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Recommend singers with a voice like Billie Holiday

 
 
Reply Tue 7 Jul, 2009 10:55 pm
Lady Day has something very special to her voice to me, a lot of other vocal jazz greats don't do what she can do for me. The closest comparison I can give is actually Satchmo, where there is a melancholy quality to the voice that makes it so much more emotive.

Anywho, I'm trying to find other female jazz vocalists with a similar voice and style. Victoria Spivey comes close but isn't quite there. Maybe what I'm looking for can't be found but if you know of any vocal jazz singer who sounds like what I'm looking for please share.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 01:35 am
@Robert Gentel,
There is only one Mozart (no, daddy Leopold doesn't count). There is only one Lady Day. Nobody has a voice like Billie Holiday.

(Actually, you know who I think came closest back at the time of her prime? Janis Joplin. Different genre entirely but the same kind of emotional commitment.)
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 08:12 am
@Robert Gentel,
Nina Simone
mac11
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 08:15 am
CJ, you took Nina's name right off my fingertips.
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panzade
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 08:17 am
@Robert Gentel,
somebody described her as "Fitzgerald with the voice of "Lady Day""

Madeline Peyroux
Letty
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 09:06 am
@Robert Gentel,
Nancy Wilson ain't bad, Robert. Different style, but great voice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wPKzLvqKDg&feature=related
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 10:10 am
@CalamityJane,
CalamityJane wrote:
Nina Simone


Unfortunately, Nina is already in my collection. I'm hoping for some I haven't heard.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 10:16 am
@panzade,
Do you know of any less subdued songs she sings?
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 10:30 am
@Letty,
Not bad, but not the same. :-(
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panzade
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 02:05 pm
@Robert Gentel,
panzade
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 02:16 pm
I'll post one more Robert. When you get married, promise me you'll make this song your first dance with your new wife.

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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 03:18 pm
Ma Rainey
Bessie Smith
Dinah Washington
Nancy Wilson
Carmen McRae
Anita O'Day
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 9 Jul, 2009 12:16 pm
Bessie Smith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MzU8xM99Uo&feature=related
mac11
 
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Reply Thu 9 Jul, 2009 01:01 pm
How about Eartha Kitt? I love her voice.
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eoe
 
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Reply Thu 9 Jul, 2009 09:47 pm
While she's not a jazz singer, I always thought that Erykah Badu had that special 'thing' in her voice like Lady Day.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 9 Jul, 2009 10:00 pm
@panzade,
I get why she'd been compared to Billie Holiday, it almost sounds like she's copying her. But to me her voice doesn't have that special something that makes Billie's so forlorn.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 9 Jul, 2009 10:01 pm
@CalamityJane,
Nice, I'll have to check them out. Would you happen to have any specific songs to recommend?
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 9 Jul, 2009 10:03 pm
@Rockhead,


I like this a lot, isn't exactly what I'm looking for but that's right up my alley.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 9 Jul, 2009 10:17 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Merry Andrew wrote:

There is only one Mozart (no, daddy Leopold doesn't count). There is only one Lady Day. Nobody has a voice like Billie Holiday.


I suspect as much, but hopefully I can find some similar artists.

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(Actually, you know who I think came closest back at the time of her prime? Janis Joplin. Different genre entirely but the same kind of emotional commitment.)


I agree, I've recently begun to listen to her and if you have any recommendations I'd be very interested.
panzade
 
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Reply Thu 9 Jul, 2009 11:41 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Tierney Sutton-15 years with the same trio...she rocks
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