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"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 3, 2015

Hey Get Yer Battle of the Banned Here! Version Sacrifice 2: Kiki Meets Sarah - Which Will "Run Away" With a Win?


DON'T BE SCARED, DEAR FRIEND.


JUST KEEP TELLING YOURSELF

IT'S ONLY A BLOG...

IT'S ONLY A BLOG...
















Welcome to

VERSION SACRIFICE 2!

It's the latest post in my new series

Battle of the Banned.

Version Sacrifice might sound disturbing
but it's merely a friendly competition
that let's you be the judge.

In today's spin-off, two Brit birds compete
for your vote, covering the soulful recording
of a U.S. artist. Listen to both covers, decide
which one you like more and cast your
vote when you leave a comment.

The contestants are waiting in the wings
and ready to perform... so let the
  Battle of the Banned begin!


 TAMI LYNN 

New Orleans soul bird Tami Lynn sang back-up
for A list acts like the Rolling Stones, Wilson
Pickett and Sonny & Cher. As a solo artist,
Tami got her props, not in the U.S.
but across the pond.

Tami's original recording of
"I'm Gonna Run Away From You," written by New York producer Bert Berns, remained uncharted after its 1965 U.S. release, but the single enjoyed much greater popularity in the UK where it was released three times over a ten year period. On the second UK go-around, Tami's tune peaked at #4 on the chart and was a hit with fans of Northern Soul. The single was reissued in 1975 and cracked the UK top 40. Listen to Tami's terrific take!


 "I'm Gonna Run Away From You" 
 Tami Lynn (March 1965, uncharted) 




Tami Lynn's original is ineligible.
Do not vote for it... or else!
The two contestants in this battle are a
pair of English thrushes performing their
own fine renditions. Vote for one of them.


 SARAH COLLINS 

Now hear this. What a find!


It's Sarah Collins of North Yorkshire, England.
Sarah, a mid 30s mother of two, battled back
from a brain tumor and now fronts an 8 piece
soul/funk/reggae/ska/northern soul band called
Vinyl Groove. In addition Sarah has become a
celebrity on YouTube thanks to videos of her
singing at home. In no time Sarah won me
over with her excellent covers of past hits.
You can tell by Sarah's delightful smile
and the utter joy with which she sings
that she feels lucky to be alive and
thankful for every new day.

 "I'm Gonna Run Away From You" 
 Sarah Collins' cover of Tami Lynn 





 KIKI DEE 

Millions know English songstress Kiki Dee
as Elton John's partner on the hit 1976 duet
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart." Fewer are
aware that she was the first white, female,
blue-eyed soul singer signed to Motown's
Tamla label. Kiki started out as a session
singer backing Dusty Springfield and others.


In February 1966 Kiki released a percolating cover
of Tami Lynn's "I'm Gonna Run Away From You."
Upon its release, Kiki's single competed head to
head with a version released by an unknown
UK artist named Antoinette. The two British
singles canceled each other out and both
flopped. Here's Kiki Dee's power-packed
platter released with the modified title
"Why Don't I Run Away From You?"

 "Why Don't I Run Away From You?" 
 Kiki Dee (February 1966) 





The moment of truth has come.

One version must be sacrificed.

Which artist performed the better

cover of "Run Away From You"?


VOTE FOR ONE OF THESE ARTISTS:

SARAH COLLINS 

or

KIKI DEE.


VOTE NOW!

Stay tuned for my follow-up post 7 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 make time
to swing over to my good buddy
Alex J. Cavanaugh's 
blog and cast your vote in his
Battle of the Banned!

Have a Shady day!

71 comments:

  1. Tom, what a fun spin off of BOTB. You have style, my friend! Now, this is a new oldie for me to hear for the first time. I thought both covers were nice and I actually thought the vocals sounded very similar. I agree with you, I think Sarah is a happy person judging her brimming smile and she definitely has good reason to be happy. God had His hand over her! I loved the music history following Kiki Dee. I didn't know any of it, other than her pop hit with Elton, which I really liked. I had no clue she branched off on her. Now, who gets sacrificed as you put it? Oh what tough decisions, but I think I'm going to give my vote to Kiki Dee. Her voice is just a wee bit smoother. Great, great fun battle and thanks for stopping in to vote at my place. Have a tunetastic week!

