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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 and vote for the one you like best. A new Battle gets posted on the 1st of each month and on the 7th, 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.]

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

2018, MAY 1: BATTLE OF THE BANDS (Or, PERCY FAITH VERSUS CHET ATKINS)

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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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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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My last BOTB installment had a Down 'N' Out Urban theme, featuring songs about teenage runaways, street corner prostitution, and a heroin addict in Los Angeles. A real fun affair. (Actually, it wasn't nearly as depressing as it sounds and it inspired some good dialogue in the comment section.)
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This time, I decided to do a 180-degree turnaround and feature something light and beautiful. (Let it not be said that I'm just a One-Trick Pony.)
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GOODNIKS  VS.  NO-GOODNIKS
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Wackypedia sez:
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"Theme from A Summer Place" is a song with lyrics by Mack Discant and music by Max Steiner, written for the 1959 film A Summer Place, which starred Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue.
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The melody has acquired a reputation as being one of those familiar pieces of music that nearly everyone has heard but few people can accurately name.
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GODZILLA  VS.  KING  KONG
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The theme from 'A Summer Place' was first recorded by Hugo Winterhalter (of 'Canadian Sunset' fame) and has been covered a godzillion times since then. However, its most well-known incarnation by Percy Faith & His Orchestra spent 9 consecutive weeks at Billboard's #1 spot in 1960. That set a Billboard record for instrumentals that still stands today.
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Theme From A SUMMER PLACE -- Percy Faith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSsiS-v6_6M

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RIDDLER  VS.  BATMAN
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Chet Atkins recorded his version of 'A Summer Place' in 1961.
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Wackypedia sez:
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Atkins, known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country Gentleman", was an American musician ... and record producer who, along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, among others, created the country music style that came to be known as the Nashville sound.
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Rolling Stone ... ranked him number 21 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time." Among many other honors, Atkins received 14 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Theme From A SUMMER PLACE -- Chet Atkins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTDK_lI79FI

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The Battle Within The Battle:
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VERSUS
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Question: "Will Chet Atkins Lose To Percy Faith?"
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The Magic 8-Ball (2-0) sez:  "Without A Doubt"
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The Amazing Sixwell (0-2) sez:  "Signs Point To Yes"
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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.
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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...
@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ 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.
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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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57 comments:

  1. Good Morning Mr Stephen~

    What a pleasant way to start the day - even if it is noon. Me thinks that the ol' magic eight ball and Mr Sixwell are voting the same way today. I'm glad for that, as it appears they are leaning the same direction that I am.

    Percy Faith is simply light and airy. Makes one feel as though they are gliding through the day on a light cloud with a soft breeze. I was disappointed when the tune ended, as I wanted it to go on a little bit longer.

    Chet and Floyd are extremely talented musicians. In a different setting, I may have given my vote to them. However, when put up against Percy here, their cloud feels a little heavy. Not full on thundercloud heavy, but heavy enough to rain on someone's parade.

    For this reason I am voting with Sixwell and the 8 Ball for Percy.

    Looking forward to seeing you at my NSFW battle.

    ~Mary
    Put On Your Big Boy/Girl Panties NSFW #BattleOfTheBands

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    1. MMQE ~

      I enjoyed your NSFW Battle. And, really, it wasn't nearly as over-the-top as I'd imagined it might be.

      John Wayne, Lee Marvin, and Sam Peckinpah -- never thought I'd find all three of them in a BOTB installment. Ha!

      It seems to be a common theme here that had I used Chet against just about ANY OTHER version of this song, he'd have gotten the voter's vote.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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  2. Now, you know how much I love Chet Atkins, CGP, and when you add in the magnificent piano of Floyd Cramer, that combination is hard to beat.

    Having said that, Percy Faith's version of "Theme From A Summer Place" is a genuine classic, and you know that there's a special place in my heart for "beautiful music." Had you included any other version besides Percy's, Chet and Floyd would win, but in this case, give my vote to Mr. Faith and his wonderful orchestra.

