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Perhaps the most dynamic singer of all time. With a soaring operatic voice measuring three and a half octaves the man, dubbed Mr. Excitement, captivated audiences.
The studios provided so called white background singers, as they also did with Ray Charles and Sam Cooke. I have no clue as to why, but these brothers did some marvelous things with thepose songs.
The featured song "Danny Boy" is a ballad written by English songwriter Frederic Weatherly and usually set to the Irish tune of the "Londonderry Air". All resemblance ends there. He makes it his song. The song contains perhaps one of the most memorable conclusions with a stratospheric vocal run ending with a smooth falsetto with fuel enough to spare.
The tragedy of it all was he spent the last 10 years of his life in a semi comatose state. He died a pauper with not even enough money to cover the cost of his burial. It was Michael Jackson that covered it. By the way he did the same thing for David Ruffin.