    #BOTB Double post with dual between stars

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    1. Hi, dear Cathy! Thank you for making time to visit my BOTB. I'm glad you enjoyed my Version Sacrifice and appreciated both of these English sparrows. I will put you down for Kiki Dee and thank you again for visiting and voting. Please take good care of yourself, dear friend Cathy, and I'll see you back here one week from today when I announce the winner!

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  2. Hi dear Shady,

    My vote is for Kiki Dee. :)

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    1. Hi, dear Linda! AOK, my cherished friend. I will record another vote for Kiki on your behalf. Thank you very much for your visit and vote!

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  3. Will I'm not big into retro, I liked Kiki Dee's better. It seemed more genuine and had more heart.

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    1. Hi, Alex! Thanks for dropping by, good buddy. Let the record show that you have voted for Kiki Dee. Thank you very much for supporting SDMM and Battle of the Banned!

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  4. I like Sarah Collins. It's funny that she is singing in her dining room...or wherever that is. Have a nice week!

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    1. Hi, dear Susie! I'm happy to see you back on the blogs, dearie. Thanks for coming.

      Yessum, Sarah's karaoke style singing performances are shot at home and she has become quite a hit on YouTube. Her survival story is inspiring. I will register your vote for Sarah in my BOTB. Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Susie!

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  5. Kiki gets my vote. I liked the horns in her version.

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    1. Hi, Mike! Thanks for coming, good buddy. Those horns used in 60s Brit Beat recordings always make me swoon. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and I will put you down for Kiki Dee.

      Thanks again, Mike!

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  6. Why don't I run away from you? Well, I engraved your name on the prayer list and it would just mess it up if I moved on. Everyone else is in dry erase marker.

    Good morning and howdy do! I didn't post on my own blog today...eye strain with computer use...decided to spend that time on other blogs as long as I can.

    When Elton John and Kiki Dee had their chart breaker duet, I was all over that puppy. I loved it. Upbeat, tight harmony...hey, it had Elton John! I'm a Kiki fan, basically, is what I'm saying.

    So, Kiki's version of this song is no surprise: strong vocals, great arrangement. It's even a little bit upbeat inspite of the topic. I love it.

    BUT....

    Sarah Collins version, done at home with none of the sound engineer booth magic, is great. Clear, strong, great vocals. I love the personality that comes through; she seems so light hearted and really enjoying what she is doing. I can totally understand why she would get a YouTube following.

    A VOTE FOR SARAH! EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!

    Toodles, dear Shady! Thanks for a great match.

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    1. Good morning, dear Cherdo! I was surprised this morning when I couldn't find a new post from you. I am very happy to know the reason is nothing worse than eye strain. I appreciate your prayers and the time you devote to visiting me here at SDMM.

      I also appreciate the rationale you gave for voting for Sarah Collins. It's true. This contest requires you to imagine how she would sound in the studio backed by a full orchestra and having her voice run through an audio mixer. On the other hand, Sarah has the advantage of a gripping back story, having survived a life threatening brain tumor, and the fact that you can see her face as she performs. Yessum, there are several factors to weigh before making a decision and I thank you for taking time to do that.

      I will enter your vote for Sarah Collins, dear Cherdo, and I thank you again for supporting Battle of the Banned. (Just keep telling yourself "It's only a blog...")

      Don't forget to check out my simulcast partner Alex J. Cavanaugh's BOTB post. Have a great week, dear friend Cherdo!

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    2. Hey, it's like Christmas! I got a surprise under the tree! I already had a post written for today (Michael D'Agostino's Question of the Month). I just had to publish it.

      I'm an idiot, just for the record.

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    3. Every day that I have an opportunity to connect with you is like Christmas, dear friend Cherdo.

      Thank you!

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  7. This isn't a level playing field. Kiki Dee's voice seems more refined, but she had the advantage of a recording studio. If Sarah's version had been made under the same circumstances she would probably sound just as good. It all boils down to this-- A soul song should be performed in a soulful manner. Kiki Dee's version is good, but it is British pop. I vote for Sarah Collins because she puts more soul and feeling into her performance.

