It’s Results time for my latest battle and an interesting battle it was! The song was Lulu’s To Sir With Love. Contenders were 10,000 Maniacs (Natalie Merchant, with a little help from R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe) and Australia’s Tina Arena.
Well, I wish one more vote would’ve been cast because as it stands now we have a Tie! Natalie Merchant received 8 votes and when I cast mine for Tina Arena, she ended up with 8 votes. So this battle ends in an 8 to 8 tie.
I really like Tina Arena’s strong voice and I liked the musical arrangement presented in her version. I really didn’t know anything about Tina Arena before finding her version of To Sir With Love but I’ve learned that she is pretty close to being Australia’s sweetheart.
She is a singer-songwriter, musician, musical theater actress, and record producer. She is one of Australia’s highest selling female artists who, as of July 2014, has sold over 10 million records worldwide.
I’ll close this post with a Tina Arena original. Her album Don’t Ask was the highest selling album of 1995 and this is the lead single from that album, Chains:
As always, thanks for participating in my battle. See you on February 1st when I present a very different battle! See you then…
I’m super late getting my Results post up. So sorry about that! But here it is:
The song was Al Green’s spirited Take Me to the River and the contenders were Al Green and the Talking Heads. It ended up being a very close battle. Al Green won by 2 votes.
My vote went to the Talking Heads. I definitely enjoyed Al Green’s version, loved his soulful voice and that gravelly scream and the horns but I was more connected to the Talking Heads distinctive sound. I was undecided for quite a time but my decision came down to one question: If I was stuck somewhere and only had one song to listen to, which version would I want to listen to over and over? My answer was the Talking Heads version.
Here’s the final tally:
Al Green: 9 votes
Talking Heads: 7 votes
As always, thanks for participating in my battle. See you on the 15th for the next one! Again, my apologies for being so late with this results post… But here’s another Al Green Great: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart — I’m in a little need of mending myself…
It’s Battle of the Bands RESULTS Day for one of my most fun battles of all time. I couldn’t wait to see how this one turned out. I’m not surprised but I must say there were several voters who were surprised by their own votes. I love when that happens!
This battle featured the iconic song Stairway to Heaven, pitting legendary Led Zeppelin against Heart with Jason Bonham on drums (son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham), both presenting live performances.
Led Zeppelin was fantastic and I love their performance. But my vote went to Heart. Their performance absolutely blew me away. With the strings, the horns, the singers and the amazing full choir that popped up, it was simply spectacular. It literally gave me chills and brought me to tears!
Apparently, many other folks were moved too. Here’s how the votes shake out:
Led Zeppelin: 7 votes
Heart: 14 votes (including mine)
If you want to see the Heart performance again, here it is (I can watch this over and over, it’s that good!):
Thanks so much for participating. This one was really fun for me and I’m glad that so many of you enjoyed it as well.
See you on November 1st for the next battle…
The results are in for my battle on Split Enz’ song I Got You. Contenders were Vitamin C and The Connells. It was low voter turnout again… C’mon guys, Summer’s over! No more seasonal excuses!
Vitamin C garnered most of the votes, including mine. I like the electonica sound so that won me over. And I liked her vocals. I did like The Connells too so it wasn’t exactly an easy decision for me. But in the end, I went with the majority on this one.
Vitamin C: 8 votes (including one from Jeffrey Scott via Facebook Messenger)
The Connells: 5 votes
As always, thanks for participating in my battle! See you on the 15th for the next round. You won’t want to miss my next battle so stay tuned!
I’m a day late getting BOTB Results posted but I’m finally here to tally the votes for the battle between The Rolling Stones and George Thorogood, jamming the great instrumental 2120 South Michigan Avenue.
The Stones original didn’t fare well in this battle. Could it have been the technology? Maybe. But I think the real clincher was the great Charlie Musselwhite’s skillful harmonica-playing in George Thorogood’s version. Many people commented that it was the harmonica that made them choose George’s version — and that goes for me too. That man can play!!
Rolling Stones: 5 votes
George Thorogood: 10 votes (including mine)
Thanks to the awesome Stephen McCarthy for lending me this really fun battle! And as always, thanks to all who participated. See you on the 15th for my next battle, which should be interesting…