From a historical point of view, it was pretty automatic. Anything else though, and I struggled.
And it's - Tommo.
Why? Back then, 1967 when I was 10 my Mother, like countless others, was a fan. Didn't have any albums but some singles. I used to like playing the B Side of Its Not Unusual which was ballad thing. Think it appeared on What's New Pussycat?.
Apart from that, he was on TV. He used to do this quest spot on some show I cannot think the title of. The host was called something like Martine, I think and he used to wear this scooped waistcoat and stripped shirt. Had black curly hair and was Jewish speaking with a particular accent. It was all live then of course, but even so, there was a bit of an odd quality about it, which stuck in my mind. Anyway, Tom used to do a number or two. Later on he had his own show and would do a spot with the guitarist Big Jim Sullivan.
To end the waffle, his early stuff on Decca with Les Reed's orchestrations, is just classic. His delivery, voice and orchestration make for quite unique performances.
Has some great heft to it this one, although not that apparent here:
"Can I have a flake in that and some monkey's blood please - mista."
Well after some careful consideration I think I have to say Nick Cave, a cross vocally between Bowie(also considered) and Lou Reed in a way, not only can he sing but he certainly can write a lyric and get the most from it, just list to "Into My Arms" as an example for that.
I keep thinking about this, and every time I approach it from a slightly different direction I reach a different conclusion. So, it comes down to this: Whose voice could I listen to, no matter what sort of mood I'm in, and whose voice could I listen to without tiring of it? The answer, it turns out, is Willie Nelson.
This has taken a while. For how does one choose between Cat Stevens and Tom Waits? One imagines a world without one of them, and I really could not imagine living in such a world without the lyrical beauty of early Tom Waits nor the intense insanity of his later works. Not only could his voice carry immense emotion in some of those early ballads, but the way he carries a melody through the lyric alone is simply mesmerising. For example, follow the melody in "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" on Blue Valentine with lines like, "But someone stole my record player, now how d'ya like that?". It is purely the words that create the melody. And if that is not enough to convince you, I give you passing comment, "Never could stand that dog!" at the end of "Frank's Wild Years". The man is a master songwriter with the talent to deliver them. A rare combination.
Ruby's Arms vs to the insanity of the Glitter and Doom tour.
I need to retract my answer , yes Jon Anderson is a great singer that fitted in with Yes' music but I forgot about Edddie , Eddie Vedder is my all time favourite male singer . From the fabulous debut album Even Flow live :