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…

 

 

4 thoughts on “Battle of the Sexes BOTB RESULTS: Do You Know What I Mean?

  1. Michele

    It’s good to see you posting, even if it’s just a short thing. I need my partner in crime to stick around. Not sure my sanity can handle you being away for too long. I truly hope that you had a good Thanksgiving. Stop by to say hello, don’t be a stranger.

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  2. Hi, Michele!

    Thanks for reporting the results of your Lee Michaels inspired BOTB. I’m happy to know that your ears matched mine and you voted for Genya. I’m sorry our candidate didn’t win. As a Florida resident I am used to voting and losing. 🙂 I do not remember a TV show called Faberge Album of the Month, but I enjoyed the clip. Lee seems to be a humble, level headed musician. I read that he now owns a chain of restaurants in SoCal called Killer Shrimp. Faberge Album of the Month isn’t listed on IMDB, but I noticed that Lee appeared on three other music series beginning on Jan. 12, 1970, with Music Scene, ABC’s 1969-70 extension of Shindig. Then in 1973 Lee performed on Dick Clark’s series In Concert and on The Midnight Special.

    Please take good care of yourself, your mother and your hounds and keep in touch, dear friend Michele!

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