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As noted by Henry Pleasants, in his book "The Great American Popular singers", Elvis Presley was a baritone whose voice had an extraordinary compass — the so-called register- and a very wide range of vocal color.
The voice covered two octaves and a third, from the baritone low-G to the tenor high B, with an upward extension in falsetto to at least a D flat. Presley's best octave was in the middle, D-flat to D-flat.
In ballads and country songs he was able to belt out full-voiced high G's and A's, showing a remarkable ability to naturally assimilate styles, and elliciting a multiplicity of voices.
Presley's range, albeit impressive in its own right, did not in itself make his voice that remarkable, at least in terms of how it measured against musical notation. What made it extraordinary, was where its center of gravity laid.
By that measure, and according to Gregory Sandows, Music Professor at Columbia University, Elvis was all at once a bass, a baritone and a tenor, a most unique attribute amongst singers of any gender, both in the classical and popular music fields.
A more detailed account of Presley's vocal range, as noted by music analysts, and other entertainers, through several quotes, and citing song examples can be found in
QUOTES BY ELVIS
"...the image is one thing and the human being is another...it’s very hard to live up to an image."
-From a 1972 taped interview used in MGM’s documentary "Elvis on Tour".
"The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn’t know what all the yelling was about. I didn’t realize that my body was moving. It’s a natural thing to me. So to the manager backstage I said ▒What’d I do? What’d I do?’ And he said "Whatever it is, go back and do it again’."
FAMOUS QUOTES ABOUT ELVIS
"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew that I wasn’t going to work for anybody; and nobody was going to be my boss...Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail."
Comments from his fans in their survey replies to me, about the special qualities of his voice, and how after hearing his voice for the first time they were totally hooked.
The powerful effect of just his voice alone is world wide, apart from his incredible good looks.
A QUOTE FROM A FAN, From our survey about what first got them hooked on Elvis.
His wonderful voice, His image that was fantastic, His character because he loved people speacilly his fans and he made a lot of charity. Christian — Malta
His looks, obviously, as well as his beautiful voice. he can hit just about any note. Nicky — United States
His voice, his movie, looks. Victoria — Malta
He is a very handsome man and a wonderful voice. Casey — United States
The sweet sound of his voice and the lovely lirics. Stephanie — Canada
His voice and dancing. Billy — United States
Unique vocals, very charismatic voice. Chris — Canada
His voice and dancing. Billy — United States
He has a very strong and powerful voice that makes you want to hear more. Marie — United States
His wonderful voice, good looks and he moves. Christine — Australia
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