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NFT: SMOOTHEST singing voice ever: Nat King Cole or Jim Reeves?

NYRiese : 2/11/2020 10:26 pm
per Donald Fagen -  
Del Shofner : 2/11/2020 10:34 pm : link
Thanks for calling
I wait all night for calls like these
GmeninPSL : 2/11/2020 10:40 pm : link
all the way!
Nice Nightfly pull Del  
lono801 : 2/11/2020 10:43 pm : link
I’m going with Johnny Hartman
I nominate Gordon Lightfoot...  
Milton : 2/11/2020 11:27 pm : link
If You Could Read My Mind

Not that he's better than those already mentioned, but he has a very smooth sound.
James Taylor is another smoothie  
Milton : 2/11/2020 11:31 pm : link
Here's a live performance in 1971 of....
Sweet Baby James - ( New Window )
Tom Araya  
Sneakers O'toole : 2/11/2020 11:59 pm : link
Jim in Scranton : 2/12/2020 12:22 am : link
Marvin Gaye  
myquealer : 2/12/2020 1:00 am : link
I can't believe no one said  
montanagiant : 2/12/2020 1:57 am : link
Frank Sinatra
everybody knows  
Chuck Q : 2/12/2020 5:52 am : link
it was Mel Torme….
TheMick7 : 2/12/2020 6:38 am : link
Voice of the Century
Ryan : 2/12/2020 7:14 am : link
Bing Crosby.  
Klaatu : 2/12/2020 7:22 am : link
We're talking smooth. Sinatra was great, but not smooth. Of the  
Ira : 2/12/2020 7:23 am : link
singers mentioned, IMO, Cole and Torme were the smoothest.
RE: Bing Crosby.  
rnargi : 2/12/2020 7:51 am : link
In comment 14809402 Klaatu said:

My choice...
RE: Bing Crosby.  
rnargi : 2/12/2020 7:52 am : link
In comment 14809402 Klaatu said:

My choice...
RE: everybody knows  
BMac : 2/12/2020 7:52 am : link
In comment 14809375 Chuck Q said:
it was Mel Torme….

+1 - The Velvet Fog
RE: We're talking smooth. Sinatra was great, but not smooth. Of the  
rnargi : 2/12/2020 8:02 am : link
In comment 14809403 Ira said:
singers mentioned, IMO, Cole and Torme were the smoothest.

This is a little misleading. If you go back and listen to Sinatra when he was with Dorsey and James, there was NO ONE smoother. His voice was unbelievable and frankly, I've never heard one better. As he aged, it changed. There was conscious change (read what Nelson Riddle said about it) and there was also the fact that he had vocal chord nodules and lost his voice in 1951. He never fully recovered from that. Before hand, though, he was the best. His biggest influence was Bing, and later he said Tony Bennett had the best voice he'd ever heard. I don't think Tony could be considered "smooth", but Sinatra certainly was in what was called the first act of his career.
Johnny Mathis  
section125 : 2/12/2020 8:07 am : link
is right there..
I should have mentioned...  
rnargi : 2/12/2020 8:14 am : link
My comments are not meant to demean the other suggestions on this thread. Can't take anything away from any of them, all are great in their own right.
cactus : 2/12/2020 8:36 am : link
Jim Reeves  
Jalapeno : 2/12/2020 9:25 am : link
all the way.

And Elvis in certain songs.
GrMtWoods : 2/12/2020 10:14 am : link
Sam Cooke to my ears
2nd Sam Cooke  
NJ_GIANTS : 2/12/2020 10:38 am : link
In comment 14809555 GrMtWoods said:
Sam Cooke to my ears

Also add Jackie Wilson
Simms : 2/12/2020 10:40 am : link
Nat has my vote, no disrespect for others.
RE: Bing Crosby.  
Jay in Toronto : 2/12/2020 10:44 am : link
In comment 14809402 Klaatu said:

Mel Torme  
noro9 : 2/12/2020 10:59 am : link
Velvet Fog
My wife has the warmest singing voice I've ever heard...  
x meadowlander : 2/12/2020 12:03 pm : link
...not kidding about that. Melts me. Part of the reason I married her. :)

Of pop singers, I think Patty Griffin is probably my all time favorite, a beautiful, clear, angelic voice - while she presents with a bit of country twang, her timbre is impeccably warm, harmonic and versatile, she can croon with the best of them and has all the power you could ever ask for.

Karen Casey is another, lesser-known because of the Celtic genre she plays to, but this is another singer with just a gorgeous, powerful voice. If you look her up, find her work with the Philly based Solas.

Ronstadt and Judy Collins and Adele - I don't have to describe these 3.

I'm perplexed how only men were listed on this thread.

If I MUST pick a male singer as 'smoothest', I'm going to Hoboken, it's SINATRA.
When I think "smooth" singers  
allstarjim : 2/12/2020 12:54 pm : link
It's really hard not to go back to classic 80's R&B. You guys settle this, because I can't:

Aaron Neville:


Luther Vandross:
RE: everybody knows  
Alan in Toledo : 2/12/2020 1:02 pm : link
In comment 14809375 Chuck Q said:
it was Mel Torme….

once announced as "The Velvet Fag" instead of "Fog"

it really happened.
Ron Isley  
BigBlue2007 : 2/12/2020 1:17 pm : link
Ron Isley has the smoothest voice.
Chris Cornell  
Nick in LA : 2/12/2020 1:22 pm : link
PSIMMS 22-25-268 : 2/13/2020 5:16 pm : link
. With Norah Jones a close 2d.
my mom  
RasputinPrime : 2/13/2020 5:39 pm : link
hands down.
Lots of good calls in this thread  
arniefez : 2/13/2020 5:44 pm : link
I'll add Lou Rawls
arniefez : 2/13/2020 5:45 pm : link
Sam Cooke
XBRONX : 2/13/2020 5:46 pm : link
my mom  
RasputinPrime : 2/13/2020 5:50 pm : link
hands down.
Nat King Cole's voice is like really good scotch  
LBH15 : 2/13/2020 5:58 pm : link
Sinatra's is the perfect martini
Since you mentioned Jim Reeves  
BigBluesman : 2/13/2020 6:13 pm : link
both Ray Price and Don Williams come to mind.
Few others...  
bw in dc : 2/13/2020 6:41 pm : link
Al Green and the great Bill Withers...
Lots of greats listed here...  
rnargi : 2/14/2020 6:45 am : link
My favorite all time soul singer is listed several times, the great Sam Cooke. I just wasn't thinking of him as smooth in that sense. Another worthy gentleman, IMO, the instant panty remover named Barry White.
XBRONX : 2/16/2020 8:24 am : link
forgot Luther Vandross.
Perry Como  
CardinalX : 2/16/2020 11:56 am : link
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