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Welcome back, my friends, to the "Battle" that never ends.
We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!


This is
'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' ('BOTB') where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. Two "Battles" per month, on the 1st and 15th. Six days later (the 7th and 21st), I place my own vote, tally 'em all up and announce the winner.

Friend? Foe? Stranger? No matter, ALL are welcome. So pull up a chair, pour yourself 24 oz. of 'DOG BITE High Gravity Lager' (or the poison of your choice) and turn it up to Eleven!

[NOTE: Links to the first year of 'BOTB' (#1 - #24) can be found at the very bottom of this page.]

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2015, JULY 15: BATTLE OF THE BANDS (Or, PETE SEEGER VS. JOANNA MOORE AND ANDY GRIFFITH)

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Republican Vs. Democrat, Male Vs. Female, War Vs. Peace, Light Vs. Dark, Good Vs. Evil, Man Vs. Machine, Love Vs. Hate, Dog Vs. Cat, Sun Vs. Moon, Brain Vs. Brawn, Oscar Vs. Grammy, Angel Vs. Demon, Laurel Vs. Hardy, Beer Vs. Wine, TV Vs. Radio, Pitcher Vs. Batter, Paper Vs. Plastic, Reality Vs. Fantasy, Yeshua Vs. Beelzebub, Conservative Vs. Liberal, You Vs. Me, House Vs. Senate, Offense Vs. Defense, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Spy Vs. Spy, Fischer Vs. Spassky, W.C. Fields Vs. Sobriety, Harold Gimpy, Jr. Vs. Sheldon J. Pismire, Rock Vs. Paper Vs. Scissors, Islam Vs. Everything, Singer Vs. Singer, Band Vs. Band...
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THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (‘BOTB’)
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Shoop-Shooby –
Shooby-duh-Dooby-Doop-Dooby-Dooby-Doo-Wah –
Buh-Doo-Wah!
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Yes, it’s time once again for ‘Battle Of The Bands’ (‘BOTB’)
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But first... I thought y'all might be interested to know that this is my 48th 'Battle Of The Bands' installment meaning, of course, that BOTB is now officially two years old! 

Some of you may wonder how this good-sized blogfest got started. Well, initially, it was not at all intended to be a blogfest (or bloghop, as some of yaz call 'em). On 7/10/2013, FarAwayEyes posted a blog bit titled 'House Guests & Battle Of The Bands'. It was sort of a throw-away, as she was just trying "to keep up with a Wednesday post".

I thought it was a great idea that should become a semi-regular event, and I tried to yak FAE into continuing it. Then I decided that I was going to post my own BOTBs in the future, whether she did or not. After a series of Emails to each other, we both decided to begin posting "Battles" and we worked out the dates 'n' details.

Before long, music-lovers who embraced FAE's original concept were asking if they could join BOTB and that's how we got where we are today.

So, if you dig BOTB, when voting on FAE's "Battle" this week, why not thank her for getting us all started on it? I don't think anyone could have really foreseen this thing going stronger than ever after two full years. 

To see "the original", click this URL link:  
http://farawayeyes1.blogspot.com/2013/07/house-guests-battle-of-bands.html
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EUGENE  MARTONE  VS.  JACK  BUTLER
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I have just started a new job, so it's going to take me much longer than usual to get my votes in on your BOTB blog bits, but I'll get there eventually.

Alright, let’s get on it...
...and remember, BOTB is about the music, not the videos. 
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GOODNIKS  VS.  NO-GOODNIKS

Wackypedia sez:
Peter "Pete" Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer ... A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. ... A prolific songwriter, his best-known songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "If I Had a Hammer", and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" (lyrics adapted from Ecclesiastes), which have been recorded by many artists both in and outside the folk revival movement and are sung throughout the world.

'DOWN IN THE VALLEY' - PETE SEEGER (1957)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz9b7sVRD9g  
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GODZILLA  VS.  KING  KONG
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Wackypedia sez: 
Joanna Moore was an American film and television actress. Over the course of her career, she appeared in more than eighty television and film roles. ... She was married to actor Ryan O'Neal from 1963 to 1967, with whom she had two children: Griffin and Tatum O'Neal. Moore died of lung cancer in 1997.

