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    Head voice. Falsetto. Whatever you want to call it, what are your favorite recorded examples?

    One of my all-time favorites. I listened to this over and over when I was a kid the same way Brian used to listen to Be My Baby...



    Historical note: In addition to Brian's angelic falsetto, this entire recording is all-Beach Boys, with no outside musicians used on the track.


    So, what are some of your favorite falsetto tracks?
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    "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

    - George Carlin

    "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

    - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

    "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

    - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

  • #2
    This one immediately jumps to the fore for me:

    Oh won't you stay-ay-ay just a little bit longer

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    • #3
      Always loved falsetto. And without it, my vocal range ain't much

      Curtis Mayfield - Keep On Pushing


      these guys certainly can do it in the refrain, BeeGees style:


      this guy has a really haunting quality to his falsetto-Active Child



      Thom Yorke has an excellent falsetto. And who said he can't dance? I DID!


      nat whilk ii






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      • #4
        Great stuff! Don't Worry Baby has always been one of my favs. I grew up listening to The Beach Boys and others in the Surf Rock genre where head voice was dominant. My older sisters listened to this stuff a lot. When I got into high school I rediscovered it and it was about all you would hear playing from my '72 Mustang Mach I, which I used to race a lot. I had Jensen 3-way speakers in the back seat and a couple auxiliary mid/high range speaker in the front. I also had a pair of Jensen 3-ways in the front grill of the car with a switch I wired in to turn them on and off. I never lost a race in that car. People asked me what I had under the hood. I said, "speakers" and added how important it is to have the right music.

        Here's another I'll never forget...

        Beach Boys - "Spirit of America"



        And another fav from those days....

        Beach Boys - "Hushabye"

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        • #5
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          • Phil O'Keefe
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            Philip Bailey is the real deal - great example!

        • #6
          I love this guy's falsetto voice. Great band (from Philly).

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          • Phil O'Keefe
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            Loved the Stylistics in the 70s. Great vocals!

        • #7
          Come on folks, surely you can think of some more great falsetto singing!
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          "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

          - George Carlin

          "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

          - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

          "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

          - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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          • #8
            Not exactly falsetto, but it is that "high lonesome" sound that you hear frequently in bluegrass. John Duffy (the mandolin player in the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene) did this to a tee. You can hear it real well on this performance of "Wait a Minute" by John with the Seldom Scene.


            The Mandolin Picker

            "Bless your hearts... and all your vital organs" - John Duffy

            "Got time to breath, got time for music!"- Briscoe Darling, Jr.

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            • #9
              The do-wop and soul guys with the great falsettos brought the technique into popular music from roots in gospel. One of the all-time greats, Claude Jeter with the Swan Silvertones - just an incredible voice - listen through, 'cause he really gets it on starting about halfway through....



              nat whilk ii

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              • #10
                Steven Bishop- Animal House is the first one the popped into my head:

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC0ac0mY4jE

                Followed Frankie Valli- Big Girls Don't Cry. My little brother and I got the 45 at a garage sale sometime in the early eighties (we were something like 8 and 10 at he time) and thought it was the funniest thing we'd ever heard.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8yvnqHmFds
                One more time kids; equalizers are not cross overs, vocal mics are not cymbal mics and pan knobs are not three position switches. As you were.

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                • #11
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                  • #12
                    When I was a kid I always thought this Lou Christie song was done by Frankie.


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                    "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                    - George Carlin

                    "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                    - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                    "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                    - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                    • #13
                      This just popped into my uh, head.

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                      • #14



                        God Only Knows... Carl's head voice was just as angelic and effortless as his older brother's is IMO.
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                        "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                        - George Carlin

                        "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                        - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                        "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                        - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                        • #15
                          What's wrong with you people?

                          I know how politically messed up this ^^^^ is, but ... that's one helluva vocal.



                          And you could make an argument that Brett Anderson's career was based on falsetto ... this is a particularly gorgeous song and singing performance that is lesser-known than the hits. The first three and a half minutes are basically a mellotron / intro - paydirt is at 3:32. For fans of lush, orchestral ballads, this is your stop.


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