musical staff in the sky, and it's a transcendental experience. Tony Carey played keyboards in Rainbow, of course, but his solo work has proven him to be a wonderfully thoughtful, if melancholy, singer and songwriter. Ian Gillan's singing on 'Wasted Sunsets', 'No More Cane on the Brazos' or even 'Haunted' show an ability to find the heart of a song, and sing from its center. Joe Lynn Turner is often derided for bringing the AOR to Rainbow, but Joe never gets enough credit for being the strong, melodic singer that he is - check out 'Street of Dreams', 'Unchained Melody' or HTP - where he held his own with Glenn Hughes - for evidence. Ronnie James Dio is one of the few singers who can be smooth as silk one moment, and the Devil himself the next. He truly is a golden throated singer, who continues to defy the passage of time.

Jeff Scott Soto came up as part of the new breed of hard rock singer in the 80's. His style fully manifested itself around 1990, and from then on he has produced some of the most enjoyable music in the genre - with damn near as many projects as Glenn! Ian Hunter has long been a master storyteller with his songs - only Ian could sing the heartbreaking 'Irene Wilde', 'Death of a Nation' or 'Two Ships', or rile up the celebratory 'All the Young Dudes' like he does. Fish is about the most wordy lyricist I know, and while he may not have the range of some of these other singers, he has a lot to say, and he fills his songs with atmosphere and emotion. Gary Moore only became a better vocalist after working with other, better, vocalists. So by the time 1985 rolled around, Gary was able to record songs like 'Empty Rooms' with gusto. In the years since, Gary has evolved somewhat as a vocalist - songs like 'Johnny Boy' and 'I Have Found Myself in You' show him to be a more confident singer than ever. At times he, during more rocking numbers, Gary's shouty tendencies reappear, but not enough to remove him from my top ten faves. Lastly, Steve Perry of Journey - who here hasn't been wowed by Steve's lung-bursting performances on 'Faithfully' and 'Why Can't This Night Go On Forever'? Add to that the heartfelt takes on 'Send Her My Love', 'Still They Ride' and 'Separate Ways', and its easy to hear why Steve raised the bar for every singer to follow.

And that's all I've got to say about that....

Cheers...Todd
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Old Feb-28-2006, 10:45 AM
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Im missing the mighty Tony Martin in your lists

My list also in no particular order...

Glenn Hughes
Tony Martin
David Coverdale
Mark Boals
Joe Lynn Turner
Paul Stanley
Rob Halford
Tim Ripper Owens
Ronnie James Dio
Ian Gillan (that's until 1983 - The Born Again tour with Sabbath killed his voice..... BUT IS WAS ALL WORTH IT )
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Old Feb-28-2006, 12:07 PM
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Can't disagree with all those mentioned so far, but don't forget:

Ray Gillen
Steve Marriott
Stevie Wonder

and although I don't think he's reached his full potential yet and aside from being a DC clone at times,
I think Jorn Lande should also be on any list of favourite singers.
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1.GLENN HUGHES
2.DAVID COVERDALE
3.DIO
4.R.HALFORD
5.DAVE MENIKETTI
6.PAUL RODGERS
7.PAUL SHORTINO
8 JOHN CORABI
9.KLAUS MEINE
10.RAY GILLEN
11.J.L.TURNER
AND I ALSO LOVE O. REDDING,SAM COOKE,S. WONDER AND W.PICKET.
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Old Feb-28-2006, 12:40 PM
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Steve Hogarth! Wonderful musician and an awesome singer.



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Paul: I just came back to this thread to mention I forgot to mention Jorn Lande A great singer who we hopefully can enjoy for the next 25 years

This guy would be huge if he was born 20 years earlier.
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it doesn't say male or female...
... so here are
10+10
in no particular order.....

Glenn Hughes
Jeff Buckley
John Wetton
Steve Walsh
Phil Lynott
Steve Marriott
Jon Anderson
James Taylor
Sam Moore
Stevie Wonder

Karen Carpenter
Dionne Warwick
Carla Thomas
Aretha Franklin
Sarah Jane Morris
Annie Haslam
Linda Perry
Maggie Bell
Sheryl Crow
Tsidii Le Loka


what'd ya say now?

