Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) – Just Vocals – Doris Day

No doubt we’ve all heard the popular song ‘Que Sera, Sera’. The song has been recorded dozens of times by dozens of singers. Perhaps the most popular version was the one created by songwriters Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 film, The Man Who Knew Too Much. This version was sung by Doris Day, who went on to record the song for Columbia Records. It became a massive hit. She also used it as her theme song in her television comedy, The Doris Day Show.

Black and White – Just Vocals – By The Spinners

The Spinners were a folk group from Liverpool, England, that formed in September 1958. They variously had four albums in the UK Albums Chart between September 1970 and April 1972. One of them, Spinners Live Performance (1971), spent three months in the listing and peaked at No. 14. This song, usually sung in primary schools, instil the firm notion that the colour of a person skin is no reason to mistreat or belittle them. All are equal in the eyes of God.

Morning Has Broken – Just Vocals – Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam)

The simplicity of the tune “Bunessan” and deceptively simple words of the text suggest unison singing with the lightest of accompaniments. Cat Stevens got it right when he used a guitar and piano, but a flute or other solo wind instrument would work well. Try singing the final verse unaccompanied – letting the human voices stand alone in their expression of praise. Listening to just the vocals shows why Cat Stevens was given the honour of having one of the most beautiful voices of the 20th Century.

Allah Hoo – Just Vocals – Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Here, the late great ‘Ustaadh’ Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, where he extols the esteemed name of Allah in the form of a qawwal – best described as a spiritual or sufi song. Allah Hoo (Allah hu) is a traditional Sufi chant (dhikr) consisting of the word for God (Arabic: الله‎, Allāh). According to Sufi tradition, this formula was introduced by Abu Bakr as he initiated the Naqshbandi tradition (Kabbani 2003 p. 87). Other Dhikrs consist of simple Allāhu Allāhu run together 400 or 600 times.

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