Singing Match-Ups. Who's Better?

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  1. Rippon

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    I will pair up some singers and I would like you to explain why certain individuals are/were better singers. In some of my couplings the duos may seem an odd pair, at other times they seem to have some affinity with one another.

    Now this has nothing to do with their lifestyle or the size of their discography. I just want you to comment on the quality of their voices versus the other member they were matched with. I will give you my opinion at a later time.

    1) Dean Martin and Bing Crosby

    2) Perry Como and Andy Williams

    3) John Gary and Vic Damone

    4) Marty Robbins and Sonny James

    5) Nat King Cole and Billy Eckstine

    6) Sam Cooke and Brook Benton

    7) Jay Black and Roy Orbison

    8) Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom Jones

    9) Ray Price, Jim Reeves and Eddie Arnold [Ok, I made an exception here.]

    10) Bill Kenny and Clyde McPhatter

    11) B.J. Thomas and Johnny Rivers

    12) Jake Hess and Ivan Parker

    13) J.D. Sumner, George Younce, Big John Hall [Another exception.]

    14) Patti Page and Anne Murray

    15) Helen Cornelius and Janie Fricke

    16) Doris Day and Peggy Lee

    17) Patsy Cline vs. Nobody

    18) Brenda Lee and Connie Francis

    19) Vikki Carr and Shirley Bassey

    20) Charlie Rich and Charlie Pride

    21) Bobby Vee and Bobby Vinton

    22) Elvis Presley and Roy Hamilton

    23) Jim Ed Brown and Johnny Duncan
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    I know, I know. A lot more names could be added. This thread will separate the old posters from the not-so-old. Some of you might be scratching your heads and muttering:"Who are these people? I don't even know half their names, much less knowing their songs." Well stay tuned. I hope some older posters will be paying attention to this thread. If not I will have a conversation with myself. ;-)
     
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    24) Crystal Gayle and Barbara Mandrell

    25) George Strait, Ronnie Milsap and Don Williams
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    Remember, this is not about who the bigger star is --but the vocal quality of their best songs.
     
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    26) Pat Boone and Glen Campbell
     
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    Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings
     
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    So who has the better singing voice? Songwriting talent doesn't count in this thread.
     
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    As for #1, I would rate Dean higher than Bing. I know if it wasn't for Crosby Martin would not have had a foundation to build upon. Crosby was a pioneer in the music business. In the 30s and 40s he dominated like no one ever has.

    However, Dean's voice has a lot more appeal for me when doing a comparison of the same songs. Bing deserves a lot of credit because Dean could just modify Bing's material. But check out the differences in these songs:

    Dinah,
    You must have been a beautiful baby
    Muskrat ramble
    Alabamy bound
    Carolina in the morning
    Way down yonder in New Orleans
    Basin Street blues
    June in January
    Just one more chance
    Wrap your troubles in dreams
    In the cool, cool, cool of the evening
    Memories are made of this
    You belong to me
    Don't let the stars get in your eyes

    Dean just has more pep and vitality --more charm. Bing comes across less exciting in comparison. Their voice qualities are similar, but their approaches are noticeably different.
     

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