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Lee

Redmond, WA

#1 Jan 15, 2008
Elvis probably had the widest vocal range of any singer ever. Two beautiful ballads that demonstrate his incredible vocal range are "Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello" and "She's Not You".

By the way, does anyone know, is there a way to measure the vocal range of a singer? If so, what, and what was Elvis' vocal range?

Maurice?

“....may God bless you, Adios”

Since: Jul 07

Viva Las Vegas

#2 Jan 15, 2008
"Elvis Presley has been described variously as a baritone and a tenor. An extraordinary compass- the so-called register-, and a very wide range of vocal color have something to do with this divergence of opinion. The voice covers two octaves and a third, from the baritone low-G to the tenor high B, with an upward extension in falsetto to at least a D flat. Presley's best octave is in the middle, D-flat to D-flat, granting an extra full step up or down. Call him a high baritone. In "It's'now or never",(1960), he ends it in a full voice cadence (A, G, F), that has nothing to do with the vocal devices of Rhythm and Blues and Country. That A-note is hit right on the nose, and it is rendered less astonishing only by the number of tracks where he lands easy and accurate B-flats. Moreover, he has not been confined to one type of vocal production. In ballads and country songs he belts out full-voiced high G's and A's that an opera baritone might envy. He is a naturally assimilative stylist with a multiplicity of voices - in fact, Elvis' is an extraordinary voice, or many voices"
- Henry Pleasants, in his book "The Great American Popular Singers" (1974)

"I suppose you'd had to call him a lyric baritone, although with exceptional high notes and unexpectedly rich low ones. But what is more important about Elvis Presley is not his vocal range, nor how high, or low it extends, but where its center of gravity is. By that measure, Elvis was all at once a tenor, a baritone and a bass, the most unusual voice I've ever heard"

- Gregory Sandows, Music Professor at Columbia University, published in "The Village Voice".
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#3 Jan 15, 2008
Hi Lee!! To read what close to 100 music editors, producers and songwriters, record company CEO´s, music professors and preservationists, music publishers and commentators, recording sound engineers, musicians, and singers in the Classical, Opera, Pop, Blues, Gospel, R&B, Soul, Rock, C&W and Latin-American music fields, voice teachers and coaches, theater critics, Rock and Popular Music historians and writers on the Humanities, the Arts, as well as on Social, Racial, Literary, Copyright-Law and other related studies say about his musical style, as a musician and his impact as a vocalist please go to:

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Elvis

then press go directly to 3.2

Regards
Jim
Lee

Redmond, WA

#4 Jan 15, 2008
Lee wrote:
Elvis probably had the widest vocal range of any singer ever. Two beautiful ballads that demonstrate his incredible vocal range are "Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello" and "She's Not You".
By the way, does anyone know, is there a way to measure the vocal range of a singer? If so, what, and what was Elvis' vocal range?
Maurice?
Thanks TCB and Jim. Really, a lot of this is over my head, as I know nothing about music, except what I like and don't like!
But Elvis not only had a beautiful voice, but the most remarkable voice, ever.

“....may God bless you, Adios”

Since: Jul 07

Viva Las Vegas

#5 Jan 15, 2008
Lee wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks TCB and Jim. Really, a lot of this is over my head, as I know nothing about music, except what I like and don't like!
But Elvis not only had a beautiful voice, but the most remarkable voice, ever.
We agree on a lot Lee....ESPECIALLY Elvis' voice!
MJFan

Deerfield, IL

#7 Feb 24, 2012
Umm....NO
Michael Jackson had a much wider range
Elvis:(B&#9837;1-)C&#9 839;2-C&#9839;5(-G5)
Michael Jackson (F2-)F&#9839;2-B&#9837 ;5(-E&#9837;6)

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#8 Feb 24, 2012
MJFan wrote:
Umm....NO
Michael Jackson had a much wider range
Elvis:(B&#9837;1-)C&#9 839;2-C&#9839;5(-G5)
Michael Jackson (F2-)F&#9839;2-B&#9837 ;5(-E&#9837;6)
Don't be ridiculous.

Elvis could hit low and high notes of which the King of Pedophiles could only dream.

You only have to listen to the wide range of music and styles to know who had the better range.

Elvis.

End of story.

