BOTB: It’s the ULTIMATE DOG v CAT SEMI-FINALS SHOWDOWN!

If you’re looking for my Monday’s Music Moves Me post, go here.

But first, stick around and participate in this all-important Battle of the Bands!

[Yelling]:

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!

Oh, wait, this isn’t football. But it’s just as good!!

This is the Ultimate DOG v CAT Battle of the Bands Tournament SEMI-FINAL ROUND! (Round Three for those counting).

For the Dogs, it’s all coming down to this. The winner of this Semi-Final Round will advance to the CHAMPIONSHIP where that age-old question just might be answered. Who will come out on top, the Dog or the Cat?? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet. We have this all important Playoff Round.

You were there for Round One, the hard rock battle, in which Led Zeppelin kicked Ted Nugent’s ass and became the Tournament’s Hard Dog winner.

And you were there for Round Two, the soft battle, where Marvin Gaye handily beat out Lobo for the Soft Dog win.

And now, here we are, the SEMI-FINAL PLAYOFF ROUND, the battle that will decide who goes to the CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND. Who is going to REPRESENT the Dogs, the HARD dog or the SOFT dog??

It’s in your hands, folks. Give a listen to our Dog finalists here and cast your votes. And I can assure you that this system is hack-proof and at this time we are sure there is no Russian interference…

Without further ado, here is the SEMI-FINAL BATTLE, with no commercial interruption.

Led Zeppelin’s “BLACK DOG” vs Marvin Gaye’s “I’LL BE DOGGONE”

Contender #1   

Led Zeppelin with Black Dog:

 

Contender #2

Marvin Gaye with I’ll Be Doggone:

 

I wanted to also give you voters a taste of these songs performed live by our contenders so feel free to give a listen to these as well before making your decision:

Contender #1:This is Led Zeppelin performing at live at Earl’s Court May 24th 1975:

Contender #2:This video is a duet clip of Marvin Gaye and Tina Turner taking turns singing. Marvin starts signing “I’ll Be Doggone” at the :25 second mark. Realize that the audio quality isn’t up to par with today’s standards so if you’re using this clip in your decision, be sure to factor that in.

 

IT’S TIME TO VOTE! Keep your eye on the prize here and remember that not only are we choosing the winner of the DOG Division here, that winner will be advancing to the Championship Final and will be competing against the winner of the CAT Division (and that winner will be selected with the battle being held over at Mary’s place right now: Pantera doing “Cat Scratch Fever” vs. Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle”).

So now, which DOG song are you voting for to win this Semi-Final Round: Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” or Marvin Gaye’s “I’ll Be Doggone” ???

Place your vote in the Comments section below.

And then be sure go over to Mary’s place and CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE CAT SEMI-FINAL BATTLE! 

Remember, ultimately, this is a battle between Dogs and Cats! Mark your calendars for the Championship Round which will happen on September 1st! 

 

 

DOG v CAT BATTLE – ROUND TWO RESULTS ARE IN!

THE RESULTS ARE IN! In case you haven’t noticed, the Angels Bark and Jingle Jangle Jungle blogs are in the middle of a battle tournament of epic proportions. This tournament will may provide answer to a long-time battle between cat-lovers and dog-lovers. Who’s at the top: the dog or the cat?

Well, we’re one step closer on that quest. The Round Two battles took place on August 1st, featuring soft song versions (Round One was the hard-rock battle). Here the soft-rock battle pitted Lobo’s “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” against Marvin Gaye’s “I’ll Be Doggone.”

I just tallied the votes. And this was an exciting battle, especially at first as both songs were running neck and neck. But Marvin Gaye pulled ahead and kept on going, coming out the winner.

Both songs are winners in my opinion. I really love both songs and I was pretty undecided on where to place my vote. In the end, I went with Lobo. I guess because it is such a beloved song (except by John 🙂 ) and has been a long-time favorite of mine. But I’m not at all disappointed by the result:

Lobo with “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” received 4 votes.

Marvin Gaye with “I’ll Be Doggone” received 7 votes.

Marvin Gaye’s “I’ll Be Doggone” is the Round Two Winner.

So what’s next in this epic battle? ROUND THREE will pit the Round One’s HARD ROCK DOG against Round Two’s SOFT ROCK DOG.

(Mary’s Round Three battle will feature Hard Rock Cat vs Soft Rock Cat)

 Thanks for your participation and your votes.

Be sure to come back on August 15th for ROUND THREE of the

Ultimate Dog v Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament!