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    1. Hi, dear Kathryn! Thanks for joining my BYOB/BOTB party! I agree it isn't a level playing field, but that makes the competition more interesting, in my opinion. Clearly, Sarah Collins' personality, style and vocal treatment resonated with you and with Cherdo (above) and compensated for her low budget homemade production. I will record your vote for Sarah Collins and I thank you again for participating in Battle of the Banned!

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  8. Hello Shady!

    This is is such a nice battle and Sarah's story is a good way to start the week, with an upbeat tune and an inspiring story.

    I know how well Kiki can sing as I've heard her do it before. She's a real pro with some great chops and this recording is no different. Top notch and I love it!

    But I'm of the same mind as Kathryn regarding Sarah's version. Kiki had a studio and Sarah has a living room. I like the quality of Sarah's voice and I like the feeling with which she sings. And Kathryn said it, Kiki's version is British pop, whilst Sarah's is full of soul.

    I'm voting for Sarah.

    I won't be back to blogging anytime soon, but I will be popping in more frequently now.

    Have a great week Shady!

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    1. Hi, Anne! I am very happy to see you again, my dear friend. I've been thinking about you and I am very thankful that you haven't forgotten about me. Welcome back!

      It was beginning to look like Kiki Dee would trounce Sarah but now it appears as if the contest could go either way. Truth be told, I didn't know any Kiki Dee recordings beyond her duet with Elton before I stumbled upon this one made much earlier in her career. As I mentioned in the text, another Brit popper, Antoinette, released her version of "Run Away" at the same time Kiki's was charting and they canceled each other out. I could have added Antoinette's version to the BOTB but decided not to muddy the water.

      Thank you for voting and letting me know your rationale for picking Sarah Collins. I agree that she renders the song soulfully. We need to remember, however, that many readers/voters prefer a pop sound to soul and that, too, makes this contest interesting.

      Thank you again, dear friend Anne, for your cheery visit, comment and vote. I hope to see you again soon!

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    2. Kiki was on BBC radio well before her song with Elton, so she was only new to people in the US. I didn't really like that song but it was nice to see her get international fame from it.

      I like both pop and soul, but given a choice between the two, I'll usually choose soul. For me, it's fun to see why people prefer one song over another, so I like it when they explain their choices.

      I'm having a busy Summer with house and the gardens. It's been a good season, so my flowers have done very well and I've loads of bees and butterflies. I'm happy as a pig in mud right now.

      Hope all is well in your world Shady!

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    3. Hi again, dear Anne! It's funny. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" was a smash hit, spent 4 weeks at #1 on the U.S. chart, but I didn't like it and you didn't like it. In fact, I can't remember anybody mentioning to me that they liked it. :)

      My tastes vary and I am not very hard to please. I love all three of these versions of "Run Away." 99% of the recordings that I present on SDMM are tunes that I enjoy, no matter how obscure they might be. Many are recordings that I discovered in the last two years during my Brit girl phase and now have in my CD collection.

      I have thought about you often in your absence, dear Anne. I'm happy to know that your garden is growing and that you are helping to restore the dwindling bee and butterfly populations. Remember what happened before and be careful not to spend too much time toiling in the sun and heat.

      It's always a pleasure to catch up with you, Anne. Thank you again for your ongoing friendship and support!

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  9. I love your uniqueness and taking something and making it your own:) The first girl looks so happy to be alive and I commend her courage and she has a string voice but I have to go with Kiki because I prefer her voice a tad better but I love the music especially the "James Bond" vibe. I can't think which instrument it is but it always brings a sexiness to anything. Maybe you can enlighten me which instrument it is

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit! Thank you very much for coming over for my Version Sacrifice! As I mentioned to another reader, many of the recordings made in London during the 60s boast those magnificent horn sections. I agree that the Kiki Dee recording brings to mind the soundtracks of James Bond films. Is it a trombone that makes that distinctive sound? French horn? I'm not sure.

      Thank you very much, my dear sweet friend Birgit. I am very happy to know you have fun when you are here. I will mark you down for Kiki Dee in this contest. Please come back one week from now and find out which English sparrow won! Until then, have a great week!

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  10. Kiki Dee was good with some excellent accompaniments, but...
    Sarah’s rich voice alone emanates a distinct vibrancy, enhanced only by her charming smile. I can only imagine how fantastic she’d sound with professional back-up, but she gets my vote as-is!

