All Time Great Performers

Duo

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My mother's best friend was a Bobbysoxer in NYC before WW II, and always insisted Tony Bennett (who was a singing waiter for her when in his mid teens when she went on dates with her fiancee in Queens) was vastly superior to Frank Sinatra (who agreed with my mother's friend) in live performances. Over 80 years later, my parents saw him live last year, and said he still puts on a good show. (Just to stay on his feet through complete live stage performances is an achievement.) My parents plan to see him again on December 11th for his scheduled tour date at Foxwoods Casino. Bennett is now 94. A career singing for live audiences over a period of more than 80 years is insane. His voice hasn't changed.
 
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Broxi

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Jul 24, 2012
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My mother's best friend was a Bobbysoxer in NYC before WW II, and always insisted Tony Bennett (who was a singing waiter for her when in his mid teens when she went on dates with her fiancee in Queens) was vastly superior to Frank Sinatra (who agreed with my mother's friend) in live performances. Over 80 years later, my parents saw him live last year, and said he still puts on a good show. (Just to stay on his feet through complete live stage performances is an achievement.) My parents plan to see him again on December 11th for his scheduled tour date at Foxwoods Casino. Bennett is now 94. A career singing for live audiences over a period of more than 80 years is insane. His voice hasn't changed.
Bennett is still performing?

That’s insane.
 
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Broxi

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Jul 24, 2012
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But yeah, all of those old crooners were consummate professionals
 
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Such an 'American' thing, Prince. He doesn't have anything close to the level of support here as he does in the US. I suppose it's like Oasis in England vs Oasis in the US, if you know what I mean.

I have one Prince album.
I believe that. Masterful performer though.
 

Broxi

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Such an 'American' thing, Prince. He doesn't have anything close to the level of support here as he does in the US. I suppose it's like Oasis in England vs Oasis in the US, if you know what I mean.

I have one Prince album.
Yeah but this is more about who embodies the performer rather than who your personal favourite band or artist is from a music perspective.

I don't particularly like Princes music but as a performer he's clearly one of the best to ever take the stage.
 

Clarence Worley

leaner than mandy...
Nov 19, 2018
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I saw Michael Jackson at don valley ahead 17 and he was the best act I have ever seen

Subsequently I had to see Elton John and George Michael as my mum really likes the gays - they were both shite compared but Michael better than Elton
 

Duo

Bosomus Maximus
Jun 14, 2012
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I'm not a Wayne Newton fan, but he is the King of Las Vegas for some compelling reasons.
 

Duo

Bosomus Maximus
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Of the top of my head, from people I have seen live. This is a combination of musical ability, charisma, and crowd atmosphere

Prince
Springsteen
AC DC
The Fall
The Bronx
Pulp
The Prodigy
Rage Against The Machine
Iggy Pop
Nick Cave
Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs
Placido Domingo
David Bowie.
Metallica
End thread, please.
Maybe not so fast. What does Springsteen himself have to say?:


At a concert with James Brown, Johnny Rivers, Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins on 7 May 1988, the Big O crushed it out of the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, NH so completely that people were telling him afterwards he could sell the place out by himself if he returned. (As a bartender trainee serving him free Cokes, I was one of those letting Roy know that after seeing his performance.) Nicest man and easily the best live performer I ever met and saw on stage. Within his too short lifetime, he was universally revered by his peers. Elvis considered him the world's greatest singer. We've already seen what Springsteen's said. Everybody wanted to perform with him, and many did.

 

Johnstown

Dominant Poster
Jun 4, 2013
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Bennett is still performing?

That’s insane.
He doesn't have the voice that he had so he does more of a emotional jazz style.

From January of this year....




Best one for taking advantage of a naturally declining voice was Johnny Cash...who used his "old and dying" voice to good effect.
 
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May 17, 2013
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Maybe not so fast. What does Springsteen himself have to say?:


At a concert with James Brown, Johnny Rivers, Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins on 7 May 1988, the Big O crushed it out of the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, NH so completely that people were telling him afterwards he could sell the place out by himself if he returned. (As a bartender trainee serving him free Cokes, I was one of those letting Roy know that after seeing his performance.) Nicest man and easily the best live performer I ever met and saw on stage. Within his too short lifetime, he was universally revered by his peers. Elvis considered him the world's greatest singer. We've already seen what Springsteen's said. Everybody wanted to perform with him, and many did.

Roy Orbison was one of the first singers I can recall that had such range in his voice, and made hitting low to high octaves look effortless with his laid back stage presence. He wasn't much of a showman on stage with that stiff, almost detached persona, but he sure could sing.

And then Freddie Mercury came along and tweaked it all up a few notches with his magnificent voice and sometimes over the top stage persona. Great showman and one of the best singers I've ever heard.
 
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Broxi

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Jul 24, 2012
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He doesn't have the voice that he had so he does more of a emotional jazz style.

From January of this year....




Best one for taking advantage of a naturally declining voice was Johnny Cash...who used his "old and dying" voice to good effect.
Clearly the day that man stops singing is the day they put him in the ground.
 
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Ernest Shackleton

Moderate Assadist
Jun 8, 2013
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Jarvis Cocker
David Bowie
Perry Farrell

There are way too many in music. It's not until you see a live show up front that you realise how good and professional professional (yes, twice) musicians are. It's just as if a switch is flicked.
You have just said that Jarvis Cocker is one of the greatest performers of all time.
 
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WaltzingMatilda

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Nov 29, 2015
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Iggy Pop

mans a freak, still an animal into his 70s, still not wearing a shirt either which is a little disconcerting

which reminded me, my copy of The Stooges live at Goose Lake should be due to hit my mailbox
 

Johnstown

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Clearly the day that man stops singing is the day they put him in the ground.
He's 94 but pretty healthy all things considered.... has a wife half his age...

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I know through the 1990s he went to a gym and played tennis on a regular basis and walked a few miles every day. He still walks some every day even now.

He also apparently likes cooking and he posts stuff on twitter almost every day.

 
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