Really interesting list JayMusicG ... even so I personally would not include Randy Newman as a singer for his contribution to Disney movies.
While I certainly would understand if he would be listed as a major contributor as songwriter for Disney in the last years, I do not really see the point in listing him as singer. The only thing he did was some end-titles / title-songs, which I basically would not list as a major contribution as singer - especially compared to such all time greatest as Angela Lansbury or Julie Andrews who contributed their (voice) talent to a whole character.
But interesting list anyway ... because as we all know opinions and tastes differ ... and that is good so.
How about some of the singers who gave us so much joy on various Disney records, sang under title credits or for animated characters, including...
All time favorite of mine is Robie Lester (Disneyland Story Reader, sang "Thomasina" and ghost sang for Eva Gabor)
Loulie Jean Norman
Frances Archer and Beverly Gile
You may not immediately recognize the names, but you have heard their voices hundreds of times.
While naturally agreeing with most all the classic-era choices above, I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned Cliff Edwards (aka "Jiminy Cricket")...although of course, Julie Andrews comes first and foremost to mind. Norma Zimmer (yes, from the Lawrence Welk show) can be thanked for some lovely, and frequently uncredited work: solos in the titles of "Song of the South" and "Cinderella," lead "floral vocals" in the Original Tiki Room, and too many film and theme park background vocals to mention. Since Annette was referenced above, remember too the Mouseketeers who were the show's principle singers--Tommy Cole and Darlene Gillespie. Lastly--how about the great Betty Taylor, "Slue Foot Sue" of the Disneyland Golden Horseshoe, and on records and the occasional attraction as well?
Welcome to the board, Eglantine. I'm glad you mentioned Cliff Edwards. He certainly deserves to be mentioned in the list of great Disney singers. What a touching and classic performance he gave on "When You Wish Upon a Star" and others.
Wow. I did not know that Norma Zimmer sang on those Disney recordings. I just took out my Cinderella CD to listen to the main title. I'm surprised that after all this time I didn't recognise her voice. Probably because I've listened to that record so many times since I was little that I never made the connection.
Any of you remember the episode of the Lawrence Welk show that was a tribute to Disney? I used to have it on video, but taped over it. It had some nice performances of the Disney classics on it. Joanne Castle gave a great rag time piano performance of "Whistle While You Work". The finale of the show was all Mary Poppins.
Glad you reminded us of Darlene Gillespie, too. Her work on the album of "Alice In Wonderland" was beautiful. Love to hear her sing "All in the Golden Afternoon". Her performance as Alice tops that of the original soundtrack.