THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (‘BOTB’)
Yes, it’s time once again for ‘Battle Of The Bands’ (‘BOTB’)
|EUGENE MARTONE VS. JACK BUTLER|
Today's “Battle” song is a slow, beautiful ballad - the standard
"I Can Dream, Can't I?" is a popular song written by Sammy Fain with lyrics by Irving Kahal. The song was published in 1938, included in a flop musical, 'Right This Way'. Tommy Dorsey released a hit recording of it the same year, but it was in the postwar years that the song gained its greatest success.
The best-known version was recorded by The Andrews Sisters and Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra on July 15, 1949, and released by Decca Records … It first reached the Billboard charts on September 16, 1949, reaching number one on all three of the magazine's main pop charts at the time (Best Sellers in Stores, Most Played by Jockeys, and Most Played in Jukeboxes).
So, obviously we are going to start with the famous Andrews Sisters version.
'I CAN DREAM, CAN'T I?' - THE ANDREWS SISTERS
'I 'ICan Dram, Can't I?' - The Andrews Siste
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
Next up is the 1975 version by Karen Carpenter. It was arranged by Billy May and Richard Carpenter.
'I CAN DREAM, CAN'T I?' - KAREN CARPENTER
Can Dream, Can't I?' - Karen Carpenter.
My Spidey-Sense told me this wasn't going to be much of a competition (possibly a total wipe-out), so I decided to go looking for a good third optional alternate. What I found was the Jerry Vale version. I'd certainly heard of Jerry Vale, although I don't know if I'd ever heard him. Well, this guy could damn-sure sing, that's for damn sure! So if you would like to hear the song performed by a male voice, you can click the URL link provided below and give Jerry a shot. The Andrews Sisters, Karen Carpenter, and
|RIDDLER VS. BATMAN|
After voting here, I suggest - actually I insist - you pop over to the blogs of the other 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' participants to see which songs they have chosen and vote there also. (If their ‘BOTB’ blog bits aren’t posted yet, pour yourself two shots of ‘Grand Marnier’ over ice – do it twice – and then return to their blogs to
Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘DISCCONNECTED’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ 'A WRITER'S LIFE IN PROGRESS' by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘CREATIVE OUTLET OF STRATPLAYER’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ 'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS' by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ 'CURIOUS AS A CATHY' by clicking HERE.
As I've done in the past, I will continue to return to my 'BOTB' blog bits on the 7th and 21st of each month to post my own votes and announce the winners in the comment sections.
~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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