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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!
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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. A new Battle gets posted on the 15th of each month and six days later, on the 21st, I place my own vote, tally 'em all up and announce the winner.
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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!
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[NOTE: Links to the first year of 'BOTB' (#1 - #24) can be found at the very bottom of this page.]

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017, APRIL 1: BATTLE OF THE BANDS (Or, GLENN MILLER VS. ACKER BILK)

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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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'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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Alright, let's get on it. Let's get ON this thing!...
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EUGENE  MARTONE  VS.  JACK  BUTLER
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This is my second and final Battle celebrating Jazz month (March 15th through April 14th). Wackypedia sez:
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The "Song of the Volga Boatmen" (known in Russian as Эй, ухнем! [Ey, ukhnem!, "yo, heave-ho!"], after the refrain) is a well-known traditional Russian song collected by Mily Balakirev, and published in his book of folk songs in 1866. It was sung by burlaks, or barge-haulers, on the Volga River. Balakirev published it with only one verse (the first). The other two verses were added at a later date. The song was popularized by Feodor Chaliapin, and has been a favorite concert piece of bass singers ever since. Glenn Miller's jazz arrangement took the song to #1 in the US charts in 1941.
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In that case, let's begin with Glenn Miller, shall we? (It doesn't matter whether or not you think we should, because I'm da dictator o' de blog. So learn to love the idea:o)

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GOODNIKS  VS.  NO-GOODNIKS
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SONG OF THE VOLGA BOATMEN -- Glenn Miller Orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKCjQqF44kE 

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GODZILLA  VS.  KING  KONG
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Next up is Acker Bilk. In case you are unfamiliar with him, Wackypedia sez this:
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Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk was an English clarinettist and vocalist known for his appearance -– goatee, bowler hat and striped waistcoat -– and breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style.
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Bilk's 1962 instrumental tune "Stranger on the Shore" became the UK's biggest selling single of 1962: it was in the UK charts for more than 50 weeks, peaking at number two, and was the first No. 1 single in the United States by a British artist in the era of the modern Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
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His parents tried to teach him the piano but, as a boy, Bilk found it restricted his love of outdoor activities, including football. He lost two front teeth in a school fight and half a finger in a sledging accident, both of which he claimed affected his eventual clarinet style.

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Now, let's listen to Acker's very spirited rendition which definitely adds a little New Orleans 'Dixieland' touch to the song.
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SONG OF THE VOLGA BOATMEN -- Acker Bilk 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWfwi5uiTkg

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RIDDLER  VS.  BATMAN
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Question: Will Acker Bilk win this Battle?
Magic 8-Ball sez:  "Don't Count On It"
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Alright now, “you know the gig”... I welcome you (whether I know "you" or not) 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 vice your voice ...vote your vice ...voice your vote.)

Voice Your Vote...

@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ 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
@ 'JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE' 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.
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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45 comments:

  1. More "cartoon" music. I seem to remember some version of this song being used in a "Popeye" cartoon among others. It's never been a favorite tune of mine. I used to play it on the violin and it kind of depressed me. I guess other people around me also got depressed when I played my violin, but not specifically because of this song.

    Of course, the song is much better when put in the hands of professionals like these two groups.

    Since the Miller version is the one I've always heard I was pretty certain from the git go that my vote would rest there. He makes it sound like a funeral march, but a lighthearted one.

    The Bilk version I'd never heard before, but that one really rocked with flair. I felt like I was in New Orleans in a cartoon. Bilk has got the bounce. And Bilk has got my vote.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out--Battle of the Bands post

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    1. LEE ~
      Yeah, for a toothless, half-fingered player, Acker could really rock his Jazz.

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  2. They both sounded so different than how I remember this song and both were enjoyable. Hard to choose! In the end, the peppier tempo of Acker Bill does it for me. Interesting battle, Stephen.

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    1. Thanks, DEBBIE.
      One thing I've really liked about my last two BOTB installments is how radically different from each other all of the recordings have been. I like it when the arrangements give the impression that you're almost hearing totally different songs.

