First of here is a couple of definitions of what a crooner is;
1..Crooner a singer, typically a male one, who sings sentimental songs in a soft, low voice.
2..Crooner is an American epithet given to male singers of jazz standards, mostly from the Great American Song Book, either backed by a full orchestra a big band or by a piano. Originally it was an ironic term denoting a sentimental singing style made possible by the use of microphones.
Both these definitions are accurate enough but not for the modern day crooner, I don’t think it has captured what has been happening in more recent times. For example definition one, sentimental songs in a soft low voice, yes, but there is a lot of loud songs in a low but powerful voice. I think definition two is a bit more accurate but limited to the early days of the crooner from where it came.
Modern day rock bands wouldn’t be to happy if they were always compared to Bill Haley and the Comets, there is the influence which these pioneers of Rock’ n Roll left us but you would be hard pressed to find the similarity just by listening to them.
Statement of Intent
This is what I’m going to do in this particular series of blog’s. I’m going to work out my own measuring stick based on some of the above definitions, but I’m going to add a lot more detail to the modern day definition of the modern day crooner, it’s going to be a lot of research and it’s going to take more than a few weeks. I want to tell you right away that I’m very excited about this subject not because I’m a crooner myself, it’s because there is to much mythology about the whole concept of what a crooner is, and like it or not, the crooners are still with us, and probably here to stay.
The next blog will still be the introduction but I need to take some time to work out the rules for what will be my top ten modern day crooners. I’m sure there will be some that will disagree but I’m open to persuasion as long as you are within the rules!!
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