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre! Thank you very much for risking all to attend my Version Sarifice! Your explanation for voting for Sarah Collins is well written and pleases me greatly. It would be an interesting experiment to take Sarah's vocal track and add the same instrumental backing found on Kiki's recording. It speaks volumes that Sarah's charming personality and the joy and passion with which she sings was enough to sway your vote. I will add your vote for Sarah to the official tally and I thank you again for joining me today, dear friend Diedre!

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  11. I like the version by Sarah Collins, and I really love to hear how she has overcome her own battle. I agree with you, love her smile and she looks like she's ready for the world. I thought I was surely going to choose her song, but then I heard the version by Kiki Dee. And yes, the only other song I'm familiar with is the duet she did with Elton John. I think ultimately, I like her version more. You can put me down for Kiki Dee.

    Battle of the Banned huh? Now I feel like I am in a rival gang. Who are you the Sharks or the Jets?

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    1. LOL! Hello, Jeffrey! I suppose my gang would have to be called the Rats because the kids in my old crowd at the Shady Dell were known as Dell Rats.

      For decades I knew next to nothing about Kiki Dee. Then, a couple of years ago, I caught Brit girl fever, did some digging and learned more about her. As it turns out, Kiki started making records in 1963 and she released many fine singles. Oddly, Kiki remained a well kept secret from American audiences and she didn't fare much better at home in the UK until the mid 70s when she found fame via Elton John.

      I will put you down for Kiki Dee, good buddy, and thank you very much for supporting SDMM and Battle of the Banned. Please make sure to visit my BOTB colleague, Alex J., and vote in his contest. Thanks, Jeffrey!

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  12. Shadyyyyyy!!! I've missed you! What a great battle you have here. I really enjoyed both versions. I like the horns in Kiki Dee's as mentioned in other comments. I like that I can hear Sarah's smile come through in her version. I think I'm going with Sarah. She has quite a story and to be able to sing with such Joy , what a blessing!

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    1. Hi, dear Holli! Are you writing to me from atop the Mount Rushmore monument? :) I am very grateful to have you over today to listen to my tuneage and vote in my latest Battle of the Banned. I have missed you, too, my sweet friend!

      Isn't it amazing how you can close your eyes and "hear" the smile in a singer's voice? Such is indeed the case with Sarah Collins. She sings with joy and passion and even adopts a soulful New Orleans accent. That's quite an accomplishment for a British soccer mom.

      Thank you very much for giving both contestants your careful consideration before submitting your vote. I will add your vote for Sarah Collins to the total. I invite you to return one week from today to find out which of these Brit birds won the contest.

      Love and hugs, dear Holli!

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  13. I like both versions, but I guess I vote for Kiki Dee. She has a tremendous voice. Loved Sarah; she must be having so much fun singing in a band and online!
    If I had had youtube when I was young, you can bet I'd have been singing from my bedroom. I'll go visit Alex; I followed him for a long time when I had my blog. See you in a week. Hugs

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    1. Hi, dear Belle! It's great to see you again, my dear friend. Thanks for reading, listening and voting in my latest Banned Battle.

      Yessum, I can picture you as a teenager shooting selfie videos of your singing performances. I often wonder how boomers would have turned out if we had all of today's technology when we were growing up in the 60s. It really gives you something to think about, doesn't it?

      Both contestants in today's BOTB are female singers from the UK, but that's where the similarity ends. The recordings were made nearly 50 years apart, one in a professional studio setting, the other a home grown affair. Kiki's recording is one of the finest examples of mid 60s Brit pop while Sarah renders her version in a more authentic soul style. Kiki Dee's waxing of the song pleased your ears and I will record your vote for her.

      Thank you for checking out the blog of your old friend and my new friend Alex J. Cavanaugh who decided to help me spread linky love by joining my Battle of the Banned network. :)

      Thank you again for coming, my dear and faithful friend Belle. I hope to see you one week from today when I announce the winner of my BOTB. God bless!

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  14. I saw the name Kiki Dee and winced. I had not heard anything from her so far that hadn't made me say, "Well, at least it ain't Yoko Ono." I was pleasantly surprised. She gets my vote- something I never thought I'd say in a positive light.