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  3. Both of these are FAN-tastic! This is one of your best battles ever! Sadly, with Miller involved I don't expect much of contest in terms of vote-count, though. My guess: almost everyone will like both but vote for Miller.

    I noticed that the Magic 8-Ball is strangely silent again this time. I think he has run down to the Harrah's Sports book and put all his money on Glenn Miller.

    I believe another factor will be that - at least these days - few people care AT ALL for Dixieland Jazz, and you nailed it that that's the flavor of Bilk.

    This one was SO close... but without any Ackermony, Bilk bilks Miller outta a vote from me this time.

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    1. Stupoyganboy sixApril 2, 2017 at 9:34 AM

      THEN i noticed that the Magic Ball was NOT silent but that: "Uhp! I was an idiot. "

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    2. SHEBOYGANBROTHER ~
      Hey, I'm really pleased that you dug this Battle so much. One of my best ever? Wow!

      This had been on my list to do for a very long time, for some reason, NOW seemed the right time.

      I actually think about my Battles like a producer might think about the order of tracks on an album he's putting together. I consider the genre and tempo of songs I've used just before, and which I might use next, and I try to put something that makes a good transition in between them.

      Actually, Acker has a lead at the moment, but it's not so wide that he can't be caught by Glenn. (We shall see if the 8-Ball can redeem himself from the recently shoddy predictions.)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Check out my new blog @
      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  4. Whoo boy you sure did it this time! Another great match up. Both songs are fun to listen to. Can't help but think the lyrics are missing.

    My vote goes to...

    Acker Bilk

    He was just a little more fun to listen to.

    ~Mary
    #AtoZChallenge #BOTB 1970's Billboard Hits - A is for...

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    1. MARY! MARY!...
      Acker asked me to thank you for the vote. He's dead, of course, but communicates with me from "the other side" through the Magic 8-Ball.

      I gotta get back over to your place and check out those photos you found for me. Zsa Zsa is destined to marry me, only she don't know it yet. So far, only I and the Magic 8-Ball know that this marriage has been ordained by the gods of love and wine.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Check out my new blog @
      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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    2. Let's see if your super sleuthing can dig up an email for her, then you can tell her how much you want her ;)

      ~Mary

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    3. I think I would tell her how much she wants ME. (See if my brainwashing ability is as good as my super-sleuthing.)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Check out my new blog @
      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  5. I know this somber tune and loving this rendition by both artists but I give it to Glenn Miller because the other one sounded a bit chaotic to me plus I felt Miller's rendition was a bit danceable.

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    1. BIRGIT ~
      First of all, thanks for being the one to break up the shutout.

      Secondly,... "danceable". YEP! Fo' sho'. I myself can't dance. Can't dance a lick. But a few nights ago I was playing the Miller version and was in my stocking feet and in the kitchen.

      My socks slide real good on that linoleum kitchen floor, and suddenly I found myself dancing. Girl, I danced up a storm to that tune. (Not kidding. It started snowing. Guess I was doing a Native American Snow Dance and didn't know it. I do have a bit o' Mohawk in my blood, ya know.)

      So, anyway, I thought I was dancin' purdy good to Miller's '...Volga Boatmen'. Praise God that all my window blinds were down and closed so no one's eyes got hurt.

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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    2. My ex used to dance in his tidy whities with the blinds open. I asked him once why he would torture anyone like that. His response: I want the neighbors to think you married me for my money!

      Please. no more snow dances. Bring on the sunshine!

      ~Mary

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    3. Who'd he think he was, Tom Cruise?

      Ooh! "Tidy whities" -- or as I call them, "Baby Hueys". Me, I'm a boxers kinda guy. I even have a "lucky pair" of boxers with dogs on them, which I only wear for special occasions.

      Here in Reno, they're forecasting more snow for Saturday. ...Have I ever mentioned how much I hate Reno?

      ~ Stephen
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  6. This was a toss up, I liked both but Glenn Miller edges this one out for me

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    1. Thanks, MIKE. Glenn and his boys definitely needed your vote.

