Again, I am writing my list without reading anyone else's, so any crossover is unintentional and means we have the same great taste!
- Ella Fitzgerald, there just no teaching what she could do (and not enough room in this post for all of the videos I wanted to add).
- Louis Armstrong, another who had so much more than the music.
- Tim Hauser of the Manhattan Transfer, this Christmas album has long been my favorite. Among so much of their music, he was the man who started it all. (This video is slightly out of sync with the audio. Just close your eyes.)
- Freddie Mercury
- Eva Cassidy
- Duke Ellington
- Miles Davis
- Maria Callas.
- And the last is a category, that era when the song writers gave us the The Great American Songbook contributing to great theater and their collaborations enriched American music. Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Hart, Ellington, Mercer...... So much music and to have them back! Sigh.
An example sung by another who I'd love to experience in person, Lena Horne.
BONUS: Cole Porter performed recently, seriously, these lyrics were ahead of their time (this longer video has the entire song).
Thirty-six. I was born at least three decades too late.