Favorite Singers 'n Front Men is live . . .

Jul 09, 2021,10:40 AM

. . . and ready for Take 1!

Young Dr No had three passions.  The last to develop was for the game of pool when I was about nine.  Before that was my fascination with wrist watches.  I remember staring at a relative's triple-calendar for minutes on end.

The first, though, was for music. 

One of my earliest memories is playing Scotch and Soda . . .

. . . repeatedly.  There was a magical quality to Bob Shane's . . .

. . . voice that held me enthralled even though I had no clue as to the meaning of the song.  (This was about the same time Puff the Magic Dragon was every kid's favorite.)

Many years later, I was fortunate to catch Shane at a country venue in LA with the third Kingston Trio ensemble (original members Dave Guard and Nick Reynolds had departed long before.)  I'm grateful to The Muses for allowing me the opportunity to listen to him perform live. 

Other singers that float my boat?  Let's start with Marty Robbins.

Possibly the finest Western singer of all time; his voice was remarkably unaffected, his touch light.

Never saw him perform, but did see him driving a Mercury at the first NASCAR oval race in California back in '74. 

Gene Clark of the Byrds is another.  I could listen to him sing a burger stand menu.

Gone far too soon . . . if I ever had a chance to see him perform live, it passed long ago.  Gone . . .

. . . but hardly forgotten.

The purest voice of all might be Nana's.

Her standard moves me . . .

. . . every time I hear her sing it.

She performed in LA not all that long ago.  As it happened, her one show fell on the same day as a prior commitment, so my last chance to take her in is likely gone.

Nat.  King. Cole.

This photo says it all.  (Never saw any of the three perform live; had a chance with Frank, but missed.)

My candidate for most naturally talented?  Should be Frank, could be Nat, but Dusty . . .

. . . gets my nod.  She could sing any genre - jazz, pop, blues, you name it - brilliantly.

Never saw her perform, sad to say . . . like Gene and Nat, gone far too soon.

You knew . . .

. . . this was coming.  Not as a vocalist, but as a front man?  Peerless.

Now . . .

. . . and then.

I've seen forty Stones shows . . . he's the reason why.  Time stands still when the Stones are on stage; it's as though the past is present.  There will never be another like him.

Other front men I admire: Paul Rodgers . . .

. . . but more for his vocal chords than stage presence.  Peter Wolf had the chops on stage . . .

. . . and I'm thankful I got to see him perform twice in '81 (opening for the Stones, of course!)

My most memorable show over almost five decades worth of concerts?  The Animals in '83 would be at the top of the list, and Eric Burdon . . .

. . . would be reason #1.  Terrific voice, total mastery over his stage.  If I could go back in time to relive a show, this would be the one.

That's my list.  What's yours? 

Oh, and the watch on my wrist as I'm writing these lines at nearly 4 am?

Ain't it Grand?


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Tom Waits for me

 By: Ruffian : July 9th, 2021-11:55
Ever since I heard him sing Ruby's Arms, I knew he was the troubadour for me. Vintage Omega for me: . ...  

Great choices Ruffian! Both singer and…

 By: Subexplorer : July 9th, 2021-13:59
… that beautiful vintage Seamaster !! Hagwe! Abel

Waits is one of those niche performers . . .

 By: Dr No : July 10th, 2021-01:40
. . . that have relatively few but intensely loyal fans. Stan Ridgway is another. Now, what I really want to know is why we haven't seen your 2990 on the Omega forum before. Because after the Railmaster, the coolest cat in Omega's catalog in my humble opi... 

Thanks Art.

 By: Ruffian : July 10th, 2021-04:20
I just might take you up on that one! It's a 2937 actually. But what's a few numbers between friends....

Not a reference one sees every year . . .

 By: Dr No : July 10th, 2021-09:36
. . . much less every day. I can't remember the last time seeing one online; pretty sure I've never seen one in the metal. Cordially, Art

Tom Waits is a legend!

 By: KMII : July 11th, 2021-06:26
Certainly not a conventional one but one with a truly interesting range - at least in my humble opinion 😊👍🏻

You hit the nail on the head.

 By: Ruffian : July 12th, 2021-00:02
Unconventional indeed. How many people sing about hobos and the down-and-out?

You knew . . .

 By: Dr No : July 12th, 2021-15:25
. . . this was coming.


 By: Ruffian : July 13th, 2021-00:07
Great song. And a great subject too!

Rod Stewart For Me

 By: Thomas_3 : July 9th, 2021-12:59
Seen him live 6 times, worth every penny every time. ...  