Since we won’t be seeing Lobo in Round Three, I’m going to leave you with another Lobo hit from the 70s. Here’s “I’d Love You to Want Me”, Lobo’s highest charting hit from 1972. It hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for two weeks (it was kept from the top spot by Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now”, another favorite of mine).

Enjoy!

 

See you in 5 days for Round Three!

 

 

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: It’s a DOG vs CAT Battle Showdown! This is ROUND TWO…

Today’s Battle of the Bands is ROUND TWO of the

Ultimate Dog v Cat Tournament!

In case you’re out of the loop and aren’t sure what’s going on here, Mary from Jingle Jangle Jungle and I have teamed up to do the Ultimate Dog vs Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament. You can go back to my original Round One DOG Battle post for full details, or Mary’s Round One CAT Battle.

To catch you up: Round One was a battle of Hard-Rock Dogs and Cats. My Hard-Rock Dog Song battle (here if you missed it) featured these two contenders: Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” going up against Ted Nugent’s “Dog Eat Dog”. Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” was the victor in Round One. 

Today here at Angels Bark I’m doing ROUND TWO – The Soft-Rock DOG Battle. Mary is doing Round Two – the Soft-Rock CAT Battle over at her place.

My Contenders duking it out for the Soft-Rock Dog title are Lobo’s “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” vs Marvin Gaye’s “I’ll Be Doggone”

Are you ready for this dog-fight? Here we go…

Contender #1: ME and YOU and A DOG NAMED BOO by Lobo

“Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” is the 1971 debut single by Lobo. Written by Lobo under his real name Kent LaVoie, it appears on the Introducing Lobo album. Lobo means “Wolf” in Spanish.

Roland Kent LaVoie (born July 31, 1943), better known by his stage name Lobo, is an American singer-songwriter who was successful in the early 1970s, scoring several U.S. Top 10 hits including “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo”, “I’d Love You to Want Me”, and “Don’t Expect Me to Be Your Friend”. These three songs, along with “Where Were You When I Was Falling In Love”, gave Lobo four chart toppers on the Easy Listening/Hot Adult Contemporary chart.

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“Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” is about two hippies and a dog taking a cross-country road trip in an old car that runs poorly. The protagonists of the song get mired in the Georgia clay, steal food from a farmer and work to pay it off, and end up living in Los Angeles, but the old car makes them want to hit the road again.

The single peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the first of four of his songs to hit #1 on the Easy Listening chart, where it had a two-week stay at that top spot in May 1971. The song also reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1971, and spent four weeks at #1 in New Zealand.

Internationally, “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” was Lobo’s second most successful song among more than 15 single releases. It was surpassed only by “I’d Love You to Want Me” the following year.

 

Contender #2: I’LL BE DOGGONE by Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 — April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician who helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s with a string of hits.

“I’ll Be Doggone” is a 1965 song recorded by American soul singer Marvin Gaye and released on the Tamla label. Gaye is known for his smoldering love songs, but this one takes a different approach, as it finds him warning his girl that if he ever finds out she is cheating, he will leave her. The song talks about how a man tells his woman that he’ll be “doggone” about simple things but if she did him wrong that he’d be “long gone”.

“I’ll Be Doggone” represents three firsts for Marvin Gaye: It was his first million-selling record, his first chart-topping #1 R&B single and his first song to be co-written by Smokey Robinson and his fellow Miracles bandmates, Pete Moore and Marv Tarplin. The clever wordplay – “I wouldn’t be doggone, I’d be long gone” – is typical of Smokey Robinson’s songwriting.

Along with the Motown’s long-standing female back-up group The Andantes, the Miracles provided backing vocals to the song. (Fun fact: Smokey Robinson also penned Gaye’s second R&B hit, “Ain’t That Peculiar”).

“I’ll Be Doggone” also gave Marvin his third crossover top-ten Pop hit, where it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 (which matched his follow-up record “Ain’t That Peculiar”, also charting at #8).

On the Motown roster, Marvin Gaye was far more than a singer – he was also a songwriter and drummer. Early on, Gaye wrote his own songs, including “Pride and Joy” and “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow,” and had an interest in recording standards (he wanted to become “the black Frank Sinatra”).

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Mickey Stevenson, who was head of A&R at Motown, convinced Gaye to go in another direction as a singer, recording more R&B material. Robinson wrote this song specifically for Gaye, but Marvin put his own spin on it. Said Smokey, “When I showed him the song, he began to sing it like I had never imagined it being sung.”

 

IT’S TIME TO VOTE FOR THE SOFT-ROCK DOG WINNER!

