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Monday, September 28, 2015

Battle of the Banned Special Edition - "Hey, That Sounds Just Like..." Vol. 2


Welcome to another edition of

Hey, That Sounds Just Like...

It's my latest post for

Battle of the Banned
the series that dares to be different.

Hey, That Sounds Just Like is a simple concept.
There are two pairs of recordings. The recordings
in each pair share a similar sound, even though
they are different songs recorded by different
artists. Please vote for the sound-alike record
you prefer. There's no guess work. The two
competing recordings are clearly marked.

The contestants are ready to rock
so let the Battle of the Banned begin!

  BOTB CONTESTANT #1  

 NANCY AMES 

THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS (TW3)

Here's a rare change of style for "The TW3 Girl,"
Nancy Ames, who sang on the satirical mid 60s
television show That Was The Week That Was.
Best known for her folk albums and Spanish
language recordings, Nancy surprised her
fans in 1966 when she released "Friends
and Lovers Forever," a groovy single
with a girl group sound sung to the
melody of "Hang On Sloopy," the huge
hit by the McCoys. "Friends and Lovers
Forever" was written by the composing
team of Bert Berns and Wes Farrell,
the same guys who gave us "Sloopy."
Nancy's record deserved a top 40
finish but never escaped the
Bubbling Under dungeon.
Be sure to listen to the last
40 seconds of the song. When
strait-laced Nancy gets into
a shouting, call-and-response
duel with her backup singers,
this thang gets surreal!

 "Friends and Lovers Forever" - Nancy Ames  
 (January 1966, highest chart position #123) 





 THE MCCOYS 


Now here are Rick Derringer and the McCoys,
with their signature song and biggest hit, 
the chart topping "Hang On Sloopy,"
a reworking of "My Girl Sloopy"
originally recorded in 1964
by the Vibrations.

 "Hang On Sloopy" - The McCoys 
 (October 1965, highest chart position #1) 





The McCoys are not in this contest.
Do not vote for them...or else!

  BOTB CONTESTANT #2  

 THE STYLETTES 


The Stylettes were a soulful 60s girl group that
released singles on the Philadelphia-based
Cameo label. One of the group's finest efforts
is "Packing Up My Memories," a song penned
by Ugene "Gene" Dozier (no relation to Motown
songwriter Lamont Dozier).  Gene Dozier later
took his composing talents to Detroit and went
by the name Billy Jackson. The A side of this
 Stylettes 45 is the frantic paced "On Fire,"
an arrangement that reminds me of "I Do"
by The Marvelows. "Packing Up My
Memories" is the superior side,
IMO, a genuine killer bee.

 "Packing Up My Memories" 
 The Stylettes (January 1965, 
 uncharted B side of "On Fire") 





 JAMES BROWN 


The Stylettes' "Packing Up My Memories" reminds me
of, and was perhaps inspired by, James Brown's
"Out of the Blue," a track from his Showtime
album released as the fab flipside of an
obscure, poor selling Smash single in
the summer of 1964.

 "Out of the Blue" - James Brown 
 (July 1964, uncharted B side of 
 "The Things That I Used To Do") 





James Brown is not in this contest.
Do not vote for him...or else!

 Okay, you heard the two originals, 

 The McCoys and James Brown. 

 You also heard the two sound-alikes. 

 Which sound-alike do you like more? 

 YOUR VOTING CHOICES ARE: 


 NANCY AMES 

 "Friends and Lovers Forever"  

 AND 

 THE STYLETTES 

 "Packing Up My Memories." 


 It's not a trick question 

 so don't overthink it. 

 I am not asking which one 

 sounded more like the original. 

 I am merely asking which 

 one you enjoyed more. 


VOTE NOW!

After voting here, please visit my partner in grime


and vote in his

Battle of the Banned!

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.

Have a Shady day!

83 comments:

  1. That's a tough one.
    And is it odd that I read it as Snoopy not Sloopy?
    I'm going to give it to The Stylettes for this round.

