Originally posted by spalding1968:
i dont know if any of those musicians apart from Aretha were particularly talented musicians. What they did have was bags of charisma or as Simon Cowel puts it , ' likeability factor'. That also might be called a talent and can be learned but its not a musical one.

Spalding, in the interest of fairness, I don't know if you can single out Aretha as the only one with talent. All three were at the top of their game within their genre'. Because you may not be a fan of a certain genre' doesn't mean that some the best practitioners of it weren't talented. I'd say that if you were able to change the course of music for an entire generation, you must have SOME talent. Wouldn't you think?

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