    BTW, miss ya at the ol' Time Machine lately...

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    1. Hi, Chris! Thanks for coming over, good buddy. I admit that I underestimated Kiki Dee. I had no idea she made a bunch of great recordings in the 60s including the one featured in this contest. It's a shame she spent years trying but didn't achieve fame on either side of the pond until the mid 70s when she sang on that hit Elton John single. I'm glad you were pleasantly surprised and I will record your vote for Kiki in my BOTB.

      You're right, Chris. I haven't been showing up on Fridays for your Time Machine. By the same token, you haven't been over to see me here in a while. I think we have been avoiding each other's blogs for the same reason. Seems we find ourselves on opposite sides of the political aisle and I'm sure you know how easily discussions of politics and religion can deep-six a friendship. Obviously we need to address the elephant in the room (or is it a donkey? :) I realize that the last two or three posts that have appeared here on SDMM have given the liberals and the feminists a chance to celebrate, but it's the first time in seven years that I have presented such material. As you know, I prefer to keep SDMM fun, upbeat and about the music. As you might have guessed by now, my political beliefs do not match yours. Rest assured, however, that I would fight for your right to have your beliefs and to express them on your blog. That said, I would like to respectfully ask a favor. If you think you could refrain from dragging political rants into your Time Machine posts and stay focused on the music, I will feel more welcome on your blog and will gladly resume my Friday visits. You would still have every other day of the week to discuss politics and religion. Fair enough?

      I very much appreciate you coming here today, Chris. Make no mistake, I value your friendship. I always read your comments on our friends blogs and admire your sense of humor. I know you like my humor, too. I vote that we agree to disagree, forget about our differing political philosophies and keep our great friendship going. Do you want to?

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  15. Honest truth, I hadn't gotten any of your posts in my feeder in a while, except for the last one with the guest post about the dance show, which I figured I'd already commented on on your last post. I hadn't really noticed which political side you're on, and I don't know if that's because you hadn't posted on it in my short time around here or because, my feed is ignoring you. That wouldn't surprise me, because I only get the e-mail notifications on your replies to my comments about half the time (and usually come back just to check). I on the other hand, realize I put my political heart on my sleeve.

    I think you would find me willing to have reasonable discussions. I try not to troll unless trolled at, and I find I run into that more with people who should be agreeing with me than those I don't agree with.

    So the answer to your question is of course, and I appreciate your taste in music which for me SHOULD be more important than politics. I put that in caps, because I had to break an e-friendship with another music guy that thought that my mere questioning of "global warming" meant I belonged to the flat earth society (that is NOT a humorous exaggeration). I think two reasonably intelligent, handsome, and upright gentlemen as ourselves ought to be able to disagree without any problems.

    As long as you don't mind that I REALLY never noticed your political affiliation...

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    1. Great, Chris! I agree wholeheartedly with you, especially the "handsome" part. :) I wouldn't want to lose touch with Scrappy and I'm sure you don't want to miss a single one of my Granny Clampett jokes, so we're in good shape, my friend.

      I knew we could do this. Thanks, Chris!

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  16. Hi Shady!

    After listening to the two songs, right away I thought that Kiki was the best . Her voice was so clear and pretty. Then I read Kathryn's comment and I thought she's right! I changed my mind. Sarah's version was the best because it had such a raw, soulful sound.

    The first song I can remember being a remake was Tommy James' 1967 hit, "I Think We're Alone Now". Then, 20 years later, Tiffany remade it to become an even bigger hit!

    Thanks for spotlighting the "Run Away" song! That was fun!

    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni! Welcome to my second creepy Version Sacrifice here at station SDMM. While I don't want you to be influenced by the comments and opinions of others, I like the fact that you took a little extra time to ponder your decision. Some people love a soulful sound while others prefer the cleaner pop sound. The production on Kiki Dee's recording was superb - bright and brassy - while the accompaniment on Sarah's version was bare bones. In the end you experienced Sarah's performance as an unpolished gem and chose it over the refined studio recording by Kiki. I will register your vote for Sarah Collins and I thank you very much for participating, dear friend Toni. Have a great week!