    Chet, incidentally, figures in my latest battle as well.

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    1. JOHN ~
      Even if he doesn't win MY Battle, Chet Atkins was definitely the man of the hour in this round of BOTB.

      "Beautiful Music" -- here's a Fun Fact: When BOTB first began, I was working in Phoenix as a legal document courier. I would shuttle important documents back and forth between the courthouses downtown and various law firms.

      The radio station I most often had playing in my company car was KOY, which played "Beautiful Music" 24/7. Sometimes I would pull over to jot down the title of a song they had just played, thinking I would use it someday in a future BOTB installment.

      And THAT is probably how 'Theme From A SUMMER PLACE' wound up on my list to begin with. I know it's been on that list for years, and I'll bet KOY was responsible for it.

      And, incidentally, KOY and beautiful music like 'A SUMMER PLACE' is probably what kept me from killing Airheadzona drivers with my bare hands in downtown Phoenix 5 days a week. :^)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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  3. Chet Atkins, and I am back on the 1st with a battle

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    1. Thanks, MIKE! And I will get over to your Battle tonight, sometime after work.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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  4. Howdy Reno!

    What an unexpected pleasure! Percy Faith takes me back to toe shoes and tour jetes ;-)
    Chet & Floyd are better than decent, but Percy - Mercy! Can't help but be partial ;-)

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    1. Yo! Thanks for stopping by with a bote, dIEDRE!

      I confess that I had to Google "toe shoes" and "tour jetes". Toe shoes I have never worn, and tour jetes I have never done (that I'm willing to remember).

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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  5. And Stephen,
    you are gettin purty good at this battle stuff. A good battle indeed. I remember hearing this song but didn't know the name, now I do. Percy's is probably the one I remember the most but Chet's is the one I like the most, more life in it and the guitar work made it more appealing to me. (Now how long I will remember this fact is another story altogether) Nonetheless, it reminds me of summer and those endless days when we were straightenen' out people's lives and such. Well maybe you were and perhaps it was my life that was bent. Summers seemed to last forever back then perhaps the experience was elongated by the hangovers.
    JW and have a bitchen' summer, see you at Station 26 (or wherever Kranium is working).
    Pooh

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    1. ...AND, POOH, THAT'S NOT ALL!...

      Thank you, sir. I've had a whole lotsa practice, so I OUGHT to be pretty decent at this BOTB thang by now.

      Oh, Brother, great comment! So nostalgic!

      "Have a bitchin' Summer!" -- Ha!-Ha! Those were the days. I feel like I lived an entire lazy lifetime in the shadow of Lifeguard Station #26. Really wish I could go back to that era and live those years all over again. It really was like paradise on earth. I just didn't fully realize it at the time.

      Man, I gotta go through some of my old high school and junior high school yearbooks now and find me a "Have a bitchin' Summer" inscription and then post it on this blog. (I wonder whose name I'll find associated with it. And I wonder if I'll even be able remember the person.)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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    2. You will probably see something like this from the cutest girl you asked to sign your year book:
      Although I don't know you that well, I think you sat behind me in Algebra. Anyway, I think you are cool. See you at the beach. scribble, scribble, scribble. And you somehow found your way to that part of the year book when you were at a low point and it dragged you out of the dumps. You might have even sniffed the signature you old softie.
      JW,
      Pooh

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    3. ...AND POOH...

      I got out my yearbooks and flipped through a few of them quickly. Below are some REAL ones...

      1972:

      Stephen-
      You've been a very reliable president of the class. Best Wishes.
      -Stan Zimmelman


      That's me -- Ol' Reliable.
      Unfortunately, I don't remember Mr. Zimmelman, nor do I remember being the president of any class. DOH! (1972 WAS before I began drinking heavily, wasn't it?!?!)

