It's time for the July 15, 2016, Battle of the Bands.
Our host, Mr. Stephen T. McCarthy, provides us with this information about the bloghop:
The whole thing is really quite simple: You select two different versions of the same song (versions you feel might give each other some competition in the voting) and you post them on the 1st and the 15th of each month. On the 7th and 21st of each month, you add your own personal vote to the mix, total up all the votes and announce the winner on your blog.
Beyond that, just try to have fun with it and let your readers/voters have fun with it.
All right! Let's have fun!
Our song for this competition is Proud Mary, written by John Fogerty in 1968 and released by his band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, in early 1969. In March, Proud Mary peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Fogerty stated that he wrote the song during the two days after he left the Air National Guard, the good job left in the city to which the song refers.
Here's our first contender in today's battle, Creedence Clearwater Revival with Proud Mary:
I like John Fogerty's distinctive voice, but I admit that as a youngster--a very young youngster in 1969--I thought his name was John Ford Coley. I figured it out.
While it was still on the charts in 1969, Solomon Burke recorded Proud Mary because he saw it as a song recorded by white artists, but he believed it represented the African American experience. Burke, quoted on Wikipedia, states that "the greatest thing I ever did was tell Ike Turner, 'Hey man, you should get on this record . . . I think you and Tina could tear this thing up.'”
Ike and Tina Turner did indeed tear up Proud Mary. Their version reached #4 on the pop charts in March, 1971, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group in 1972.
I could tell you to ignore the video and only listen to the song, but I don't know if it's possible to ignore this performance. Here's our second contender in the current battle, Ike and Tina Turner:
Ike Turner was creepy, but boy, I love Tina.
Your task, if you choose to accept it, is to vote in your comment for your preferred version of Proud Mary. Will you choose CCR or Ike and Tina Turner?
I'll return on July 21 to tell you who our winner is.
Happy listening! Please consider joining our bloghop.
Infinities of love,
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@ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
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@ 'THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING' by clicking HERE.
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