The best country singer . . .

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This is a childish post, but listening through my country LPs lately I am pretty sure that either Lefty Frizzell or George Jones, who have stylistically overlapping skill-sets for sure, deserve the informal accolade of best country singer. I am leaning toward Frizzel just a tad. But, god, the subtleties of Jones’ delivery! It is a conundrum. Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty are also hefty contenders, but the two aforementioned stalwarts are the real rivals, IMO. Whadda you guys think?
 

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This is a childish post, but listening through my country LPs lately I am pretty sure that either Lefty Frizzell or George Jones, who have stylistically overlapping skill-sets for sure, deserve the informal accolade of best country singer. I am leaning toward Frizzel just a tad. But, god, the subtleties of Jones’ delivery! It is a conundrum. Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty are also hefty contenders, but the two aforementioned stalwarts are the real rivals, IMO. Whadda you guys think?
Okay, I just threw on an Anne Murray record. Um. Maybe I am wrong completely. I might need some time to digest.
 

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Hag was a master at impersonations, their's a reason he never did Jones.
Well, some might possibly say that after his first years Jones was doing a Lefty Frizzell impersonation. That chewy delivery—Frizzell did it from the very start. Jones seems to have acquired it after a while, though possibly perfected it.
 

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I always thought George was a master at country.....

For some reason I saw Merle in a different light after I finally
woke up to him around the time of the "Big City" hit. Of course I was aware
of him but when I took the time to study his work back to his
beginnings he always struck me as a rocker. He was a genius
at country but when he would do up tempo stuff he rocked.

I am aware that many people would argue my point, and I respect that,
but in his history he spent the first part of his career doing some great
tunes. By the early 70's he headed in a different direction and set a
standard that everyone wanted to achive. By the late 70's through the mid
80's he was at the top of his game and everything he did was gold. Not
just the music but the way it was produced and recorded. I believe, in that
respect, the industry was trying to catch up with what Merle was doing.

Now as far as voices go David A. Coe would have to come in second for me.
He, like Merle, could do many other voices...just about anyone.

Now for something completely different : Dean Martin
Don't get me started on that.
 
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