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Friday, May 1, 2015

Hey Get Your Battle of the Bands Here! Prepare To Witness a Version Sacrifice!


Welcome to

VERSION SACRIFICE!

It's my first post for the Battle of the Bands
blog hop group established in 1956 by
my good buddy Stephen T. McCarthy at


FUN FACTS:

BOTB parties are held on the 1st and 15th of the month.
(BYOB parties are held every Friday and Saturday night.)
Version Sacrifice might sound a little disturbing but
I assure you it's merely a friendly competition
that let's you be the judge.

Today, a member of The Mod Squad competes
for Team USA in a three-way spin-off against
a mod Brit pop queen and the #1 British
female singer in the U.S. during the 60s.
All three ladies waxed the same song.
Listen to all three versions, pick the
one you like best and cast your
vote when you comment.

Note: If you try to leave the polling place
without explaining why you voted the
way you did, a burly security guard
will wrestle you to the ground.

"Alright, let's get on it." The contestants
are waiting in the wings and ready to perform.
Let the Battle of the Bands commence!


 PETULA CLARK 

Petula Clark was nicknamed The First Lady of the
British Invasion for racking up a string of successful
singles in the U.S. that began with the international
mega-hit "Downtown." Most of Pet's hit recordings
were supplied by the British composing team of
Tony Hatch and his partner/wife Jackie Trent
who, sadly, died in March of this year.


On her 1966 album I Couldn't Live Without Your Love,
Petula Clark deviated from the norm and recorded
"Wasn't It You," a Carole King - Gerry Goffin song
that has become one of my favorites penned by
those famous Brill Building songsmiths.

 "Wasn't It You" - Petula Clark  
 (from the 1966 album 
 I Couldn't Live Without Your Love





 PEGGY LIPTON 


"Bad scene. Mama swung pretty good."

That notwithstanding, 60s flower child Julie Barnes
managed to free herself from her hooker mom and
hook up with the good guys as an undercover cop
on the hit TV series The Mod Squad. Who knew
she could sing? I was pleasantly surprised
the first time I heard Peggy's laid back
rendition of "Wasn't It You," a track
on her self titled 1968 album. This
cool cut is easily one of the best
of Peggy's recording career.

 "Wasn't It You" - Peggy Lipton 
 (from 1968 album Peggy Lipton ) 





 BILLIE DAVIS 


After being seriously injured in a 1963 auto crash,
a mishap that broke her jaw and her momentum as
an up-and-coming UK singing star, mod fashionista
Billie Davis bounced back. In 1965-66 she made
 records with Keith Powell as the male-female duo
of Keith & Billie. In 1967 she reemerged as a solo
artist with a string of superb recordings that
included our featured song, "Wasn't It You,"
a gem that somehow missed the UK chart.

 "Wasn't It You" - Billie Davis 
 (June 1967, uncharted) 





The moment of truth has come.

Three artists, three different arrangements.

Two versions must be sacrificed.

Which lady recorded the best version

of "Wasn't It You"?


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 today, please swing over
to Stephen's place where you will find links
to the other participating BOTB blogs.
Be a good friend and try to visit every
blog on the list. Find out how good it
feels to commit random acts of kindness.

Have a Shady day!