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…


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

  1. Hi, Michele!

    I hope your mother’s procedure this week is a complete success and I wish her a speedy and complete recovery. I will most certainly keep her in my prayers.

    It is great to have you back participating in the Battle of the Bands hop, dear friend. A BOTB featuring covers of a pop style R&B hit of the 60s is indeed a departure for you. I never heard either cover before this morning and enjoyed both. Maybe it was a case of a mono mix competing against a stereo mix, but I found the version by The Classics IV more pleasing to my ears. My impression of the Zombies’ recording is that the lead vocal sounded a little strained whereas Dennis Yost delivered the song is his inimitable manner, in a smooth and buttery voice. I also enjoyed the arrangement more on the Classics IV version. I was disappointed the song trailed off and ended without the big flourish at the end but, nevertheless, it was pleasing enough to earn my vote. Dennis Yost And The Classics IV for me, please!

    Once again I will be thinking about your mother all this week. Please let us know how her surgery went. God bless!

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    • Hi Tom,
      Thanks for keeping my mom in your prayers. We need all we can get. She is opting not to have the surgery because it is so major and at her age and condition, it’s just a huge risk. Still trying to get to the bottom of some things and many tests. I’m praying that she’ll be able to come home.

      Thanks for your vote for the Classics IV. Sorry the song cut out before the ending that you like. 😦
      I appreciate you coming by…


  2. Good to have you back! Great song! One of my favorites of the era as well.

    I figured Classics IV would get this for me, but I actually preferred the Zombies version so my vote goes to the Zombies.

    All the best to your mother and her surgery. Sending a prayer your way.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    • Thanks Lee. I appreciate your prayer. We sure aren’t out of the woods. She is not having the surgery and we need to figure out a lot before coming to a decision. Radiation is the goal but we’re not even there yet as she’s having a lot of issues that need to be addressed and figured out first. So continued prayers would be wonderful.

      It’s always fun to expect to vote for one contender and get surprised by the performance of the others A vote for the Zombies for you.
      thanks for coming by!


  3. Michele,

    What’s this, your mother is having brain surgery? Oh, I hope it’s nothing serious! Saying prayers that all goes well and that she makes a complete recovery. Don’t kill yourself to make rounds. Your friends in Blogosphere understand. You have to take care of yourself and mama first!

    I wondered if you might join in for BoTB and I’m glad to see that you felt up to it. This song is going to be stuck in my head today. I’m giving my vote to Classics IV I enjoyed their smoothing vibes a bit more at this hour of the morning. Great battle, my friend! Sending hugs & love your way.

    Wednesday mashup – WW + BoTB round 9 ‘The Signs’ Showdown

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    • Thanks Cathy. Keep them prayers comin’ Girl. We need ’em!
      Glad you liked the sound of Classics IV doing that cover.

      See you tomorrow for the 4M freebie…


  4. Nice to have you back, Michele! 🙂 Best wishes to your Mom. I hope all goes well with her surgery! ❤

    I remember this song, but the covers were new to me. Although I love The Zombies, the Classics IV version gets my vote. It had a more languid, smooth quality.

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    • Thanks Debbie.
      Looks like Classics IV is running away with this one.
      Thanks for coming by and for your vote and for all the well wishes for Mom. ❤


  5. MICHELE ~
    I’m happy to have you back in the BOTB family! Welcome home!

    First, I got your Email and await the follow-up you said you’d be sending. I most certainly will pray for your Mom. (What is her name, again? I know I knew it once upon a time ago, but a lot of beer has passed over the tongue since then.)

    Also, I did indeed have links to your blog back in place on my blog even before receiving your E. When you said you were returning on 5/15, I didn’t doubt you in the least.

    And this was an excellent return, too! I’ve always loved this song, and I think it’s another one that was a big favorite of my Ma’s.

    When I saw who the competitors were, I thought: Slam-dunk vote for Classics IV. I really dig their style and this song seems right in their wheelhouse. Listening to The Zombies, I was quite surprised by how well they did this one. I’m not a big fan of theirs, but this WAY exceeded my expectations. Then I listened to Classics IV and although I liked it, I felt it sounded maybe just a little bit too soft.

    So, I listened to BOTH recordings a second time, and although I like them both, to my great surprise, I’m casting my vote for THE ZOMBIES. I slightly prefer the little harder edge they gave it which made it seem a bit more impassioned. Classics IV sounded like they were “thinking about” going out of their head, while The Zombies sounded like they were already half-way out. Ha!-Ha!

    I’ll keep the prayers going while waiting for your next Email.