Great singer Thomas! You are fortunate…

 By: Subexplorer : July 9th, 2021-15:18
… having seen him performing several times! Nice B&R diver you share! Hagwe!! Abel

Thanks Abel.

 By: Thomas_3 : July 9th, 2021-18:25
Not sure I'd go see him again, his shows are nowhere what they used to be. Of course age plays a huge role in that, I've seen a couple of shows that are fairly recent on youtube and they are way different from what they used to be. When I was seeing him h... 

My pleasure Thomas! I well understand you. Time makes us…

 By: Subexplorer : July 9th, 2021-20:52
… pay the toll: we all suffer its effects and artists are no exception. You will keep enjoying his music and the memories of those great shows you attended. Hagwe! Abel

Seen Rod once at the Hollywood Bowl . . .

 By: Dr No : July 10th, 2021-02:02
. . . when he was on his torch song kick. This had to be well over ten years ago. Mandolin Wind . . . . . . Gasoline Alley . . . . . . Cut Across Shorty . . . . . . and Handbags and Gladrags . . . . . . all get played on the jukebox at our weekly pool tou... 

Wow dear Art! What an introduction!! Great post!

 By: Subexplorer : July 9th, 2021-13:57
You never cease to amaze me with your musical knowledge (and your Omega knowledge as well of course!). Great watch on your wrist today. You know I have an special fondness for GS and Seiko watches. Interesting Theme you bring. And many memories as well. I...  

I love Karen Carpenter

 By: Ruffian : July 9th, 2021-21:46
She was truly gone too young. And who can forget Ella Fitzgerald singing Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered? Not me!

Same to you my friend.

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : July 10th, 2021-00:05


 By: Subexplorer : July 10th, 2021-22:29

Dame Shirley Bassey...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 9th, 2021-22:22
Good call Abel, she is the only artist to record two Bond themes and I have had the great privilege to meet her in person. Frank Sinatra is definitely one of the all time greats but unfortunately I didn’t see him live in concert. I see Frank has the same ...  

Hello dear Captain! Thanks a lot for your kind comments about my post and I´m happy you like this little old Rolex.

 By: Subexplorer : July 9th, 2021-23:53
Yes. Dame Bassey was the only one is singing two themes of Bond: Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever. She has a potent voice and I feel I would die if listening her in person. What a personality has this lady! I´m a little envious to know you have met her... 

If you should ever meet Shirley again, Cap, ask her . . .

 By: Dr No : July 10th, 2021-16:48
. . . about the guest napping at her Manama show in '86. She was royally pissed. 😴

Tell her it was more seconal . . .

 By: Dr No : July 10th, 2021-17:15
. . . than personal. She'll get a laugh out of that. 😵


 By: Subexplorer : July 10th, 2021-19:17


 By: Subexplorer : July 10th, 2021-19:17

Marvin Gaye recorded the first songs of What's Going On as early as 1969

 By: wover : July 11th, 2021-16:14
In July of 1970, Seiko produced my 6117 6400 and in 1971, What's Going On was released. It is impossible that this a coincidence! Just as Seiko stands the test of time, so did What's Going On. You will have heard of and seen a Seiko, you've now seen the c...  

Marvin was tops! . . .

 By: Dr No : July 12th, 2021-06:47
. . . so many indelible songs - I'll Be Doggone . . . . . . and Inner City Blues . . . . . . get airtime on our jukebox Wednesdays. Art

Mercy, mercy me!

 By: Ruffian : July 12th, 2021-08:46
Another one gone too young.

True story: I was literally yards away from Shirley at a dinner theater performance in Manama, Bahrain . . .

 By: Dr No : July 10th, 2021-02:36
. . . back in '86. For reason or reasons lost in the mists of time, I fell asleep momentarily during her rendition of Diamonds Are Forever. 🥱 I woke up just in time to catch her glaring at me. 😠 Btw, that Rolex Precision is precious! The only Crown I ever...  

Hello dear Art! That’s a great (an hilarious) story!!

 By: Subexplorer : July 10th, 2021-19:10
Can imagine the face of Dame Bassey looking you! Lol! Well… these things happen sometimes! Lol! Glad you like my old Rolex. The Veryflat is a charming watch. But I can understand you. We have priorities and we can get every piece we like. Thank you for sh... 

For all I know, I might've been . . .

 By: Dr No : July 10th, 2021-19:58
. . . snoring.

Ha ha ha ha!!

