Doug: Today we're talking favorite singers -- from screeching rockers to crooners from the golden age of radio. Throw out some great voices, performers who always bring a smile to your face or whose work you regularly play to pass the time.
Doug: David_b and I have long voiced an affinity for the vocals of Karen Carpenter, who unfortunately left us all too soon. I really like her mellow so-'70's sound, but at the same time I appreciate the fact that Robert Plant's voice was as much a part of Led Zeppelin's sound as was the instrumental talent of any of his three mates. Elton John is a performer who managed to stay relevant a decade past his prime by embracing the fact that he could no longer hit the notes that were a famous part of his sound in the 1970's; while still clearly Elton, his vocals on That's What Friends Are For were powerful.
Doug: And as long as we're talking, how about blended vocals? I'm thinking of the Beach Boys, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Do you like harmonies?
Doug: As a thought toward physical exercise, is it possible to listen to Sinatra sing "The Way You Look Tonight" or "I've Got the World on a String" and not snap your fingers?
Doug: This ought to be enough to get us rolling today. Don't be afraid -- it's all fair game.
Doug: Jeez, and what about Freddie Mercury?!?