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    1. Hi, Alex! Happy BOTB day, good buddy! You have me looking for typos, my friend. :) I always wondered about that name Sloopy. I never knew anyone named Sloopy - boy, girl, animal, vegetable or mineral. As the story goes, a high school kid wrote the song originally and sold it to Bert Berns who set it to music (originally a R&B style number) along with composing partner Wes Farrell. It seems likely that we will never know who she was - that girl named Sloopy.

      The Stylettes are first on the board in the contest. Thanks for voting, good buddy Alex. Don't forget the voting results post one week from today. See you then!

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  2. I remember That Was The Week That Was and I like Nancy Ames. The problem is that I don't like the McCoys or any of those other bubblegum groups of the 60's and I don't like Hang On Sloopy. As a consequence, I don't like the song that uses the same melody. I like soul and enjoyed Packing Up My Memories. My vote goes to the Stylettes.

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    1. Hi, Kathryn! Thank you for voting in my latest BOTB. Am I to understand that you were not one of the million + Americans who ran out and bought a copy of "Hang On Sloopy"? :) I am well aware that you do not like bubblegum pop of the 60s. You have often reminded me how much you dislike Tommy James and the Shondells, for example. I suppose it won't do any good to argue that The McCoys are categorized as a pop rock band rather than a bubblegum group.

      I will record another vote for the soulful Stylettes, dear Kathryn. Thanks again for voting and have a great day!

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  3. A third vote for the Stylettes. I never thought I followed the crowd. Have a nice Monday, Shady!

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    1. Hi, dear Susie! Thank you for visiting, listening and voting, dear friend. I got you down for The Stylettes. Thanks again and have a great Monday and a wonderful week!

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  4. Good morning, my dear friend Shady! My vote is for The Stylettes! I hope that you have an enjoyable week and weekend and it is lovely to see your post this morning! :)

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    1. Hi, dear Linda! Thank you for coming down from Canada to vote in my contest. I'm happy to know that you enjoyed the soulful girl group from Philly, The Stylettes. I will add your vote to the score.

      Happy Monday, dear friend Linda!

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  5. Other than "Hang On Sloopy" I haven't heard of any of these songs. Both sound-alike versions are enjoyable to listen to, but For my favorite I'm going to go with solid rhythmic stylings of the Stylettes.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Lee! Thanks for coming, good buddy. I'm happy to know that I was able to introduce you to three new recordings in this installment of Battle of the Banned, including the two competing sound-alikes. This BOTB is following the familiar pattern of starting out as a lopsided affair. It remains to be seen if Nancy Ames will catch up as the hours and days unfold.

      Thanks again for playing, Lee, and enjoy your week!

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  6. I must vote for the Stylettes. Sounds like Doris Troy and several other Cameo girl groups to me. Missed you at the Steppenwolf show at the York Fair. Jerre

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    1. Hi, Jerre! How are you doing, good buddy? I am delighted to see you back here at SDMM.

      I am aware that Steppenwolf performed along with Foghat on the grandstand at this year's York Fair. What did you think of the show?

      Your vote for the Stylettes preserves the shut-out and I will add it to the running total. Hustle back here one week from today to find out if Nancy Ames can battle back and finish strong.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, Jerre. It's great to know you are still following SDMM 7+ years into the journey.

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  7. Well it looks like it's going to be unanimous for the Stylettes.. at least up until this point.

    I used to belong to an online (IRC) live weekly trivia game.. a fun group that had a few of its members playing out of Cleveland. One of the pieces of trivia that I learned at that time (though didn't believe at first) was that Hang on Sloopy is the official rock song of the state of Ohio.

    Fun post.. thanks for that.

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    1. Hi, dear Hilary! Thank you very much for joining the fun. This is the first time you have experienced my new series Battle of the Banned since returning from your blogging hiatus. I am very happy to see you!

      Thank you also for providing Sloopy trivia. I would think that The Holy Grail of all such tidbits would be to find out who the original girl Sloopy was and how she came by that odd name. It's interesting that the song was used in the Peanuts cartoons with the words changed to "hang on Snoopy."

      I will add your vote for The Stylettes to the tally, dear friend Hilary, and I thank you once again for your kind visit and comment!

