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LeroyBumpkin
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"Aretha Franklin smoked 3 packs a day."


  

          

I'm currently reading The Life Of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz (it's OK so far). In an interview with either her sister Erma or her booking agent, it was mentioned that at one point in her career, in addition to having a serious drinking problem, she was smoking 3 packs a day. I know for the time that was normal, but it still kinda shocks me the number of singers that smoked given their profession.

Who are some other vocalists that smoked?
Are there any albums that showcase a change in voice due to smoking?

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Nat King Cole
Jan 09th 2018
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Mary Wells
Jan 09th 2018
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I remember reading Toni Braxton was a cigar smoker.
Jan 09th 2018
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a lot of voice actors do the same thing
Jan 09th 2018
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Sean Price, Evidence
Jan 10th 2018
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was just thinking about Evidence after listening to old DP
Jan 13th 2018
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D'Angelo as well.
Jan 10th 2018
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I remember reading years ago that
Jan 10th 2018
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Beth Gibbons from Portishead
Jan 10th 2018
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To me the amazing thing is that they still had great lung strength
Jan 10th 2018
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aretha being aretha while smoking is beyond my comprehension
Jan 11th 2018
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everyone smoked until 1982
Jan 12th 2018
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For real..it's crazy when I think about it...like how did she...
Jan 12th 2018
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Sinatra of course
Jan 13th 2018
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This
Jan 14th 2018
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Deacon Blues
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Tue Jan-09-18 08:01 PM

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1. "Nat King Cole"
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Tue Jan-09-18 08:04 PM by Deacon Blues

  

          


was a heavy smoker, never affected his singing that I know of, but it killed him

but yeah that was rather normal for back in the day, they probably thought it helped their voice

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Mello
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2. "Mary Wells"
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Unfortunately she passed from it.

  

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3. "I remember reading Toni Braxton was a cigar smoker."
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Probably in that VIBE issue with her titties out.

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araQual
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4. "a lot of voice actors do the same thing"
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most notable for me was always Kevin Conroy (the voice of cartoon Batman since the early 90s). he's said many times over the years he smokes mainly to help him achieve the Bruce/Batman voice. i can imagine singers do sumthn similar. i know my voice changes after a few joints, usually it helps me hit higher notes than i would without any smoke. which i always found weird.

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5. "Sean Price, Evidence"
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voices definitely NOT the same coming in.

  

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13. "was just thinking about Evidence after listening to old DP"
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I like his voice a lot more now.

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LeroyBumpkin
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6. "D'Angelo as well."
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Donnell Jones (and I only mention him because it was on the cover of the Where I Wanna Be album).

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Warren Coolidge
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7. "I remember reading years ago that"
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she was afraid to stop smoking cigs because she was worried it would take something away from her voice if she stopped

  

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Stringer Bell
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8. "Beth Gibbons from Portishead"
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obsidianchrysalis
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9. "To me the amazing thing is that they still had great lung strength"
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When I smoked, my lung capacity was wrecked and that was really only after half a pack a day. I couldn't imagine having to sing throughout a two hour set after having 3 packs of cigarettes.

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10. "aretha being aretha while smoking is beyond my comprehension"
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like, how? It shouldn't be physically possible!

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11. "everyone smoked until 1982"
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singers, babies, all that shit

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12. "For real..it's crazy when I think about it...like how did she..."
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...do so well with that much tar in her lungs?
amazing..

  

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14. "Sinatra of course"
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coffee, soda, and dairy are bad too but Aretha smokin is a trip

not the best voices but Dylan & Hendrix smoked

come to think of it Sinatra would smoke while singing.

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LeroyBumpkin
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>come to think of it Sinatra would smoke while singing.

I've had a chance to film vocalists behind the scenes and watching what they do to protect their voices (avoiding all the things you mentioned), it still amazes me the footage I've seen of The Rat Pack and them smoking on stage. Definitely a different time.

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