Can't argue with that.As far as jazz,and prewar standards are concerned,Ella tops them all.There are a few who are close seconds,but seconds all the same.Joe Williams,a much better singer than Sinatra,comes to mind.The postwar soul/R&B/gospel period gave us some of the greatest voices the world has ever known,Sam Cooke,Marvin Gaye http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRvVzaQ6i8A and far too many others to name,but nobody had the technical ability do use the voice as a virtuoso instrument the way Ella did.
As Sinatra said himself. in one of his better songs,he was just a glorified "saloon" singer.
--- On Sun, 7/6/08, Aaron Levinson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Aaron Levinson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Sinatra & Ella: The King and the Queen.
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Sunday, July 6, 2008, 7:49 PM
When asked who he thought the greatest singer of all time was Sinatra
said "you mean _besides_ Ella Fitzgerald?".
I would have to agree. I grew up with Ella's music from birth and in her
prime she was just the textbook example of what great singing is all
about. Even later in life when I saw her with Count Basie and Dizzy as
the featured soloist
she just tore the house down, brick by brick. The cats in the band when
the weren't playing just sat there with their mouths hanging open,
She was really that good.
James L Wolf wrote:
> As singers of the 20th C. go, for me, the only one who is in Frank's
league is Om Kalthoum (or however you wanna transliterate her name). And
he's pretty much the only other one in her league.
>>>> Ken Fritz <[log in to unmask]> 07/06/08 8:57 PM
> This is a bachelor weekend for me as Sue is visiting her family
> out of town. I'm playing the best vocals I have and that begins with
> Frank. I'd never heard Frank live until Sue bought front row tickets
> for his performance in Richmond Va. It was my birthday present and
> what a surprise it was. Frank was overcome by the moment and had to
> be taken to the hospital as his performance came to an end.
> I've always had a pecking order regarding the best male - female
> vocal artists. Being 66 years of age, I've had enough time, if not
> exposure to the wide range of artists the ARSC LISTERS have had, to
> settle on those whom I choose to listen to.
> Tonight I listened to Frank Sinatra Duets. I heard the great
> contemporary singers paired with Frank , "aka" Nat King Cole and
> Cole. FRANK first, #2,3,4 ? Male , Female.
> Your thoughts,