'DOWN IN THE VALLEY' - JOANNA MOORE & ANDY GRIFFITH (1962)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMJGuaNbXJ4
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RIDDLER  VS.  BATMAN
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Alright now, “you know the gig”... I welcome you (whoever you are) to vote for your favorite of these songs in the comment section below. And feel free to tell us WHY you chose one song over the other. 
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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 vice your voice ...vote your vice ...voice your vote.)
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Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'BOOK LOVER' 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.
@ 'DCRELIEF - BATTLE OF THE BANDS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THIS BELLE ROCKS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE DOGLADY'S DEN' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE' by clicking HERE
@ 'ANGELS BARK' by clicking HERE.
@ 'JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME' by clicking HERE.
@ 'J.A. SCOTT' by clicking HERE.
@ 'NOVELBREWS' by clicking HERE
@ 'HOLLI'S HOOTS AND HOLLERS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'QUIET LAUGHTER' by clicking HERE.
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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.
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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54 comments:

  1. Joanna Moore's voice was velvet. It was so beautiful and soothing. I really liked her version with Andy Griffith.
    Have a great day!!

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    1. Sorry I'm so late in replying, but THANKS, Holli! You were the first one out of the starting gate for this BOTB blowout of epic proportions.

      DON'T QUIT ON US!!!

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  2. You made this one easy for me.

    Pete Seeger is one of my least favorite music performers and the Hootenanny movement was one of the most boring to me in American music history.

    On the other hand Andy Griffith is one of my favorite TV personalities. I like the simple presentation of the duo and the sweet harmonies.

    My vote goes to Moore and Griffith.

    Hope I can make it through all the Battles this time around as my computer situation is very slow and I'll be away from computer access for the next couple days. I'll do my best!

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. LEE, you voted Moore and Griffith, Sheboyganboy 6 voted Moore and Griffith. Are we gonna all hear ear-to-ear-to-ear AGAIN?!

      I hope your travels are going well.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  3. Before listening I was sure I was going to vote for Pete! But Joanna Moore's voice changed my mind my vote is for her and Andy!

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    1. I like your intellectual honesty, MIKE!

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  4. Through my husband, I met Seeger and some of the other American trad singers at a couple of festivals. The Hubby was also friends with Les Paul and Les people called our home the day after his death. Although you wouldn't know my husbands name, lots of these guys knew his.

    Anyway, I'm surprised you have Seeger on here as he was a known Communist. Personally I feel like a lot of those rich folkies were just posers, however they did keep American Trad music alive and that was a very valuable thing. I'm a big fan of root music and like hearing it as close to it's original sound as possible.

    That said, I'm voting for Moore and Griffith. The vocals are so smooth and the harmonies are sweet. And they manage to keep the mournful feel of this song intact. Just a beautiful rendition all way around.

    I'm wondering if you may have a shut out on this one.

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    1. ANNE O' ~
      Pete Seeger was a "known Communist"? Are you sure? I didn't "know" that.

      I jest. My vote and the final tally... WAIT FOR IT! ;o)

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  5. My vote's for Pete Seeger. For whatever reason, it reminds me of Fallout 3 which is by far my favorite video game ever. So there.

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    1. MADILYN ~
      Ha! As soon as Anne wondered if this might be a shutout, you popped in and ended it. Thanks!

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  6. Definitely Moore and Griffith for me. With Pete Seeger's version I felt like I was tossed back in time, maybe on a Western movie set, sitting around a campfire and about to rustle up some grub. That one didn't do it for me. Joanna Moore's voice is pretty too. So that's where my vote is going. Congrats on the new job! Hope you like it.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. MICHELE, I definitely "get" that "Western" thing you're hearing in Pete's version. That lick he's playing on the banjo sounds a lot like Roy and Dale's "Happy Trails".

