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Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Listen Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: The Voice Of Hawaii

December 6, 2010 – The late Hawaiian musician was best-known for his ukulele-backed cover of "Over the Rainbow."

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Montserrat Caballé.

Read Montserrat Caballé: A Voice Of Passionate Grandeur

March 8, 2011 – Caballé could be imposing at full voice, but she showed her real greatness when singing intimately.

Dianne Reeves.

Read Dianne Reeves: A Jazz Voice With Pop Sensibilities

February 1, 2011 – The legendary singer celebrates her affinity for pop music with a jazz musician's approach.

Meredith Monk

Read Meredith Monk: A Voice For All Time

January 11, 2011 – Simple and unadorned, Monk's vocal music sounds as if it has always meant to exist.

Camaron de la Isla and Tomatito in concert

Listen Camaron De La Isla: The Voice Of Flamenco

January 3, 2011 – As he began his career, flamenco was still a connoisseur's music, but Camaron changed that forever.

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Youssou N'Dour

Watch Youssou N'Dour: The Voice Of Senegal

December 27, 2010 – The Senegalese singer is a musical chameleon capable of a seductive whisper or a siren's cry.

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George Jones

Watch George Jones: The Voice Of Heartbreak

December 13, 2010 – George Jones, who died Friday at 81, could pull and bend notes until they made listeners hurt.

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Luther Vandross

Watch Luther Vandross: The Velvet Voice

November 29, 2010 – The late soul singer's legendary voice has been called "flawless" and "as smooth as silk."

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Billie Holiday

Listen Billie Holiday: Emotional Power Through Song

November 22, 2010 – Holiday sang from the heart, and had enough heartache to fill a songbook.

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Chavela Vargas

Listen Chavela Vargas: The Voice Of Triumph

November 15, 2010 – Even at 91, Vargas still possesses a voice that reflects struggle, defiance and ultimately triumph.

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Placido Domingo; credit: Noel Vasquez / Getty Images

Listen Placido Domingo: The Spellbinding Voice Of A Titan Tenor

November 8, 2010 – Rufus Wainwright, Tim Page and Renee Fleming reflect on Placido Domingo's performances as Otello.

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Buika

Listen Buika: The Voice Of Freedom

November 2, 2010 – A Spanish singer whose music radiates intensity, Buika says what you hear in her voice is freedom.

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Celia Cruz

Listen Celia Cruz: The Voice From Havana

October 25, 2010 – Cruz, who grew up in the music-rich neighborhoods of Havana, became known as the "Queen of Salsa."

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Amalia Rodrigues

Watch Amalia Rodrigues: The Voice Of Extreme Expression

October 18, 2010 – A great singer of fado music, Rodrigues became the heart and soul of the Portuguese people.

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Kitty Wells, circa 1954

Listen Kitty Wells: The Queen Of Country Music

October 11, 2010 – Wells, who died Monday, became a star at a time when women didn't have hits in country music.

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