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Below, I attempt to note what I raided from various singers - I should say that I prefer their older voices. In recordings from their youth, I find their voices a little lacking in body. I liken it to a fine wine; too young and it's not there yet. Then, maturity develops and this may continue to improve over a few decades. Eventually… well, we all know what happens to all of us lucky to live long enough. an inevitable decline. I'd better get a move on, then!

Frank Sinatra: I like the rich and clear nature of his voice, he uses some lows and some majestic highs - these are weighty and not so much the ‘twang’ that is currently popular. He can hold a note, too

Tony Bennett: A hint of light opera to me. He includes some almost spoken notes and can hold a note. His highs are thinner than some, not so much weight. Most of his repertoire is too high for my voice but I just copy lower down!

Nat King Cole: Smooth, rich and very musical to me. A relaxed singer, not really any highs or lows, that didn’t seem to be his thing.

Mel Tormé: A unique voice and very musical. More of an accurate instrumental type singer.

Al Jarreau: I believe he described himself as something of an athlete. Very musical and some find his excursion too much. I tried to copy him a lot.

BB King: Roars like a lion - a blues shouter - and continued to do so into his 80s. I like his natural shouty power.

Shirley Bassey: Another powerful singer with majestic highs and quite a stylist with her sometimes clipped enunciation. Her highs are weighty and open, not of the twang variety. I find her live performances err… captivating!

Scott Walker: A sort of in between singer. Some of the old school and some pop/crooner. I didn’t copy him that much but enjoy his singing.

Andy Williams: Sweet and smooth with soaring highs and a kind of sheen. A lighter singer, mostly.

Barbra Streisand: Clear and accurate, some find her a little ‘strident’ but I like her. A musical theatre sound, to my ears, I try to copy her accuracy.

Luther Vandross: A very distinctive and agile singer. Too high for me but I try to copy his musicality and deftness.

Lou Rawls: Okay, someone in my range, at last! Rich and easy with a great timbre. He swings like the clappers and I enjoy his chat with the audience on the live recordings.

Bishop Neal Roberson: A gospel shouter and very musical. Somewhat awe-inspiring when he gets going and it seems his family, friends and the rest of the congregation are equally blessed! Mostly too high for me but hey.

Sarah Vaughan: A rich-voice jazz stylist. I prefer her later recordings, though some find her wider vibrato too much. I have got used to it and hear through it to the musicality. She doesn’t go super high but she keeps the weight in her upper notes.

Teddy Pendergrass: A superb soul shouter. Once again too high for me but I copy what I can, although I don’t use it that much.

Jack Jones: A classy singer with an engaging style and some good song choices. I didn’t directly copy that much but I noticed some rubbed off.

Vic Damone: Once again slightly light-opera/musical theatre. A ‘trained’ singer, I suspect. He reminds me a little of Tony Bennett with some half-spoken lines, high notes that are less weighty than some and the ability to hold notes.

Jimmy Webb: A master songwriter. I struggled with his singing to begin with but came to appreciate it. It goes really well with his songs and some aspects have rubbed off.

Kenny Rankin: A sweet high and pure voice that sail up into falsetto imperceptibly, unlike yours truly. I keep trying, though.

Bobby Caldwell/Michael Franks/Steely Dan: I grouped these together because they are singer/musician/songwriters and therefore I copied the whole shebang. I wouldn’t call any of them a master singer but what they do goes so well with their own songs. There’s something to learn from that alone!