Hey, I’m Back! BATTLE OF THE BANDS – Goin’ Out of My Head

Wow, it’s been a minute or two since I’ve participated in the Battle of the Bands! I’m coming off of a fairly lengthy blogging hiatus. I don’t even know how long it’s been. It’s been so long that Stephen said he didn’t think I was ever coming back! Well, what do they say? You can’t keep a good rock & roll woman down…

I’m thrilled to be back with all of you and will look forward to making the rounds. Just know that it may take me a few days to get around to everyone as my Mom is having brain surgery this week. We just found out about it today, it was completely unexpected and we’re pretty freaked out. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

     [UPDATE 5/15: I talked to the neurosurgeon this morning and they don’t want to rush into surgery until the cardiac team evaluates her current heart condition. As many of you know she has been having cardiac issues since her valve replacement and repair surgery in 2016. So there will be a team of specialists working to determine the best course of action, being that the surgery is a major one (6-8 hours) and they need to have all the vital information and test results before proceeding. The evaluation probably won’t be finished until the end of this week. I will keep you posted but please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers if you are so inclined. Thank you all.]

As luck would have it, I already had this battle post queued up to publish on the 15th. So here it is:

First, a quick refresher: BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB) is where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. A new Battle gets posted on the 15th of each month (and some participants also do battles on the 1st of each month as well), and voting stays open for six days. You vote by leaving your choice in the Comment section below. Voting closes at midnight on the 21st, I place my own vote, tally them all up and announce the winner on the 22nd.

For my comeback battle, I’m tying into my theme for the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop: Songs with Body Parts in the Title. The first in my “Rock & Roll Head to Toe” series posted on Monday and features songs with the word HEAD in the title. (Click here if you’d like to check it out. There is some really great music in my playlist).

Today’s battle is veering a little off the rock & roll vibe and instead going mellow with one of my favorite R&B ‘Head’ songs, “Goin’ Out of My Head” by Little Anthony and the Imperials.  

Little Anthony and the Imperials is an American rhythm and blues/soul vocal group from New York City founded by Clarence Collins in the 1950s and named in part for its lead singer, Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine, who was noted for his high-pitched voice. In addition to Collins and Gourdine, the original Imperials included Ernest Wright, Glouster “Nate” Rogers, and Tracey Lord, the last two of whom were subsequently replaced by Samuel “Sammy” Strain. The group was one of the very few doo-wop groups to enjoy sustained success on the R&B and pop charts throughout the 1960s. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009, 23 years after the group’s first year of eligibility for induction.

“Goin’ Out of My Head” is a song written by Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, initially recorded by Little Anthony & the Imperials in 1964. Randazzo, a childhood friend of the group, wrote the song especially for them (having also supplied the group with their previous Top 20 Hit “I’m on the Outside (Looking In)”.

Their original version of the song was a Billboard Top 10 Pop hit, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 in the Canadian RPM-list in 1965. The song peaked at #8 on Cashbox magazine’s R&B chart (Billboard was in a chart recess for R&B listings at that time). The Little Anthony & the Imperials original recording is the best-known version of the song, although it has since been covered by many other artists.

Here is the original for your reference and enjoyment only. It is NOT part of the battle, so don’t vote for this one!


HERE’S TODAY’S BATTLE! The battle for this song features covers done by these two groups:

CONTENDER #1: THE ZOMBIES – The Zombies, an English rock band formed in 1962 led by keyboardist and vocalist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone, released their cover of Goin’ Out of My Head in 1966 on their album called The Original Studio Recordings, Vol. 3.


CONTENDER #2: CLASSICS IV – The Classics IV is a band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1965. The band is often credited for establishing the “soft southern rock” sound. The band, led by singer Dennis Yost, is known mainly for the hits “Spooky”, “Stormy”, and “Traces”, released 1967 to 1969, which have become cover standards. Their cover of Goin’ Out of My Head appeared on the Classics IV 1968 album Spooky.


TIME TO VOTE! Which versions do you like better and why? Tell me in the Comment section below.