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  17. I like Kiki Dee, but I must vote for Sarah Collins. She has a great voice, and anyone who has the cajones to sing at home and post it on YouTube deserves a vote.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hi dear Janie Junebug! Thank you for coming to my latest BOTB bash. I agree. With all the haters out there who love to pick apart the musical performances of amateurs, it was very brave of Sarah to go for it and put herself out there for all to see and hear. Fortunately she has garnered many more thumbs up than thumbs down on her YouTube videos and her nightclub act fronting the band Vinyl Groove is a hit in England and across Europe. I will record your vote for Sarah Collins, dear friend Janie, and again, thank you for coming!

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    2. I also love a Yorkshire girl. I want so badly to visit Yorkshire so I can pay homage to Sylvia Plath and wander the moors like the Bronte sisters till I die very dramatically of tuberculosis. I know I've said this before, and I'll keep saying it till someone give me enough money to spend a few weeks in England. Or maybe someone will pay me to shut up. I'll take the money however I can get it. I'm a very bad girl.

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    3. Yessum, I know that is on your bucket list but none of us wants to lose you in that manner or in any other way. :(

      Some of my best friends are very bad girls! :)

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    4. Is Mrs. Shady a bad girl? I doubt it. Maybe Cherdo joins me in badness. Rachel has badassness.

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    5. Yessum, Mrs. Shady is a bad girl. I only date and marry bad girls. :)

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  18. Both great, but my vote's for Sarah.

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    1. Hi again, dear Sandra! Thank you very much for dropping in to cast your vote in my latest BOTB competition. I will add your vote for Sarah Collins to the running total. I cordially invite you to return one week from today to find out which artist won. Thanks again, Sandra, and have wonderful week!

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  19. This is a tough one. There is a lot of similarity between the two versions.

    I guess I'll vote for Sarah Collins though I do kind of like KiKi's vocal better. I just got a greater retro feel from the Collins version and I liked that.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. By the way I didn't care for Kiki's collaboration with Elton either which was another influence on my vote. I had no idea that she had been recording before that "Heart" hit hit the charts.


      Lee
      Tossing It Out

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    2. Hi, Lee! Thanks for joining the fun as I present my second chilling Version Sacrifice. Obviously you read some of the other comments and noticed how many people disliked that Elton - Kiki megahit. Truth be told I am not a big fan of Elton John either and wouldn't mind at all if I never heard "Crocodile Rock" again in my lifetime.

      I also notice that several readers who voted for Sarah Collins have a difficult time explaining precisely why. Something about her resonates with people, perhaps on a subliminal level.

      I will add your vote for Sarah to the count, good buddy, and once again I thank you for taking part in my banned battle. Have a great day, Lee!

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  20. This was a tough one. Sarah's sounds more soulful, but I found the voice quality of Kiki's to be better. I'll vote for Kiki.

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    1. Hi, dear Sherry! It's great to see you, my new friend. Thank you very much for coming over and voting in my BOTB.

      This is turning out to be a close contest with votes almost equally divided between those who prefer a soulful vocal style and those who like a refined pop sound. I will record your vote for Kiki Dee and I invite you to return next Monday when the winner will be announced. Thanks again, Sherry, and have a wonderful day!

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    2. Both great versions Shady....but Sarah it is for me!

      Ciao

      Robyn

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    3. Hi, dear Robyn! Thank you very much for visiting and voting in my latest banned battle. I will enter another vote for Sarah Collins. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!

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  21. I just wanted to express my sadness over the death of English singer Cilla Black. Cilla reportedly died of a stroke resulting from a fall. She was 72.

    R.I.P. Cilla.

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    1. That is so sad! :( She was a great singer. R.I.P. Cilla ♥

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    2. Thank you, dear Debbie, for helping me to remember the late great Cilla Black. I challenge anyone to watch and listen to this performance of hers without getting goose bumps and tears in their eyes. Please take two minutes and experience it. This is mastery. Cilla was a solid pro, stepping up to the mic and knocking it out of the ball park right there in front of Burt Bacharach himself:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAuoNa5g6i8

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  22. This is a song I'm not familiar with, so no preconceptions. I actually liked both covers - better than the original in fact. Sarah has a lovely roughness to her voice that I really like, so she gets my vote, in the end. Fun post as always, Shady! ☺

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Debbie the Doglady, for joining the fun, listening and voting in my latest BOTB. I'm always happy to introduce new songs and singers to you. I tend to agree that both of these covers were better than the original, although many Tami Lynn fans on YouTube would disagree with us. Englishwoman Sarah Collins amazes me with her ability to sound like a Cajun queen. At times you can detect a hint of "vocal fry" aka pulse register, laryngealisation, pulse phonation, creak, croak, popcorning, glottal fry, glottal rattle, glottal scrape, or strohbass. (I got all that from Wiki) I always knew of it as glottal fry. Whatever you call it, the vocal technique resonates with a lot of people.

