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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 09:59 AM
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Favorite "Non-traditional" Singing voice
Michael McDonald leads my list for a singer that on first listen you'd think lacks real vocal quality in a traditional sense, yet conveys intense feeling in a very unique way. Berry White and Janice Joplin are in that category, too.

Got music? What's your favor in this line?
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mr_hat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:05 AM
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1. Iris Dement, although she's ultra-traditional, in a way.
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:26 PM
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32. Saw her at the Birchmere not long ago
She is the voice of my heritage.
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:07 AM
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2. Define traditional... you mean since recordings?
or how people sang for eons before?
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:13 AM
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I don't know
Maybe "really distinctive" is a better description.
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Ellen Forradalom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:08 AM
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3. Marianne Faithfull
Booze- and drug-coarsened vocal cords, but very expressive.
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 09:38 PM
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62. I Love Marianne Faithfull!
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:13 AM
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4. Gilmore Tamny from the Yips.
I REALLY love her singing on "Clouds Were Ships."
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Intelsucks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:23 AM
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5. Richard Butler - The Psychedelic Furs
No range, no versatility, could be mimicked by almost anyone...

But what he did, he did very well.
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:27 AM
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6. Bob Dylan (n/t)
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waylon Donating Member (598 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:28 AM
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7. Ralph Stanley
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dawgman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 08:30 PM
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50. His "Oh death" is incredible.
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:32 AM
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8. And no discussion of "non-traditional" voices is complete without:
YOKO ONO!

Don't worry, don't worry, don't worry,
Don't worry, don't worry, don't worry,
Don't worry, don't worry, don't worry, Kyoko...


And yes, I'm being completely serious. I love Yoko.
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Susang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 08:23 PM
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47. Me too!
Kiss kiss kiss kiss me now,
Just just just just one one kiss will do!

:-)
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 09:11 PM
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56. Thank you, Susang!
Edited on Sat Feb-14-04 09:11 PM by Whitacre D_WI
It's nice to meet someone else who actually likes Yoko!

on edit: :yourock:
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:43 AM
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9. Callas
not exactly... beautiful
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 12:36 PM
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25. Whoa, now...
...Maria Callas' voice was DEFINITELY beautiful. Challenging, sure. Nontraditional? Oh, yeah.

But I don't for a second think of it as not beautiful.
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Gildor Inglorion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:45 AM
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10. Macy Gray!
:D
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:45 AM
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11. Macy Gray. eom
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:53 AM
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12. Carla Bozulich
Edited on Sat Feb-14-04 10:54 AM by dolo amber
Ethyl Meatplow/Geraldine Fibbers. :yourock: :bounce:

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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 11:00 AM
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13. Lou Reed, until about 1979...
Edited on Sat Feb-14-04 11:01 AM by mitchum
he doesn't even bother to try anymore. Just talks his way through the material
Others:
Mr Dylan (of course)
Richard Butler
Chet Baker
Lucinda Williams
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thebigidea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:14 PM
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28. I'll second that one...
remember his awful vocals on the VU reunion?

"Shiny shiny shiny boots of leather, ooo baby..."

ooo baby? in "VENUS IN FURS"?

OOOO BABY!?!?

I have no son.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 05:57 PM
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74. His "The Raven" sounds like Schoolhouse Rock
and you're right, that "Venus in Furs" is just wretched
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 11:03 AM
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14. Joe Cocker
Great voice with great phrasings. In the band I was in I had to sing "Leave you hat on" and "The Letter". Very rough on the vocal chords but a lot of soul.
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phaseolus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 11:05 AM
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15. Dr. John!
Edited on Sat Feb-14-04 11:07 AM by phaseolus
Go here
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00006LLPC/qid=1076774590//ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i2_xgl15/104-6574439-3139939?v=glance&s=music&n=507846
...and listen to the snippet of "The Nearness of You" to hear the best version ever
of a sappy Cole Porter tune. It's the only vocal track from a brilliant solo piano album from
the '80s.

On edit: Hoagy Carmichael/Ned Washington, not Cole Porter. Sorry.
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 11:09 AM
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16. Can't forget Willie Nelson
Talk about a strange vocal.
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dawgman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 08:30 PM
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51. Willie would be mine
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nedlogg Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 11:12 AM
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17. Louis Armstrong
n/t
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oxymoron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 11:12 AM
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18. Ricky Lee Jones
and Macy Grey
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 11:16 AM
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19. Traditional Eastern European women vocalists
such as The Bulgarian State Choir, Lado Ensemble (Croatia), Marta Sebestyen (Hungary), the Pyatnitsky Folk Choir of Russia, etc.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 12:05 PM
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20. Joni Mitchell
I love her songwriting, too...
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 12:06 PM
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21. Louie Armstrong and Tom Waits.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 12:09 PM
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22. Kim Carnes
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mobuto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 12:21 PM
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23. Tom Waits? Louis Armstrong? Ethel Murman?
Let me think of some more.
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fishnfla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 12:23 PM
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24. Lucinda Williams
nt
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:12 PM
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26. Joe Cocker
The primal scream he lets go in the middle of "With a Little Help From My Friends" is classic.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:14 PM
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27. How about the master of nontraditional vocals: Tom Waits
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:18 PM
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29. Fenris wins!
Also, I love Willie.

