Jerry Vale: A Voice Like Velvet

Posted on 05/19/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyEven in his heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, Jerry Vale was never hip or trendy. Instead of jazz or rock, he stuck to ballads and love songs — the sort that would prompt a guy’s date to rest her head against his shoulder, whether they were out for a drive in the Rambler or having a slow dance in one of the smoky nightclubs where Vale got his start. But it worked, because Vale, who died on May 18 …

Opera’s Jessye Norman Finds Her Voice in ‘Stand Up Straight and Sing!’

Posted on 05/9/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentJessye Norman’s once-in-a-century voice has carried her from 1960s segregated Augusta, Ga., to the opera houses and recital halls of Europe, Asia and America. Norman tells her extraordinary story in a just-published memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing! Despite racism, Norman describes a happy childhood. She grew up in Augusta surrounded by a large, loving family and a warm community of neighbors and teachers. At the center stood their church. Her parents and older siblings were active in the civil rights …

Siri, Who Is Siri?

Posted on 10/4/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Technology“When I first discovered that was my voice, to be honest it was a little creepy.” That’s Susan C. Bennett, identified today by CNN as the voice of Siri, Apple’s talking virtual assistant. At least she was the voice of Siri in the United States before two different voices began to replace her as part of Apple’s new operating system. Apple won’t confirm the news, but CNN enlisted a vocal forensics expert, who is “100 percent” certain that Bennett is …