Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dead And Deadly Singers

Fabulous Dead Pop Singers

  1. Elvis Presley
  2. Gram Parsons
  3. Jimi Hendrix
  4. Richard Fariña
  5. Janis Joplin
  6. Jim Morrison
  7. Buddy Holly
  8. Jimmy Reed
  9. Faron Young
  10. Sandy Denny
  11. Roy Orbison
  12. Kate Wolf
  13. Ray Charles
  14. John Lennon
  15. Tim Buckley
  16. Rick Nelson
  17. Johnnie Ray
  18. Otis Redding
  19. Billie Holiday
  20. Cass Elliott
  21. Eddy Arnold
  22. Jim Reeves
  23. Patsy Cline
  24. Johnny Cash
  25. Dinah Washington
  26. Edith Piaf
  27. Bessie Smith
  28. Minnie Ripperton
  29. Nicolette Larson
  30. James Brown
  31. Nat King Cole
  32. Marvin Gaye
  33. Sam Cooke
  34. Jimi Hendrix
  35. Richie Valens
  36. Hank Williams, Sr. (We can only wish it for junior.)

If I left out any good ones, feel free to list your own and I might add them to the list. If I don't like them very much, though, it won't matter to me how famous they were. I notice I didn't list many blues singers--although I may like some of them very much, I am not conscious of thinking about the dead buggers as great singers.

p.s. OK, so I left out Frank Sinatra, but I despise that Las Vegas scuz and his lame efforts to speak like the black musicians he worked with.


  1. Great list.

    Stevie Ray Vaughn comes to mind.

    Although I'm not a big fan, Frank Sinatra is missing.

  2. .... From the other side of the pond

    Dusty Springfield

    and George Harrison.

    Awwww - Sinatra dserves to be there. He did a lot for integration, as I understand it - his friendship with Sammy Davis and black musicians in general, when it wasn't the easiest thing to do.
    You can't knock that!

  3. Dusty, okay. George was involved with some great music, but I don't find that I miss his voice--it wasn't that distinctive to my ear. Sinatra's dead, and that's the way it should be.


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