I’m extremely fortunate to have grown up during a period when the quality of music on the airwaves was much better than much of what’s on the market now. From self contained bands, to stand up vocal groups and everything in between, there was always plenty of good music available for ones listening pleasure. Another bright spot was the number of male vocalists who rose to prominence during the 1960s and 1970s. From sweet falsettos to booming baritones, these men had what it took to capture the hearts of female fans. Here’s a list of some of my favorite male vocalists.

  1. Otis Redding
  2. Sam Cooke
  3. Jackie Wilson
  4. Nat King Cole
  5. James Brown
  6. Clyde McPhatter (The Drifters)
  7. Ben E. King (The Drifters)
  8. Levi Stubbs (The Four Tops)
  9. Eddie Kendricks (The Temptations)
  10. David Ruffin (The Temptations)
  11. Smokey Robinson
  12. Theodore “Teddy” Pendergrass
  13. Marvin Gaye
  14. Peabo Bryson
  15. James Ingram
  16. Barry White
  17. Isaac Hayes
  18. Donny Hathaway
  19. Curtis Mayfield
  20. William Bell