|EUGENE MARTONE VS. JACK BUTLER|
The classic standard 'BLUE MOON' was written in 1933 by the famous songwriting duo Rodgers and Hart. It was originally conceived as a ballad and countless cover versions of it have been recorded. One that I particularly like appeared on the debut album by Elvis Presley. However, without question the most famous version was recorded in 1961 by the bi-racial Pittsburgh Doo-Wop group The Marcels. If you haven't heard this version you've likely been living under a rock, or in Palookaville... or under a rock in Palookaville.
The Marcels took the song, turned up the heat, turned up the beat, and fashioned one of the absolute most famous Doo-Wop songs of all time. It's playing right this second on some radio station in the U.S. while you're reading these words.
The Marcels version of 'BLUE MOON' spent 3 weeks at #1 on the Billboard pop music chart and 2 weeks at #1 on the R&B chart. It also went to #1 in the U.K. Yes, we're talking about a monster hit and a perfect song to begin 'BOTB' in the Halloweenie monster month of October. And speaking of monsters, the song was also included in the soundtrack of the movie 'An American Werewolf In London'.
Wackypedia sez this:
The record sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. It is featured in 'The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock And Roll'.
I sez that it's one of my all-time favorite Doo-Wop songs. Shall we listen to it then?
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
Q: What is a Cybill Shepherd?
A: It's a German Shepherd that believes
it is 16 different other types of dogs.
Aww, if I gotta 'splain it to ya, Lucy, then never mind.
'MOONLIGHTING' was about a Los Angeles model, Maddie Hayes, famous for representing the product 'Blue Moon Shampoo'. When her accountant rips her off, all she's left with is a big house and a tax-shelter detective agency operated by a fast-talking, smart-ass party animal named David Addison. Maddie is going to get rid of the business but Addison yaks her into keeping it open and doing private investigation work with him (learning in the process that "opposites do attract"). 'MOONLIGHTING' was one of the funniest, most creative, and most innovative TV shows ever.
Q: How innovative WAS it?
A: It was SO innovative that it's now 2014 and
American television STILL hasn't caught up to it!
I own every episode on DVD and have recently been watching them and affixing a letter grade to each one (and realizing for the first time that there's a helluva lotta David Addison in me!)
Without a doubt, one of the very best episodes was 'THE DREAM SEQUENCE ALWAYS RINGS TWICE'. It was a mostly black & white take-off and spoof of the legendary 1946 example of Film Noir 'THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE', starring John Garfield and Lana Turner. [A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband... but even once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.]
In the 'Moonlighting' version, David and Maddie learn of a murder that took place decades earlier in a fancy Big Band-era nightclub. They argue about who was really responsible for the husband's murder, the adulteress woman or her horn-playing boyfriend. That night they each have separate black and white Film Noir-like dreams in which they see themselves as the main characters and each one tries to pin the blame of the husband's murder on the other.
Maddie's dream is sultry and romantic and highlights the song 'BLUE MOON', while David's dream is very comical and includes the 'Moonlighting' specialty of "breaking the fourth wall". But in both dreams, Maddie is the Big Band's singer and David is its smoking-hot horn player.
OK, folks, let's now hear Maddie Hayes (in truth, Cybill Shepherd) singing 'BLUE MOON' in black and white.
CYBILL SHEPHERD - 'BLUE MOON'
|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 blogsto
Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘DISCCONNECTED’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'BOOK LOVER' by clicking HERE.
@ ‘CREATIVE OUTLET OF STRATPLAYER’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CURIOUS AS A CATHY' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING' 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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