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  8. Dear Shady,

    This one is tough for me and it's pretty close. First let me address Nancy Ames first. The recording is well done, well produced and the sound is slick. The vocal harmonies are fantastic and I like the way the guitar underlies the melody. You're right, the call and answer with her back-up vocalists is a nice touch at the end.

    The Stylettes tune is stripped down, soulful and the recording is more raw. Now that is something I like as you can hear the room. There's less production value on this one, but again I like that.

    What it came down to for me is two things. First, I think "Friends and Lover's Forever" was a poorly constructed song. In several lines Nancy had to rush the vocals to fit the words in with the accompanying melody. Some fine tuning of the lyrics could easily have been done to fix this. The second thing is that when I went back the second time and listened, I knew in the first few seconds that the hook in "Packing Up My Memories" was bigger. That upbeat piano and the soul in those vocals owned me. The song really grooves.

    At the moment it looks like a shut out, but the day is young and things can quickly change in these battles.

    Thanks for another challenging Battle!

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    1. Hi, dear Anne! Welcome back to the blog and thanks for joining the fun as we play another exciting round of Battle of the Banned!

      Thank you also for providing ample rationale for your vote. I don't have any strict rules requiring people to explain why they voted as they did. Needless to say, I very much appreciate friends like you who take the time to do so. :)

      I can't prove it, but it seems possible that Berns and Farrell wrote "Friends and Lovers Forever" as a tongue-in-cheek put-on, a parody. Allow me to set the stage. It was late 1965. The McCoys monster hit version of "Hang On Sloopy" was still on the chart finishing an impressive 14 week run. Nancy Ames was American television's popular TW3 Girl. I think Berns and Farrell decided to strike while the iron was hot, rewrote "Sloopy" using deliberately wordy structure, and gave the song to Nancy Ames to see what would happen. Remember that it was the singer - songwriter era in popular music. "Friends and Lovers" strikes me as a song that was meant to be sung deadpan serious by Nancy and meant to evoke smiles and laughter by poking fun at other serious songs of the genre. At least that is my interpretation.

      Thank you again for taking time to listen to the songs a second time, evaluate them and give me your impression of them. I very much appreciate your thoroughness, dear friend Anne, and I will mark you down as having voted for The Stylettes. I invite you back next Monday to find out of our votes matched and our record winning streak continues. Until then, please take good care of yourself, my wonderful friend!

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    2. I like your interpretation of "Friends and Lovers" and it does make sense to me. It makes me look at the song in an entirely different light.

      I peeked at the other comments and am glad to see that you don't have a shut out. It's much more interesting to see that people have varied tastes and to see why they chose a particular song.

      See you on Monday for the final tally. Have a great week Shady!

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    3. Thank you, dear friend Anne! Yessum, it is interesting to read the various reasons why people voted the way they did. That's why I wish more people would have taken an extra minute to elaborate. I suppose it would get boring if everybody voted the same way every time. I am learning how complex the decision making process can be and how hard it is to predict how any given person will vote in any given contest, myself included.

      Thanks for the follow-up, dear Anne. I hope you have a safe and happy week and weekend and I look forward to reconnecting with you right here next Monday. :)

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  9. Well, look at me! I'm on a desktop computer!

    Nancy Ames doesn't do it for me so much in this round. She has a great voice but I can't get past the "Sloopy" tune and that ruins it for me. HOWEVER...I'm going ito sit around all day and wonder who she reminds me of...at first I thought it was Donna Fargo but I went to YouTube to confirm and nope, that's not it...

    That part will drive me crazy!

    As for the Stylettes, you've hit on the sound of the 60s that I love. Multiple voices...lead plus backup singers...catchy hook...dance worthy. Mommy likey.

    Great battle, dear Shadster! You are the KING!

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    1. Hi, dear Cherdo! How are you holding up, dear friend? It was very kind of you to make time in the midst of everything you need to do and drop by for a visit. I hope my latest banned battle served as a pleasant distraction for you.