      I'm delighted to know that you had fun here today, dear friend Debbie, and I will record your vote for Sarah Collins in this very close contest!

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  23. I remember reading about Kiki Dee at the Motown Museum when I visited Detroit last year! Amazing trip and amazing place! Thank you for posting these songs!

    I didn't forget about your blog! I was preparing for two job interviews (one full time) that I had today!

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    1. Thank you for your visit and good luck with your job interviews, dear Jessica Marie. If you wish to participate in the BOTB then you need to listen to the two entries and let me know which candidate gets your vote. There's still plenty of time. This post runs through Sunday and I will announce the winner on Monday. Thanks again for coming, dear Jessica Marie!

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  24. Hi Shady! I'd never heard this song before so it was fun to learn a new one and I enjoyed both versions...however I don't want to be a fence sitter so I'll give my vote. I also don't want to give my vote with voicing some reasons. Maybe it's the dimples but I sure liked Sarah Collins...then I listened to Kiki and it was more professional and polished....then I listened again to Sarah and sure enough her relaxed, just happy to be here and a love of singing sure came through. Ok, I listened again to Kiki..not kidding..I really did. But it's Sarah for me. I guess it just felt "real", coming from the heart. Can't wait to see who wins! Thanks for a fun post...sorry I'm so late in commenting...I'm a blog loser this week!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa! I'm pleased to see you tonight, my special friend! You've been following SDMM for years and by now you know that you almost always have a full week to read a post before it is replaced by a new one. You arrived in plenty of time to vote in my BOTB and I thank you very much for coming.

      You're not the only one who wrestled with the decision and waffled back and forth before deciding how to vote. Seems like most of the readers/voters needed to deliberate a while. I like the way you explained the process that led you to vote for Sarah Collins. I'm delighted that you and others found something to like about both recordings and I am also thrilled that the contest is turning out to be a close one. I know you're heading out to Oregon soon and I will miss you. If at all possible come back here next Monday (or anytime next week) and find out who claimed victory in my BOTB.

      Thank you again for another terrific comment, dear friend YaYa, and enjoy the rest of your week!.

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  25. Oh my. I'd go for Sarah Collins? But I've got limited knowledge about these artists. Thanks for introducing them to me. I saw that picture and I thought I'm in for an early halloween post. :)

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    1. Hi, dear Lux! Thank you for coming to the party. My dear, you don't need to have ANY knowledge about the artists in order to tell me which one you like better. For seven years I have been introducing friends like you to artists and music that are new to them. Since you expressed a preference for Sarah Collins I will enter another vote for her on your behalf.

      Thank you very much for stopping by, dear friend Lux, and enjoy the rest of your week!.

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  26. Hey Shady!
    I'm thinking that this could very well be one of my newest favorite songs!!! What a catchy tune, I've got a feeling this will be running through my head for a while, mainly in those quiet moments shelving books at the library and pedaling down the street.
    I've always had a hard time making decisions slash voting for things like this. I truly believe that all forms of music in this world have different motivations, inspirations, techniques and strong points all their own, making comparison almost fruitless. As long as someone is doing their best and doing it with their whole hearts, they are a winner in my book, who's to say who is better? However we do have our own personal preferences, and voting like this is fun!
    This is a doozy of a difficult on, oh my! Kiki Dee gets my vote for the version of singing this song, and Sandra Collins gets my vote for the most inspirational story and gets me as her newest fan (which obviously is a total winning point, right? hehe, kidding of course).
    What an awesome post, Shady. This certainly did not have me running away!!!
    -A&D

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    1. Hi, dear Abigail and Daisy! Thank you very much for checking out the latest contest in my Battle of the Banned series. I feel much the same as you. As long as artists give their all in performances I admire and respect them. Such is the case, I think, with all three of these ladies. I, too, can name several reasons for voting for each of the contestants in this battle. If I am understanding you, you are voting for Kiki Dee's version of the song and unless I hear otherwise I will record a vote for Kiki on your behalf. Your appreciation of Sarah's compelling back story is also noted and I thank you for expressing that.