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Glenn Hughes
Marvin Gaye
Steve Hogarth
Johnny Cash
Ian Gillan
Robin Zander
David Crosby
Stevie Wonder
Steve Winwood
Solomon Burke

the above are my fave singers, now if i was choosing frontmen then Plant and ol'Cov would make the list, and if it were lyricists i would include Roy Harper, Fish and Bobby Dylan...and there are loads of female singers amongst my faves, but as everyone elses lists are all-male i'll save the girls for another list!

cheers all! PJ
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Old Feb-28-2006, 2:32 PM
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I dont believe it.....someone else who has heard of Terry Wilson Slessor of Crawler ..... one of my fave bands n singers.....here's my list....

The Funkmeister
Terry Wilson Slessor (Crawler)
Jeff Scott Soto (his stuff on Soul Sirkus CD is fabulous)
Corey Glover (Living colour - check out his solo Cd 'Hymns' tis fabulous!!)
Coverdale (in his Purple / early Whitesnake mode when he could SING!!!!)
Paul Rodgers (the 2nd voice of rock !!!)
John Lawton (ex Heep singer 1977 - 1979)
Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon singer who had an amazing voice around the time of Live, You can tune a piano, Nine Lives albums)
Dio - well rainbow Rising and Heav n Hell CD's

Thats all folks
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Old Feb-28-2006, 7:16 PM
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Glenn Hughes
Steve Gould
Jeff Scott Soto
RJ Dio
Al Green
Alex Ligertwood
Ron Isley
Curtis Mayfield
Maurice White
Sly Stone
Eric Burdon



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Old Feb-28-2006, 7:38 PM
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Icon33 MY TOP 10

GLENN HUGHES (MUST WE FORGET WHERE WE ARE?)
RONNIE JAMES DIO
IAN GILLAN
BRUCE DICKENSON
JOE LYNN TURNER
JEFF SCOTT SOTO
DAVID COVERDALE
STEVEN TYLER
GEOFF TATE
IAN ASTBURY
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Hi All..

I go with the coverdale, lynot etc...like you allready listed
Here's couple of ad's you can't forget:

Richie Kotzen and Bon Scott ...Great pipes both of them

Peace brothers
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(These arn't in order coz I can't decide that!!)

Glenn Hughes
Steve Perry
David Coverdale
Lou Gramm
Robert Plant
Ian Gillan
Ann Wilson
Ronnie James Dio
Bon Scott
Phil Collins

There are more .... Rob Halford, Lemmy (), Eric Adams, Grace Slick, Patti Smith, Joe Lynn Turner, Geddy Lee ..........

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Old Mar-01-2006, 4:19 AM
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Currently, I think the honor of greatest vocalist has to go to Hughes. I don't think anyone can compete with his range.

With that said, my list is rather predictable & dull, really. But, I simply find the usual suspects to be the best!

Hughes
Sting
Dio (more power than any vocalist I've heard)
James Dewar (RIP, formerly of the Robin Trower group)
Jorn Lande (I think he's better than Coverdale)
Ray Gillen (RIP)
Ian Gillan (but not so much anymore...)
Geoff Tate
Anneke van Geirsbergen (the Gathering)
Bruce Dickinson
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Old Mar-01-2006, 9:34 AM
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Although the reason we're all here is Glenn, I think it's impossible to rate him as the greatest singer of them all, simply because it depends on what kind of music you're listening to at any given moment.

For example, if you're in the mood for some great AOR, there's no one better than Steve Perry, if you're in the mood for some cock rock, there's no one better than the young Coverdale, if you're in the mood for some funky hard rock... well there's no one better than Glenn! See my point?

They all serve different purposes and are equally strong on their own merits, imho.

Daniel
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Icon48 My top 10 singers

Top 3 are my choice the other 7 in no particular order with many more that could have made from plenty progressive rock bands.


