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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 10:09 AM
A recent post got me thinking about vocalists that sound just as good today as they did in years gone by. Father Time has taken its toll on many aging artists and naturally so but who in your opinion has beaten back time? Two come to mind for me; Jimmy Hall has lost nothing and I swear sounds better today. Although Clapton does not bring the guitar fire as often as some would like, his singing has gotten much better over the years.

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 10:37 AM
Paul Rodgers & Ronnie James Dio still got some impressive pipes.

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 01:43 PM
Peter Frampton sounds exactly the same as he always did. Paul McCartney still sounds pretty good. Gregg sounds good for his age but in my opinion he is not the singer he was thirty years ago.

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 01:50 PM
Well, they may not actually gotten better but still sing extremely well after all those years:

Ronnie James Dio

Ann Wilson

Paul Rodgers

John Fogerty

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 01:54 PM
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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 01:56 PM
I can't think of any who sound "better" 40 years later, but two of my favorite vocalists who've still got great pipes are Steve Winwood and David Crosby. For all Crosby has been through, he's still got a beautiful voice. I think Willie Nelson has got a super-cool delivery and style that still works very well at, what, 75 years old?
 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 02:07 PM
Dave Mason
Paul McCartney
Eric Clapton

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 02:25 PM
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A recent post got me thinking about vocalists that sound just as good today as they did in years gone by. Father Time has taken its toll on many aging artists and naturally so but who in your opinion has beaten back time? Two come to mind for me; Jimmy Hall has lost nothing and I swear sounds better today. Although Clapton does not bring the guitar fire as often as some would like, his singing has gotten much better over the years.


Yup. As soon as I saw the topic, I thought 'Clapton'.

He still brings the fire at his shows, btw!

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 02:30 PM
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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 02:42 PM
James Taylor

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 02:58 PM
I vote for Paul Rodgers too. I would also say Warren Haynes. Seems to me Warren gets better and better every time I hear him. And Gregg's been sounding fabulous too

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 03:14 PM
Sinatra- as he grew from a pop star to a true jazz singer, his voice mellowed and got even more expressive. His control and phrasing got better as well, something he attributed to working with Tommy Dorsey.

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 04:14 PM
I seen Steely Dan in Orange Beach, Al this past summer. Donald Fagen still has it!!!! Great show!
 

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Sinatra- as he grew from a pop star to a true jazz singer, his voice mellowed and got even more expressive. His control and phrasing got better as well, something he attributed to working with Tommy Dorsey.


Sinatra immediately came to my mind; didn't post because I thought we were only talking about living singers

Dorsey was important, but it was the Nelson Riddle collaboration that honed his "phrasing". I've Got You Under My Skin has perhaps the best timing/phrasing of any song ever recorded

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 04:33 PM
paul rodgers,chris cornell,warren haynes,steve winwood
 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 04:43 PM
chris cornell sounds pretty bad now.


anyways steven tyler has better control over his voice now than he did in the 70's

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 04:43 PM
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Big V. He may have sang better as he got older, but never matched the trumpet solo at 2:05 on this song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b1pgu8v3Z8

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 04:57 PM
And, I forgot Alberta Huntery. Must have seen her at the Cookery in NYC in the early 80's. THE WOMAN IS 88 IN THIS VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS7cGsyGx1c&feature=related

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 05:03 PM
Any reviews of Leonard Cohen's latest outing? Hows he sound?

Three that come to mind in the other direction are John Prine, Gordon Lightfoot and Rod the Mod. My .02.

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 05:09 PM
Bob Dylan
 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 05:13 PM
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Big V. He may have sang better as he got older, but never matched the trumpet solo at 2:05 on this song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b1pgu8v3Z8


Thanks for posting that. I guess I'm pretty fortunate, growing up...neither of my parents ever played an instrument but I was exposed to almost everything available. My father would listen to : Hayden, Liszt, Satchmo, Frank, Kruppa, Artie Shaw, Big Mama Thornton, Mahailia Jackson & T. Bone Walker....Man, what I wouldn't give to have his collection of 78s...there was always music at while at the dinner table and my sister and I would be "Quizzed" quite often (Fun)... "Vincent, listen now... Who is this"?

Anyway, it's just cool to see some of the legends listed in these threads from time to time.

And I'm not old, I'm 53

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 05:18 PM
Both George Harrison and John Lennon started sounding different after Sgt. Pepper.

Jerry Garcia's voice started to change after 1982

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 05:18 PM
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Really?
I guess if you consider going from stuffed nasal phrasing to currently using indistinguishable mumbling "better", then you're right

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 05:21 PM
Just kidding musicman. Just a little humor to the topic. Love Dylan but his voice is shot. I saw Willie Nelson a couple years ago with Phil Lesh & Friends and his voice was strong.
 

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Big V. He may have sang better as he got older, but never matched the trumpet solo at 2:05 on this song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b1pgu8v3Z8


Thanks for posting that. I guess I'm pretty fortunate, growing up...neither of my parents ever played an instrument but I was exposed to almost everything available. My father would listen to : Hayden, Liszt, Satchmo, Frank, Kruppa, Artie Shaw, Big Mama Thornton, Mahailia Jackson & T. Bone Walker....Man, what I wouldn't give to have his collection of 78s...there was always music at while at the dinner table and my sister and I would be "Quizzed" quite often (Fun)... "Vincent, listen now... Who is this"?

Anyway, it's just cool to see some of the legends listed in these threads from time to time.

And I'm not old, I'm 53


I'm the same age. My dad was a huge Jazz fan; but time essentially stopped for him somewhere in the 50's. Sadly, in many ways, I don't think the guy grew one iota for the next 50 years. Heard Sinatra, Armstrong, Big Bands etc. Had to find Parker and Coltrane and Miles and Brown and Blakey on my own.

 
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