Pop world pays tribute to Pavarotti, a music icon

Mar 6, 2008 at 12:07 p.m. ET

Luciano Pavarotti passed away today and his influence on music is immense.

Luciano RIPAfter recording their single "Miss Sarajevo," Bono and Luciano Pavarotti had crossed a line, so said opera purists who scoffed at the tenor performing with a pop star and his band.

When Pavarotti convened Placido Domingo (who performed with a young Emmy Rossum), and Jose Carreras to form "The Three Tenors" the enigma that was Pavarotti brought an operatic CD to the top of charts, all the charts. He once said he "wanted to be famous everywhere" - hard to argue there.

Opera is not most people's cup of tea, or top 10 favorite beverages for that matter. But it is hard to argue with the voice that Pavarotti possessed. His singing and life itself was exuberance to its fullest. He appeared in Hollywood films, including starring in 1982's "Yes, Giorgio."

The tenor is so revered, that is his coffin is sitting in state in his homeland, Italy. Bono probably summed it up best on his website earlier today when he captured that, when a man with the most splendid of voices sang, he emitted something special the world will never see again. "Some people can sing opera, Luciano Pavarotti was an opera," Bono said on U2's official site.

"No one could inhabit those acrobatic words and melodies like him. He lived the songs, his opera was a great mash of joy and sadness; surreal and earthy at the same time; a great volcano of a man who sang fire but spilled over with a love of life in all its complexity, a great and generous friend."

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