      I can't think of who else Nancy Ames sounds like. Her voice is very familiar to those of us who watched TW3 in 1964 and 1965 and enjoyed her performances on that series. I wish that I could tell people more about The Stylettes. the soulful but little known girl group from Philly. The Stylettes are red hot in this contest and I will enter your vote for them. If possible please check back here one week from today for the results post.

      Thank you again for joining me today, dear friend Cherdo. Please say hello to Gonzo for me and let him know that he is on my mind and in my prayers. God bless!

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    2. Anytime and every time, dear friend!

      God bless!

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  10. I liked the Stylettes better. They sounded like they fit in perfectly with that time period. Nancy has a good voice, but I think she's better suited for singing country ballads - more mellow. I found myself wanting to give her a different tune to sing.

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    1. Hi, dear Sherry! How are you today? Thank you very much for swinging by to play BOTB with me. I'm sticking with my theory that Nancy Ames was given this pop rock song to record as a lark, deliberately playing her against type on the off-chance that the resulting novelty single would click with record buyers. Unfortunately for those concerned, Nancy's recording never rose above the Bubbling Under chart. Meanwhile, the fine single by The Stylettes didn't even register on Bubbling Under and remained uncharted which is another mystery and another injustice.

      I will enter your vote for The Stylettes, dear friend Sherry, and I hope you will return next Monday to view the results of the contest. Until then, have a great week!

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  11. Ok, Shady, I guess I'll go with Nancy Ames, "friends and lovers forever". Mainly because as a child , I really liked that Sloopy song and her song really DID sounded a lot like it! I can remember my mom always saying to me, "Hang on Sloopy" instead of "wait a minute"!
    My favorite song on the post was , "Out of the Blue!" Now that man's got SOUL!
    One more thing, It's hard to imagine Rick Derringer NOT rockin out! I only know him from the 70's and "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo"!!!!
    Have a great week!
    Toni Deroche
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni Deroche Toni Deroche! (Any relation to Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman? :) Thank you very much for stopping by to play an exciting round of BOTB.

      You brought up an interesting fact. "Hang On Sloopy" was such a big hit that the words were absorbed by pop culture. Your mother adopted the phrase "hang on sloopy," and used it in place of "wait a minute" and other old expressions such as "hold your horses." By 1974, "hang on sloopy" was replaced in the vernacular by Johnny Bristol's "hang on in there baby" and so on and so forth.

      I couldn't agree with you more about that James Brown number. It's not very well known and went to waste as an obscure B side of a poor selling single, but it's JB at his mellow best. I also love Rick Derringer's solo hit "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo." I never get tired of hearing that one.

      My goodness, dear friend. You are the first to vote for Nancy Ames in this contest. Could the tide be turning? Thank you very much for reporting in, dear friend Toni, and enjoy the rest of your week.

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    2. I don't like to correct friends but, for the record, her name is Toni Deroche Toni Deroche.

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    3. I got it right when I wrote my comment, Sir Anal Retentive. When my son was a teenager, he always said I was anal retentive. My daughter asked what that meant. I said it was a name slobs used for nice, neat people. Now I'm glad we say OCD. When OCD isn't too bad, it's a pretty positive attribute, especially for an editor.

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    4. << When my son was a teenager, he always said I was anal retentive. Now I'm glad we say OCD. >>

      Ever heard of the term "anal retentive friends with benefits"? :)

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  12. I'll take the Stylettes on this one. It had to be better than the original (not a category, I know) since I'm such a James Brown anti-fan (I know, throw holy water on me or whatever). The first one was a little gimmicky for my taste buds, but I thought the Stylettes song stood well on it's own merits.

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    1. Hi, Chris! Thanks for swinging by, good buddy, and voicing your choice in my latest banned battle.

      What? You don't like James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, Soul Brother #1, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Mr. Dynamite, the Amazing Mr. Please Please himself? Wash your mouth out with soap! :)

      I get that you thought Nancy's "Sloopy" sound-alike was a little gimmicky. That's precisely what I like about it but, then again, I love Disco Tex and his Sex-O-Lettes so there's no accounting for taste. :)

      Thanks for letting me know the reasons behind your vote, good buddy. I will submit your vote for the stylish Stylettes. Please check back one week from today and find out who won the battle! Thanks again, Chris, and have a great week!

