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Who else would you add to this list of singers with unusual singing voices?

Asked by rockfan (10351points) 1 week ago from iPhone

Bob Dylan
Tom Waits
Lou Reed
Randy Newman
Tom Petty
David Byrne
Elvis Costello
Patti Smith
Alanis Morissette
Joanna Newsom

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LuckyGuy's avatar

Leonard Cohen Everybody Knows
And at the other end of the spectrum….
Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi

janbb's avatar

Joan Armatrading
Tracy Chapman
Suzanne Vega

rockfan's avatar

Completely forgot Joe Strummer

zenvelo's avatar

Minnie Riperton.

janbb's avatar

Buffy St. Marie

chyna's avatar

Tiny Tim

rebbel's avatar

Minnie Riperton @zenvelo mentioned her already (lalalalalah)
Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies)

ucme's avatar

Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals)
Jimmy Somerville (The Communards)
Sam Smith
Rod Stewart
Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
Lemmy (Motorhead)
Kate Bush

anniereborn's avatar

Peter Murphy
Geddy Lee
Maynard James Keenan
Robert Smith
Billy Corgan
Shirley Temple

KNOWITALL's avatar


mazingerz88's avatar

^^I don’t think their voices are unusual at all. I might listen again though.

Ripperton was already mentioned so…maybe Waaktar of the 80’s group AHA?

LadyMarissa's avatar

Roy Orbison
Freddie Mercury

janbb's avatar

Richard Thompson

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Pop music:
Another vote for Roy Orbison

In jazz:
For using their voices as an instrument, Anita O’Day and Ella Fitzgerald are the standouts for musical sophistication. They sat with the brass and reed men as equals.

I always have been in awe of the bell-like voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams. No rough edges, no fuzz, no rasp. Most people have overtones and undertones, but those two project the primary tone to the back of the room. In technical terms, they could almost sing a sine wave.

LadyMarissa's avatar

Not many remember her…what about…

Eva Cassidy

Don’t forget Carole King

Stache's avatar

Perry Ferrell

rebbel's avatar

Rufus Wainwright
Emiliana Torrini

LostInParadise's avatar

Billy Holliday
Louis Armstrong
Cass Elliot

stanleybmanly's avatar

Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughn should be added to @Call Me Jay ‘s superb list.

LadyMarissa's avatar

George Strait
Randy Travis
Dolly Parton
Loretta Lynn
Johnny Cash
Bonnie Raitt
Hank Williams Sr

Darth_Algar's avatar

Whoever sings on Canned Heat’s ‘Going Up the Country’, with that ridiculous Muppet voice.

janbb's avatar

How have none of us mentioned Neil Young? A truly distinct funky voice.

LadyMarissa's avatar

What about Joe Cocker???

janbb's avatar

^^ Good one.

I’m not sure if Van Morrison has an unusual voice or just sings in an unusual way when he’s drunk.

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