12 April 2012
Who do you think is the best Beatles' singer? I'd say Paul, but also sings very well sometimes and in a few rock songs John's voice isn't so bad, too. I just don't like ringo's voice.
1 May 2011
I was tempted to say depends on the song but that would be wrong.
All the beatles could sing very well including Ringo, he had a more limited range but as long as he stayed within it he is fine.
Personally i like all of them and it would be impossible to select one (What Goes On is one of my favourite beatles songs). John, Paul and George's vocals blended really well together be it 3 lead vocals (Nowhere Man, This Boy, Because) , 1 lead vocal + Harmonies (Here, There & Everywhere) or whatever. Pauls vocal support to Ringo on Act Naturally is a highlight of Help!
15 June 2011
Paul from a technical standpoint is certainly the best singer- effortless high notes, great versatility, lovely tone, huge stamina (I've never seen a single example of him struggling vocally live, which is impressive considering his tendency to write songs with high vocal lines). However I'd argue John's voice has more "character" and he was certainly an awesome singer in his own right. George Martin expressed a similar distinction between the two when he was deciding who should be the lead singer.
I'll also use this thread as an excuse to plug a YouTube video I made showcasing Paul's (vast) vocal range. Read the video description beneath the video to see what each note is and which song it's from.
3 May 2012
12 April 2012
I wrote "and also sings sometimes very well", there I meant george i just forgot to write his name. Anyway one thing I did never understand, in the beginning paul was the dominating singer (decca, live at star club), then john from please please onwards and then paul again from revolver-sgt. pepper until the end
1 May 2011
Paul wasnt the dominant singer, John sang a heck of a lot, would probably be roughly equal if not a little more John.
Brian chose the decca material, no idea why Paul sang more than John, probably simply down to Paul being the lead vocalist on the majority of songs Brian thought would be pleasing, ie Brian looked at the songs not the singer.
The Star Clubs tapes which are available to listen to are not complete shows, its just what we have so far, not that ive thought who sings what. In Germany there wasnt any structure, it was more what mood they were in, who was in the audience, were there potential customers looking in, and whatever came to mind at that moment. Even in December '62 when Brian was in charge they returned to their old ways of shouting to/at the audience back at the Star Club and doing whatever they felt like albeit a bit more polished. I think they now got breaks every 2 hours – or it was a 2 hour performance.
John took the lead vocals in '58 when they sang That'll Be The Day and In Spite Of All The Danger & when they got the opportunity to record a couple of songs in Germany at the Tony Sheridan sessions John sang Aint She Sweet with the other being an instrumental. Were the 1960 liverpool demos roughly equal between John and Paul?
Overall i doubt either cared who sang how many as they were playing for the enjoyment, it was only later that it became an issue with John noticing that Paul was getting the a-sides.
I really should be doing work.
12 April 2012
Paul sang most songs on sgt. pepper, magical mystery tour, white album and abbey road. Oddly john sang more songs on let it be though paul wrote more songs. Yellow Submarine doesn't really count for me
20 December 2010
I think that McCartney had the best all around vocal range. He could sing rockers and ballads.
I think Lennon had the most unique voice which lended itself to some very unique songs.
I think Harrison had the most emotional, sensitive voice. He was able to sing in a very heartfelt way
10 August 2011
Ben Ramon, that is an AWESOME video clip you put together.
When people discuss the best rock singers, Paul's vocal range doesn't get enough ink.
Your video says it all.
(I have to listen to it again, but doesn't Paul go even higher on "Baby's in Black" than the segment you have?)
23 January 2011
Ben Ramon, I agree with your assessment the most. Paul is better technically. John is more unique. The warmth in Paul's voice, I think, is what keeps me coming back for more. However, I have to disagree about Paul never struggling vocally live. He has had some trouble in the recent past. He sometimes struggles to hit the high notes in a few of his big numbers (see the Jubilee performance), but I don't think it is as bad as some people have said. People on his own message board are ready to take away the keys to his tour bus because they think his live performing voice is completely shot. I think that is patently untrue. Who doesn't have a few off nights?
ISTWD- thanks very much, it took a lot of time to put that together and I appreciate your comments. That top A is the highest Paul sings in Baby's In Black, he has about a million more of those A4s in other songs but I chose that one particularly for its brightness and ease, same reason I put the ones from Wanderlust, My Love etc.
18 December 2011
Single vocal: Paul (technically the best, greatest vocal range)
Harmonies: John, Paul & George (blends perfectly, but if Ringo sings he will stick out easily as you can hear in the chorus to "Carry That Weight", not saying his bad though)
9 May 2012
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