While Shirley Jones did none of the scooping some performers rely on late in their careers, her hit-and-miss approach to many phrases was the aural equivalent of watching a pilot try to land a plane in strong crosswinds. No skid marks, but many moments of alarm and uncertainty.
Today, many singers who are a fraction of Barbara Cook's age wish they could sing with the wisdom, phrasing, and musical intuition of an artist whose voice has maintained its sweetness and purity for so many years
Decades ago, when C&C Music Factory's "Everybody Dance Now" topped charts based on the powerful voice of Martha Wash, featured vocalists were something of a novelty. In today's music industry, they're practically the norm.