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 Post subject: Who are your top female singers
PostPosted: Apr Tue 23, 2013 12:36 am 
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Having an argument at work today about the talent of female singers in general and someone challenged me to name one female singer better than Whitney Houston. My first inclination was to say just about anyone because I dislike the Whitney warble/waiver/tremelo but I controlled myself and said

Judith Durham of the Seekers
Kate Smith, particularly her rendition of God Bless America.

I'd love to hear yours.

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 Post subject: Re: Who are your top female singers
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Celine Dion from a musical standpoint no one can touch her.
Nelly Furtado is excellent, but thats a matter of opinion


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Billie Holiday.... Warm voice like a hot shower after working outside in a Montana winter

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Maybe not the top by someone elses standards but one of of my favourites

Roberta Flack's rendition of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOFrGbuUqnQ

Simplicity at its best

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Dinah Washington
Rosemary Clooney
Billie Holiday (her early work)

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 Post subject: Re: Who are your top female singers
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Ruth Etting
Doris Day (before she was a virgin)
Rosemary Clooney
Carly Simon
Diana Krall

There are others.

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 Post subject: Re: Who are your top female singers
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I could name a few female vocalists but you guys wouldn't really appreciate it - my taste in music is somewhat "heavy", and my latest love is for "symphonic metal" - AKA "Goth Rock"

Monika Pedersen of Sirenia

Amanda Somerville of Trillium

Lisa Middelhauve of Xandria

Tarja Turunen of Nightwish

Amy Lee of Evanescence

The list goes on :)

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Karen Carpenter
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 Post subject: Re: Who are your top female singers
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chaz wrote:
Karen Carpenter
Patsy Cline



+1 Karen Carpenter

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 Post subject: Re: Who are your top female singers
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Billie Holiday
Ella Fitzgerald
Peggy Lee
Teresa Brewer
Dinah Washington
Sarah Vaughan

Two more recent singers that could blow Whitney Houston out of the water at her own game:

Donna Summer
Stephanie Mills

and my personal current favorite, although she's starting to regress a bit, Sarah Brightman.

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Cher!!!!!

and Celine!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Who are your top female singers
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Nobody could sing like Julie London; in a class by herself.

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1. Ella Fitzgerald
2. Ella Fitzgerald
3. Ella Fitzgerald
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Nobody could sing like Julie London; in a class by herself.

Cry Me A River!

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 Post subject: Re: Who are your top female singers
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rocketeer wrote:
fifties wrote:
Nobody could sing like Julie London; in a class by herself.

Cry Me A River!

Larry

That was her biggest hit, released in 1955.

My favorite is, "Blues in the Night" (My mama done told me...).

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 Post subject: Re: Who are your top female singers
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Marianne Faithfull and Juice Newton are two other female artists I've always loved.


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 Post subject: Re: Who are your top female singers
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My second tier would include Patsy Cline and Connie Francis.

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 Post subject: Re: Who are your top female singers
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( THEN and always)
Sarah Vaughn
Ella Fitzgerald
Dinah Washington
Billie Holiday
Julie London
Eta James

( Today - living)
Nora Jones
Dianna Krall

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Ann Murray [ey].


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 Post subject: Re: Who are your top female singers
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I can't believe nobody's mentioned Marlene Dietrich.

I keed. I keed. Madeline Kahn destroyed my ability to take her seriously.

Billie Holiday before she got hooked on smack.
Ella Fitzgerald
Dinah Washington
June Christy
Nancy Wilson
Keely Smith
Sarah McLachlan

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