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  13. I had a hard time with this contest. I liked both of the sound-alikes. I think I enjoyed the Stylettes the best. They have my vote.

    The Nancy Ames song didn't work for me, but I went on youtube and listened to it twice. I like her voice. I never watched TW3. I think I missed out! Have a great week.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you very much for coming down for my latest BOTB.

      I wish you would have seen That Was The Week That Was. Its debut in the U.S. coincided with the arrival of the Beatles. The program showcased the talents of great comics and satirists like Mike Nichols & Elaine May, Woody Allen and Buck Henry. My mother and I watched the show every week w/o fail. It seems like the Nancy Ames recording grew on you a little after the first run-through. That's exactly what happened to me. I have "Friends and Lovers Forever" in my personal CD collection. Now that I have listened to it dozens of times, I deemed it good enough to compete in one of my BOTB challenges. I'm very happy to know that you got enjoyment out of both recordings. I will enter your vote for The Stylettes.

      Thank you again for your visit, your vote and your kind comment, dear friend Belle. Have a safe and happy week ahead!

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  14. You didn't lie, there is another BOTBanned. Of course, you've never led me astray yet, so I knew there would be a challenge for me to enjoy today.
    Of the two sound alike songs, I think I prefer Nancy Ames song the best. I even think it sounded closer to the song you believe it mimicked. Lots of fun, thanks for sharing the battle.

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    1. Hey hey hey, good buddy Jeffrey! Thank you very much for checking in and checking out my latest banned battle. I predicted that you would pick Nancy Ames in this contest (and that you would shock me by mailing me a check for $500). So far, one of my predictions has come true. (I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. :)

      Although it wasn't part of the battle criteria, "Friends and Lovers Forever" does indeed closely imitate the melody of the McCoys' mega hit "Hang On Sloopy." The Stylettes' "Packing Up" shares a riff or two with James Brown's "Out of the Blue" but isn't as blatantly derivative.

      I will add your vote for Nancy Ames to the tally, good buddy Jeffrey. Thanks again for playing and please come back next Monday to view the final snore... uh... SCORE!

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  15. Oh, you were so close in your predictions. Actually I did mail $500 as well. Unfortunately the words Monopoly are on one side and the phrase "Non Negotiable" are on the other. Which is actually a stupid phrase. What if you had asked for readers to send $500 dollar Monopoly notes to you and I did so as long as you mailed me 5 $100 dollar notes with the word Monopoly on them. Would this be legal? Would we break some kind of law? Wouldn't that be negotiating? Well, I digress. I guess I have too much free time on my hands.

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    1. Hi again, Jeffrey! I'm pretty sure we could be disbarred if we used our blogs to ask for money. That why your generous DONATION is so greatly appreciated! You gave without asking. You gave till it hurt!

      SDMM is the perfect place to hang out when you have too much time on your hands and nothing much on your mind except fun (and mischief).

      Thanks again, good buddy!

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  16. I MUST vote for Nancy. I love that deep, soulful voice. The lyrics to the song are kind of weird and wild. I think our girl Nancy had a sense of humor. The Stylettes are too normal. Besides, I wanna be just like Toni Deroche Toni Deroche. I don't remember That Was the Week That Was. I must be too young, or my mother didn't allow it. It sounds kind of like Michael Moore's TV Nation, which is one of the funniest and most intelligent shows I've ever seen.

    Love,
    Janie Junebug
    Janie Junebug

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    1. Hi, Janie Junebug Janie Junebug! Thanks for coming. Thanks for coming. Come again?

      I very much appreciate your convoluted logic in voting for Nancy Ames' off-the-hook recording "Friends and Lovers Forever." Why settle for normal when you can have unique, right? Shirley, somebody had a sense of humor in coming up with that song and arrangement. I am convinced that it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek like the satirical sketches performed on TW3. I wish you would have been old enough to watch that great David Frost series, Janie. By watching TW3 every week with my mother I developed a taste for satire. The show was a major influence on me and helped shape my personality and sense of humor.

