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to say that Elton John can't sing any more

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PuppyMonkey Wed 03-Feb-16 10:55:45

Just listening to him live on Ken Bruce show - his poor voice, it's nothing like it was in the 1970s is it? Ouch.

MuttonDressedAsMutton Wed 03-Feb-16 10:57:36

He's aged considerably since the 70's. Haven't we all? I know I can no longer drink like a fish, run for the bus, shag all night long and exist on one hour's sleep for two days. YABU to think his voice might never change - of course it would and has.

PuppyMonkey Wed 03-Feb-16 10:59:24

Oh I know his voice might well change over time and it's to be expected - but what I'm saying is he actually can't sing any more. Give it up, man. grin

NotOneIota Wed 03-Feb-16 11:23:56

He is rumoured to be one of the only 'big stars' that don't use auto tune when on tour. I wonder if that will change now his voice is going.

AnUtterIdiot Wed 03-Feb-16 11:26:28

I remember being very sad watching Dave Brubeck playing the piano in his 80s. He just didn't have the physical dexterity for it anymore.

AnUtterIdiot Wed 03-Feb-16 11:26:45

And don't get me started on Ray Charles sad

2CatShapurr Wed 03-Feb-16 11:39:51

He's definitely deteriorated. Saw him live about 10 years ago and he was great. Now when I hear him on tv/radio he reminds me of when Vic Reeves did his 'Club Singer' act on Shooting Stars!

wasonthelist Wed 03-Feb-16 11:46:20

Agreed, sadly. I have joined a FB group exhaulting hkm and Macca to stop turning out for national events, it's a shame, but it's not as if we don't have any good singers to replace them.

HelpfulChap Wed 03-Feb-16 11:46:22


I also saw him around 10yts ago and he could still cut it but

Tom Jones can still to the business though.

derxa Wed 03-Feb-16 11:48:13

His voice may be different but I absolutely love him. His performance on The Royal Variety show was brilliant. How many musicians have done what he has? He has composed brilliant tunes, keeps his backing musicians from years back. He's a British institution and a force for good. YABVVVU

PuppyMonkey Wed 03-Feb-16 11:48:25

He seems to have also developed a terrible exaggerated American drawl...

Yes, Tom Jones can still sing. Macca not so much.

SirRodneyEffing Wed 03-Feb-16 11:50:15

YANBU. I heard him in the car earlier, he's definitely gone down hill.

PuppyMonkey Wed 03-Feb-16 11:50:32

Derxa, I agree he's done loads of good stuff, composed good tunes, is bona fide national treasure etc, but he really, really cannot sing NOW.

VulcanWoman Wed 03-Feb-16 11:55:54

I'm not too keen on him full stop, I love the songs his friend wrote though.

Backingvocals Wed 03-Feb-16 12:03:53

Do you mean Bernie Taupin? confused

He wrote the lyrics not the music.

Dawndonnaagain Wed 03-Feb-16 12:05:19

I have joined a FB group exhaulting (sic) him and Macca to stop turning out for national events
How unpleasant. If people want to continue to work and are not in a business whereby lives are endangered why shouldn't they?

PuppyMonkey Wed 03-Feb-16 12:09:27

Ears are endangered though Dawn grin

VulcanWoman Wed 03-Feb-16 12:09:54

Yes that's right, your point.......

Nanny0gg Wed 03-Feb-16 12:13:24

It is sadly the case with many of my musical heroes.

Elton, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, anyone in Fleetwood Mac.

I wish they would stop and leave my memories intact.

However,Rod Stewart's voice has changed, but I think he can still sing. And James Taylor is also still ok.

PuppyMonkey Wed 03-Feb-16 12:32:11

Yes Rod still good. Stevie Wonder also

floppyjogger Wed 03-Feb-16 12:43:52

Radio 2 keep playing Rod at the moment.

His voice has definitely changed but its still great and sounds even more husky and sexy!

Eltons still got it, its just different now he's getting older.

My hearings going with age so I think me and Elton are remaining in sync with each other!

CaptainCrunch Wed 03-Feb-16 12:45:15

It's the cod American accent he has I can't be doing with.

Lottapianos Wed 03-Feb-16 12:54:28

Rod Stewart has always sounded like nails down a blackboard to me. And 'Rod Stewart' and 'sexy' should never be in the same sentence grin

I agree OP, Elton really can't sing anymore. He used to have such a lovely voice, but he's been belting and growling it out for at least 20 years now. You can barely understand a word he sings anymore

I saw Neil Diamond live last year (not my choice, DP's hmm) and he still sounds great

wasonthelist Wed 03-Feb-16 14:06:55

How unpleasant. If people want to continue to work and are not in a business whereby lives are endangered why shouldn't they?

He's spoiling the fun is why - and I speak as someone who was a big fan - until I realised that Bernie is the person who's work I really like. As for unpleasant, I can't have a lot of respect for someone who once famously told a female reporter "I hope you get cancer of the cunt".

wasonthelist Wed 03-Feb-16 14:13:16

Actually, it was more widely reported as “I hope you die of cancer of the clitoris.”

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