In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Ted Williams—not the legendary Red Sox slugger—the formerly homeless man with an amazing radio voice who rocketed to fame last month, you really need to check out the video below.
I know we’re only in February, but Ted’s journey from the streets back to the sound booth is already in contention for the feel good story 2011.
So, in honor of his status as the ”Man with the Golden Voice“ I propose to share my very own list of seven other men who possess a golden voice.
- Frank Sinatra
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- Jim Dale
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Dale enjoyed a long stage and film career before he came into the work he was born to do. For the last 12 years, he has been the faithful narrator of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. These books are a wonderful read, but I submit that the experience is even sweeter when listening as Jim Dale voices the roles of Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore, and friends (and enemies). Currently, you can download Dale reading Potter for your iPod on iTunes.
- Casey Kasem
Photo courtesy of Alan Light
Zoinks! Casey Kasem lent his talents to portray the voracious, Shaggy—Scooby Doo’s sidekick. But, where Kasem’s talents shone through was as the host of American Top 40 which he hosted for about a quarter of a century. “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
- James Earl Jones
Photo courtesy of Glasgow Film Festival
Without James Earl Jones’ deep bass voice, Darth Vader is just some tallm leather-clad creep with in a helmet wearing an electronic chestplate. With the voice, however, he’s the Dark Lord of the Sith—merciless, ruthless, and absolutely devoted to the Dark Side. Whether he’s explaining the Circle of Life or walking off into the corn fields of Iowa with dead major leaguers, James’ voice lends gravitas to each of the characters he plays.
- Billy Mays
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Billy Mays was the consummate As Seen on TV product pitchman. He was as known as much for his Al Borland style beard as he was for his permanent, CAPS LOCK ON ALL THE TIME voice. The man could sell sub-zero freezers in Antarctica.
- Don LaFontaine (AKA the Movie Trailer Guy)You might not know the name, but once you hear the voice you’ll instantly recognize him from hundreds of movie trailers, commercials, and voiceovers. It’s easy to see why LaFontaine was nicknamed “Thunder Throat” and even “The Voice of God” as, more often than not, the trailers he recorded were better than the actual movies they were promoting thanks to Don’s trademarked “In a world where …” delivery.
- Mel Blanc
Photo courtesy of Alan Light
For decades children and adults alike all over the world have been entertained by the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester & Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, (and many, many more) all of whom were voiced by Mel Blanc—The Man with 1000 Voices.
In your opinion, who has a golden voice? Who did I miss? Sound off in the comments below.