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Smiley from Texas
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#15599 3 years ago
bokb wrote:
For Jerry, it would depend on the era. Sometime in the eighties he took on what I consider that "comforting grandfatherly" tone, but earlier he could wail.

I never thought of Bobby as a singer so much as a shouter, dig. Exceptions abound, however; LLR, Sailor, and of course WRS. Funny thing I noticed a while back, my personal "imitation" of Bobby requires a little Elvis!

Now a good pondering might be comparing Pig and Brent, yeah? Such soul those two! And, to blaspheme slightly, I thought that Warren was channelling both of 'em.


Lots of people like Pig pen and i love his stuff and his time with the boys. but I think brent was a way better fit with the boys. well I think of all my favorite shows and they are in the brent era
sjfgreenman
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#15606 3 years ago
I agree, Jerry voice had different periods...high and sweet in the 60's and 70's and then taking on that grainy quality increasingly and he started that growling thing, like the headlight on the train line.

His rhythm and blues nuances were awesome, like how he would over pronounce the "t" at the end of a "tonight".

Bobby sings more from the gut which is more correct, technically and gives him that deep voice.

Pig had the blues down, I wish I could have seen him live for just one Lovelight or Good Lovin...not to mention Easy Wind.

Love them all.

We were walking out of the Kaiser after a show in the 80's and this lady next to us said to the guy she was with "wow, you were right, they rocked, much better than I thought!! One thing, they need to lose the guy with the beard and glasses, his nasal voice sounds terrible."
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CinnamonGirl53
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#15729 3 years ago
I will always love Garcia's voice. I recall an interview with Robert Hunter and he said he just loved that high pitched cracked tone that Jerry made. You could tell the absolute unconditional love Hunter had for Garcia. Wish I could remember where I saw it but Hunter was extremely emotional.
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JStraw
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#15739 3 years ago
Yeah, I'm going with Jerry too. It's hard to beat that sweet soulfulness.
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bdog
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#15742 3 years ago
actually Brent had a better voice than all 3 of them
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ICantFindMyFace
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#16654 3 years ago
hearing brent sing Tons of Steel makes my ears bleed
sandee823
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#17000 2 years, 12 months ago
Definitely depends on the song. First i would say Jerry- like Jstraw said, you cant beat that sweet soulfulness.
However, at this stage of my "intro" to the Dead, Brents voice just sends chills up and down my spine. ~~~~~~
I remember the first time i heard him. I was listeining to Just a Little Light on Dozin' at the Knick and had to call a friend and ask, who is that?!?!?!?!
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ICantFindMyFace
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#18448 2 years, 12 months ago
i didn't realize brent had such a fan base...
boxorain
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#18453 2 years, 12 months ago
W i n o wrote:
I like them all and would have to say....Who is your favorite child ?


I seem to remember Phil answering the question, "What is your favorite song?" by saying, "That's like asking which of your children is your favorite." years ago in an interview.
cosmicnorm
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#18581 2 years, 12 months ago
Jerry = black velvet
Bobby = blue lightning
Pigpen = a perfect blend of both
Abba
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#22501 2 years, 11 months ago
I would like to hear John K sing just about ever song. Don't smite me for this..I love ALL the voices that have come and gone through out the GD... whats your favorite child is about right on this topic
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Re: Who has the better voice? Jerry, Bob, Pigpen?

#22549 2 years, 11 months ago
Bobby's pitch is the best, so I'd say Bob
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