Posts from Stumpy in thread „Who are your favorite singers?“

    While we're on the subject of music, let me relate a rather humorous, and ultimately very embarrassing, incident that happened with me about 40 or so years ago. I was in San Francisco at the time, on my way to Vietnam.

    I'm a jazz lover so was in a nightclub that catered to jazz artists of the time. While visiting the john, I happened to notice that the guy using the urinal next to me had been playing a tenor sax out on the bandstand. Without realizing who he was, I said to him, "Hey, man, you play a pretty good horn".

    Later on, I discovered that I had made this rather insipid remark to Stan Getz, who at the time was considered to be probably the best tenor saxophonist in America. When it finally dawned on me that I had said to the best tenor sax in America that he "played a pretty good horn", I felt like a total and complete idiot.

    (I'm almost sure the jazz club I was in at the time was the same one featured in the movie "Bullitt", when Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset are shown nightclubbing.)

    Here are my favorite instrumentalists and movie composers. Once again, most of these great musicians are long gone.

    Count Basie
    Les Baxter
    George Benson
    Elmer Bernstein
    Dorsey Brothers
    Duke Ellington
    Percy Faith
    Arthur Fiedler & the Boston Pops
    Jerry Goldsmith
    Benny Goodman
    Harry James
    Maurice Jarre
    George Jinda
    Quincy Jones
    Kay Kyser
    James Last
    Henry Mancini
    Annunzio Mantovani
    Ralph Marterie
    Glenn Miller
    Jerome Moross
    Les Paul & Mary Ford
    Mike Post
    Perez Prado
    Daniel Rose
    Miklos Rozsa
    Artie Shaw
    Max Steiner
    Dimitri Tiomkin
    Paul Weston
    John Williams

    I'm making up a list of my favorites (many of whom are long dead) that I'll post when I finish.

    Here's my all-time list of favorite singers, both individuals and groups. (Oops, I just noticed that I omitted Deano, Frank and Elvis from my list below) Like I said, most of 'em are probably dead. I don't listen to much music anymore because to me, modern music is just noise.

    Lavern Baker
    Beach Boys
    Bee Gees
    Tony Bennett
    Brook Benton
    Chuck Berry
    Michael Bolton
    Teresa Brewer
    Glenn Campbell
    Ray Charles
    Eric Clapton
    Petula Clark
    Rosemary Clooney
    Nat King Cole
    Sam Cooke
    Bobby Darin
    Sammy Davis Jr.
    Doris Day
    John Denver
    Celine Dion
    Dion & the Belmonts
    Fats Domino
    Doobie Brothers
    Mama Cass Elliot
    Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine
    Everly Brothers
    Fifth Dimension
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Four Tops
    Aretha Franklin
    Judy Garland
    Marvin Gaye
    Bobby Goldsboro
    Roy Hamilton
    Dick Haymes
    Johnny Horton
    Joni James
    Tom Jones
    Kitty Kallen
    Gladys Knight & the Pips
    Frankie Laine
    Peggy Lee
    Little Richard
    Dean Martin
    Paul McCartney & Wings
    Clyde McPhatter
    Johnny Mercer
    Guy Mitchell
    Ricky Nelson
    Helen O'Connell
    Elvis Presley
    Jim Reeves
    Johnny Rivers
    Marty Robbins
    Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    Kenny Rogers
    Frank Sinatra
    Sons of the Pioneers
    Jo Stafford
    Kay Starr
    B.J. Thomas
    Martha Tilton
    Roger Whitaker
    Margaret Whiting
    Jackie Wilson
    Stevie Wonder

    Which ones are your favorites?

    Dean Martin
    Frank Sinatra
    Elvis Presley

    My musical tastes are catholic, i.e., I like just about every style of music except opera, hard rock and hip hop. But if you're younger than 40 years of age, you've probably never even heard of most of my favorites. Or even the styles. For instance, back in the Fifties, there was a sub-genre of R&B called doo-wop that had numerous singing groups I really liked.

    I'm making up a list of my favorites (many of whom are long dead) that I'll post when I finish.