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    We were very priveleged in both these decades to have some superb singers, . I wasnt around in the fifties being born in 1960 and I ineirted my love of these singers from my parents and elder brother.



    Here are my favourites.



    Malcolm Vaughan



    David Hughes

    Michael Holiday

    Alma Cogan



    Frankie Vaughan(didnt like him for years but have warmed to hime now)



    Matt Monro



    Marion Ryan

    Ruby Murray



    Ronnie Hilton(superb)

    Gary Miller



    Vince Hill



    I would be interesting in your feedback and if anyobody has worked with any of these artistes any anecodes would be great. I am sure Earl B can oblige.

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    Dicky Valentine

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    name='bhowells']We were very priveleged in both these decades to have some superb singers, . I wasnt around in the fifties being born in 1960 and I ineirted my love of these singers from my parents and elder brother.




    The very first famous pop star I ever saw was when I was taken to a pantomime in the 1960s and yodelling Frank Ifield was the star member of the cast.



    He tried to revive his chart career in the 1976 punk era with a re-released punk version of his famous hit, I Remember You Yah Bastard!

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    From your list bhowells, here are the ones I worked with:-

    Michael Holiday (had a series on 208)

    Alma Cogan (had a series on 208)

    Matt Monro (had a series on 208)

    Marion Ryan (Not worked with her but edited some of her sons records).

    Ruby Murray (had a series on 208) Her MD was Ray Martin in later years he

    wrote a series of 208 jingles.

    Ronnie Hilton ( Not as a singer but he was a DJ for EMI records.)

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    name='samkydd']The very first famous pop star I ever saw was when I was taken to a pantomime in the 1960s and yodelling Frank Ifield was the star member of the cast.



    He tried to revive his chart career in the 1976 punk era with a re-released punk version of his famous hit, I Remember You Yah Bastard!


    Still singing today I looked at his website a while ago.



    I love that moment in One Foot In The Grave when Victor and Margaret are staying in an attic room at a bed and breakast and they discover a copy of Frank Ifields,"She Taught Me How To Yodel." in the bed.

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    Matt Monro was simply the best, I am a huge fan of his even though I don't actually remember him when he was around, as I am only in my late 30's.

    Ronnie Hilton is another favourite, also Dickie Valentine, Michael Holliday and Vince Hill.

    Hard to find videos of the above, although there are 3 dvd's of Matt Monro available, plus a few tv appearances I have as well.

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    name='jch']Matt Monro was simply the best, I am a huge fan of his even though I don't actually remember him when he was around, as I am only in my late 30's.

    Ronnie Hilton is another favourite, also Dickie Valentine, Michael Holliday and Vince Hill.

    Hard to find videos of the above, although there are 3 dvd's of Matt Monro available, plus a few tv appearances I have as well.


    Yes I must get hold of the dvds of Matt Monro. Did you see the documentary about Matt on BBC 4,which was shown last year.



    I first heard him as a child in 1962 when my brother had his recording of "Softly As I leave you."

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    Yes, it has been shown several times on BBC4 plus once on BBC2. I believe there were plans to perhaps release this on dvd. The other dvd's are brilliant as well.

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    Billy Fury was England's best singer (post Elvis pre Beatles) by a mile ! Although often thought of as a rock'n'roller, he was really a balladeer. In a class by himself. Anyone interested should track down Ian Dury's obituary/tribute to Billy.

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    It has to be Elvis for me but I have always been interested in his career as a whole ratherr than just the pre army years., important as they wre.

    All his contempories brought something to the table after Elvis I would cite Jerry Lee Lewis as one of my all time favourites and then Chuck Berry. I like Little Richard but I need to get a proper compilation of his original recordings I have a dodgy set of re-recordings on vinyl.



    Carl Perkins was another great artist of course, and also Eddie Cochran, its all too easy to look down our noses at Bil Haley but he deserves his place in rock and roll history.



    We musnt forget Gene Vincent there again I need to fill a yawing gap in my collection and get some decent stuff by him rather than the ramshackle compilation I have on C.D.

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    Gene Vincent - you want the Capitol recordings with THe Blue Caps.

    Little Richard - you want recordings only on Specialty.

    Chuck Berry only on Chess .

    Fats Domino - only on Imperial.

    Jerry Lee - only on Sun until you want more than a bit

    Carl Perkins - strictly on Sun

    Don't forget there are some great rock'n'rollers who never recorded an albums worth of good material. A 50's Sun compilation is likely to be excellent.

    Get Rockiin'

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    Ian Gillan

    Roger Daltrey

    Bon Scott

    Graham Bonnet

    Ronnie James Dio (all two foot of him)

    Freddie Mercury

    Robert Plant



    But that's based on my personal preferences.



    I saw Aretha Franklin topped the Rolling Stone "Best Rock Singer" poll. Best ROCK singer??? But then James Blunt was also listed , so I don't think it was a very credible poll.

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    Ronnie James Dio

    David Coverdale

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    Paul Rodgers

    Ian Hunter

    David Byron

    Eddie Cochran

    John Lennon

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    name='smiffy']Joe Cocker






    None better!

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    Are we sticking to Rock n Roll or widening out to cover Rock?

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    HI.

    My favourite singer is Elvis Presley. That's my personal answer.

    Answere to the question; Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.



    Alan French.

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    Ian Gillan

    Paul Rogers

    Roger Daltrey

    Graham Bonnet

    Steve Winwood

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