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|
This is another song that was introduced to me by my Ma when I was young. The funny thing is that I have always associated this tune with Count Basie, and I had every intention of using Basie in this BOTB installment. But when I went looking for a competitor, I realized that Basie's version isn't the one I heard first.
Now, I have NO IDEA who was responsible for the recording that my Ma often played. So, I'm starting this BOTB installment on an even playing field.
In my last blog bit [click HERE], I mentioned that my very favorite bar in Reno is 'Roxy's Lounge' and it's located in the Eldorado casino. Well, it just so happens that the piano player almost always plays 'SATIN DOLL'. And that got me to thinking that I should use it in a BOTB contest.
Wackypedia sez: "Satin Doll" is a Jazz standard written by Red Garland and Billy Strayhorn with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
[Damn! What songs DIDN'T Johnny Mercer write?!]
Written in 1953, the song has been recorded countless times... Its chord progression is well known for its unusual use of chords and opening with a ii-V-I turnaround.
Johnny Mercer was often asked to write lyrics to already popular songs. The lyrics to "Satin Doll" were written after the song was already a hit in its instrumental version.
Bill Doggett recorded a version on his 1959 tribute album...
[I own the Bill Doggett version. It's on a compact disc that my Ma gave me one year for Christmas or my birthday. And yet, that's still not the version I grew up listening to, which my Ma played frequently. That's probably a mystery that'll never be solved. Where's David & Maddie when you need 'em? ...Well, where else would they be? Working on "The Anselmo Case", of course!]
|GOODNIKS VS. NO-GOODNIKS|
'SATIN DOLL' - DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA
|RIDDLER VS. BATMAN|
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.
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.
@ ‘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.
@ '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.
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