    ~ D-FensDogG

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    • haha Loved your last line in your reasoning part of your comment. That made me lol for sure!
      So glad that you picked the Zombies: they seem to be takin’ a whoopin!
      And I felt a little rusty since I’ve been gone so long. Was hoping my comeback battle would be good one. Glad you thought so! Thanks for that!

      Thanks for those prayers. We need ’em big-time! The brain surgery is off. Mom wanted to have it but it’s a massive surgery and way too risky for her at her age and current health condition (heart, past strokes, etc). We’re trying to get her well enough for radiation but she’s having a hard time getting back to normal. I’ll be talking to the neurosurgeon tomorrow to see if he can adjust the meds to relieve the swelling on her brain.
      I sure hope God is hearing our prayers… I want my Mama to come back home where she belongs! She does not belong in a hospital!

      Thanks for the warm welcomg back…
      talk soon


      • MICHELE ~
        Something I read at Cathy’s blog sounded as if your Mom went and had the surgery performed after all. Is that so?

        And… have I ever mentioned Soy Lecithin to you before, and the benefits of daily intake of it? If not, let me know and I’ll dig up some info for you about it.

        ~ D-FensDogG
        STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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        • Hi Stephen, Yes, my Mom ended up having the surgery. We all were set for a different plan of action (radiation after the steroid had reduced the swelling in her brain and her functionality returned) but the medication didn’t do what we had hoped it would. After a week on it, there was no change and even more weakness and that was going to be as good as it gets, even with radiation, which would mean that she would never be able to come back home and would have to move into a nursing home.
          The only option that would give her a chance of having a quality life with some independence and being able to come back home here would be the surgery (with no guarantees, of course). She decided to take the chance and go with the surgery. So the next morning (Tuesday), she had that big surgery.
          We’re in a waiting game now. She came through the surgery but we need the swelling in her brain to come down and that’s what we need to pray for now. Otherwise it will be an emergency situation. She’s not yet awake and still on a breathing tube. She had another CT scan this morning and I’m waiting for the results. Pray pray pray for a reduction in swelling.
          I just tallied up the votes and am working on my results post now…


  6. Michele

    I’m so stinkin happy that you are back! Seriously! If I were a dog, my tail would be wagging at 200mph! (hmmm sounds like great exercise and a way to trim the rump. Might have to try it…)

    It hurts my heart that your mother isnt doing well. I will definitely keep you two in my prayers. How are you holding up? Have you got a local support system in place?

    Okay.. now on to this battle. I thought for sure I’d be voting for Classics IV, but after listening to both contenders, I’m going to have to vote for The Zombies.

    Will catch up with you later. Call me if you wanna talk. Any time. Any hour. I’m most likely awake anyway 🙂


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    • Thanks so much for making me feel so good to be back! And I loved your comment about waggin’ your tail! That made me smile and giggle — and Girl, I needed that so bad! Thank you! And thanks for being there for me. I may take you up on calling one of these nights. Tonight though, I need some serious sleep… I am wore out.

      Hey, another vote for the Zombies! Maybe they can get back in the race.
      Will be interesting to see how this one turns out. Not a lot of votes coming in though. Getting to be that time of year I suppose.

      talk soon Sister!


  7. Oh, I will send prayers to your mom. This must be very stressful for her and you plus the rest of the family. This reminds me of my dad who had brain cancer and had surgery. It sounds like she is getting the care she needs and they are being careful so that’s great. On a simpler note, my vote goes to The Zombies. I like their style much better than the drippy sounding Classics IV. ..too mushy for me

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    • Thanks Birgit! When your Dad had brain cancer and had the surgery, how old was he? Was it successful? Mom opted not to have the surgery (to the great relief of my brother and I because, well you know, it’s a major surgery with a huge recovery time. And for someone of her age (85) and heart issues, plus stroke history, even the neurosurgeon didn’t think surgery was the way to go. But so far what we’re doing now (trying to reduce the swelling around her brain) isn’t working or producing the desired results. This is so hard. You know.

      Wow, another vote for the Zombies!
      Thanks for coming by.


    • Hi Alana,
      I hope all is going well with you and that whatever was getting in the way of your peace of mind is far gone. Thanks for the good thoughts for my Mom but she opted not to have the surgery. Too risky. But we’re still dealing with trying to get her strong enough to do the alternative (radiation) and this is beyond stressful. I ended up with near laryngitis for the last 5 days.

      Anyway, thanks for coming by. Did you want to give a vote for this battle? Between Classics IV or the Zombies. I’ll shoot you an email in case you don’t get his comment reply.


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