The Man of 10,000 sound effects
Winslow has been named the “Man of 10,000 sound effects.” This name is a representation of his talent, as he can make realistic sound effects using his voice…and believe me, they’re very realistic!
This can be seen from Winslow’s appearance on a Norweigan talk show, where he performed the 1969 hit ‘Whole Lotta Love’ by Led Zepplin. This performance really showcases this man’s talent especially when he recreates the lead guitar sound effect towards the end, it’s uncanny!
About Michael Winslow
Michael Winslow was born in 1958 on September 6 and is 63 years old. He is an American actor, beatboxer, and comedian.
He is best known for his role as Sargent. Larvell “Motor Mouth” Jones in all seven Police Academy films from 1984-1994. He has also featured in Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980), Spaceballs (1987), was the voiceover for Gremlins (1984) and took part in commercials like Suzuki and Cadbury.
He released an album in 1996 called ‘Make Noises’, a single called ‘I Am My Own Walkman’ in 1985, and featured on tracks, including ‘L.A. Dream Team’ in 1987 and ‘Momy Levy’ in 2004.
In July 2021, Winslow appeared on America’s Got Talent as a Voicetramentalist and he narrates his life using authentic sounds. When he introduces himself, he states that he was a widower and had to bring up his children on his own. Now, this time was for him to showcase exactly what he has to offer the world. Although he thoroughly impresses the judges in his auditions, particularly Simon Cowell, he was eliminated in the Semifinals.
To anybody who has seen one of Winslow’s performances, this name won’t come as a shock. Winslow has made an impact on so many different people and continues to do so.
Since then, there have been many covers of Led Zepplin songs, including Hollywood Vampires, Tina Turner, and more. But none of these covers are quite like Winslow’s. His recreation is truly unique.
At the talk show, Winslow sits on the sofa beside another guest on the show, folk-pop artist Odd Nordstoga, and opposite the show’s hosts.
Winslow begins by mimicking a band set up and creates the sound of testing the drums. He indicates the start of the performance by making the sound of a cymbal crash. Nordstoga recognises this as his cue and begins to play the acoustic guitar.
Winslow then performs all band member’s parts including Jimmy Page’s guitar riffs, John Bonham’s drumming, and Robert Plant’s vocals. His guitar riff, especially, is unmatched.
He excellently pulls off this song and manages to recreate the sound of all instruments in the background by just using his voice, whilst also singing the lyrics to ‘Whole Lotta Love’ in the authentic rock style of Led Zepplin.
At the end of the performance, the talk shows hosts sit with their jaws dropped, smiling and cheering, astonished at his performance, the crowd is clapping and chanting, and Winslow and Nordstoga exchange a handshake on the sofa.
He has since performed similar performances on other talk shows around Europe. Other talk show guests join in with his performance and accompany him with the acoustic guitar.