Look at some of these live performances. Who’s the best? You be the judge.
How you sound as a result of a carefully engineered studio recording and an edited music video is one thing. How you sound and look during a live musical performance is a very different thing. There is a clear distinction.
James Brown was the greatest live performer I’ve ever seen, closely followed by Prince. My next three are Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson and The Jacksons and Brian Culbertson — in that order. Period, paragraph, end of sentence.”
Honorable Mention – Larry Graham & Graham Central Station. (Be sure to watch the Larry Graham/Graham Central Station concert performance further down on this page). And wait…there’s Aretha Franklin and Bobby Womack. Too many artists to choose from.
Special Merit Award – Lenny Williams for his classic performance of “Cause I Love You” and to Maysa Leak for her heart-felt performances and consistency.
Prince featuring The Time and Sheila E.
Aretha Franklin Sings “Amazing Grace”
The Godfather of Soul
Earth, Wind & Fire
Michael Jackson reunites with his brothers, The Jacksons (Live In Concert)
Honorable Mention – Larry Graham & Graham Central Station (Live in Concert)
Bobby Womack Live In D.C.
With this song, Lenny Williams gives one of the most soulful performances ever.