Greatest singer of the rock era?

A new poll conducted by Rolling Stone magazine asks musicians and music producers to vote for the best singer of the rock era. Today on Newshour we’ll be asking: So did they get it right? Who would you vote the greatest singer? We’d like to hear from you. So post your vote here or email us and we’ll try to play it on the programme later.

15 Responses to “Greatest singer of the rock era?”

  1. 1 Brett
    November 13, 2008 at 16:11

    Eh, most rock singers aren’t all that good.

    If I had to nominate a great rock singer, I would nominate the lead singer of The Academy Is (William Beckett is his name, IIRC).


    Not the most accomplished by any means, but a great singer in my opinion.

  2. November 13, 2008 at 16:18

    That is easy. Me. If the acedemy needs my address to send me my award. please drop me an email.


  3. 3 Mandie in Cape Coral, FL
    November 13, 2008 at 16:24

    Do they really sing in Rock? I though all they did was scream! But if i need to put my vote in it would be for Tom Petty. I don’t think he ever screamed.

  4. November 13, 2008 at 16:46

    Hands down it’s Grace Slick. She crescendos and decrescendos like no one else. Wonderful range in her voice.

    Here is one of songs that she sang with the LSO.

  5. 5 roebert
    November 13, 2008 at 18:41

    Well, ‘rock’ in various forms has passed through a number of eras. I hope that some of the more obscure, but very good, bands will come in for consideration: Strawbs, Ramases, Slade, for instance.

    But hey! Strawbs (and Dave Cousins in particular) will always have my vote.

  6. 6 adam
    November 14, 2008 at 17:56

    Ian Gillan from Deep Purple has always been a very powerful vocalist…..

  7. 8 roebert
    November 15, 2008 at 08:50

    Adam: correct! If not THE most powerful and inventive vocalist. I think he also did Jesus in the first (British) recording of JC Superstar. But Ritchie Blackmore, who replaced him, did no mean job, either.

  8. 9 Shakhoor Rehman
    November 15, 2008 at 17:15

    John Fogerty of CCR.

  9. 10 Bryan
    November 15, 2008 at 20:16

    What about the vocalist of Blood Sweat and Tears? Can’t recall his name right now but he was great. Had a double-barreled surname. I suppose the category would be jazz rock.

    Janis Joplin was great. Although she shrieked, she had perfect pitch and gave it everything she had.

    John Lennon and Paul McCartney. George and Ringo could hold a tune but Paul and John were the real vocalists.

  10. 11 Venessa
    November 16, 2008 at 01:56

    I keep leaning towards Robert Plant but I’ve already read some other suggestions above that are making me teeter….This is a tough and highly subjective question. 🙂

  11. 12 roebert
    November 16, 2008 at 08:55

    As for the best rock vocalist, my own Strawbs prejudices aside, I guess the honest answer would have to be :Ian Gillan, Deep Purple.

  12. 13 TomFromVA
    November 16, 2008 at 14:11

    My first inclination, and vote, goes to Freddie Mercury even though I don’t agree that there is any such thing as a “best” singer. I think Freddie demonstrated a variety of skills that few could match. On the female side, I will have to go with the late, great Eva Cassidy who owns “Fields of Gold”:

  13. 14 adam
    November 16, 2008 at 19:45

    Bon Scott of AC/DC was a red hot, out and out rock n’ roll singer….On the female side I have never heard anyone more powerful than Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes belting out Led Zeppelin’s “Misty Mountain Hop” .

  14. 15 Bryan
    November 16, 2008 at 22:41

    The fact that Eva Cassidy is not well known is a great mystery. The woman was pure magic. ‘Fields of Gold’ was superb and so was her version of the Judy Garland classic, ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. She was a fine guitarist as well. I guess she was way too self-effacing to make the big time.

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