Someone raised the issue about Mick Jagger and whether he was a good "singer". Mick is a legend. And really, he only sings some of the time, and, if you objectively judge his singing....well, it is unique. And this got me to thinking, who else is in this category of non-singer singer? Name your favorite candidates.
Who do I think CAN sing? Vince Gill, KD Lang, Maria Carey, Adele, Emmy Lou, Dolly, Steve Wariner, Whitney, Aretha, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Paul McCartney, Alison Krause, etc, etc.
I leave you with this story: a reporter asked Mark Knopfler how he developed such a unique style of singing. Mark replied, "Well, I can't sing. I just get up there and mumble," he said. "But I'm glad people like it. I'll keep fooling them as long as I can." mmmmmmmm.....precisely my point. And yet I love Mark Knopfler's singing, but I understand his point.
Here is my offensive list: criteria? (how would they do in a church choir?)
Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Madonna, Joe Cocker, Tom Waits, Janice Joplin,
Just remember: The Traveling Wilburys have multiple members in both categories.
no name-calling or throw-downs. just a friendly game of, "YOU, are out of the choir".