When you’re done voting, please visit these other BOTB participants and check out their cool battles:

Thanks for your participation and your votes! Voting will be open until midnight on the 21st and I’ll post results on the 22nd or shortly thereafter. Until then, Rock On my friends…


Monday’s Music Moves Me: ROCK & ROLL HEAD TO TOE! (#4M #MMMM)

It’s Monday and that means it’s time for MUSIC! Even more cool for me is that I’m this month’s Honorary Co-Host for Monday’s Music Moves Me blog-hop and I picked this week’s theme: Songs with Body Parts in the Title (or Songs About Body Parts).

You know I’ve been out of the game for a little while. But I haven’t lost my love of doing a 4M Series. Surprise, surprise, right? I know, quit rolling your eyes. This will be fun. I hope. When I picked this theme I had no idea there were so many dang song titles that included body parts! Well, you know me, I just couldn’t do this theme justice without exploring the entire body.

So let’s get busy with the music portion of our program and kick off the


with the initial installment: SONGS WITH HEAD IN THE TITLE.

Note: Of course most of the series will be rock (mainly in the Classic genre) but there may be a few other genres making an appearance here or there over the coming weeks.

The following playlist features some of my favorite HEAD songs.

Hold Your Head Up by Argent

Head Games by Foreigner

Can’t Get It Out of My Head by ELO

Going Out of My Head by Little Anthony & the Imperials

Head Over Heels by Tears for Fears

Head Over Heels by the Go-Go’s

Head Over Feet by Alanis Morrisette

Over My Head by Fleetwood Mac

Reefer Headed Woman by Aerosmith

High Head Blues by the Black Crowes

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose by Ratt

Headlong by Queen

My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don’t Love Jesus by Jimmy Buffet

Voice In My Head by the Dixie Chicks

The Whole World Lost Its Head by the Go-Go’s

World Inside My Head by Sister Hazel

Head Above Water by Hall & Oates (Daryl Hall & John Oates)

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head by B.J. Thomas

Hard-Headed Woman by Cat Stevens

Ain’t That a Kick in the Head by Dean Martin

Heads Carolina, Tails California by Jo Dee Messina

Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner by Warren Zevon

I Hung My Head by Johnny Cash

I Hung My Head by Sting

I hope you enjoy my HEAD playlist. What are your favorite HEAD songs?

I’ll continue with other body parts over the next few freebie posts.

Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by Marie of X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and Stacy of Stacy Uncorked and Colette of Jamerican Spice and Alana of Ramblin’ with AM. Be sure to stop by and visit the hosts and the other participants listed below:




Monday’s Music Moves Me – Spotlighting the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Wow, it feels weird jumping right back into a blog hop after having been MIA for so many months. Life has been challenging these last few months, in so many ways, and one of these days I might do a post about it all. But before anything, I want to say how much I’m looking forward to reconnecting with all of you. I’ve missed you guys! And please don’t take my absence and my lack of visits to your blogs personally; I didn’t visit anybody. I may have dropped in once or twice to a couple of folks but essentially I was completely off the blogging grid.

I was so off the grid that when I was tweaking some of my pages the other day I literally forgot how to do things, like work with theme menus and even —shocking! —- I had to do a refresher on creating a YouTube playlist! Talk about coming out of the fog!

Anyway, I’m excited that May is my month to be guest co-host and conductor to the Monday’s Music Moves Me hop. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers over this time and especially thank you to those who dropped in to check on me and say hi with an email or Facebook message. I truly appreciated those connections.

I’m going to ease back into this slowly, for my own sanity (and probably to the relief of many of you out there!) 😆 So let’s do this already!

This first Monday in May is a 4M Freebie, meaning there is no specific theme to follow and we can present any kind of music we want.

I was channel-surfing the other night and happened upon HBO which was airing the 34TH ANNUAL ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONYNaturally that stopped me in my tracks and I watched and enjoyed the whole thing. During the show I decided to feature the 2019 Inductees for my Freebie feature.

In case you missed it, this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY on March 29th. For those who may not be familiar, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records. In 1986, Cleveland was chosen as the Hall of Fame’s permanent home. (On a side note, my favorite Sirius XM Radio station, Classic Vinyl, (channel 26) is broadcast live 24/7 from the R&R Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Having spent a number of years of my career working in radio (at stations in Washington DC and Austin, Texas), whenever I hear the on-air personalities mention where they are broadcasting from, I always think how cool it would be to work for a radio station located inside the R&R Hall of Fame! That’s some major atmosphere there.)