      ~ D-FensDogG
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  7. First, I scrolled down too fast and played a song (Bulk, it turns out). It was only as I scrolled back up that I realized I played the second first. Then I read what you wrote and realized I broke the rules according to you. Oops!

    Then I saw Magic 8 Ball's prediction. I think I have voted against it last few battles. Hmm.

    So, Bilk is playing and I am reading. I get to the part where it says he plays clarinet. That stopped me in my tracks. I played clarinet four years (6-9th grade). My clarinet never sounded like that!

    Then I played Glenn Miller. I liked how it started. And it was good. As in Glenn Miller good.

    But, I returned to the Ackerman version and played it again. Man, he can swing! I like it!!!

    So, true to me, I am voting against Magic 8 Ball. Give me Acker... One more time!

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    1. Q: "MAGIC 8-BALL, ARE YOU MAD AT ROBIN?"

      A: "OUTLOOK GOOD"

      GIRL WONDER, your votes never cease to surprise me. But I think this is just a 2017 thang.

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  8. Stephen,

    I enjoyed both instrumental arrangements equally well and it's really hard to say I like one more than the other. Instead it's gonna come down to what sorta mood am I in and which seems to match the way I'm feeling when I hear it and today the sound of Glenn Miller is in sync with me. Nice battle! :)

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    1. Thanks, CATHY.
      Glenn Miller surely needed your vote to stay in this Battle.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Check out my new blog @
      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  9. This, Mr. McCathy Thismis sure one heck of a BATTLE. I love it. You know how I feel about Glenn, and you know that most of sentiment tied to him stems from my childhood on that lake in the Northwoods, where his "Moonlight Serenade was a staple in the ole jukebox. Well, strange as it may seem I also lost my heart to Acker Bilk and his 'licorice stick' when 'Stranger on the Shore' would stream outa that same jukebox. This here is a real conundrum of sentument for little ole me.

    After two days of deliberation I'm gonn have to go with (sorry honey, Glenn) Acker. The Glenn Miller version evokes the image of salt and pepper Cossack type Santas tugging that boat up the Erie Canal, while Acker's version gives it that N'orlean flair that makes this dumb blonde love him all the more.

    How dar anyone call this cartoon music, unless of course, they'd listening to some pretty high class cartoons.

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    1. I'm pleased to hear that you love this Battle, NITRO!

      I'm surprised you voted against Glenn, but then I seem to have lost my knack for predicting how voters will vote. However, it's more interesting when y'all keep me guessing.

      Doggone it, did I detect a negative view of Santas in there? That's kind of rude.

      Yeah, I don't really see cartoons when I hear either of these tunes. But then I don't see Santa Claus Cossacks either.

      Thanks for the vote and kind words!

      ~ Sexy Santa
      Check out my new blog @
      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  10. And Stephen,

    Interesting battle my curbside life changing friend. I do appreciate Mr. Miller and his was good but I go with the one that made me feel a bit more of something and that would be Acker. Now you and Al have something to talk about...
    JW,
    Pooh

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    1. ...AND POOH,
      Judge Al and I "have something to talk about"? Do I detect a whiff of paranoia? Tinfoil hat cutting off ye olde circulation?

      Kiddin'.

      I always appreciate your votes, regardless of your preferences. (I rarely really care who wins the Battles. I just like to see a lot of participation, regardless.)

      I think you'll dig my next Battle and I'm very curious to see how you vote. ...That is unless I change my mind about which song and artists to use next time, which is a distinct possibility.

      Hey, League Brother, I want to again thank you for the photo you took of me decades ago in downtown L.A. and Emailed to me a few years ago. I love the photo (one of my very favorites) and am using it on the header of my new blog. If you get a chance, check the blog out. But if you don't have time for that, at least go by and check out your photo at the top of it... (*see link below*)

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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    2. Just a minute, someone behind me is watching me. ...okay they're gone but the guys in the panel van are still outside my house. Love that picture too. That was a good tour of downtown if I recall. It has gentrified and they've pushed the "Outdoorsmen" to an areal south of the Nickel. Actually, Outdoorsmen are everywhere now, setting up tents under overpasses throughout the city and the Cops don't do anything anyhow. They have trains of shopping carts parked next to their tents with all their gear. Quite a sight. I put that photo right up there with your Liberty Jack Daniels photo. It was a slide that I scanned in with a lot of other old pictures.
      JW,
      Pooh

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    3. Yeah, it's a classic, to my way of thinking, anyway. I love the "JESUS SAVES" sign. Always did. And that was long before Jesus really meant anything to me.

