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The Very Best of John Gary

John GaryAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002X19
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Few crooners attempt the wide variety of songs that this easygoing singer mastered. Here are his smooth versions of My Foolish Heart; Once upon a Time; If Ever I Would Leave You; Unchained Melody; Ebb Tide; The Shadow of Your Smile; Tenderly; Some Enchanted Evening , and more!

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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREATEST TENOR OF ALL TIME December 18, 1999
By Canon
Format:Audio CD
Imagine the best qualities of Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Perry Como, then roll them into one, and you have an idea of what an astonishingly superb singer John Gary was.
Frank Sinatra once said that John Gary had the best voice of all popular singers. I would agree, except to add that Frank understated the matter. This album contains a very good sampling of the best of John's songs. John Gary had a vocal range absolutely unmatched by any man or woman I have ever heard sing, and his interpretations and musical sensibilities are equally impressive. I had the pleasure of hearing John sing live twice in New Orleans, and I was also lucky enough to meet him both times after the show with some of my family. He was as nice and humble a man as he was a vocal genius. He sang live as well as he did in the studio, which is truly incredible when you consider what a level of excellence that is.
I would strongly recommend this album, as well as most any other John Gary one can find, including ones such as Catch a Rising Star, John Gary at Carnegie Hall, Tenderly, and, especially, the John Gary Christmas album. The latter is absolutely the best traditional Christmas album that I have ever heard.
When John Gary died sometime in 1997, I was very saddened. I wrote a sympathy letter to his wife, but was never able to send it. If any of John's family is reading this, please know that there are many of us who continue to be touched by the wonderful musical legacy of John. He seemed like a really wonderful person and we are sorry he is gone. He will always be the greatest crooner of all time to us.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Sadly, John Gary has gone through the years as one of the greatest, yet relatively unknown, singers in the world. An absolutely glorious voice, I feel he does not get enough attention or glory. That is why I am writing this. People, if you just happen upon this and wonder who he is, DO NOT HESITATE to order any of his work in music. You will never be disappointed with his talent and beautifully presented versions of so many wonderful songs. To me, and to another relatively unknown, yet exquisitely beautiful, entertainer named Natalia Melony, his version of "Unchained Melody" is simply the GREATEST - EVER. It's a MUST. Period. He reminds me of Nat King Cole, in that he never did a bad recording in his entire life! And if you ever happen to get the pleasure of watching and listening to a young, female version of John Gary - and I think many will agree with me, it is Natalia Melony. She is part Irish, part Ukrainian, and she has a similar way of singing. It's angelic and pure, like John Gary, with incredible range. In fact, I think that she would credit John Gary with having taught her the art of singing, because she used to harmonize with all his recordings when she was growing up. So, folks, take my word, as I claim to be quite the expert in really great musical performance, you can't ever go wrong purchasing a John Gary album. It will surely be a prized possession in your collection. Thanks for the opportunity to give some credit where it is way over-due. Peter Darwin
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So forgotten, it hurts July 11, 2003
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Perhaps he was just born too late. From the 30's through the 50's, pop stars became immortalized by starring in movies. But by John's time, that image boosting avenue was no longer available. But listen to him in Two Different Worlds, and you just have to admit; this was one of the 3 or 4 greatest pop singers of the 20th century. Gary is in the same league as stylists like Jolson, Torme, Bennett and Cole. And he's right there with the great voices of Crosby, Sinatra, Ekstein and the Mills Brothers.
To hear John Gary sing Ebb Tide or Unchained Melody is to hear those songs in their most beautiful incarnations. To denegrate his recordings would be foolish. To forget John Gary would be a crime.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional CD April 9, 2000
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I have had a soft spot in my heart for John since I first discovered him during his summer show for Danny Kaye in 1966. I was 12 years old and was then, and still am, a music lover with very conservative tastes. I concur with many of the other reviewers that there is not nearly enough John Gary CDs out there. This one is a good start. It is contains my absolute favorite of John's songs, "Unchained Melody". Anytime that I felt the need to convert a friend to John's type of music, that was the one I used. They were doomed! It always worked. The rest of the collection is wonderful, and would be an asset to anyone's collection. And, I wholeheartedly agree with several of the other reviewers in the request to Lee or RCA or whomever, please release John's Carnegie Hall album and his Christmas album. My old LPs have been played almost to extinction! I will always cherish those lucky times over the years that I was able to see him in person. He was a gracious and dear man. I will miss him.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirty-five years later, his voice still breaks my heart November 17, 1998
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The first song I heard John Gary sing was "Once Upon a Time" and that was around 1964. I was stunned by the deep feelings of pure joy that voice invoked in me. It still give me chills. I bought all his LP records I could find but, alas, they are not playable anymore. I'm overjoyed with my new CD. I am purchasing another one for a friend who heard mine playing in my office. Her comment was, "Who in the world is that, and why don't I know about him?" I just found out from one of the other reviewers that he passed away this past year. How sad for his family and his fans, and how sad for those people who never discovered him. But aren't we the lucky ones that he left us the legacy of his beautiful voice and spirit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best singer of his time
Simply The Best singer of his time!! Extreme range, and he could hold a note till tomorrow. Beautiful arrangements of beautiful songs from the 20's to the 8o's. Unbelievable voice.
Published 13 days ago by Gary Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Enjoyed this CD as much as the others I bought. Can't wait to buy all of his CDs. John Gary fans will love these CDs.
Published 1 month ago by Marjorie Johnstone
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful singer
This is a great value for the price with a Good Product. Wonderful music. I will buy this again! Thank you,
Published 2 months ago by eugene walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best of John Gary
The title says it all - "The Very Best of John Gary." His Irish tenor is the clearest of all Irish tenors I've heard over the years.
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Browning
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Voice
I remember the John Gary show. He had two blocks - like babies blocks - with the J and the G showing. I know, a funny thing t remember... Read more
Published 6 months ago by tomfromdublinca
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
I know of no singer that nails every note, every emotion, every phrase as does John Gary. Each tells a story within each song. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gaby
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing voice with beloved songs
What a joy to listen to this fantastic singer. The CD is a delight and both my husband and I are so pleased with it.
Published 10 months ago by D. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved him
As a young girl, I had a crush on him, and never realized that it was the sound of his nearly perfect singing voice that had made me feel that way. Read more
Published 10 months ago by AMO
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories
In another time, I listened to and enjoyed his singing. These songs bring back many pleasant memories. Frankly, I planned to buy one song and couldn't stop. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Crooner
Always like the types of Perry Como and Andy Williams ... certainly John Gary fits that mold. His far reaching range of almost baritone to soprano is amazing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Steven Saul
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