Glenn Hughes
John Lawton
Nico Di Palo
Stevie Wonder
Ian Gillan
Ray Gillan
David Byron
Ronnie James Dio
Paul Rodgers
Dennis De Young
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Old Mar-01-2006, 1:20 PM
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i see no one mentioned greg lake (but im glad to see john lawton mentioned more than once)
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Old Mar-01-2006, 6:38 PM
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These are all Great VOX!
Has no one heard of John West?.. from Artension..Royal Hunt...and the great Cozy Powell farewell: Especially for You...( John signed my copy of that CD!)
He also stepped in to finish the Sun Red Sun recordings.
R.I.P.
Ray Gillen!
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Old Mar-02-2006, 12:11 AM
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Excellent singers named so far....

a few of my list....no particular order as well....

David Byron
Glenn Hughes
David Coverdale (early years)
Jorn Lande
Joyce "Baby Jean" Kennedy (Mother´s Finest)
Warren Haynes (great singer and guitarist too)
Skin (Skunk Anansie)
Göran Edman
Doogie White
Lou Gramm
Jimmy Barnes (Living Loud)
Chely Wright (don´t laugh)
Lana Lane
Donna Summer
Pete Stanford

there are so many good ones....

Achim
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Just for guys who have amazing ranges and can do all sorts vocally, I'd pick:

Freddie Mercury (if we're allowed dead guys)
Glenn
JLT
Ian Gillan (in his prime)
David Coverdale (in his prime)
Ronnie James Dio
Jorn Lande
Jeff Scott Soto
Graham Bonnet
Steve Perry

BUT I also have a list of guys who's voices I love who aren't really rock singers, like Tom Jones, Michael Ball, John Farnham etc

AND there's a lot of guys who's voices I like but maybe aren't as versatile - people like Mickey Thomas, Jimi Jamison and Lou Gramm who always do the same kind of genre, Eric Martin, Roger Taylor, Richie Sambora.... The list could go on forever!

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Not wanting to feel left out, here's mine :-

Glenn Hughes
Paul Rodgers
Freddie Mercury
Anne Wilson
Ronnie James Dio
Danny Bowes
David Coverdale
Steve Tyler
Dave Grohl
Lou Gramm



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its taken a while to narrow it down to the following:

Glenn Hughes

Danny Bowes
Roger Daltrey
James Dewar
Dio
Ian Gillan
Joe Lynn Turner
Dan McCafferty
Steve Perry
Robin Zander

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Glenn Hughes
Sean Harris
David Coverdale
Ronnie James Dio
Mike Scott
Paul Rodgers
Joe Lynn Turner
Ricky Medlocke
Jorn Lande
Göran Edman


Nice to see Michael Flexig's name on here. Another great singer.

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The one and the only Glenn Hughes (always first)
Joe Lynn Turner (Joe was the guy who changed my attitude to music)
Göran Edman (well, at the moment I'm listening a lot of Swedish musicians and, I think, he is one of a kind (c))
Freddy Mercury (I have no words, we all love Freddie!)
Paul McCartney (I think, there's no people on the planet who wouldn't know Beatles...Paul reminds me of childhood)
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd will live forever!)
Ronnie James Dio (saw him live in 2006 and it was really amazing)
Tony Martin (yeah, like him...very strong voice)
Jarkko Ahola (if you know who is he...)
maybe David Coverdale (definitely like the voice, but I'm not a big fan of his lyrics)
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In no particular order:

Glenn Hughes
David Coverdale
Mike Matijevic
Tony Harnell
Steve Perry
Danny Vaughn
Ian Gillan
Graham Bonnet
Robert Plant
Robin Zander
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Ian Gillan
Ozzy Osbourne
Rob Halford
Bruce Dickinson
Morgan Lander (KITTIE)
Tarja Turunen (Nightwish and solo)
Glenn Hughes
Tony Martin
Ray Gillen
Geoff Tate
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I know as soon as I post this list I will think of 9 others I really think are great singers as well. Other than my dear ole hubby (who is himself a really great singer/song writer...although unknown), the following would be my top 10 list of great singers...not necessarily in this particular order...and on another day the list may look entirely different (except for first pick of course)

Glenn Hughes
Etta James
Allison Krauss
Anita Baker
Ruthie Foster
Roy Orbison
Jimi Jamison
Paul Rodgers
Stevie Wonder
Celine Dion

All of these have some great pipes
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