      I guess buried somewhere in the recesses of my mind I knew that Jesus was more than just a gardener and would be important to me someday.
      :o)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Check out my new blog @
      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  11. Guess who?
    Popping in to say hi and hope things are going well in the BOTB world.
    I love Glenn Miller, give him my vote.
    The other, Mr. Acker, is okay. Just not my style.

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    1. Hey, JEFFY, happy to see you here, muh Bruhthuh! I sure hope life is treating you well.

      Thanks for the Glenn Miller vote. Glenn was in serious need of it!

      Pop in again any time, my friend!

      ~ D-FensDogG
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  12. Al Bondigas here. I've been listening to a lot of big band lately. I've begun to take a real likin to it. You were right, there are a lot of hooks in it. And you know how I demand my hooks. Rulin fer Mr. Miller. That's it!! That's my rulin'.

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    1. JUDGE AL ~
      Rulin' fer "Mr. Miller", eh? Could it be that yer Mr. Miller's killer-diller?...

      GLENN MILLER: "Well, I got a new girl that's a real killer-diller, but I'm not so sure that she goes for Mr. Miller."

      Pooh, where are you?!
      Wanna get in on this?
      [;o)

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

      POSTSCRIPT:
      Nappy, in the next few days I will try to send you a link to a live Pat Metheny instrumental I think you will like. It's got such a pronounced hook that even after the band stops playing it, the entire audience continues to hum it by themselves. Super cool!

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    2. Sounds good. I'll be looking for it. Pooh don't want none of this.

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    3. Not to be CONFUSED with Barney Miller! You bunch of Wojciehowiczes! Yeah, I said it....now doooo something besides calling me Abe Vigoda!

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    4. Ha!-Ha! That was good, POOH! Never let it be said that you take any crap from the Venus Flytraps and Johnny Fevers of the world!

      ~ D-FensDogG
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  13. Howdy Stephen! I'm plugging back in for a day and making the rounds. I'm glad I did! I really like this song. I was in the mood for some of this brand of music. Thanks for the introduction to this song.
    I like both versions. I like Bilk's bouncy rendition but Glenn Miller's version just washed over me and took me out to a funky little 1940s jazz club...and what a grand time it was! Loved it! Glenn Miller gets my vote for sure. I'm enjoying it for the third time now... It's downright yummy!

    I miss all you guys! I'll be back for BOTB soon but I have to say that I really am enjoying my break from the computer.

    Hope all is well in your world... Miss ya!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hey, wonderful to hear from you again, MICHELE! And Jeffrey Scott popped in too, just above.

      All the old guard is checking in. That's great!

      Glad you dug Miller's recording so much. And you're right, that it would be perfect in a funky little Jazz club as it has a funky little vibe to it.

      Thanks for the vote. Glenn really needs the help here.

      See ya soon!

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  14. Hi Stephen, I agree that Acker's version is "very spirited" and I like his rendition best. After reading Lee's comment this really does sound like "cartoon music" which makes it more fun.

    Julie

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    1. GEM JULIE ~
      Thanks so much for coming by and submitting your two cents! I'm always pleased to receive a vote from you.

      I hope all is well with you and with DONna Corleone. :o)

      ~ D-FensDogG
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  15. I like my songs serious, my cartoons cartoony, and my women... women-y. Not really sure where I was going with that, but Acker's version is a little cartoony for me. Not bad, still colorful, but not ideal for me. Besides, you can't top Glenn Miller in my books. Unless those books are about Paul Simon, then go ahead and throw that whole thing out the window.