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  7. Thanks for sharing the origins of BOTB. It is a fun blogfest and I'm glad I joined. ☺
    The Pete Seeger video was unavailable in Canada, but I found an alternate online.
    Joanna and Andy sounded much better IMO, so they get my vote.
    Congratulations on your new job!

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    1. Thanks for joining us and for voting, DEBBIE! I agree: BOTB is a fun blogfest. I didn't start it, really, but I sure enjoy it.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  8. Wasn't too thrilled with Pete Seeger, perhaps I was subconsciously thinking it would be Bob Seeger. Also, love the voice of Joanna Moore, certainly more soothing than Seegers.
    Put me down for Moore and Griffith please.

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    1. Got ya down for Moore and Griffith, JEFFREY.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  9. You know, this looked like it would be a tricky one for me. After all, I love Pete Seeger and I am loyal...

    But then I heard the Griffith/Moore version and it just touched me. Beautiful, simple, with vocals front and center - and a touch of Opie in the video.

    Okay, Okay, I'm not cheating and letting the video woo me.

    GRIFFITH & MOORE GET MY VOTE!

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  10. Andy and Joanna. Her voice is so sweet and natural.

    Love,
    Janie

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  11. I just realized how much Tatum looks like her mom. Ron Howard stares at Joanna as if she might be his first crush.

    Love again,
    Janie

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    1. JANIE ~
      "Sweet" seems to be the right word.

      Yeah, you could be right about Ron Howard. But what guy could blame him? I'm totally hot for Joanna Moore, even if she is dead, Dead, DEAD!

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  12. You know what happens in Canuckland! Yup I youtubed Pete Seeger's version. I just love the version from Andy Griffith and Joanna Moore. Besides thinking she is wearing a wig, her voice is so pretty and that duet was so very sweet. I liked the guitar with it better than the banjo. I have to say I really love folk music. The Andy Griffith show gets my vote

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    1. BIRGIT ~
      There's that word "sweet" again.

      Thanks for the extra effort, my Canuckland Friend!

      I don't know it if it's a wig or not but... either way, my lust remains the same. :O)

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    2. Yes, "sweet" your teeth must be decaying:) She is a looker that's for sure. Hey-who won??

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    3. BIRGIT ~
      Unlike the other BOTBers, I post my results at the bottom of the Comment Section, rather than in a separate Results post (see below...)

      But, the outcome was:
      Pete Seeger = 3 Votes
      Joanna Moore & Andy Griffith = 18 Votes


      And I set this Battle up to be a one-sided affair. I WANTED Pete Seeger to get clobbered, just like he did.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  13. Giving this one to Andy Griffith and Joanna. Plus.. how cute is that little Opie Taylor in the video? You're making me feel OLD.

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    1. Thanks, MARY.
      Hey, I'm old. Old Guyz Rule. (Nah, not really. But we DO love 'The Andy Griffith Show'.)

      Yeah, Opie looks pretty cute in that video, knee up and hugged, very kid-like. Ha!

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  14. This is not a shutout, but I'll bet it is a 4-1 blowout by the end! Seeger's version has zero soul, whereas Andy and Peggy (with 'lil Shipoopee watching) has great feeling.

    Andynother vote for Joanna. From the road.

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    1. SBB-6 ~
      I think it's worse than 4-1. I also think the world is going to end on July 21st.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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      Andeye liked your "andynother" creativity.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  15. The Pete Seeger said 'this video is not available' - I would have loved to hear him! I loved the Griffith one thank you - hardly a vote but I couldn't check the Seeger one!

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    1. Well, SUSAN, thanks for coming by and trying. I may count you as a vote for Moore & Griffith anyway because... well, just because.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  16. Like Susan, I couldn't play the Pete Seeger video--but I went to YouTube and found another one. Hopefully it's the same version, haha--because he gets my vote :) Somehow the duet didn't work for me, although both Andy's and Peggy's voices are beautiful. It's just... I don't know. It didn't work for this song, at least for me.