      Have a good Summer!
      -Miss Wolpers

      To a fellow human being (I think?)
      -Bob Path

      Hi. Bye!
      Have a nice Summer see ya next year. Maybe.
      -Lisa Gallagher


      Lisa was my red-headed girlfriend, by the way. Boy, it sure didn't seem like we were getting along at that point, did it?

      1974:

      Stephen-
      It's been nice having you in my second period. Even though you are quiet! Have a good time at Samo & have a good summer!
      -Kris Frost


      Where did that painfully shy boy go?!

      Stephen-
      Keep on truckin'!
      -Ruby-roo

      Stephen-
      You are one of my favorite students. I know you'll do well in life. Don't forget to keep acting and writing.
      -Mr. Lundy


      OK, now THAT was more like it!

      Stephen-
      Your drawings were bad.
      -Steve Keller


      I was the school newspaper's official cartoonist. I remember one particular cartoon I drew around Thanksgiving that was so politically incorrect that if a kid did it today he would be ostracized for the rest of the world. Ha!

      Still Truckin'!...
      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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    4. But did anyone say you were wacko? Loved Al's "perhaps I have said too much" may me laugh out loud so it did.

      Class president? I don't recall hearing that before but then again it probably wouldn't have come up unless we were drinking El Presidente.

      Did Mr Lundy ever touch you?
      JW,JW!
      Pooh

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    5. >>... Did Mr Lundy ever touch you?

      (In those immortal words of Warren Zevon...) "I don't wanna talk about it."

      Look, ma-aaaa-n! Unlike you smart fellers, an 'A' grade did not come easily to me. And if I ever came home with anything less than an 'A', my Mama woulda beat my ass!

      So... sometimes getting that 'A' required a little "Extra Credit" Project.

      Now leave me alone. Me 'n' Mama are trying to fuhgeddaboudit.

      [;^)
      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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    6. Hahahaha. Man that’s funny shit between y’all. Oh, by the way, Al Bondigas here.

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    7. JUDGE AL ~
      In our world, all it takes is one little pebble (like "Have a bitchin' Summer" or "Station 26") to start a whole avalanche. Ha!

      Shared memories are like fine wine. Er-- well... in our case, more like Thunderbird and Lucky Lager puzzle caps. :^D

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  6. Both are such beautiful renditions. And I love love Chet Akins, what a nice compliment Floyd's piano is.

    But I did feel breezy and light (headed) while listening to Percy. Very nice wine music. Give my vote to Percy.

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    1. WILD THING ~
      A thousand Thank Yous (as FAE would say) for stopping by and casting a vote!

      I wonder how much of your lightheadedness was related to the music and how much to the wine. ;^)

      But, you know, you're RIGHT! That's exactly what this is. It's wine and "Umbrella Drink" music. Just thinking about that, it takes me back to a time my Brother, a friend and I were lazying around on a sunny Catalina Island grassy knoll spending the last of our money on Daiquiris while waiting for the next boat. WOW! What a terrific memory. (But the night before that day... we shall not think back upon. :^D

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  7. Percy Percy Percy. Some iconic songs are beatable. Some iconic songs are not. And if this iconic song gets beat (by a nice version, admittedly) I'll eat my shorts. It triggers an emotion that I can't quite focus on, but it is at least partially melancholy.

    I was a kid when this came out, but I remember it, and I remember feeling that it sounded like "the past," while most stuff I heard on the radio or around older kids (like my cousins) sounded like "the future." I liked the song then but looked forward to the future. Now I miss the past and am trepidatious about the future. We are now "ye of little Percy Faith."

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    1. Ha!-Ha! "ye of little Percy Faith"

      I have THE BEST readers whole the world!

      McBrother, you have completely tapped into that thing that can't be described. It can be felt, but words are incapable of adequately explaining it.

