I am compiling a list of the most important contributors (vocally) to the music of the 20th Century, based on the votes of those on this website and the listeners to my radio show. Please take part and be counted. FULL DETAILS on the MIKE'S RADIO SHOW page of our website.
"Most Important" (significant?): Here's a start off the top of my head of just female vocalists (Not necessarily my favorites.)
Mary (of Peter Paul and Mary)
Mabelle Carter (June's mother)
Blondie (Debbie Harry)
Mama Cass and Michelle Phillips
Olivia Newton John
Dale Evans (& Roy Rogers)
The Andrew Sisters
The Lennon Sisters
Mike I am still not sure if you want my favorites of these important contributors, or which (5) I think contributed most significantly to the music business? There's a difference to me, and each may be a different genre. Jazz, pop, rock, folk, etc... Please clarify. Then I can respond appropriately.
Also, these are just the ladies of song... the list of men is probably twice as long. I will get to the men after some thought and time to respond.
More lady singers I left out... I am sure I forgot some important ones. Sorry ladies... I am only human.
Don't apologize. I am asking EACH PERSON to send in a total of 10 names...5 ladies and 5 gents. How you define them is up to you. However...The category will be
THOSE SINGING VOICES WHO MADE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON 20TH CENTURY MUSIC...IN YOUR OPINION. (I am not separating categories). I have heard from over 100 people so far. You might be interested in knowing that these 4 are currently topping the lists:
FEMALE VOCAL Ella Fitzgerald and Doris Day (neck and neck) with Sarah Vaughan a strong third.
MALE VOCAL Bing and Frank are vying for top position along with Andy Williams in a strong third.
When this phase is completed, I will start VOCAL GROUPS.
There's a difference between my favorites, and impact on 20th Century music. Hmmm... Only 5 is not fair...
Ok, here it is Mike - my gut feeling of the moment.
1. Doris Day - Most versatile singer ever in recordings and movies. Best singing voice ever!
2. Karen Carpenter - 2nd best singing voice ever. Innovative Carpenters' sound.
3. Ella - Queen of Jazz
4. Diana Ross - Motown pioneer and giant.
5. Joni Mitchell - Most significant female singer/songwriter/musician of 20th Century.
Runner ups. Madonna
Etta James - Queen of R & B
Stevie Nicks - Queen of Rock
Aretha Franklin - Queen of Soul
Highest impact Male Vocalists of the 20th Century - in my opinion...
All had relatively long runs.
1. Frank Sinatra (No need to explain)
2. Elvis Presley (The King)
3. Stevie Wonder (Innovative, Motown pioneer)
4. John Denver (I consider him a vocalist, as well as musician, & phenomenal songwriter, with huge global impact.)
5. Michael Jackson (a phenomenal impact with youth around the world.)
Runners up. Johnny Cash
Nat King Cole
Sammy Davis Jr.
Michael W. Smith