Archive for March, 2009

Classic Crooners Influence on Music
March 28, 2009

The art of crooning is one of the only forms of music that relies almost solely on the talent of the lead singer. The beautiful booming voices that crooners had captivated audiences. Today, male crooners are far and few between, with Michael Buble being the most famous to Tony Bennett, who is still performing in front of live audiences. Even though the old style jazzy feeling of the classic crooners is fading, their influence on the modern musical world is not. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin songs are still being sung on stages such as the popular show “American Idol” who has produced modern crooners such as Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks. The evolution of “Rock’n Roll” music from crooning is evident, with vibrato singers such as Elvis Presley putting a more hip swing on the old crooning style to attract the modern audiences in the mid-1950s to 1960s. Crooning songs are still some of the most sensual and inspirational songs around, played at special occassions to make the mood feel unlike any other. Songs such as “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole are often played at weddings to enhance the romantic and ideal feel of the moment. The classic crooners are a testament to how music can survive through generations because of the common feelings that it brings to everyone listening.


References/Suggested Readings
March 27, 2009


2. The Rise Of The Crooners, Michael Pitts and Frank Hoffman; Scarecrow Press, 2002