      "Melancholy" -- yes. "Bittersweet" works fairly well, too. Long ago, I invented my own word for it: GoldenShadow. Because it's like a "shadow" of the past that you can faintly recall which feels "golden". But it's not a super-shiny gold. More like a sundown being reflected off of the gold.

      When I was still in school, on a Sunday, when the Sun was going down and the shadows were elongated -- I could kind of "feel" that time of the day. It wasn't just a time, but a kind of mellow emotional feeling. Sort of melancholic, bittersweet. That was GoldenShadow.

      And this song is totally imbued with that feeling. I think you are describing the same thing.

      For many, many years, I thought I was the only person who felt GoldenShadow. But then I found out that it's a universally human thing. It's something in our souls.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  8. Stephen,

    Both are wonderful covers but it's clear to me that Percy Faith is the winner in the round and if goes any other way then I'll be shocked. His version is simply divine. I nearly slipped into a catatonic state while listening to it. Fabulous battle. Thanks for stopping by today to cast your vote. Gee, I need to visit everyone else! Have a good evening and say prayers for DH as he has combo eye surgery tomorrow. TTFN!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    Rock Country Roads #BoTB Showdown

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    1. Thanks for boting, CATHY!

      There's a long way to go yet but, yes, it sure looks like Percy Faith already has this Battle well in hand.

      I figured Percy would win, but I didn't think he'd do so THIS convincingly. I guessed he would come out on top by perhaps a 3-vote margin. I really did not realize how much I was flirting with disaster here (i.e., taunting a shutout). Looks like my luck has held out and I got away with one. WHEW!

      I most definitely WILL pray for DH tonight when I sit down for my nightly meditation session.

      God Bless...

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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    2. Stephen,

      I didn't get a chance pop over this weekend after your comment on my site and hopefully you saw my response but if not let me say here how much we appreciated your thoughts & prayers. DH's surgery went very well and he's doing fine. The retina surgeon did replace the oil bubble with an air bubble which will dissolve in about 7-9 days. The one good thing he noticed since both surgeries is the green tint that was present for more than year is now gone. So, that's a huge relief. I think everything is going to be okay. God is awesome to hear our pleas and to answer our call favorably. Again, thank you for being such a great friend! God blessings to you!!

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    3. That is truly GREAT news, CATHY! Thank you so much for updating me on the situation and I will surely be saying some prayers of gratitude!

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  9. Al Bondigas here. I knew I'd be rulin' fer Percy Faith before I even heard Chet Atkin's version. Chet's was definitely great, but Percy's 'Summer Place' is one of my favorite songs ever. That along with Paul Mauriat's 'Love is Blue' and Hugo Winterhalter's 'Canadian Sunset'. They are songs that sound like "the past", as Sheboygan aptly stated it. I was thinking the same thing before reading his words. Maybe he picked up on that from my thoughts. Maybe he has Sheboygan boy VI sense. Anyway, These songs sometimes make me want to escape to my private little place and cry like a little bitch. Well, I've said too much. Anyway, rulin' fer Percy Faith. That's it!! That's my rulin'.

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    1. JUDGE AL ~
      That may have been the all-time greatest "Well, I've said too much". Either way, it's unquestionably in the "Well, I've said too much" Hall Of Fame... as both a Hitter AND a Pitcher. (Yes, it can pitch!)

      "Have you seen [Link> THIS one?"

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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    2. Yeah, that’s the theme song to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, the saddest theme song ever. I can’t hear that and not think of mom.

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    3. I knew you would say that. Every single word of it.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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    4. Maybe you have Sheboygan boy VI cents too.

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  10. The Percy version - there's such a fine line between sweet music and muzak. The summer place is ethereal, everywhere yet nowhere in particular.

    In contrast, I'll tell you whut, Atkin's and Cramer's summer place is on the porch of a cabin in a rockin' chair with a cooler of Coors Light or a beach chair wasting away in margartiville with all the time in the world. Atkins gets my vote.