 By: Subexplorer : July 10th, 2021-22:30


 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 10th, 2021-20:37

You’re so fortunate…

 By: KMII : July 11th, 2021-06:27
To have seen and enjoyed these artists in their prime. And the watches, too 😂 The disadvantages of a delayed birth for people like me 😉😂


 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 9th, 2021-22:55
Great theme Art ! You shared some great moments in music with us the weekend in your opening thread. I’m going to start with Bowie because he reached the point that everyone referred to him as just Bowie. The same happened to all the greatest artists. Elv...  

Great choice of artist and watch dear Captain! I was sure you were going to mention him in this thread. Great artist indeed.

 By: Subexplorer : July 10th, 2021-00:04
The Gondolo Patek you share has such an strong character as Bowie I feel. Well played my friend. Enjoy a nice and relaxed week end dear Captain! Cheers! Abel

Thank you Abel ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 10th, 2021-08:27
Bowie had the same model in his collection. I’ve owned this one for many years. For many personal reasons it will remain with me forever. Have a great weekend !

Bowie was a touch too . . .

 By: Dr No : July 10th, 2021-17:50
. . . outré . . . . . . for my tastes when I was in high school. I hung out more with the Cat Stevens / Moody Blues crowd . . . Bowie was just too edgy. I didn't learn to appreciate his genius until much later in life. Same goes for Lou Reed. As they say,...  

That is one perfect pairing 🙌🏻

 By: KMII : July 11th, 2021-06:29
Of watch to the artist, Captain 👍🏻

Thank you 🙏 ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 11th, 2021-09:17
Hope that you are keeping well.

Superb GS to go with some splendid music dear Art!

 By: S F : July 10th, 2021-14:46
I was expecting an Omega from Dr No 😁. Few fav of mine…. Phil Collins Bryan Ferry And my watch today..🍻🍻 ...  

Genesis is touring again for the first time in many years . . .

 By: Dr No : July 10th, 2021-17:10
. . . but no shows in LA, sad to say. Never saw either Phil or Bryan perform live; some losses are meant to be, I suppose. Tight color match between beer bottle and watch - clever composition! Art

Immerse yourself in the Whisky A Go Go

 By: timerider : July 10th, 2021-22:48
where two drinks could get you a night of music to blow your mind. The Doors were my favorite band in those days and Morrison had the Voice for me. I just have the snapshot of the video on YouTube. The video is worth a beer or two and there are some great...  

Now, there's a front man . . .

 By: Dr No : July 11th, 2021-00:07
. . . and a half. If Mick had any competition for the title of Greatest Front Man, it would be The Lizard King. He could make notes sound as though they would be the last we'd ever hear. You're Lost Little Girl . . . . . . Riders on the Storm . . . . . . ... 

Good memories ! ..

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 11th, 2021-09:21
We all love a bit of nostalgia and why not when it’s this good !

Lou Reed

 By: brauner : July 11th, 2021-06:09
with the Lou Reed Amvox 1 Racing ...  

I'd no idea Lou was a watch guy! . . .

 By: Dr No : July 11th, 2021-06:53
. . . more than a few rockers are, including Erics Easton and Clapton. There She Goes Again gets played regularly on the jukebox . . . . . . Wednesdays. Art

Good shots ! ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 11th, 2021-09:23
Perfect link to the Wristscan theme.

Awaking a somewhat dormant part…

 By: KMII : July 11th, 2021-06:23
Somehow music has featured less in the last two and a half years since we moved here - something to be rectified for sure. So, videos aside, here some ‘relatively’ recent ones for me: - Amy McDonald - somehow the combination of her lyrics - and this is on...  

Florence ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 11th, 2021-09:28
She certainly made a great cover of this track ... m.youtube.com

You share some interesting watches and straps combos as usual dear KM! Nice complement for your musical preferences list. These series of "Musical Themes" brought by our dear Dr. No...

 By: Subexplorer : July 11th, 2021-14:33
... have been a motivation for me to explore some music stars whom I hadn´t listened before whose names were brought by our participants. Hope you are enjoying a wonderful week end dear KM! Best, Abel

It’s Grand indeed, Art!

 By: KMII : July 11th, 2021-06:25
And I hope I will get the opportunity at some point soon to check out some of your favorites (have to admit there’s a couple that don’t ring a bell 🤷🏻‍♂️) 👍🏻

Some of my picks . . .

 By: Dr No : July 11th, 2021-22:08
. . . were gone before your time, K. I'm just an unabashed vintage guy at heart ;-) . . .