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THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (‘BOTB’)
Yes, it’s time once again for ‘Battle Of The Bands’ (‘BOTB’)
Alright, let’s get on it...
|EUGENE MARTONE VS. JACK BUTLER|
...But first I have an important shout-out:
In olden days there was a Countess and she gave me Count Floyd, Gene Tierney, Glenn Miller, Bobby Darin, the Northwoods Inn, her 'Fabulous Baker Boys' CD soundtrack, Beanjuato Pies, a "Happy Day" on the 3rd day of each month, the scar on my right index finger, and too many other things to list. (To be absolutely honest, it was her parrot, Chix O'Tipplin, who gave me the scar on my right index finger.)
In turn, I gave her Roy Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Deputy Dawg, Mike Scioscia and the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers, the Crest House Lounge, the 'Storybook Inn' Bed & Breakfast, Van Morrison, a "Happy Day" on the 23rd day of each month, and too many other things to list. Also, I didn't kill her parrot when he bit me. All in all though, I think I got the best of the deal.
It's doubtful that any two people ever laughed more together than we did, and when the Countess and I broke up after many years (but remained saddle pals always), one of my best friends was absolutely crushed. He was convinced that if the relationship that the Countess and I had couldn't last, then there was no hope for Romance in this world.
I just want to take this moment to say:
"Happy 'ALL SAINTS DAY', Pipps Terwilliger. Your ol' saddle pal, Trummy Tewksbury, never forgets!"
And, incidentally, it was also I who gave the Countess Pipps the song that we are using in today's 'Battle Of The Bands', so let's get to that now...
The song is a gorgeous ballad, a confession of true, everlasting love. 'IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU' comes from the 1967 "Summer Of Love" movie musical 'Camelot', which is about King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table, Sir Lancelot, and Guenevere - the woman both men loved. It is Lancelot who sings it to Guenevere.
"Officially" speaking, this BOTB contest is between Nathan Gunn and Richie Cole, who provides an instrumental version featuring his alto saxophone. However, I am also making the short (2:30) movie version sung by Franco Nero available for your voting pleasure.
|GODZILLA VS. KING KONG|
I'm a 100% straight dude, but even I gotta admit that Franco Nero is one good looking guy and he sings this song with great feeling. I think you womens will really like this one a lot, so you might want to consider it before moving on to the two "official" contestants. (To be honest, I wouldn't even be surprised if Franco Nero wins this BOTB contest.)
'IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU' – FRANCO NERO (2:20)
Next up is the opera singer Nathan Gunn. I admit that I'm not usually an opera fan (in the least) but "Hokey-Smoke" and "Hoo-Wee" can this boy ever sing! It's clear even to me that God created this cat to sing for his living. What a VOICE!
Listen to that audience cheering at the end! What do they think they just experienced, Kirk Gibson hitting the 9th-inning winning home run in the first game of the 1988 World Series? ["Fifty thousand fans screaming for forty-five minutes. It was, it was incredible!" ~Mike Scioscia, 1988 Dodger catcher.] See whatcha think...
'IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU' – NATHAN GUNN (3:30)
Now lastly, is an instrumental take on this ballad with Richie Cole blowing his alto sax. First of all, I was hindered from embedding this video on this blog, so you will need to click the URL LINK to the video, and then return here to place your vote for Nero, Gunn, or Cole.
Also, I really need you to close your eyes while listening to the Cole instrumental. Half of the images used in the video complement the music really well, but the other half of them are so incompatible and off-the-wall that I think this is one of the strangest, most bizarre music videos I've ever found at YouTube. So, to give Richie a fair chance, please listen with your eyes closed first. Afterwards - having decided who you are voting for - if you want to watch the video just to see what I am referring to above, by all means have at 'er.
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
YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.