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    1. Yo, Tony! Thanks for coming by with yer $0.02, DogG!

      I dug yer description of the Atkins & Cramer recording. And so did FAE (see below). Man, the only thing missing was a big ol' lazy hound dog asleep on the porch next to the rocking chair. Where'd yer hound dog go, Bro?

      I'm glad to see Chet gettin' some love!

      >>... with a cooler of [Link> 39 NORTH Blonde Ale or a beach chair wasting away in margartiville

      There, I fixed that for ya. No charge. ;^)

      BTW, FUN FACT: That "Wastin' Away In Margaritaville" cup was my official brew vessel. That cup has held more beer'n most men seen.

      ~ Stephen
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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    2. It looks fancy but there's only a 6-pack for a fancy hand-tailored cup. For the same price and calories I could get 14 Coors Light. Livin the dream.

      Hound Dog - that took the mind's eye to a whole new level. I'm getting vaklempt. Not because of Old Yella... but because I have to wait to retirement to get dogs. They don't like to be left alone for 12 hours a day. Upon retirement, moving from the suburbs to a nice plot and living off the fat of the land throwing Frisbees and racquetballs (don't throw dogs tennis balls the threads mess up their teeth) to a few dogs. Everybody likes Labs so at least one of those and I think Dalmatians are sharp. The dream to soon live. I know I'm rambling. You brought it up.

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    3. BROTHER DOGG ~
      You did not REALLY just now express even the mildest concern about calories consumed, did you? (You know what that can do to a guy's Man Card, right?)

      Look, this NEVER happened. I wasn't there and neither were you. We were both out of the country at the time. ...And let us not speak of it again!
      [;^)

      "vaklempt" -- NICE! I had to look it up. You win THIS round, Snidely Whiplash. But I'll be Bach!

      Say, until the day that retirement arrives and you can get yose'f REAL dogs, what I recommend is...

      24 oz. cans of DOG BITE High Gravity Lager

      So damn good that it actually made ME throw-up once! Man, any beer that can cause ME to barf goes immediately to the top of The A-List & E-Ticket Brew List! That's a beer that's hard to bite... er-- I mean, "beat".

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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    4. "DOG BITE High Gravity Lager" hahahahaha I saw you use that brand name before and thought for sure you made up the name with clever over the top words. Googling it - it's real. Next ad men brainstorm: Liquid Crack Malt Liquor.

      Calor-- calo--- in the abstract thought Coors was around 120 per can. Looking, 102 ca- per can. That means I can drink 5 instead of 4. That's match, that's science.
      Cheers.

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    5. "Liquid Crack Malt Liquor"
      Ha! Oh, man, just based on the name alone it would be a big seller. At least, in the area where I was raised, it would be. (That would've put OE-800 outta bidnizz!)

      >>... That means I can drink 5 instead of 4.

      Huh? WTH you talkin' 'bout, Willis?! They come in six-packs. Thus, the recommended serving size is SIX. Regardless of calories or ABV, one is SUPPOSED to drink 6. Not 4. Not 5. But 6!

      Dude, you've been chronically a beer low. It's a wonder your engine runs at all!
      ;^)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  11. Oh I know this well and I give it to good ole Percy Faith. This version is dream like and brings back memories of a (so-called) simpler time. In fact it reminds me of when I was little and my mom and dad at the dinner table and I was colouring and felt so happy. The Stkins version was good unt8l near the end when the guitar was doing someth8ng “funky” which I d8d not like.

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    1. BIRGIT ~
      Yes, indeed, there is a kind dream-like quality to the song. It's like a half-remembered dream from "The Summer Of Love".

      Thanks so much for taking time to come by and participate. Always appreciated. (The check is in the mail, and... good luck with that. :^D

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  12. Good day, Stephen. It's been awhile, but I'm slowly finding my back to the Blogosphere, now that the April madness is over with. In fact, I'll be back to BOTB for May 15, so please add my link again. Not sure if I can do it every single month (and it would only be on the 15th), but I beg your indulgence on that! As for your battle, the Percy Faith version is so ingrained in my brain, I just have to vote for that one. Chet Atkins had an interesting slant though.

