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  • #16
    Elvis didn't sound black to me...


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    • #17
      Y'all be hatin' on white folk...



      ... I would like to claim that this categorization is superfluous. Singers are persons, and as such unique.

      We have an expression here in Sweden, that translated directly (i.e. losing the rhyme in the process) becomes something like 'preferences are like your anus'. The point is that opinions will often differ, and sometimes there is no point in arguing about it.


      Smaken är som baken!




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      • #18
        (and I'm not even much of an Elvis fan).


        That is apparent by your over-simplification of what Sam Phillips was looking for, and Elvis' early "sound".
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        • #19
          Y'all be hatin' on white folk...



          ... I would like to claim that this categorization is superfluous. Singers are persons, and as such unique.

          We have an expression here in Sweden, that translated directly (i.e. losing the rhyme in the process) becomes something like 'preferences are like your anus'. The point is that opinions will often differ, and sometimes there is no point in arguing about it.


          Smaken är som baken!






          do swedes even know what black people look like?

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          • #20
            Wow - was I *ever* not expecting that voice!



            He's got a ton of soul!
            But his machine gun vibrato is pretty fast kinda detracting from his awesomeness.
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            • nomadh
              nomadh commented
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              David Clayton Thomas  Blood, sweat and tears.

              Cory Glover  Living Colour  

               Also I heard that white venues were very surprised that a black man showed up when they booked Chuck Berry as a reverse of the subjct.


          • #21
            Well, I sure agree with the latter part---bell-bottomed, scarfed Elvis as a lounge/torch singer, but the first part is just WRONG. Check your history. Sam Phillips was EXACTLY looking for a White guy who could sing Black music....Hound Dog was Big Mama Thornton and it's really a woman's song about a (what else?) bad man. Jail House Rock is similar. Elvis was the crossover between the Black R&B of the time and mainstream America....not that he didn't do it brilliantly, because he did (and I'm not even much of an Elvis fan).


            I think Phillips was looking for a white blues shouter. Back then white singers crooned. Elvis's voice doesn't have the timbre of a black voice but he had the style of a blues singer.

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            • #22
              elvis sounds as black as eminem sounds black.

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              • #23
                You guys should checkout "allen stone" Crazy talented SouL Singer
                http://www.youtube.com/100JamesX

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                • #24
                  i went to prep school with this dude - singer/keys



                  he's a white guy. in HS he was a total wigga gangsta wannabe. he obviously developed a lot.

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                  • #25
                    That is apparent by your over-simplification of what Sam Phillips was looking for, and Elvis' early "sound".


                    How do you deal with the nose-bleeds in that ivory tower of condescension?

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                    • #26
                      Just realized that Gin Wigmore sounds like the singer from the Noisettes.





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                      • #27


                        This guy sings GREAT. I love that slightly breathy sound he gets. And he seamlessly goes from chest to head, and back again, throughout the entire song.

                        Singing well has got absolutely nothing to do with ethnicity, apart from the "cultural" element.

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                        • #28
                          Just read this today.
                          Linked from the CNN website:

                          http://madamenoire.com/96595/well-you-dont-say-10-white-singers-we-once-thought-were-black/

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                          • #29
                            Don't know, but I sometimes feel like my voice sounds borderline black. lol
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                            • #30

                              He describes himself as a hippie soul artist.

                              His video played on VH1 Soul. So apparently he sounded black enough to be on the show.

                              Will never win an award for a pretty face, but his voice will likely turn heads.

                               

                               

                               

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4Hy6kp5kIs

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                              • rangefinder
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                                Justin Timberlake wins this category. Hands down.


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