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Which soft-rock dog song do you like best? And tell me why. THEN be sure to go check out the other half of Round Two in the Dog v Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament: Mary’s soft-edge Cat-Fight battle over at Jingle Jangle Jungle.

And when you’re done with that, be sure to check out the other cool battles that are happening this week. You can get links to all the other participants in the sidebar at Stephen McCarthy’s Battle of the Bands page. 

 

PLEASE JOIN THE FUN WITH OUR ULTIMATE DOG v CAT BATTLE  OF THE BANDS TOURNAMENT! Give us your votes! And then spread the word: We’d love to have a rockin’ turnout for this very unique battle tournament so feel free to share our links on your social media: invite your Facebook and Twitter friends to play along and cast their votes. This is after all almost as big as the battle of the sexes: it’s DOGS VS CATS Y’ALL! C’mon! 

And remember to come back on AUGUST 15 for ROUND THREE of this fun and funky Battle of the Bands! 

I’ll post the results from my ROUND TWO Soft-Rock Dog v Dog battle in 7 days…

As always, thanks for participating and ROCK ON my friends!

 

 

 

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

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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…).

Battle of the Bands: I Heard It Through the Grapevine

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It’s time for another Battle of the Bands. First though, I’d like to say a heartfelt Thank You to all my BOTB friends, my old friends and now my newfound friends who faithfully came by and visited my A-Z posts. I so appreciated your visits!

Since I did my A-Z on classic TV show theme songs and intros from the 60s and 70s, it seems only fitting that I’m in a Motown frame of mind so I thought I’d feature one of my favorite songs. Give a listen to the two contenders and vote which one you like best. I’ll post the results in 6 days!

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” is a song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966. The first recording of the song to be released was produced by Whitfield on Gladys Knight & the Pips and released as a single in September 1967; it went to number two in the Billboard chart.

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles included their version on their 1968 album, Special Occasion. The Marvin Gaye version was placed on his 1968 album In the Groove, where it gained the attention of radio disc jockeys, and Gordy finally agreed to its release as a single in October 1968, when it went to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart for seven weeks from December 1968 to January 1969 and became for a time the biggest hit single on the Motown label (Tamla).

The Gaye recording has since become an acclaimed soul classic, and in 2004, it was placed on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. On the commemorative 50th Anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 issue of Billboard magazine in June 2008, Marvin Gaye’s “Grapevine” was ranked 65th. It was also inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant” value.

In addition to being released several times by Motown artists, the song has been recorded by a range of musicians including Creedence Clearwater Revival, who made an eleven-minute interpretation for their 1970 album, Cosmo’s Factory; and has been used twice in television commercials – each time using session musicians recreating the style of the Marvin Gaye version: the 1985 Levi’s commercial, “Launderette”, featuring male model Nick Kamen, and the 1986 California raisins promotion with Buddy Miles as the singer for the clay animation group “The California Raisins.”  I remember the California Raisins commercial! Do you?

 

For today’s battle, I’m pitting the two best-known versions against each other: Marvin Gaye vs. Creedence Clearwater Revival. If I’m correct in my assumption, this should be a tight battle. I know I’m going to have a tough time choosing my favorite because I love both of them.

CONTENDER #1:

MARVIN GAYE: Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American soul singer, songwriter, and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, including How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) and I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles Prince of Motown and Prince of Soul.

On April 1, 1984, Gaye’s father, Marvin Gay Sr., fatally shot him at their house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Since his death, many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honors—including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Source: Wikipedia)

Here is Marvin Gaye’s version of I Heard It Through the Grapevine:

 

CONTENDER #2:

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed the roots rock, swamp rock, and blues rock genres. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, they portrayed a Southern rock style, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern US iconography, as well as political and socially-conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is still a staple of US radio airplay; the band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone. CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and are included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

Their album Cosmo’s Factory was released in July 1970, and included an eleven-minute jam of the 1968 Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – a hit when an edited version was released as a single in 1976. (Source: Wikipedia)

I’m providing two videos here: one of CCR performing the shortened single version and the other is the 11-minute album version, provided for your enjoyment. You can choose to watch either video, just depending on how much time you have to spend with this battle:

 

11 minute version:

 

I had to add this, for the sake of nostalgia. Here is one of the California Raisins commercials utilizing the song. I especially liked this particular spot which is from, I believe, 1986. (Hope it loads!):

 

TIME TO VOTE! Which version do you like better and why?

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

I’ll be back in 6 days to post the results. Thanks for voting!