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    1. Hi, DEBBIE! ~
      Thanks for voting.

      I know that Cherdo is a 15th-Only BOTBer, too. And so was Mike, until this May 1st. So, yeah, I can add your link on 15ths. Now if we can get Michele to return we'll be back up to a decent number of BOTBers.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

      POSTSCRIPT: By some strange coincidence, I have the soundtrack to the movie 'HAIR' playing right now. What were the odds? I haven't put this into my player for at least a year! Funny. This must be the age of Aquarius or something. Ha!-Ha!

      Oh, and BTW, about 30 minutes ago this soundtrack gave me the idea for a future fun BOTB: the song 'Black Boys' versus the song 'White Boys'.

      I tell ya, there are millions of BOTB ideas floating around us all the time!

      Let the Sun shine in!!

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    2. You must have known I was coming back! ~grin~ Gonna drop Michele a line. She's been gone for awhile...I like your BOTB idea!

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    3. Yeah, it seems "The Spirit Of '67" was in the air.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  13. I wore a nice comment and blogger totally ate it. I hate blogger and it hate me.

    Anyway...let’s see if I can do better or at least cast my vote.

    Percy certainly has that familiarity/nostalgia thing going on and no doubt about it, his version is great, BUT, as for me and my personal taste it’s a little to Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue, totally white bread’ if ya know what I mean. I love G Dogg description of th Atkins/Cramer version (but of course, you knew I would), as a matter of fact I love it so much just as soon as I finish up here I think I’ll go sit on the porch of this little ole cabin and perhaps take a walk down to the beach. In the meantime, give my vote to Atkins/Cramer for giving a new perspective to an old tune. Ha!

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    1. FAE ~
      You & Blogger pick up where The Hatfields & The McCoys left off!

      Thanks for your second effort! Anything worth doing is worth doing... again, after the first one gets phuq't up. :^) ("Hey, watch your language! This is a family-friendly blog"... sez Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue. By the way, what hue did Troy don? Pink?)

      It's good to see Chet getting some votes. It kind of restores my faith in myself. Because I was shocked that I could have misjudged this match-up so badly. I didn't think it would / could / should have been anything near to a shutout. But for awhile there I was starting to question my ol' BOTB judgment. Chet was going to be the underdog, sure, but I didn't foresee it being an absolute slaughterhouse. It's definitely improving as the days go on.

      Thanks!

      ~ Stephen
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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    2. Cool, glad you enjoy it. I enjoy the Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue reference better - That sums it up big time.

      Sincerely,
      Fellow Atkins/Cramer voter.

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  14. I'm back from one party to the next. The funeral I had to attend was one of the best as well as most interesting that I'd ever been to.

    Since I'm late to the party I'm not going to read other comments until I've entered mine.

    I'd never heard the Chet Atkins version of "Summer Place" and it's really great. But next to the Percy Faith version to me it was like going to the best sock hop in the world where the best sock hop band was playing. And I don't mean that in a bad way. It's just the mental image that was in my head while listening to the music. I really liked the music.

    Still, the Percy Faith version wells something up inside me unlike many songs. My mother had the album with that song and I heard it a lot. Now hearing that song version evokes so many thoughts in my head.

    No doubt that the Atkins version is super duper good, but Faith is in my blood.

    I vote for the lush sound of Percy Faith.

    Lee

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    1. Well, dang, LEE, I've never ever heard of a funeral being described in such a way. It almost makes me wish I had known the person and could have attended the funeral. (Now there's something I don't say every day, Chauncey!)

      >>... Still, the Percy Faith version wells something up inside me unlike many songs.

