This is related to my other thread. My other thread focuses on the living, this one concerns the deceased. Name some good ones who have passed on.I am especially dealing with secular artists. I like the voices of various singers who have since died. That does not mean that I endorse their life-style or the subject matter of all their songs.I just like beautiful music.( Disclaimer now over) Dean Martin ( 1917-1995). He is my all-time favorite male singer. His voice was matchless in his prime ( roughly 1947-1974 ). He was always on key and just put out beautiful music. His Italian songs were a big draw for me as well. He could croon better than one of his mentors -- Bing Crosby ( one of my father's favorites next to Mario).Among other titles I like 'Return To Me', 'Sway', 'Think About Me','That's Amore','Memories Are Made Of This','The Door Is Still Open To My Heart' etc. Elvis Presley ( 1935-1977)Now get rid of the jumpsuited, sideburned cat in your mind. I am thinking of his wonderful voice. He studio-recorded almost 700 songs I think. I believe the middle of his career was his overall best era -- around 1960-1969.Yeah, I know that was the period where he made some rather lame movies. But some of his songs from that time were excellent( but kind of unknown). He could do so many styles of music. It's a shame that most Americans can only name 5-10 of his songs. I think that most of his most famous songs ( not all ) were not among his best. Some have said that Elvis started as a Rock n' Roller and ended up as an opera singer.Listen to 'American Trilogy', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Unchained Melody' ,or his later embellishments of 'It's Now Or Never'for proof. I was born on July 19th,1953. Elvis made his first recording ( non-commercial ) on the day before -- 'My Happiness' for his mom's birthday. As you can probably tell -- I could say a lot more. But it's your turn. What singers from the past do you appreciate, and why ?