    Great battle!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. GUILIE ~
      I think Pete Seeger only recorded one version of this song, so I'm sure the one you heard was the same.

      Got you down for the underdog. Thanks!

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  17. I don't think I have to tell you how I voted. I listened to Joanna Moore, then I listened to Seeger, I groaned, and then I listened to Moore again. The voice of an angel, that one. My cohort wholeheartedly agrees, so we can remain friends for at least the next two weeks.

    It also warms my heart to see how many people voted for her. Let's keep this blowout going. Two more for Peggy - who may have not won over Andy's heart, but at least she won over the hearts of your blog readers.

    ~6B

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    1. 6-B ~
      I was certain that Brandon would vote for Moore & Griffith, but I was equally certain that you would go all "Pete Seeger" on me.

      Just when I think I'm beginning to really understand you, you ups and surprises me.

      Next thing I know, you'll be telling me Bebe Glazer was fantastic.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  18. I really don't like Pete Seeger, and this song is one example of why not. This is some old guy picking at a banjo and singing offkey. Give my vote to Joanna Moore and Andy Griffith.

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    1. JOHN ~
      Thanks for the vote. Bryan (see above) is glad to see the blowout continuing.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  19. Finally, I'm making my way around BOTB. i'm trying to think of something witty to say here,but I ain't got nothin'. Ole Pete, just doesn't quite cut it and when you put him up against that sweet rendition by Peg and Andy, absolutely no contest at all.

    Glad to see this isn't going to end in your first shut out ;-), even though it might have made you smile.

    Even after all those Peggy TAGS I hadn't realized until I was focusing on this video, how much Tatum O'Neil looks like her Mom.

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    1. FAE ~
      It WOULD have made me smile. ('Make Me Smile' - remember that Chicago song? I loved it! Still do.)

      How many times has the word "sweet" been used in this comment section to describe the Moore/Griffith version?

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  20. Al Bondias here. You already know my rulin', but, I'll make it just for posterity. Mr. six gun was right, Seeger's version lacked soul. Joanna Moore with that mellifluous, honey voice, makes me warm all over. Got to give it up to Opie, he showed a lot of restraint. I would have had a sexual harassment charge filed on me. That's it. That's my rulin'.

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    1. >>... Got to give it up to Opie, he showed a lot of restraint. I would have had a sexual harassment charge filed on me.

      Ha!-Ha! Me TOO!
      (Your rulin' was NEVER in question.)

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  21. Really, you pit Joanna against Pete Seeger? Like, how to choose here; both are so beautifully rendered. I remember my dad playing this on his electric guitar, but he did not plug in the amplifier cuz it would piss mom off. Well, he did the entire hook up with a pedal lots of time, so maybe on this one once or twice. Or, maybe I had a 45 of Seeger. Damn, just . . damn.

    Well I love them both. Joanna has that family vibe thing going for her; Pete is just an old cowboy singer, fit for the range, and a harmonica may have made his version better. But can you fault a banjo out in the cow paddies?

    I'm gonna give my vote to Pete. May not have the harmonics of Joanna and Andy, but Pete's version brings out the cowboy love in me. Send me back to 1884 and vaqueros tending the herd on a range drive.

    Congrats on the new job :) and happy birthday to BotB.

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    1. Thanks, DONNA, for your vote and for always being here!

      1884? Oh, gee, you're such a modern gal. Me, I'm more of an October 26, 1881 kind of guy. Ha!

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  22. STMcC’s Vote On '2015, July 15th: Battle Of The Bands'
    (Or, 'Pete Seeger Vs. Joanna Moore & Andy Griffith')
    And The Final Tally:


    This was one of the most lopsided BOTB blowouts I've ever had. I planned it that way. I wanted it that way. In fact, before I even published this Battle, I told FAE in an Email that if I were ever to have a shutout, I would WANT it with THIS BOTB installment.

    Normally, I try to conceive of competitive 'Battle Of The Bands' blog bits - the more competitive the better! They don't always turn out that way, but that is my intent.

