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The wonderful harmonies of The Mamas and The Papas. The smooth tones of Nat King Cole. The innovative country of Hank Williams. (Not Junior, though. Because the theme to Monday Night Football only takes you so far.)

Singer: Nat King Cole

Posted by on Nov 2, 2009 in Singer | 1 comment

Is this the smoothest voice in American music history? I think you could make the case that it is. Nat King Cole is almost as popular today...

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Singer: Alison Krauss

Posted by on Oct 21, 2009 in Singer | 1 comment

If you had to choose a face for modern bluegrassmusic, you couldn’t choose one much more appealing than that of Allison Krauss. She...

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Singer: Ella Fitzgerald

Posted by on Oct 10, 2009 in Singer | Comments Off on Singer: Ella Fitzgerald

What would you call the most popular female jazz singer over a period of 50 years? Who won 13 Grammys and sold more than 40 million albums?...

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Singer: Tony Bennett

Posted by on Sep 29, 2009 in Singer | 1 comment

Anthony Benedetto turned 83 in August, and here’s a news flash: The man can still belt a tune. My wife and I went to see him in...

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Singer: James Brown

Posted by on Sep 17, 2009 in Singer | Comments Off on Singer: James Brown

James Brown closed his act as no one before or since. He’d give so much of himself, work himself so hard, that he appeared to finally...

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Singer: James Taylor

Posted by on Sep 6, 2009 in Singer | Comments Off on Singer: James Taylor

I’m not sure James Taylor would approve of this description, but the word that comes to mind when I think about him is...

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Singer: Eva Cassidy

Posted by on Aug 17, 2009 in Singer | 1 comment

Eva Cassidy’s music has made its way from iPod to iPod by enthusiastic word of mouth. Sadly, it can’t be spread any other way....

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Singer: Bob Dylan

Posted by on Aug 8, 2009 in Singer | Comments Off on Singer: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan recorded his first four albums as a folk singer, becoming hugely influential more for his songwriting than his performances. He...

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Singer: Elvis Presley

Posted by on Jul 29, 2009 in Music, Singer | 1 comment

There’s a great line in a Paul Simon song: “Every generation throws a hero up the pop chart.” The postwar generation...

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Singer: Aretha Franklin

Posted by on Jul 18, 2009 in Featured, Singer | 2 comments

How do you get the title “Queen of Soul”? First of all, you have to record for Motown, right? Wrong. Aretha’s biggest...

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