Who was or is your favourite crooner?

Alan Esdaile… Matt Monro for me

Joe Knight… Saw him years ago at the Beaver woods kennels just off A20 near Sidcup London (posh place)

Sandy Max… I wouldn’t have added Johnny Mathis or Paul Anka – they were later. What happened to Mel Torme, Jim Reeves and Andy Williams? I’d pick Nat King Cole or Dean Martin from these but I know my dad would have picked Frank Sinatra!

Andy Ives… Early Sinatra (Tommy Dorsey era) for certain

Tony Qunta… Matt Monro!Oh Nat King Cole also!

Julie Findlay-jones… Sinatra,Dean Martin, NAT king Cole and Bing Crosby still listen to them. But I think they are all great.

Eric Harmer… MATT sounded great Alan but Nat King Cole was a merry old soul It was Nat for me mate

Tony May…  Perry Como.

Michael Coller… I play them all in my show, it’s the only sort of music I play and most are used from original vinyl records.

Patricia Wapshott… All fab , but Frank Sinatra was my favourite!

Eddy Ouwens… SINATRA – DAVIS – COLE

Jane Hartley… Difficult, Matt, Andy, Jim Reeves would have been on my list too.

Virginia Davis… Nat King Cole. My Nan introduced me to his music and I used to love listening to him with her.

Matt Thomas…  I have to pick 2 Matt Monro and Nat King Cole – I think Sinatra was a bit over rated

Wendy Weaver… Frankie for me

David Edwards… Nat King Cole was a big influence on Ray Charles

Sue Bennett… Matt Monro – mum & dad’s favourite from the 50’s onwards

Phyllis Mendenhall… Johnny Mathis without a doubt ,then Pat Boone. Oh and Bobby Darin

Mick Carlisle Savage… Has to be Tony Bennett.

John Warner… Old Blue Eyes!

Linda Joy Lemon… Nat….

Pete Prescott…  Sinatra/Nat Cole (equally 1st) then Bobby Daren and Andy Williams. But I like them all. Good grief I forgot Matt Monro ! He is after Sinatra/Cole ! Amazing singer ! AH ! Also put Sammy Davis equal with Matt.

Sylvia Sinden… Dean Martin

Keith Cowper… Deffo Matt Monro

Pauline Sims… Nat King Cole – so different from the other crooners, with that lovely deep voice. Great loss when he died

Liane Carroll… Vic Damone. Matt Monro was Sinatra’s favourite singer xxx

Pete Prescott…  I put a night of Nat King Cole on at the stables with Mike Hatchard and Danny Jefferies a couple of years ago. I’ve been a fan since I was around 12.
We did a lot of songs from his trio years. Nat Cole was an amazing pianist but his voice was what always got me. Stevie Wonder said something like ” everyone brought something to the table but with Nat god sprinkled a little fairy dust on his vocal chords”

Pauline Sims… Couldn’t agree more Stevie Wonder,

Gerry Fortsch… None of the above.

Phil Thornton… Andy Williams ( I liked his friend the cookie monster )

Will Cornell… I really don’t like that kind of music at all, but I did begrudgingly have a bit of respect for Tom Jones when he was in that mini series PBS Blues documentary, I believe with Jeff Beck. And if Elvis and Tommy Duncan (of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys count) then throw them in the mix.

David Edwards…  I don’t think Tom, Elvis or Tommy Duncan come under this umbrella.

Tony Davis… Sinatra and NKC all the way

Paul Juan… From that list probably Perry or Matt

Judith Monk… Perry Como!

Pete Millington… Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Matt Monro, Frank Sinatra, in that order!

Wendy Belton… They are all great but of course it has to be the man I have met many times Andy Williams. I really do miss seeing him and giving him red roses with the rest of his fan club. Can’t believe it’s six years next week since the world lost that amazing voice. Followed by Bobby Darin then Matt Monro.

Lloyd Johnson… Nat King Cole!…

Pauline Richards… Dean Martin definitely

Judy Atkinson… Bing Crosby

Victoria Diaz-Fernandez… Nat and Bing

James Johnson… Johnny Mathis. voice from my childhood

Lloyd Johnson… We all got driven mad by your Mum playing ‘The 12th of Never’ even before you were born James.

Alan Pepper… Ramblin’ rose reminds me of my uncle. Nat King Cole’s voice was like honey . Born free by Matt Monro is another one of my favorites ! On my playlist at my wake but that’s another story…..

Mike Vawdrey… Bing Crosby was the original and best as well as being a great jazz singer in his youth. Nat (King) Cole would have been equally famous as a jazz pianist – if with a less healthy bank account – had the singing not taken over

Dave Nattress… Wow, what a great response!  As an old rocker (I guess), at one time I might not have been able to admit to liking so many of these guys.
But, having followed rock vocalists who really, really, can sing, and moreover “live”, I nonetheless can look up to so many of these crooners and performers given that I finally started to broaden my outlook a good few years back!  I have a double CD of Frank Sinatra’s hits – just fabulous stuff and Matt Monro – wonderful.  “Born Free” – for just one, a wonderful vocal.  Let’s not forget or let’s recognise the quality of the writing, the arrangements, the musicianship as well as the vocals.

Pete Prescott… Tony Iommi and David Lee Roth are big Sinatra fans. A lot of rock players/ singers a fans of swing singers. its tough to sound like they do. When I was in a studio with Ray Fenwick, Neil Murray and Cozy Powell we had a jam. We did fly me to the moon. Swing! It was great !

Colin Fox… I’ve always been a fan of Buddy Greco. Listen to his version of Lady is a Tramp

Graham McCallum… Got to be Sinatra for me

Jacquie Hinves… Andy Williams every time.

Jan Cunliffe… Nat King Cole

Andy Ives… Sinatra closely followed by Monroe

David Edwards… Matt Monroe for me.

Roger Collier… Paul Anka. He couldn’t sing for toffee in his early days but Rock Swings was excellent.

Robert Searle… Sammy Davis jr., he could do anything,he made some of the others look …….

Trevor Spears… Sinatra the Guvnor!

Beatrice Lacey… Tony Bennett

Wendy Weaver… Sinatra closely followed by Sammy Davis Jnr

3 thoughts on “Who was or is your favourite crooner?”

  1. Ramblin’ rose reminds me of my uncle. Nat King Cole’s voice was like honey . Born free by Matt Monro is another one of my favorites ! On my playlist at my wake but that’s another story…..

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  2. Bing Crosby was the original and best as well as being a great jazz singer in his youth. Nat (
    King) Cole would have been equally famous as a jazz pianist – if with a less healthy bank account – had the singing not taken over

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  3. Wow, what a great response! As an old rocker (I guess), at one time I might not have been able to admit to liking so many of these guys.
    But, having followed rock vocalists who really, really, can sing, and moreover “live”, I nonetheless can look up to so many of these crooners and performers given that I finally started to broaden my outlook a good few years back! I have a double CD of Frank Sinatra’s hits – just fabulous stuff and Matt Monro – wonderful. “Born Free” – for just one, a wonderful vocal. Let’s not forget or let’s recognise the quality of the writing, the arrangements, the musicianship as well as the vocals.

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