This year’s inductees are, in no particular order:

• The Cure

• Def Leppard

• Janet Jackson

• Stevie Nicks

• Radiohead

• Roxy Music

• The Zombies

The show was quite good, with several decent performances and some interesting and inspiring acceptance speeches. You can find many of them on YouTube. I’m including the one that impressed me the most, mainly because I learned something about one of the band members that I was surprised I didn’t know already. More on that later.

My playlist today features my favorite songs by the 2019 Inductee artists. I hope you enjoy it. Without further ado, here is some great rock and roll for your listening pleasure. It’s a long playlist so you can just hit Play All and listen to great songs by these inductees or go through the list and pick out which ones you want to hear. There are some neat videos too so be sure to check them out. As far as the videos goes, I’m curious to find out which is your favorite.


That was some great rock and roll, no? You can find the performances from the Induction Ceremony event online. There are lots of YouTube videos of the various performances and speeches from that night. Here’s the induction speech that I liked best, from lead singer Joe Elliot of Def Leppard. Below is the entire speech and it’s really good, particularly starting at the 5:00 minute mark, when Joe talks about the band’s rise to success, the tragedies endured and the strength and loyalty that kept them together all these years. It gave me a whole new appreciation of Def Leppard.

As to what I didn’t already know about this group: I noticed while Def Leppard was performing during the ceremony that the drummer, Rick Allen, didn’t have his left arm.  Then his car accident that caused the loss was referenced in Joe’s speech. The accident happened at the end of 1984 and I wondered how in the world I hadn’t heard about that news, being so tapped into rock as I was back then. But that was also the month that I graduated from college and was preoccupied with moving from Ohio back to my home in Niagara Falls. I was curious so I dug around online for some info and found some fabulous interviews with Rick Allen after his accident and recovery. His story is beyond inspirational.

The basic facts of the accident (per Wikipedia):

On the afternoon of 31 December 1984, Allen was involved in a car accident with his then-girlfriend Miriam Barendsen on the A57 road in the countryside a few miles west of Sheffield.While trying to pass another car at a high speed, he lost control of his Corvette C4, which hit a dry stone wall and entered a field. He was thrown from the car because his seatbelt had been improperly fastened, causing his left arm to be severed. His girlfriend suffered head, neck and spine injuries from severe whiplash. Doctors initially reattached Allen’s arm, but because of an infection, it had to be re-amputated. His right shoulder was also severely broken in the accident.

There is a good series of interviews with Rick talking about his accident, the devastation of a drummer losing an arm and how that might surely be the end of his career and his place in the band, but how he overcame it and continued to play drums using his left foot as a substitute for his missing limb. It’s really incredible so if you’re interested in seeing the 3-part interview video series, here they are:

Fighting Back, Part 1:

Fighting Back, Part 2:

Fighting Back, Part 3:


So that’s it from this end. Thanks for letting me come back into the group and kick off my comeback as your 4M conductor/co-host for the month of May. Next week will be my theme of songs about body parts (or with body parts in the title). Hope to see you for that. And I’m looking forward to making the rounds this week to check out your Freebie posts and to reconnect with you all.

Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by Marie of X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and Stacy of Stacy Uncorked and Colette of Jamerican Spice and Alana of Ramblin’ with AM. Be sure to stop by and visit the hosts and the other participants listed below:


Battle of the Sexes BOTB RESULTS: Do You Know What I Mean?

It’s December 1st, typically a day when new battles are featured but since the last two weeks have been insane in my life, I’m just now getting to present my Battle of the Sexes Results from the November mid-month battle.

The championship round in the Battle of the Sexes for the cover of Lee Michaels’ 1971 hit “Do You Know What I Mean” had Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys in the male corner up against Genya Ravan in the female corner.

Both came out swinging but you know how it goes, there’s only one winner in this battle. And although Genya Ravan gave it her all (she earned my vote too), the majority of folks preferred the male vocals for this song, giving the win to Kevin Naquin and those Ossun Playboys. 

The final tally was 4 votes for Genya and 7 votes for Kevin.

But one thing was apparent: most everyone agrees with me that no matter how good the cover, no one does it better than the original, Lee Michaels.