      Nancy Ames is making her move now. I can feel it. All that's needed for her to catch up and forge into the lead is for you to contact 100 of your friends and send them over here to stuff the ballot box. :)

      Thanks again, dear friend Janie Janie. I hope all is well with Penelope Penelope, Franklin Franklin and WDW WDW. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Oh, you better believe I'll come again. And again. And again.

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    3. Whoa, Nelly!

      Katy bar the door!

      This thing's turned into a barn burner!

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  17. OK home from work and I am listening to them twice because this is very tough. At first I was going to go with the Stylettes because of their Motown sound and it sounds familiar to me regarding that sound. On the 2nd round of listening though, I have to give it to Nancy. It's her voice that clinched it for me. I find it, even though I am a girl, alluring. It has a unique quality so i go with Nancy

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit! Thank you very much for popping in to make your vote count in the all important Battle of the Banned, an event that will surely affect the future of mankind even more than the blood moon.

      Wow - that's three in a row for Nancy - whodathunkit? Nancy is rallying, staging a comeback of epic proportions. The pattern seems to be that the more often people listen to Nancy's off-the-wall record, the more enamored of it they become. It grew on me the same way. Don't get me wrong. The Stylettes are right in the pocket like a plug in a socket. I have both recordings in my CD collection and love them almost equally.

      Thank you again for your visit, your vote and your generous comments, dear friend BB. Take care and have a splendid week!

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    2. It was a brilliant comment from BB, especially since she helped save me from an embarrassing blow-out. (I knew I should have used Sid Vicious in this battle!)

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    3. Well thank you and now I remember:)

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  18. OK Dear Shady...here's the deal. I'm not voting for the McCoys of course but I just have to say that "Hang on Sloopy" is some kind of theme song for Ohio. Maybe it's Ohio State's song or the state song..anywho...for that reason I'm going for Nancy Ames. Actually I do like her song better that the Stylettes. I'm not even sure why Sloopy would be chosen for a state song. Maybe the freezing winters up here froze somebody's brain? So throw in my vote please and I'll look forward to seeing the results!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Thank you for staying up late to read, listen, comment and vote in my BOTB on the very first day of its run. You get an A for punctuality!

      According to Wiki (the world's leading authority on everything), two of the McCoys band members, the Zehringer brothers, Richard (aka Rick Derringer) and Randy, were from Fort Recovery Ohio. The Ohio State University Buckeyes marching band adopted "Hang On Sloopy" as its unofficial fight song. "Sloopy" was played so often at football games and generated so much interest and excitement that in 1985 the Ohio General Assembly designated the ditty as the State rock song.

      I'm happy to know that your ears tuned into Nancy Ames and liked what they heard. I will put you down for a vote in her favor and I thank you again for making time for a visit tonight. I wish you a safe and happy week ahead, dear friend YaYa!

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  19. Hurray - no "girly" vocalists in this contest! ☺ Nancy Ames has a fabulous voice and I listened to a couple of her Spanish recordings too. That said, I preferred the Motown sound of The Stylettes song, so I'm voting for them.

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    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady! That's correct. I thought about you when I put together this match-up and didn't think you would find any girly voices among the contestants. :) I'm happy to know that you found something to like in both recordings. The soulful Stylettes tickled your fancy and I will enter your vote for them. I invite you to join me again Monday when the final vote count and winner will be revealed.

      Thank you again for playing my version of the BOTB, dear friend Debbie. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. ☺ Nancy's voice sounds especially good in Spanish but I love that Motown sound! It will be interesting to see who wins. Good battle, Shady!

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    3. Hi again, Debbie! Seems likely that Gene Dozier was influenced heavily by Motown's H-D-H team. After he penned this song he moved to Detroit and continued songwriting there under the name of Billy Jackson. I love the throaty sax used in "Packing Up."

      Thanks again for expanding our thread today, dear friend Debbie. Have a great one!

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  20. I have to vote for the Stylettes, even though the background singers temporarily drown her out every time--which I found so annoying because of her clear, strong voice. Obviously the fault of whoever mixed the cut.

