Those singers you enjoy,....that don't really have a great voice?

There have been successful singers in almost any style that realistically did not have a "golden" voice.  Perhaps guilty pleasures.  Who are yours?


Roy Orbison “doesn’t have a great voice?”

Wow.  Those are some high standards.

I love the sound of Kurt Cobain, Lemmy, Lou Reed, Roger Miller and John Sebastian’s voices.

I wouldn’t say any of those guys were proficient vocalists, but I’ll be darned if I don’t love the sound of their voices.

To me, Roy Orbison had one of the greatest voices ever in popular music. Lovely tone. Gorgeous diction. Whether or not it suits traditional operatic requirements, his low register to high register yodeling was masterful. He delivered the lyrics with unerring passion and inevitability.

Almost forgot, Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet). Loved his work (pure excellence) but no Pavarotti.