    In this case though, when I went looking for competitors to put against JOANNA MOORE & ANDY GRIFFITH, I found a couple that I thought might give them moderate competition (such as the Burl Ives and Connie Francis versions), but I was pretty sure Joanna & Andy were gonna win this Battle, no matter who I put against them.

    So, for the first time, I decided to go "the other way", and put together a Battle where I could watch a person I really dislike getting his ass kicked in the voting. And that person would be PETE SEEGER.

    Musically, I think the guy was boring (see John Holton's comment and count me in with it), and politically, I can't stomach him. As Anne O'Leary pointed out, Pete Seeger (a member of the Communist Party, USA) was an admitted communist until the very end. Not a smart man! Although he WAS the man who said he wished he could cut the cable when Bob Dylan "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

    I have NO USE for Communists! (Yes, I'm looking at you too, Barack Obama!) Take your anti-Constitutional, anti-American politics and move to Russia or China.

    So, knowing that Pete Seeger was a stupid man, an avowed Communist, and a pretty poor performer (in my opinion), I set him up to get the unholy crap kicked out of him by Joanna Moore & Andy Griffith, and that's exactly what happened.

    To my great pleasure, the voting turned out like this:

    Pete Seeger = 3 Votes
    Joanna Moore & Andy Griffith = 18 Votes


    That's good stuffs!

    As always, thanks to EVERYONE who took the time to listen and vote (no matter who you voted for). I hope to see you all again on August 1st for my next BOTB installment, which I promise will be much more competitive and genuine.

    ~ D-FensDogG

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  23. Hey Stephen T! I just left a comment on Fae's BOTB, too. Somehow, I totally missed both of your newest posts. I can tell you that without a doubt, I would've definitely voted for Andy and "Miss Peggy" on this one!! As you know, I'm a huge TAGS fan, and I love this episode. I always thought Andy should've married her and NOT Miss Crump! (of course we can't blame Andy on that, it was the writers' faults!! LOL) I hope you are in a better place very soon. I was sad to read things aren't what you thought they would be.....Please e-mail me...if you feel like it! If you read my blog post of July 14th, you'll get a glimpse of my world lately! :)

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    1. BECKY-O! ~
      It seems that just about every TAGS fan feels the same way: Peggy over Helen. Peggy over EVERY other woman Andy Taylor dated over the years!

      I will read your July 14th blog bit (if I haven't already), but right now... to bed, to bed...

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  24. Wow, you crack me up. I may have to employ that strategy next time a singer really pisses me off. I think you performed the procedure excellently. Looking forward to a more evenly balanced battle. Speaking of evenly balanced. Check out my results this week. LOL

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    1. Thanks, JEFFREY. It was fun watching the votes roll in and seeing this BOTB installment going exactly the way I hoped and expected it would.

      Yes, my next one will be an oldie but a goodie. Man versus woman... with what I think is a really neat, interesting twist on a lovely song. I'm really not sure which performer will win my next Battle, and I can easily imagine it going either way.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  25. I'm also glad to see the wretched Pete Seeger get whomped. I hope no one else ever uses a recording by him as he is tedious to my ears. Besides, I don't give a hoot about the Hootenanny movement.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Folk isn't one of my favorite musical genres. I don't dislike it, but I'm pretty particular about the songs and performers I dig and those I don't.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  26. Stephen, I saw this on your sidebar, and had to have a listen to Andy and Peggy. They had the best chemistry on the show. I wonder why she was only in a few episodes. That Helen Krump was never good enough for Andy.

    Julie

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    1. GEM JULIE ~
      It seems that every single TAGS fan is in agreement that Peggy was the one for Andy. And Helen Krump (Crump?)... she certainly had the right surname. She was a CKrump alright!

      And by the way, Barney disliked her right away, when she said she wasn't much of a cook. How was Andy going to have his favorite dish, "Leg Of Lamb"? The Good Deputy did everything he could to dissuade Andy from dating Helen.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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