Battle of the Bands RESULTS: I Heard It Through the Grapevine


It’s time for the Battle of the Bands Results from my May 1st battle featuring the song I Heard It Through the Grapevine. I pitted Marvin Gaye against Creedence Clearwater Revival.

I suspected this was going to be a tough battle and I was right. Both artists duked it out until the end. At first they were neck and neck with 3 votes each. Then CCR took the lead with 7 votes, but Marvin quickly picked up another 4 votes, tying it at 7 each. The next two votes tied it again at 8 votes each. Marvin came in with 3 votes and then the last vote (before mine) was cast by my Mom for CCR (her first battle vote!), leaving the tally at Marvin Gaye – 11 votes and CCR – 9 votes.

Now it’s not going to make a difference who I vote for at this point but I’ll tell you what I decided to do. Not sure if this is permissible (Stephen, FAE, weigh in here) but I’m doing it anyway. I am so absolutely torn as to who to cast my vote for that I’m splitting my vote, giving 1/2 to Marvin and 1/2 to CCR.

I grew up on CCR and have always loved their version, spending many a night in the bars dancing to this song. But I also frequently play Marvin Gaye’s version, especially when I’m setting up my table for jewelry shows. I have Marvin’s Greatest Hits on my iPhone and that’s always my Go-To music which makes the tedious job of setting up my jewelry much more enjoyable.

Final tally:

Marvin Gaye:  11.5

Creedence:  9.5

In my battle post, I went back in and added the California Raisins commercial because it was such a great fit. Some of you early voters didn’t get to see the spot so I’m posting it here again. For that reason and just because it’s so darn cute! Enjoy…


As always, thanks for your participation in my battle! See you on the 15th for the next battle, which is going to be another good one (I think…).

20 thoughts on “Battle of the Bands RESULTS: I Heard It Through the Grapevine

    • That sounds like great fun Barbara! There’s nothing better than being in the woods jammin’ to CCR! That sounds magnificent. I’m ready! When’s the next get-together? 🙂

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  1. Hi, Michele!

    You gave us another exciting, suspenseful battle with a surprise twist at the end – a split vote by you the blog host. In the end I am happy to see that more people picked Marvin Gaye’s rendition. As I told you when I voted, the original version by Gladys Knight & the Pips would have captured my vote in a battle against Marvin or CCR.

    Thanks, dear friend Michele. I hope your mother is feeling fine and that you and she enjoy a happy Mother’s Day weekend!

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    • Thanks Shady! Yep, your choice pulled it out into the winners circle. Congrats.
      And thanks for the Mother’s Day wishes. I was excited that my mom participated in this most recent battle. Maybe I can get her on the bandwagon now… 🙂

      Have fun this weekend and wish Mrs. Shady a happy mother’s day from me!


    • Aw, Yay! Thank you Paula!!! Glad to have you participating. It is great fun and so glad you’re part of the gang…
      Happy Mother’s Day


  2. MICHELE ~
    Excellent Battle, and I love that your Mom participated. If my Ma were still here she’d probably vote CCR also, as she’s the one who turned me onto that recording. But she definitely loved her Soul and R&B, too. She had Lou Rawls records and Cannonball Adderley, etc. Great taste in music.

    As for your vote… totally acceptable. In fact, it’s pretty much the same thing as abstaining since you’re not affecting the outcome either way, one way or another.

    There aren’t a lot of rules in BOTB because the more rules one has to follow the less fun it’ll be. I’m a small government guy. I’m for just barely enough government to provide a little structure so there’s not total anarchy, and then just let people do what they want.

    Thanks for posting the California Raisins. That was fun to see again. Been a long time.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    ‘Loyal American Underground’

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    • Thanks for coming by Stephen. And glad you liked the California Raisins commercial. So funny, love the claymation guy at the end (“That sounds better than I what I have.”). ha!
      Glad to know my split vote wasn’t breaking any rules.
      So cool that your Ma turned you on to CCR’s I Heard It Through the Grapevine! She sounds really cool. My mom is too. She just loves Pink Floyd and that qualifies her for cool-dom!

      Have a great weekend!


  3. You forgot my write in vote. Okay, it wasn’t really a write in vote. 😉 😀
    I won’t be participating in the May 15th battle. I’m taking the rest of the month off.
    However, I have finally posted my results and my AtoZ reflections post.

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