This is a page created by C.Syde65 which attempts to cover basic descriptions on the vocal ranges and classifications of male musicians and singers, both past and present.
I, C.Syde, have been reading information about the classifications given to some male musicians and singers on various pages on various sites, such as List of tenors in non-classical music and List of baritones in non-classical music from the Wikipedia, and I felt that some of the information I'd read did not accurately classify the vocal ranges of certain male musicians and singers.
This notably includes John Lennon which I have always considered to be a low range tenor, though he was previously listed on Wikipedia as a baritone. On the other hand, George Harrison is listed on Wikipedia as a tenor, but I've always considered him to be a high range baritone. The information on the Wikipedia can't be right because George's overall vocal range is lower than John's, so it doesn't make much sense that George should be listed as a tenor, if John was listed as a baritone.
I challenged the information on the Wikipedia that stated John Lennon to be a baritone, and it turned out the source was unreliable, and to my surprise and pleasure, the information was removed.
George may have adopted a tenor range vocal in the late 60's onwards, but on several songs from the earlier 60's, notably including "Do You Want to Know a Secret?", "Chains", "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" (w/ John Lennon), "Devil in Her Heart", "Don't Bother Me", and "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You", George can be found singing quite comfortably within the baritone range.
But anyway, here is a list of some of the male singers and musicians, past and present, along with the vocal classifications that I give them. Note that this page is still under construction and will be expanded and revised overtime.
Singers / Musicians with a Counter Tenor Vocal Range
Singers / Musicians that I consider to have a counter tenor vocal range. Note that some of the people I classify to be a low-range counter tenor may sometimes sing within the higher-range of a tenor.
|Name:||Vocal Range Classification:||Counter Tenor Vocal Range Classification:||Notes:|
|Joseph Arthur||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Justin Bieber||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Chris Brown||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Chris Carrabba||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Shaffer Chimere Smith||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Micky Dolenz||Counter Tenor||Low Range Counter Tenor||TBA|
|Kevin DuBrow||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Roger Hodgson||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Michael Jackson||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Joel O'Keeffe||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Michael Roberts||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Jack Russell||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Dee Snider||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
|Justin Timberlake||Counter Tenor||TBA||TBA|
Singers / Musicians with a Tenor Vocal Range
Singers / Musicians that I consider to have a tenor vocal range. Note that some of the people I classify to be a high-range tenor may sometimes sing within the lower-range of a counter tenor, while some of the people I classify to be a low-range tenor may sometimes sing within the higher-range of a baritone.
|Name:||Vocal Range Classification:||Tenor Vocal Range Classification:||Notes:|
|Chuck Berry||Tenor||Low-Range Tenor||TBA|
|Jon Bon Jovi†||Tenor||Low-Range Tenor||TBA|
|David Jones||Tenor||High-Range Tenor||TBA|
|John Lennon†||Tenor||Low-Range Tenor|
It is debatable whether John is a baritone or a tenor. Wikipedia previously classified him as a baritone. Personally I classify him as a low tenor because even though he does sometimes sing within the higher range of the baritone scale, he often uses notes that I would consider too high for an ideal baritone. If John's usual singing voice was just a tiny bit deeper, I would classify him as a baritone and dismiss the higher notes.
|Paul McCartney||Tenor||Mid-Range Tenor||TBA|
|Richard Wayne Penniman||Tenor||TBA||TBA|
Singers / Musicians with a Baritone Vocal Range
Singers / Musicians that I consider to have a baritone vocal range. Note that some of the people I classify to be a high-range baritone may sometimes sing within the lower-range of a tenor, while some of the people I classify to be a low-range baritone may sometimes sing within the higher-range of a bass.
|Name:||Vocal Range Classification:||Baritone Vocal Range Classification:||Notes:|
|Louis Armstrong†||Baritone||High-Range Baritone||TBA|
|David Bowie†||Baritone||High-Range Baritone||TBA|
|Rick Davies||Baritone||High-Range Baritone||TBA|
|George Harrison†||Baritone||High-Range Baritone|
It is debatable whether George is a baritone or a tenor. Wikipedia classifies him as a tenor. Personally I classify him as a high baritone because even though he does sometimes use notes that I would consider ideal for a tenor, I find his overall singing voice, along with his speaking voice to only just be deep enough to classify as a baritone. His overall singing voice is deeper than John's, and John only just passes off as a tenor in my book, so George wouldn't pass off as a tenor as far as I'm concerned. George frequently doesn't hit the higher notes in songs the way John does.
|Buddy Holly||Baritone||High-Range Baritone||TBA|
|Michael Nesmith||Baritone||High-Range Baritone||TBA|
|Richard Starkey||Baritone||Mid-Range Baritone||TBA|
|Peter Tork||Baritone||Mid-Range Baritone||TBA|
Singers / Musicians with a Bass Vocal Range
Singers / Musicians that I consider to have a bass vocal range. Note that some of the people I classify to be a high-range bass may sometimes sing within the lower-range of a baritone.
|Name:||Vocal Range Classification:||Bass Vocal Range Classification:||Notes:|
|Andrew Eldritch†||Bass||High-Range Bass||TBA|