Roger Menees has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for singing the lowest note ever recorded.
The gospel singer and tour bus driver from southern Illinois reached a croaking f-sharp on February 11, in Carbondale, Illinois, a hot bed for singers (not.) The fact that the session was recorded in a Hampton Inn makes his record even more astounding.
Roger Menees of Anna, Illinois, always thought his bass voice was lower than all the others, now he has the certificate from Guinness to prove it.
“The greatest feeling about it for me is I don’t have to try again to get it. That was the greatest relief for me, after having to make a second attempt.”
Menees got encouragement from other singers to try for the record, but just didn’t find the time.
“I’ve been listening for years to people sing and I’ve never heard another bass singer sing as low as I thought I was,” he said. “To achieve it, I really appreciate it.”
Although he broke the former record of about 8 hertz (corrected – based on unedited video) in half, Menees said he could have done better and would probably make another attempt.
Menees was dead on right when he said the note wasn’t going to be very pretty. His goal he explained was to vibrate his vocal cords at the slowest possible speed. By measurement, his vocal cords vibrated at about 3 vibrations per second .393 hertz (changed based on commenter’s statements) on this video.