Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My Favorite Singers

I like the movie High Fidelity. In that movie, Rob Gordon makes many a list about anything and everything. I would like to make some of my own. So, without further ado, here are my favorite singers (each for a variety of reasons) and one song (Sam Cooke gets two) that demonstrates why I like their voice:

1) Otis Redding ("I've Been Loving You Too Long" by Otis Redding)
2) David Ruffin ("Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations)
3) John Fogerty ("Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)" by Creedence Clearwater Revival)
4) John Lennon ("Mother" by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band)
6) Marvin Gaye ("Lets Get It On" by Marvin Gaye)
7) Jim Morrison ("Light My Fire" by The Doors)
8) Wilson Pickett ("Land of 1000 Dances" by Wilson Pickett)
9) Sam Cooke ("Summertime" or "Bring It On Home To Me" by Sam Cooke)
10) Bob Dylan ("Girl from the North Country" by Bob Dylan)

P.S. And there has to be some room up there for Smokey Robinson ("Ooo Baby Baby" by Smokey Robinson is amazing) and about three other guys from the Temptations (Eddie Kendricks ("Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" by The Temptations), Dennis Edwards ("Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by The Temptations) and Melvin Franklin (every Temptations song). Oh hell, how about all the Temptations.
P.S.S. And if you're wondering about all the great female singers, well, it's easier for me to identify with guys singing songs than girls, just because of the point of view of the lyrics. I mean, listen to the sample songs, you'll see what I mean (and a good way to do that is to download Bearshare beacause you don't have to pay to download for the duration of some trial period, which for me, so far, has been indefinately). Oh, and I'm totally sexist.
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