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populistmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:21 PM
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31. Stevie Nicks
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:39 PM
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33. Brad Roberts remember him?
Mmmm,Mmmm,Mmmm Song...Brad Roberts Crash Test Dummies!
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:40 PM
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34. James Brown

And JB's voice wasn't the only "non-traditional" thing about his music!
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:45 PM
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35. Roy Orbison was unique
however I don't like picking favorites...it feels to limiting.
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FlaGranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:49 PM
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36. My choices - Ray Charles,
Edited on Sat Feb-14-04 01:50 PM by FlaGranny
Roy Orbison, and Louis Armstrong. Maybe Patti Page? - when she got older.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:59 PM
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37. Skip James
has one of the most haunting voices in the blues-but I really like Howlin' Wolf!
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 01:44 PM
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71. Skip is one of the great singers of the 20th century.
I was listening to the Complete Bloomington, Indiana concert in the car this week.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 02:26 PM
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38. Joan Armetrading
NSMA reminded me.
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 02:30 PM
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39. Tom Araya! The most evil voice in Metal!
No one gets it off like Tom.
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greendog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 02:49 PM
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40. Leonard Cohen
Tom Waits, Iris Dement, Lucinda Williams, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Robin Williamson, Alejandro Escovedo........
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HamstersFromHell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 03:29 PM
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41. Ian Anderson
One of the few who sort of sings with an accent.

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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 03:39 PM
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42. Ani DiFranco.
And Cake.
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He loved Big Brother Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 05:55 PM
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43. Bjork <3
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 07:55 PM
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44. I listened to an entire concert
She is very unique but VERY limited. The phrasing, tones, inflections were so similar in every song it was as if it were one long song. I kind of like her quirkiness and there was one point where she wound up a huge music box that she then sang in tempo with. That was cool, but she is rather narrow in her sound.
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Susang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 08:20 PM
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46. Limited?!?!
I'm sorry, but Bjork has amazing range. She was a child prodigy singing Icelandic classical folk music. She composes with symphonies, has sung with punk bands and works with various electronica artists, continually reinventing her style.

I have seen her perform live at different stages of her career and by no means is her musical talent narrow or limited. Her inflections can in no way be similar in every song, since each one is so vastly different musically, particularly in her last record Vespertine, as to require it. She growls, purrs, screams, wails, moans and seduces her way through a song. I can't name a single vocalist who can match her in range, emotion and ability who is performing currently.

However, I do not consider her a non-traditional singer/vocalist, as her voice is very traditional...for Iceland! :-)
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 09:17 PM
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57. What I heard
May not have been up to her pedigree but I stand by my observation. Her sound was to me repetitve and possibly an acquired taste. As I said I liked some of her works and by no means wish to say she is untalented.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 08:01 PM
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45. Tom Waits
many other great ones listed in this thread too.

I don't know how Tom Waits keeps inventing these great melodies with that ravaged voice of his.
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Susang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 08:26 PM
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48. Mary Margaret O'Hara
Victoria Williams & Amy Rigby

Special bonus prize to anybody who's seen them live!
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Snow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 08:27 PM
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49. *snicker* Glenn Gould
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 05:55 PM
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73. HAHAHA
no need to snicker. That's very good
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 08:31 PM
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52. Stephen Hawking -- Stephen Hawking Sings Broadway's Best
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 09:21 PM
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58. arwalden
Now that would be memorable!
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 09:37 PM
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61. I Really Ought Not Make Fun Of Him
... but he's got enough money, he can handle a little good-natured teasing.

-- Allen
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Snow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 11:55 AM
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64. I heard Hawking speak in Minneapolis some years ago....
he joked that the only speech synthesizers he could find had American accents....
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dawgman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 08:32 PM
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53. How about William Shattner? Brings tears to my eyes.
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 08:49 PM
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54. Ahh, Shatner!

Listening to his TRANSFORMED MAN album never fails to make my ears water!
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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 08:56 PM
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55. Captain Beefheart
Actually, I'm only being half a wise guy.

The guy is a terrific blues growler!
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MattBaggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 09:31 PM
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59. Marc Bolan
been on wierd T.Rex kick lately
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 09:35 PM
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60. I agree with you about MM. Paul Carrick sometimes affects me that way too
not sure that I have spelled it correctly. He did a great cover of a Pink Floyd song that made it sound completely different, very intense, very personal.
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 10:39 PM
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63. Leon Redbone
Very "Non-traditional"
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 12:21 PM
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65. Tom Waits....
who is on record as describing his voice as "Louis Armstrong and Ethel Merman meeting in hell".
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 12:32 PM
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66. Isaac Brock, Steven Malkamus, Hope Sandoval
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Red State Rebel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 12:49 PM
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67. Leon Russell
But we're alone now and I'm singin this song for you...
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 12:54 PM
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68. John Baldry
Don't Try to Lay No Boojie-Woojie on the King of Rock-and-Roll!
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NewHampshireDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 01:07 PM
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70. Paul Pena
when he mixes his Delta blues style with Tuvan throat singing.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000516VT/qid=1076868329//ref=pd_ka_2/102-7727207-9835310?v=glance&s=music&n=507846

And, for that matter, any of the Tuvan throat singers, such as Kongar-Ool Ondar. Non-traditional, in a very traditional way :)
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Madrone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 01:01 PM
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69. Female - Grace Slick -- Male - Tom Waits
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 02:36 PM
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72. Definitely Lucinda Williams
Also Kasey Chambers, Janis Joplin if you include her, Cyndi Lauper, Alanis Morissette, Bob Dylan, Liz Phair, Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies, Aimee Mann, Willie Nelson, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, and more I'm sure..
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