    Nancy sounded like she was singing a octave too low for her voice--to me, anyways. Maybe that is popular in Spain. ;)

    Always enjoy the challenges, Shady! :)

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    1. Hi, dear Rita! How are you and Karma? Thanks for coming all this way from Fargo to play BOTB with me today.

      I wish I knew more about this Philadelphia girl group, The Stylettes. Readers are telling me they generate a Motown sound. I suppose that's true. I can hear a little "Playboy" and "Don't Mess With Bill" (Marvelettes) sound coming through in their recording. It knocked me out the first time I heard it, that's for sure.

      I will add your vote for The Stylettes to the running total, dear friend Rita. Thank you again for joining the fun and I hope to see you back here Monday when the winner is crowned. Take care!

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  21. Tom, I think my vote goes to Nancy Ames with her sound-alike Friends and Lovers. I'm not sure if it's because I'm familiar with The McCoy's Hang On Sloopy that made me side this way. Although I don't have a personal connection with James Brown's original or The Stylettes sound-alike I do like recordings, but not enough to steal my vote. Thanks for the introduction!

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    1. Hi, dear Cathy! Thank you very much for reporting in and playing BOTB. In this contest I think most people are influenced one way or the other by the McCoys. Mrs. Shady, for example, doesn't like Derringer's band and her negative reaction to them was transferred to the Nancy Ames sound-alike record and prevented her from enjoying it. Others, like you and YaYa, like the McCoys' and their hit "Hang On Sloopy" and enjoy the novelty of listening to the melody with a different set of lyrics and the song performed in a girl group style by a female soloist and prominent background singers.

      I will enter another vote for the TW3 Girl in your name and I thank you again for your visit, your kind comment and your vote. Take good care of yourself, dear friend Cathy, and please return next Monday to find out which act won the battle!

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    2. Tom, I'll be back on Monday provided I have no more problems with my server. My site is now back up. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

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    3. Okay, I'll be right over to try again!

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  22. I would like to say I am too young to have heard of these bands but that would be a lie so I will not say that, I will only think that I would like to be too young to know who you were talking about

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    1. Hi, dear Jo-Anne! How are you doing, my Australian friend? Thank you for traveling halfway around the globe to be here for my latest Battle of the Banned. It's interesting to me that you never heard of these music acts. I think part of the reason is indeed that you are too young to know them and the other major factor is that you live in Australia. Your country has its own music stars and no one would expect you to be familiar with these American artists.

      If you'd like to cast a vote in the contest for Nancy Ames or The Stylettes, you are welcome to return and do so at your convenience. The polls close Sunday night and the winner will be announced Monday. Thanks, Jo-Anne!

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  23. Have fun with your family, Shady;)

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  24. Hi dear friend Shady! Oh man, I feel embarrassed - I forgot to answer this on Monday! I go with the Stylettes's Packing Up My Memories. It sounds more like Motown and I love the style.

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    1. Hi, dear Jessica! I am relieved to find your smiling face in my place. When I didn't see you all week I was worried that something happened to you. Thank you very much for remembering me. (This is why I post only once a week. :)

      AOK, I will record your vote for the Motown sound of Philadelphia's soulful Stylettes. Thank you again for swinging by, dear friend Jessica, and I hope to see you next Monday when I post the winner. Have a great weekend!

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  25. Hey Shady! Happy October, my friend!
    As for your BOTB, I like Nancy Ames' Friends and Lovers Forever better. The Stylettes are good too, but I preferred Nancy's song.
    I didn't know Rick Derringer was with the McCoys and gave us Hang On Sloopy!!!! Had no idea! Love that song!
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, dear Michele! Thank you very much for participating in my Battle of the Banned and for faithfully including my site on your BOTB blog list.

      We all learn something new in these battles and I'm happy to know that you picked up a tidbit or two. Ohio brothers Ricky and Randy Zehringer started out in a band called The Rick Z Combo which later became Rick and the Raiders. With a personnel change they became The McCoys and Ricky became Rick Derringer. Isn't that a great performance vid of "Hang On Sloopy"?