I found this fabulous video on YouTube of Lee playing live on a short-lived TV show called the “Faberge Album of the Month”. Does anyone remember that show? I never heard of it but when I did a search, I discovered the announcement of the show development in a February 1971 issue of Billboard, an industry trade magazine. The blurb as published read:

Hughes TV Series to Feature Acts

A series of television specials, which will feature top contemporary recording artists and their hit LPs, will kick off on the Hughes Sports Network late in March. Jackie Barnett, president of Dawn Productions, Inc, a newly formed television production company, will put together the series in association with Faberge. The TV series will be titled the “Faberge Album of the Month.”

Plans call for the development of ten “Faberge Album of the Month” specials to be simulcast in 140 top markets via the Hughes Sports Network.“Each half-hour special,” Barnett said, “will delve into the performance of the artist’s music as well as probe into the personal motivation and musical attitudes of various artists.

The first major artists signed for their own half-hour special are Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Dave Mason and Mama Cass.

(Source: Billboard, Feb 6, 1971 issue, page 24)

Lee Michaels appeared on the show in August of 1971 and the video includes performances as well as interview clips and other cool tidbits about him, like his love of big cats, complete with footage of him with several of his beautiful Siberian Mountain Tigers! The battle song can be found at the 8:50 mark on the video.

In case this video doesn’t embed, here is the direct link to it on YouTube.

As always, thanks for participating in my battle. As previously mentioned, I’m going to go on a temporary blog hiatus for a few months…and a temporary life hiatus, if all goes as planned…

But I will make the rounds and vote in all of your December 1st battles. So see you soon!

Rock on, my friends…

Peace and love always…



Battle of the Bands with the DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN BATTLE OF THE SEXES

It’s mid-month already! How did that happen? It seems it’s been happening more and more lately, this flyin’ time thing. I find myself saying “Stop the bus! I wanna get off!” … I just want to take minute and breathe. Do you know what I mean?

So I’m going to grab that minute while I can. After dealing with one crisis after another over here I need to take a break. I’m going to pull back from blogging for a few months, at least until after the New Year. Today’s battle, the culmination of my Do You Know What I Mean Battle of the Sexes, will be my last for 2018.

So let’s talk about this battle: One of those crises mentioned above caused me to miss posting the Results for the Female round earlier in the month. Let me fill you in on how that ended. If you were following the comments, you might already know how it ended: Between Gwen McRae and Genya Raven, poor Gwen took a thumpin’. The battle was nearly a shutout but for the vote cast for Gwen by John. Genya Raven handily captured the win in the Female round with a 9 to 1 final tally (including my vote).

And now we have our final duel in declaring the best cover of Lee Michaels’ hit song “Do You Know What I Mean.” Will it be the version with male vocals or female vocals? While I think most will agree that no one does it better than the original recording artist. After all, Lee Michaels, who wrote, performed and produced the song, took it to #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Cash Box Top 100 in the summer of 1971. The song also closed the year with an impressive finish garnering a rank of #19 on Billboard’s Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1971.

You’ll get to decide which sex does it better as we kick off this Do You Know What I Mean Battle of the Sexes as our two finalists take the stage. First up is the male contender:

 Contender #1:  Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys

As a quick reminder: Kevin Naquin is a Cajun accordion player in south Louisiana from Ossun, Louisiana. Naquin is the lead singer and accordion player in the Cajun band Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys. In 2000, he won the CFMA – 2000 Album of the Year with his album “Pour La Premiere Fois” and CFMA – 2000 Song of the Year. He has recorded with Swallow Records and Bayou Groove Productions. He released a version of this song on his 2014 album, No Guarantee.


And here is this battle’s female contender:

Contender #2:  Genya Ravan

Genya Ravan, a.k.a. Goldie (born Genyusha Zelkovicz; April 19, 1945) is an American rock singer and producer. She was lead singer of The Escorts, Goldie & the Gingerbreads, and Ten Wheel Drive. In 2013, Genya released an album entitled Cheesecake Girl and this cover of the Lee Michaels hit is from that album:


Now it’s up to you to declare the winner in the Battle of the Sexes for Best Cover of Lee Michaels’ “Do You Know What I Mean”.

TIME TO VOTE! Which version gets your vote, the Female contender or the Male contender? 

When you’re done voting, please visit these other BOTB participants and check out their cool battles:

Thanks for your participation and your votes! Voting will be open until midnight on November 22nd and I’ll post results shortly thereafter. Until then, Rock On my friends…