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Subject: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: AmericanGirl on 09/16/18 at 6:58 pm

What singers can you think of whose careers survived a "voice change" event?  (Usually due to growing up.)  There are a few - but not that many.  For this thread I suggest posting a video having a "before" voice and "after" voice.

I'll start with perhaps the second most famed such artist.

Stevie Wonder was 13 when he had his first explosive hit, "Fingertips (pt. 2)" in 1963.  He had a couple more hits as a pre-pubescent youth, and then he continued on even stronger as his voice developed as a teen (and subsequently an adult).

Before: Little Stevie Wonder - Workout Stevie Workout (1963):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPpagwsH9pc

After: Stevie Wonder - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing (1974):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zywDiFdxopU


Subject: Re: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 09/16/18 at 7:53 pm

Donny Osmond is one.

Sweet and Innocent (1971-before)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ_o8aXrEuw&index=1&list=PLV3AkW74G8i6on3KNmzOnV3y4yCdOwKnW

Twelfth of Never (1973-inbetween):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZCepTGsGcw

Sacred Emotion (1989-after):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLKzwb2JvLo

Subject: Re: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 09/16/18 at 7:58 pm

Joni Mitchell

Big Yellow Taxi (1970):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhxZ8ok3Z2o

Help Me (1974):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sasdHZXNagI

Subject: Re: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: Howard on 09/17/18 at 5:25 am

You can also put Michael Jackson "King Of Pop" in this category too as well.

Subject: Re: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: AmericanGirl on 09/17/18 at 6:18 am


You can also put Michael Jackson "King Of Pop" in this category too as well.


He's exactly who I was thinking of!  How about posting a pair of "before" and "after" tunes  :)

Subject: Re: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: yelimsexa on 09/17/18 at 8:26 am


What singers can you think of whose careers survived a "voice change" event?  (Usually due to growing up.)  There are a few - but not that many.  For this thread I suggest posting a video having a "before" voice and "after" voice.

I'll start with perhaps the second most famed such artist.

Stevie Wonder was 13 when he had his first explosive hit, "Fingertips (pt. 2)" in 1963.  He had a couple more hits as a pre-pubescent youth, and then he continued on even stronger as his voice developed as a teen (and subsequently an adult).

Before: Little Stevie Wonder - Workout Stevie Workout (1963):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPpagwsH9pc

After: Stevie Wonder - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing (1974):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zywDiFdxopU


Arguably, the "After" started less than three years later with "Uptight (Everything's Alright)". By 1970, his childhood voice was a distant memory due to few oldies stations.

I'd say good "Before" and "After" for Michael Jackson are "Ben" and "Dancing Machine", recorded less than two years apart. He was 13 when he recorded  Ben and 15 with Dancing Machine. By Off The Wall, his childhood voice seemed like a bygone era.

Bobby Brown (including his tenure with New Edition) is another. Compare "Cool It Now" with "My Prerogative".

Subject: Re: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: Howard on 09/18/18 at 5:35 am


He's exactly who I was thinking of!  How about posting a pair of "before" and "after" tunes  :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afXJpsK1kXs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRdxUFDoQe0

Subject: Re: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: AmericanGirl on 09/18/18 at 6:26 am


Bobby Brown (including his tenure with New Edition) is another. Compare "Cool It Now" with "My Prerogative".


O0  Good call on Bobby Brown!







Good picks!  I personally would place "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)" (1979) in the after column, as far as Michael's voice goes, and suggest something like this for the before option:

Jackson 5 - Maybe Tomorrow (1971)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FOy-vp_3BM

Subject: Re: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: Howard on 09/19/18 at 7:27 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U86MVqiKuZE
New Edition- (Ralph Tresvant) Popcorn Love (1983)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Qb-f_xpkI
Ralph Tresvant Sensitivity (1990) 7 years later

Subject: Re: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: AmericanGirl on 09/19/18 at 11:52 pm


New Edition- (Ralph Tresvant) Popcorn Love (1983)

Ralph Tresvant Sensitivity (1990) 7 years later


O0  Ralph Tresvant - good call!


You can also put Michael Jackson "King Of Pop" in this category too as well.


One more note about Michael Jackson.  We early fans of his followed his career and musical output pretty closely.  My Dad had warned me that once Michael's voice changed, he just might be done.  Throughout almost the entire early 1973, we fans were speculating and wondering, talking of his absence, thinking maybe Michael's voice was no longer up to snuff and that all we would have henceforth was what we could look back on - which was quite a bit at that point.  The mystery finally lifted when in early fall 1973, the Jackson 5 released the single "Get It Together" - our first significant introduction to the "new voice" Michael.  I recognized that he sounded a bit different then - but quickly gave the new Michael a thumbs up.  We all know in hindsight what major success he'd go on to have, but didn't foresee at the time.  Oh we (fans) of little faith...

Subject: Re: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: Howard on 09/20/18 at 7:28 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yrx9pezxF8
Donny Osmond- One Bad Apple (1971)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXs0r47STuY
Soldier Of Love (1989)

Subject: Re: Songsters Whose Career Survived A "Voice Change"

Written By: wsmith4 on 09/20/18 at 11:49 am

Most of these "Singers" did not hav ea voice chance.

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