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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Hey Get Yer Battle of the Banned Here! Pick the Peachy Plum From Two Pears - No Melon-choly Soul Grapes Allowed!


WELCOME TO

PICK THE PEACHY PLUM!


It's the sweet fruit of my labor...
the latest installment in my series

Battle of the Banned.

You'll be pleased as punch to know that once again
there are two UK acts competing against each other.
However, instead of performing the same song,
the contenders will be singing different songs,
each covering a U.S. original. Cherry-pick
(vote for) for the UK cover that you
enjoy more. (Don't freak. The two
contestants are clearly labeled.)

The battle acts are waiting to take the stage.
They are berry berry eager to perform.
Prepare to pick the peachy plum
from two pears!
(Say that 5 times fast!)


 LITTLE EVA 


In the summer of '62, Little Eva sprang from obscurity
working as a maid and part time babysitter for Carole
King and Gerry Goffin and achieved widespread
fame, topping the chart with the dance ditty
"The Loco-Motion."


As one of the so-called Dimension Dolls,
Eva released five more singles for the label
but her popularity steadily declined and
she never again reached the top 10.

In the summer of 1963 Little Eva released
a mediocre single with the long, cumbersome
title "What I Gotta Do (To Make You Jealous)."
Eva's record never rose higher than the
Bubbling Under basement. A great
song, "The Trouble With Boys,"
went to waste on the B side.

 "The Trouble With Boys" 
 Little Eva {August 1963, B side of  
 "What I Gotta Do (To Make You Jealous)"} 



Little Eva's recording is ineligible.
Do not vote for her... or else!

 BOTB CONTESTANT #1: 

 LULU 


Scottish star Lulu is best known for appearing in
the hit 1967 British film To Sir, With Love and
singing the title song which rocketed to #1 that
fall. Three years earlier, in the fall of 1964,
15 year old Lulu released a self titled EP
that included "The Trouble With Boys."

 "The Trouble With Boys" - Lulu 
 (November 1964, B-2 side of Lulu EP) 





 SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET 


Founded by Doug Sahm, the San Antonio band
Sir Douglas Quintet is best known for their hit
"She's About a Mover" voted The Number One
Texas Song by Texas Monthly. The single went
to #15 in the UK, attracting the attention of
the Liverbirds, the act that you'll hear next.
First, let's listen to the SDQ original which
penetrated the top 20 stateside in 1965.

 "She's About a Mover" - Sir Douglas Quintet 
 (May 1965, highest chart position #13) 




The Sir Douglas Quintet is ineligible.
Do not vote for them... or else!

 BOTB CONTESTANT #2: 

 THE LIVERBIRDS 

The Beatles redefined the vocal group by
playing their own instruments. An all girl
Liverpool band called the Liverbirds
did the same for girl groups.


Influenced by the Rolling Stones, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry
and the Motown sound, the Liverbirds achieved popularity in
Germany playing at Hamburg’s Star-Club and their records
made the German chart. By 1966 the band was drifting
away from its R&B roots and performing other kinds
of material such as "He's About a Mover," a cover of
"She's About a Mover," the garage rock song made
famous by the Texas band Sir Douglas Quintet.

 "He's About a Mover" - The Liverbirds 
 (from 1966 album More of The Liverbirds





 Okay, you heard the two 

 UK covers, one by Lulu and 

 one by The Liverbirds. 

 Pick the peachy plum 

 from the two pears. 

 You may vote for: 


 "The Trouble With Boys" 

 by Lulu 

 or 

 "He's About a Mover" 


 by the Liverbirds. 



 Which one is the  

  apple of your ear? 

 Which is second banana 

 and deserves 


 a nice Hawaiian Punch? 


VOTE NOW!

Stay tuned for my follow-up post 6 days from now
in which I will cast my vote, count the ballots
(including hanging chad and dimpled chad)
and announce the winner.

After voting here, please swing over
and visit my partner in grime


and cast your vote in his 
Battle of the Banned!

Have a Shady day!