December 03, 2012

Christmas music

Have you ever noticed that up until tho 60's, nearly all the famous male singers were baritones?

Andy Williams, Mel Torme, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra...

And after the Beatles, they're nearly all tenors. Yeah, Kris Kristofferson, Jim Morrison, and Neal Diamond, but how many other baritones?

Thought came to me listening to Christmas music on the radio while doing rehab this afternoon...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 03:30 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Baritones, drums and guitars muck around in the same frequency range, so it's harder to make out the fricatives.

Posted by: David McKinnis at December 03, 2012 06:05 PM (k5CSu)

2 He's got a good point. With the baritone leads, it was common to have violins or a partial orchestra in the background, which I think has much higher tones. After the Beatles, the orchestra faded as a part of popular music (outside of the theater) and the small band became the backing instrument.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at December 03, 2012 07:19 PM (G9eEC)

3 I think if you go back to the early days of recording, the men were Tenors then as well.  I don't think the early gramophones reproduced the low tones well.

Posted by: Mauser at December 04, 2012 01:31 AM (cZPoz)

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