      I'm very happy that you enjoyed hearing and learning this catchy song, "Run Away From You." It has been stuck in my head for days now and I don't mind it one bit. :)

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Abigail. Please look in on Monday to find out which artist won the BOTB competition. God bless!

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  27. Hi Shady,

    Once again I'm late to the battle, but that's ok as I didn't really get into either version. Just not my style either way...

    I feel like I've missed your last few posts. I've barely had the energy to update my own blog the last few weeks. I've taken on extra work at the station - going out a few mornings a week to report in one of our beat areas that has been being neglected of late. And I'm still producing two shows a day! I enjoy the reporting but by the time I get home and take care of the baby, eat and do chores, I'm beat!

    Hope you and that new grandbaby are doing well! :)

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    1. Hi, Ashton! It was very nice of you to stop by, dear friend. Yessum, it's been a while since you came over to see me. You missed a couple of posts dealing with women's issues and I also recently celebrated my 7th blog anniversary. You and I go way back, don't we?

      I certainly understand that your career and the additional responsibilities of motherhood take precedence over blogging. I always miss you when you are gone so long and appreciate it when you visit.

      Again, it as very kind of you to drop by to say hello even if you did not care for the music and do not wish to vote in my BOTB. Please take good care of yourself, your husband and your little girl, dear friend Ashton, and I hope to see you again soon!

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  28. Kathleen Mae SchneiderAugust 9, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Once again I'm sneaking in under the wire to probably be the latest comment again,Tom! Sorry, but some health issues and Mom care prevented me from getting to visit the blog earlier in the week.

    I definitely liked both of the Brits' versions of this catchy tune more than the original Tami Lynn one - I'm not exactly sure why though. (Just curious, but was your choice of this title in any way influenced by the last two posts?)

    While I enjoyed Sarah Collins fresh and enthusiastic take on the melody, and of course the back story, I wasn't fond of the prerecorded background - it reminded me of karaoke I guess.

    So I must admit I preferred the professionally recorded Kiki Dee's modified title version the best. The brass and the obvious mixing I think enhanced the melody, and I think Kiki's voice and rendering also showed great enthusiastic and natural involvement on her part.

    Thanks as always for letting me discover another song that I didn't even know existed, and to witness once again how a musical idea can morph in the hands of other artists.

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    1. Hi, dear Kathleen! Thank you for coming over to vote in the waning hours before the polls close. :) No, dear friend. I had this post scheduled well in advance and it was not influenced by the previous posts. I like to plan ahead and I am already working on the post schedule for the year 2021 (not a joke).

      Songwriter and producer Bert Berns, founder of Bang Records, was a pioneer of 60s rock and soul music. It was interesting to hear how his "Run Away" song was handled by these three female vocalists. Those session musicians in London were top notch and played on many of the great Brit beat recordings of the 60s. Kiki Dee's is certainly one of them. I add your vote for Kiki Dee to the running total. Please come back tomorrow if at all possible to witness democracy in action as I tear open the hermetically sealed envelope and announce the winner.

      Please take good care of yourself and Mother, dear friend Kathleen, and thank you again for making time for SDMM today. See you soon. God bless!

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  29. Just stopped by to say 'hey' and hope you've had a perfect weekend.

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    1. Hi, Sandra! Hey, that is very nice of you, my new friend. I appreciate you thinking about me and I hope you had a great weekend, too.

      Just a reminder that I'll be naming the winner of this BOTB first thing tomorrow morning, so be sure to take a peek.

      Thank you again for being such a kind and considerate new friend Sandra. I'll be seeing you soon!

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  30. ATTENTION!

    THE POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED.

    Please check back here tomorrow morning when I will reveal the final vote count and declare the BOTB winner.

    Thank you very much for voting, dear friend. See you tomorrow!

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