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  • #16
    It depends on what you mean by 'true bass'. What's really uncommon is basses who can sing well, there are only a handful even in opera.


    • #17
      I mean a person who's not a baritone or tenor :P

      A person who can still sound loud and rich on F2 without constricting their throats in any way.

      I can hit on F2 and just about stretch to an E2, but it's not as pleasant as F3... F2 is more a mumbled throaty sound than a rich resonant tone.

      That said, I'm 18... so my voice is still developing.

      But back to the original post...

      Baritone singing was rather common in 80s (synth)pop... with singers breaking into head voice quite early on the scale and singing with a pseudooperatic tone.


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      • #18

        Most famous Bass Singers have been in Gospal Music, with J. D. Sumner being the most famious.

        J. S. Sumner also preformed with Elvis Presley beginning in 1961 unitl Elvis's death.  He was the first base singer in the Geninus records as "Worlds Lowest Base Singer" having hit a note of "0-G".  Going to his website you will get an Idea of the crossover talent from gospal, to Rock N Roll, classical, and Easy Listening to Pop-Mucsic up to 1980's when he died of throat cancer.

        There are many other outstanding base singers even today in the gospel groups.


        • #19

          I don't know of many bass singers in pop music other than some of the ones that were already mentioned. But one that comes to mind would be Bing Crosby. I think a true bass might actually be one of the least common voice types out there.

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          • cwehden
            cwehden commented
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            You wouldn't think it but Justin Vernon from Bon Iver he has a big voice probably a low baritone / bass pretty meaty! Listen to Calgary on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMgyIR2qPEU

          • Masklin
            Masklin commented
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            He sings a D2 in that Calgary version. That's 72 Hz, and the melody is not slow either. Impressive.


            Most impressive. I want it.

        • #20

          JD Sumner-Sang back up for the King of Rock n' Roll Elvis Presley.
          James "Big Chief" Wetherington-Sang bass for the Statesmen Quartet from 1949 till his death in 1973.



          • #21

            Milan Fras of Laibach.  Not sure if one could fairly call Laibach pop, though.


            • SmileyGuy
              SmileyGuy commented
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              Not sure if he is technically a bass or not but William Topley ( solo / The Blessing ) is a really expressive low vocalist. He inspired me by being great while not singing in a high range.

          • #22

            Are we not going to talk about Avi Kaplan? He is the bass singer from the a cappella group Pentatonix and they technically are a part of Mainstream music. Their three albums have placed very high on the charts for an a cappella group. Their most recent album hit 10 for US top 200, 2 for US top digital albums and 1 for US top independent albums.

            Avi sings very often below C2 but he is mostly not singing solo, as Pentatonix does have a stella Baritone, Tenor and Soprano (Or alto I am not sure I have not looked into it). He does sing solo in the higher part of his register in some songs ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6C2N2t4NXE for example), but he does sing some nice deep solos during their Thrift Shop cover ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0qJdShOL_s ).

            Mostly, his amazing bass-ness is just used for effect (bass drop etc) and you can check that out in Can't Hold Us ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OglS3Q0Zxik ) and Carol of the Bells ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSUFzC6_fp8&nbsp and basically any of their songs.

            He can also do overtone singing ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCRtS4L1_k0 ) and they do use it in some songs such as Aha! ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxY9qkfZMI8 ).

            Bonus songs: Avi singing part of the Misty Mountains song from The Hobbit ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_1FbmpVR78 ), some opera ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnLMYTmgpn0 ), also Avi got excited and accidently blew out some speakers during a perfomance ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeHRokYRVms ).

            Sorry this just turned into an Avi Kaplan appreciation post...


            • Masklin
              Masklin commented
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              It's difficult not to be a jealous fanboi, I feels ya breh.


              But, 4 reels, I think Avi Kaplan has not been mentioned because he sings harmony almost always, not lead. The OP of this thread might not have written it out but I think he meant lead vocalists that don't sing much above E4.