      Yeah, see there's that thing we have discussed before. That "thing" that NO ONE can really explain because it's Spiritual and goes deeper than words are capable of describing. It's that unfathomable quality of music. And the reason that I've been saying for so long that music is the most Spiritual art form.

      You and my Brother and Sheboyganboy and I, and probably a few others here, have noted that there's some mysterious, sort of melancholic quality to this melody that hearkens back to a "past", whether a real past or not. And how can that possibly be explained in human terms?

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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    2. Well I'm going to have to go with Chet here, and not just for the six string Magic. Percy's version is is connected to way too many memories of sad Childhood Days coupled with adolescent hangovers. Perhaps TMI for the both but the Percy version never fails to conjure up old ghosts. Chet all the way for the win.

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    3. LELLY ~
      Muchos Gracias for the vote, Brother! (I would have just said "thank you", but it IS 'Sink-o With Mayo).

      Truly sorry to hear that the childhood was sad. That actually makes me kind of sad. It always bums me out a little bit when I learn of unhappy childhoods because mine was so happy, joyful, carefree, and I wish everyone could experience a childhood like I did.

      Another bote por de Chet Atkins! Good deal!

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  15. I'm glad to hear that you're not a One Trick Pony. But you may still be Crazy After All These Beers. I know I am.

    I'm going against seemingly the majority bote (and the reinvigorated Magic 8-Ball), but I liked the uniqueness of Atkins/Cramer. It sounds like the perfect song to listen to while sitting on the beach, drinking a cold one. My cohort agrees with that, but that's not saying much, because he'd listen to pretty much anything while sitting pretty much anywhere if it meant a chance to drink a cold one. I think he may be an alcoholic. Let me pop another beer with him and find out.

    Two botes for Atkins/Cramer.

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    1. Ha!-Ha! J S-A, you are a true friend to be so concerned about your cohort!

      And indeed, the only way to know for certain just how much your friend drinks is to drink with him and then count them up... if you're able to.

      If you actually lose count because there's so many, then it means your buddy IS DEFINITELY an alcoholic. You will need to explain your concerns to him and let him know you're worried about his drinking. I suggest doing that over a few beers, as it's a casual, relaxing setting and may help him to take the bad news better.

      If the first attempt fails, a truly good friend will try, try again!

      Thanks for the botes, BRYAN & OTHER B! Nice to see Chet actually staging something of a comeback!

      Happy 5th of May. May I suggest Modelo Negras, and many OF them! (Certainly the only Mexican beer worth popping the top off of.)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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  16. I think the 8 ball got this one right for me. I haven't read the comments, so I don't know how the voting is going. But Percy Faith captures the essence of summer. I can practically smell the suntan lotion.

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  17. If I was unclear, that was a vote for Percy Faith.

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    1. GIRL WONDER ~

      I thank you very much for stopping by to listen and vote!

      Yeah, I smell that suntan lotion, too. Heck, I can even feel the sand between my toes, and my back is itching like crazy from the dried saltwater!

      I gotta get home now, take a shower and make me an egg salad sandwich. ...You know, the regular routine after a day of body-surfing and girl-watching. [;-)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  18. I vote for the first one. It certainly has a certain feel to it.
    I don't like Hawaiian music too much so the 2nd one doesn't compare.

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    1. Hey, PEETIE WHEATSTRAW ~
      Your vote is greatly appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to listen and submit $0.02, ol' chum!

      I would have guessed you as a voter who'd lean more toward the guitar-centric version by Chet. Which, A) goes to show ya what I know, and B) goes to show ya why BOTB remains interesting after 5 years.

      Nice to see ya here!

      Yak later, Bluesman.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

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  19. ATTENTION PEOPLES!
    If you are interested in seeing the final vote tally for this 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' installment and my closing thoughts on it, you can put the following URL into your browser:

    http://stmccpresentsbattleofthebands.blogspot.com/2018/05/botb-results-2018-may-1-or-percy-faith.html

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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