Best non-classical baritones

by jgcorrea | created - 28 Aug 2012 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

no order of preference. As in Matthew 22:14 ¨Therefore many are called, but few are chosen. " It seems annoying to quote the Gospel, but this list is personal, whilst ¨personal¨ is a highly subjective concept. The list of absentees is obviously larger, please blame the listener's limitation (he hasn't been acquainted with every good baritone) and his taste (which, of course, will be arguable).

1. Maurice Chevalier

Soundtrack | The Love Parade

Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by...

2. Bing Crosby

Actor | White Christmas

Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington, the fourth of seven children of Catherine Helen "Kate" (Harrigan) and Harry Lowe Crosby, a brewery bookkeeper. He was of English and Irish descent. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in ...

3. Mark Knopfler

Soundtrack | Wag the Dog

Mark Knopfler recorded his first single at age 16, but it was never released, He started the band Dire Straits in 1977, they were signed to Vertigo Records in 1978 and recorded the album "Dire Straits", which featured their first major hit single, "Sultans of Swing". Their follow-up albums include ...

4. Neil Diamond

Soundtrack | The Jazz Singer

Neil Leslie Diamond was born in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York City, on January 24, 1941. His father, Akeeba "Kieve" Diamond, was a dry-goods merchant. Both he and wife Rose were Jewish immigrants from Poland. The Diamond family temporarily relocated to Cheyenne, Wyoming, because of...

5. Michael Bublé

Soundtrack | Spider-Man 2

Multi-platinum artist Michael Bublé grew up near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was introduced to swing music and old standards by his grandfather, who offered his services for free as a professional plumber to musicians who were willing to let Michael sing a couple of songs with them on ...

6. Harry Belafonte

Actor | Bobby

Harold George Belafonte was born on March 1, 1927 in New York City. He was educated at the New York Dramatic Workshop. He grew up in Jamaica, British West Indies, and did folk-singing in nightclubs and theaters, and on television and records. His debut was at the Village Vanguard in New York. Also,...

7. Leonard Cohen

Soundtrack | Watchmen

Leonard Cohen was born on September 21, 1934 in Montréal, Québec, Canada as Leonard Norman Cohen. He died on November 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

8. Tim Curry

Actor | Congo

Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. His mother, Maura Patricia (Langmead), was a school secretary, and his father, James Curry, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain. Curry studied Drama and English at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with ...

9. Nat 'King' Cole

Soundtrack | The Nat King Cole Show

Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles at Montgomery, Alabama. He received music lessons from his mother and his family moved to Chicago when he was only five, where his father Edward James Coles was a minister at the True Light Baptist Church and later Pastor of the First Baptist Church. At ...

10. Tom Jones

Soundtrack | The Emperor's New Groove

Tom Jones was born Thomas Jones Woodward in Pontypridd, South Wales, to a traditional coal-mining family, the son of Freda (Jones) and Thomas Woodward. His father was of English descent and his mother was of Welsh and English ancestry. He began singing at an early age in church and in the school ...

11. John Fogerty

Soundtrack | Battleship

John Fogerty was born on May 28, 1945 in Berkeley, California, USA as John Cameron Fogerty. He has been married to Julie Lynne Kramer since April 20, 1991. They have four children. He was previously married to Martha Ann Paiz.

12. Paul Simon

Music_department | The Graduate

Born on October 13, 1941 in Newark New Jersey, Paul Simon is one of the greatest singer/songwriters ever. In 1957, he and high school pal, Art Garfunkel, wrote and recorded the single, "Hey Schoolgirl", under the name "Tom and Jerry". After some failures, they broke up. Simon still wrote and ...

13. Frank Sinatra

Actor | The Manchurian Candidate

Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. ...

14. Elvis Presley

Soundtrack | Girls! Girls! Girls!

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School. ...

15. Peter Gabriel

Soundtrack | WALL·E

Peter Gabriel was educated at Charterhouse School, Surrey, England. He was the lead singer of leading progressive rock band Genesis from its inception until he left in 1975 for a successful solo career as a singer-songwriter, soundtrack composer and innovator in visual presentation of music, music ...

16. Carlos Gardel

Soundtrack | True Lies

Known as El Zorzal Criollo, the songbird of Buenos Aires, Carlos Gardel is a legendary figure in Uruguay and Argentina. He was born on December 11st, 1890, in Toulouse (France). His place of birth have been claimed by the Uruguayans and Argentinians, however, his Birth Certificate and his Will ...

17. Francisco Alves

Soundtrack | Madame Satã

Francisco Alves was born on August 19, 1898 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Francisco de Morais Alves. He died on September 27, 1952 in Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo, Brazil.

18. Carlos Galhardo

Actor | Banana-da-Terra

Carlos Galhardo was born on April 24, 1913 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Catello Carlos Guagliardi. He was an actor, known for Banana-da-Terra (1939), Vamos Cantar (1941) and Pra Lá de Boa (1949). He died on July 25, 1985 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.

19. Noel Rosa

Soundtrack | Madame Satã

Noel Rosa was born on December 11, 1910 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Noel de Medeiros Rosa. He was married to Lindaura. He died on May 4, 1937 in Rio de Janeiro.

20. Charles Aznavour

Actor | Tirez sur le pianiste

Beloved French chanson entertainer Charles Aznavour, who wrote more than 800 songs, recorded more than 1,000 of them in French, English, German and Spanish and sold over 100 million records in all, was born Chahnour Varinag Aznavourian on May 22, 1924, in Paris, the younger of two children born to ...

21. John Charles Thomas

Actor | Great Day

John Charles Thomas was born on September 6, 1890 in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, USA. He was married to Dorothy May Koehler and Ruby B. Rittenour. He died on December 13, 1960 in Apple Valley, California, USA.

22. Gino Bechi

Actor | Fuga a due voci

Gino Bechi was born on October 16, 1913 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. He was an actor, known for Music on the Run (1943), Come Back to Sorrento (1945) and The Lovers (1946). He died on February 2, 1993 in Florence.

23. Nélson Gonçalves

Actor | Folias Cariocas

Nélson Gonçalves was born on June 21, 1919 in Santana do Livramento, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil as Antônio Gonçalves Sobral. He was an actor, known for Folias Cariocas (1948), É de Chuá (1958) and Fantasma Por Acaso (1946). He died on April 18, 1998 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

26. Nelson Eddy

Actor | Phantom of the Opera

The only career Nelson Eddy ever considered was singing. His parents were singers, his grandparents were musicians. Unable to afford a teacher, he learned by imitating opera recordings. At age 14 he worked as a telephone operator in a Philadelphia iron foundry. He sold newspaper advertising and ...

27. Al Jolson

Actor | The Jazz Singer

Al Jolson was known in the industry as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for well over 40 years. After his death his influence continued unabated with such performers as Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis all mentioning him as an ...

28. Patrizio Buanne

Soundtrack | 30 Minutes or Less

Austrian-Italian singer.

29. Howard Keel

Actor | Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Howard Keel was the Errol Flynn and Clark Gable of "golden age" movie musicals back in the 1950s. With a barrel-chested swagger and cocky, confident air, the 6'4" brawny baritone Keel had MGM's loveliest songbirds swooning helplessly for over a decade in what were some of the finest musical films ...

30. Gordon McRae

Actor | East Side, West Side

Gordon McRae is an actor, known for East Side, West Side (1927) and The Red Skelton Hour (1951).



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