I heard a cut from Barb Jungr off a Linn Records recording at CES a few days ago that would qualify. Hats off to Duke at Audio Kinesis as it was his speakers bringing her voice to life - they were a standout for me at THE Show...way to go Duke! There's a version of "Angel Eyes" on the compilation album, "Duets" (Rob Wasserman) by Cheryl Bentyne that is astounding in this respect. That's a great compilation BTW. There's way too many to list, many good ones listed here. Those two come to mind right away.
Noosha Fox (70's singer, no finer version of 'love letters') Julianne Regan (All About Eve) Celine Dion Linda Perry, Mariah Carey Christina Aguilera Clare Tori? Bonnie Tyler Alison Moyet Marianne Faithful Melanie Tori Amos Britney Spears (no laughing) Ute Lemper Kathleen Battle All of the Medaeival Baebes Charlotte Church Sarah Brightman Cecilia Bartolli Dolores from the Cranberries......noooooooooooooooooooo Jimmy Somerville (well anyone that can sing that high,lol)
thats all I can think of at oh so early 10.30 in the morning.... lots more.
To get off the jazz/pop tangent, the voice of Montserrat Figueras does it for me on any of Savall's recordings of her. In a very odd way Joanna Newsome's high-pitched little girl vocals on her early album, Milk-eyed Mender, is also a standout, though is not for everyone (some may run screaming from the room).
Judy Collins (singing her original release of "Both Sides Now" but not her unfortunate later re-releases).
The Don't Laugh Department:
Connie Francis (a great voice and talent generally wasted on fluff). Debbie Reynolds (singing "Tammy" -- a mediocre voice at best, but benefitting from a great song obviously conducted by someone with classical sensibilities).
Natalie Merchant - Wonder, Caravan, Don't Talk, These Are Days Aimee Mann - Voices Carry Deborah Harry - Heart of Glass Alanis Morissette - Unsent, You Oughta Know Norah Jones - One Flight Down Lena Horne - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
In addition to many noted above: Bettye Lavette Anna Netrebko Susana Baca Sarah Vaughan Montserrat Caballe Ellen McIlwaine Ella Fitzgerald Susan Tedeschi Irma Thomas Shirley Horn Betty Carter and if Almarg can do it so can I...Doris Day could swing with the best of them.
I have to agree with Karen Carpenter. Hers was among the most beautiful voices ever IMO.
This might sound wierd but I saw a girl on Oprah named Charice (I think is her name) and she sung the big hits of both Whitney Houston and Celine Dion (I forget the names of the songs) and nailed them better than (IMO of course)either of them ever did, and she was 15 and about 4'9". She just tore it up so, fwiw it was a goosebump moment - or several moments, I actually recorded it and listened several times.
as embarrassing as this is, the first 45 i ever purchaed was 'everybody loves a lover' by doris day. even more embarra, the first album was the original cast album of 'south pacific'....thank god jan and dean came along. god knowa