Don't bother responding again on this old thread.
dennis hauser

United States

#9 Feb 26, 2012
I agree! Listen to Elvis sing "HURT" and enjoy a real powerfull voice range!
Presley Fan wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't be ridiculous.
Elvis could hit low and high notes of which the King of Pedophiles could only dream.
You only have to listen to the wide range of music and styles to know who had the better range.
Elvis.
End of story.
Don't bother responding again on this old thread.
Gina

Oxnard, CA

#10 Feb 27, 2012
MJFan wrote:
Umm....NO
Michael Jackson had a much wider range
Elvis:(B&#9837;1-)C&#9 839;2-C&#9839;5(-G5)
Michael Jackson (F2-)F&#9839;2-B&#9837 ;5(-E&#9837;6)


MJFan, you are funny.The Forum is laughing.
Laura

Sale, UK

#11 Oct 1, 2012
Gina wrote:
<quoted text>
MJFan, you are funny.The Forum is laughing.
Elvis had a 2/2 and a half vocal range was MJ's was 3.6 and has been called also 3.8. It is a fact that Michael had a wider vocal range. If you bothered to look into it you would realise
King Elvis

Redfern, Australia

#12 Oct 1, 2012
Laura wrote:
<quoted text>
Elvis had a 2/2 and a half vocal range was MJ's was 3.6 and has been called also 3.8. It is a fact that Michael had a wider vocal range. If you bothered to look into it you would realise
And Freddie Mercury had a range that put both of them to shame, what's your point?

Fact: Elvis could sing ANY type of music - rock, country, pop, folk, blues etc.

Wacko Jacko couldn't and didn't.

End of story.
lalyus

Peru

#13 Oct 6, 2012
The most important thing is the voice of harmony and awakens feelings in you .. "Elvis's voice caresses my ears."
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#14 Oct 14, 2012
Presley´s magic lied in his centre of gravity, vocal wise, being were it was, right in the middle. No other singer, and I am talking about those with an original voice, not Presley impersonators, had that same quality. And no one used his vocal chords with such zest.
Jina Wild

Slough, UK

#15 Oct 14, 2012
Laura wrote:
<quoted text>
Elvis had a 2/2 and a half vocal range was MJ's was 3.6 and has been called also 3.8. It is a fact that Michael had a wider vocal range. If you bothered to look into it you would realise
You forget that Wacko's reported wide range includes before and after his balls dropped. Had he lived, and given his desire to become a woman, it's safe to assume that by 2015 he would have been singing like Kate Bush.
donn409

Moneta, VA

#16 Oct 19, 2012
MJFan wrote:
Umm....NO
Michael Jackson had a much wider range
Elvis:(B&#9837;1-)C&#9 839;2-C&#9839;5(-G5)
Michael Jackson (F2-)F&#9839;2-B&#9837 ;5(-E&#9837;6)
You're just denying the obvious, MJFan. It is ELVIS who proved time and again that he had the ability to sing in every genre while Michael Jackson never could. ELVIS topped all the major singles charts while Jackson failed to do so. I saw a video where Michael attempted to sing a country song to his mother for her birthday and he failed miserably. He just didn't have the ability to do country. ELVIS on the other hand was able to sing in R&B as well as Country, Pop, semi-Operatic, Gospel, etc. ELVIS is the all around greatest vocalist in the history of music for those reasons and more.
donn409

Moneta, VA

#17 Oct 19, 2012
Laura wrote:
<quoted text>
Elvis had a 2/2 and a half vocal range was MJ's was 3.6 and has been called also 3.8. It is a fact that Michael had a wider vocal range. If you bothered to look into it you would realise
And I've read that ELVIS had anywhere from a 2 and a half octave vocal range to a 8 octave vocal range. You have no facts, Laura. You're the one who needs to realize and come out of that fantasy bubble you've been living in since "Thriller" was released.
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#18 Oct 30, 2012
Presley had a two and three quarter vocal range, having reached the full three octaves only twice, at about 1am, Hawaiian time, on January 13 and 14 of 1973, during his renditions of "What now my love". Again, the reason Presley had fifty voices has less to do with where the centre of gravity of his voice laid, exactly at the middle, than his desire to stretch those vocals to the maximum. His male backing vocalists throughout the 1970, namely the members of the Imperials, were usually cool and quite comfortable backing him up, condfident that he would deliver the goods, except during the ending to "American trilogy", whose last note goes beyond Presley's range, as they clearly indicated a few years ago. And every time he tried it, he delivered it, some 264 times, as reflected below

http://www.elvisconcerts.com/concerts/dboutpu...
laugh a min

Edinburgh, UK

#19 Nov 6, 2012
Elvis could hit low and high notes of which the King of Pedophiles could only dream.
thats so funny .... read one the comments i need go im laughin ma ass off
laugh a min

Edinburgh, UK

#20 Nov 6, 2012
you cant compare elvis and that black guy who change his face so he wouldnt look human ... like part out of thriller mj .... was out this world that where he belongs
laugh a min

Edinburgh, UK

#21 Nov 6, 2012
Freddie Mercury he was true queen we all love you miss you ......

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