Was it just the music back then or what??

United States
August 24, 2008 1:09pm CST
i have noticed that the older music 60-70s all the guys sing really high to where it sounds like their balls are being crushed or something.. is it the quality of the music sucking because its an 8-track or record players or was it the style back then?
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@Wizzywig (7858)
24 Aug 08
Back then, they sat in the bath with their Levi's on to get them to shrink to fit. Unfortunately the water didnt help the smooth function of the zipper...and the jeans were tight ... hence the high voices (you were close with the balls crushed idea tho')
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@cyberfluf (5004)
• Netherlands
24 Aug 08
LOL, that's a great response. So true, yet so funny .
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• United States
24 Aug 08
ugh sitting in a bathtub with jeans on? sounds miserable
@cyberfluf (5004)
• Netherlands
24 Aug 08
It depends on what artists you are referring to, but yes there are a lot of guys singing in high toned voices back then. Some of them really sound good with high voices, but not every man can pull such a thing of. For example, Freddy Mercury could totally pull it off (I think they came a little later, but still).
• United States
24 Aug 08
figures i cant think of any bands right off the bat.. but if you have seen the commercials for sets of 60-70s music a lot of the singers and songs on there have what im talking about
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@cyberfluf (5004)
• Netherlands
24 Aug 08
It's ok, if I remember I will look it up . You got me curious .
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• United States
26 Nov 09
The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Frankie Avalon, The Temptations, The Seekers, The Monkees, The Turtles, Stone Peneys, The Mamas & The Papas, Righteous Brothers, Everly Brothers, The Four Seasons, Three Dog Night, The Association, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Hollies...
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• Canada
28 Oct 09
Guys did that in the 80s to. I think that high-style of singing is called a falsetto.
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• United States
18 Nov 09
gives me a migraine lol
• United States
26 Nov 09
If they have to FORCE the high note, or really really practice it, its called falsetto. If they naturally can sing in that octave without any trouble, they are called a Contra-Tenor.
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@di1159 (1580)
• United States
24 Aug 08
I think it was pretty much music style, plus the fact that there were so many extremely talented singers. These days, a lot of pop artists really computerize their sound and are not really very good singers. My favorite was Earth, Wind and Fire. They could really hit those high notes! Have a great day.
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• United States
24 Aug 08
hmm didnt think about the computer aspect
• United States
26 Nov 09
Ah yes! E, W, & F was AMAZING! Still amazing.
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• United States
26 Nov 09
That was the style back then. Like, the song that is my namesake "Sherry Baby"... ugh. I hated that song as a kid because every time my parents would introduce me to someone their age, that person would start singing that song, whether they could sing or not.
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• United States
28 Nov 09
that must have been annoying
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@knightrider (1083)
• India
25 Aug 08
is it true, i havent noticed it yet, i thought all these guys sing loudly except the guys like lione ritchie or bryan adams
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• United States
25 Aug 08
yeah their voices seemed way too loud too
@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
25 Aug 08
Hi Moonlit, the only 60's song I knew that hit the high notes was Runaway; I'm not sure others. However in the 70's - there were many, like Bee Gees, Michael Jackson and The Stylistics. I'm not sure it was the style then. Michael Jackson still has his screechy voice, and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, though he could sing in falsetto, he sings very well at a lower pitch. But it was fun then...I did enjoyed those songs very much!
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• United States
25 Aug 08
well who knows what is behind michael jackson lol
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
24 Aug 08
Part of it was, I believe, the style. You know, peace and love and all that stuff. Guys singing higher pitched made them sound more 'tuned in' to their feminine side. Uh huh. I just made that up, but there could be some truth to it. There's one case in particular that I always have to laugh at. My sister was really into 50's and early 60's music. One group, Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons, sang a song entitled, "Walk Like a Man". Frankie Valley was the lead singer. One line of this song went, "Walk like a man, talk like a man...". Frankie Valley sounded so much like a woman it was hysterical!!! Yep, he walked like a man, talked like a man but he sang just like a little girl.
• United States
25 Aug 08
haha i know the song and yeah its funny with it being his voice
• United States
24 Aug 08
I was alive back in the 1960's and 1970's (was in high school) so I know it was the style. Especially with the 1950's DooWop groups, they always had one guy sing high and one guy sing low. I thought Rudy Vallee who sang through a megaphone back in the 1930's was funny. He was famous for singing "As Time Goes By" and "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries". Back then they didn't have 8 track tape players, only record players.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
i could never figure out if it was the sound quality being crappy or if it was really like that.. i wonder if that will come back in style haha