    My cohort, on the other hand, likes the more lively sound of Acker.

    As is often the case, we add nothing to this contest but more dead weight, so the vote is split 1 and 1.

    ~6B

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    1. 6-B ~
      Little old ladies ought never to clank. (And I'm not really sure where I'm going with this, either.)

      >>... I like my songs serious, my cartoons cartoony, and my women... women-y.

      Does this mean then that Xena and Ronda are out of the question?

      Thanks for nuttin' you Beer Boys. Just for that, I'm drinkin' one of your Taco Truck Lagers right now. And I have a feeling another one of the remaining 5 may not survive. (Sorry! Damn, these are good! It's like the ultimate anti-IPA brew.)

      But, hey, you'll get a Chile Relleno burrito for every Taco Truck Lager I send, plus a jar of these Sonoma Kosher Dills. It'll be like Christmas in the deli.

      ~ D-FensDogG
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    2. Well, right now I'm downing some of your coffee, so it's all good. I'm sure you can still get some coffee flavor out of the used beans. It's no Fol-JAYH*, but it's something.

      (*That reminds me, you ever read our Slim Dyson book?)

      Does this mean then that Xena and Ronda are out of the question?

      I'm more of a Fallon Fox kind of guy.

      http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/12/126895/4733847-ufc+fallon-fox.jpg

      So is Fallon Fox (kind of a guy). And by that I mean a male to female transgender that beat up women without telling them he used to be a man until someone found out.

      God bless this sport.

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    3. COFFEE THIEF ~
      That wasn't fair! Just because I drank your beer didn't give you a right to drink my coffee! (I ran it through Leon Cobarde's Swiss Cheese and got confirmation on this.)

      That Fallon is a fox alright. Just my kind of penis-free gal!

      I has not read 'Slim Dyson'. I thought about it, but the book is just too fat for me. I'm more of a graphic novels kind of guy. BTW, prior to The Great Dumbing-Down (aka Institutionalized Idiocracy), those were called "comic books" and they were for kids (just like Trix).

      Hmmm... I'm feeling low on electrolytes.

      ~ D-FensDogG
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      (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  16. STMcC’s Vote On '2017, April 1st: Battle Of The Bands' (Or, 'Glenn Miller Versus Acker Bilk') And The Final Tally:

    Hmmm.....
    Another surprising (to me) outcome. I genuinely enjoy BOTH of these recordings. And the 'Dixieland' vibe that Acker Bilk brings to the song reminds me of being in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, as 'Dixieland' music always does. Love it!

    BUT... Glenn Miller is my main man and I totally dig what his orchestra does with this tune. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, a day or two before posting this Battle I actually found myself dancing in my kitchen while Glenn's band stomped through this song with an almost funky flair to it.

    I'll tell ya the truth, this Battle ends for me at the 2:03 mark of Miller's recording. As soon as the band's hand-clapping begins in conjunction with those horns, this contest is D-O-N-E -- you can stick a fork in it! That is just so appealing to my ears!

    Aside from that, when Lee and Sheboyganboy both voted for Acker, it was a foregone conclusion that I'd be voting for Glenn Miller's Orchestra, right?

    However, the majority of voters did not hear this Battle the same way I did:

    Glenn Miller = 8 Votes
    Acker Bilk = 9 Votes


    Acker Bilk beats Glenn Miller by a single vote.

    Thanks, all Y'all, for listenin' 'n' votin', and I hope to see ya back here again on April 15th for my next 'Battle Of The Bands' installment.

    ~ D-FensDogG
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    1. Pretty decent outcome as it should have been considering that both versions were worthy of a vote.

      Arlee Bird
      Tossing It Out

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    2. Yeah, LEE. I wish Miller had won because I think his recording was actually more interesting (and he's my favorite musician ever) but IMO a one-vote margin of victory is the perfect Battle. (It could only be "perfecter" if it's my choice that wins by one.)

      But it was nice to have such a close contest regardless. I'm happy with it.

      I'm left wondering if it would have ended in a tie had John voted.

      ~ D-FensDogG
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