      I will record your vote for the Nancy Ames sound-alike "Friends and Lovers Forever" and I thank you again for voting. Please check back on Monday when the winner will be unveiled. Until then have a fabulous weekend, dear friend Michele!

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    1. The year is flying by, dear Sandra.

      Merry Christmas! :)

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  27. I've only known James Brown when I started liking Michael Jackson. He's his greatest inspiration and influence. On their audition to Motown, he did a James Brown move that impressed the bosses and got them signed. And the rest is history. He also imitated James Brown on some of his shows. Of course when James Brown died he went and gave a speech. He loved him.

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    1. Hi, dear Lux! We lost two titans of popular music when James Brown and Michael Jackson left us. Clearly Michael was influenced by Brown's showmanship and his on-stage athleticism which included gravity defying dance moves.

      Thanks for your visit, dear friend Lux, and for reminding us of the connection between these two all time greats. Have a safe and happy weekend!

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  28. Kathleen Mae SchneiderOctober 3, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    All that was on my radar in 1965 and 1966 was school and classical music, so once again I'm afraid I'm not familiar with any of these artists' songs.

    Growing up, television viewing was discouraged (my father claimed it was "mostly a waste of time"). While he supported all of the arts enthusiastically, he was suspicious of me "getting hooked" on t.v. and worried I might up not have the time and discipline to become an artist and educated woman (a biggie in his hopes for me). Restraint was to be exercised so more creativity and active learning could happen as I headed off to college.

    From my perspective now as a senior, I both appreciate my upbringing and see what I missed. My life and career would have turned out much differently without my dad's directives, that concerning television included, and probably for the worse. However, I agree with Mae West, (an entertainer from my dad's time) who said, "I like restraint, if it doesn't go too far."

    So here I am at 68, learning about music and culture belatedly. Like several other readers, I listened to both songs multiple times and liked both for different reasons. I wish I didn't have to pick one over the other, but since I must for the purpose of this post, I think I finally can do so.

    I really like the upbeat rhythms and various instrumental solos in "Packing Up my Memories", especially the Elton-John-like piano throughout. However I liked Nancy Ames "Friends and Lovers Forever" just a tad more. The reasons for my vote are the soothing quality of her voice, the folk song harmonies in the beginning, and living its lyrics in my 46 years with Bob.

    By the way, I accidentally hit the wonderful Ziplock ad before Nancy Ames' samba song that came up automatically on one of my repeat plays of "Friends and Lovers". If you haven't seen it, check out Randy the llama (or alpaca, I'm not sure which...) and his 'parents' in the principal's office for a great laugh!

    As always, Tom, thanks for taking the time to put this together and enlightening me musically. It was a great day-brightener to visit the post in bits and pieces over several incessant rainy days here in PA in the midst of caregiving to enjoy these melodies. I hope Joaquin misses Venice and that your weather is pleasant!

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    1. Hi, dear Kathleen! Thank you very much for coming out on a rainy day to exercise your right to vote before the polls close. The two recordings in this battle were unknown to me for 50 years. I discovered them recently when I purchased the CD collections Where The Girls Are Vol. 5 and the Cameo-Parkway Records Box Set. In no time at all both recordings became new favorites. I am thrilled to know that you didn't miss this post and that you enjoyed both of these songs.

      Although I detect some chad (hanging, dimpled and pregnant) I will nevertheless allow your vote for Nancy Ames to stand and add it to the running total. :) Thank you again for taking time to visit, read, listen, comment and vote, dear friend Kathleen. Please peek in on Monday to find out which artist/song emerged victorious. Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend and please give my love to Mother. God bless!

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    2. Kathleen Mae SchneiderOctober 3, 2015 at 3:39 PM

      Careful now.... I just checked with a magnifying glass and I believe that it was definitely a sagging chad, since I wasn't as clear on my vote as I could have been. Just so we don't have another electoral dysfunction and have to get the Supreme Court involved, I want to be perfectly clear that you are correct to add my contribution to the ballot for Nancy Ames. Thank you very much.

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    3. I once knew a dimpled Chad, but that's a story for another time and place. :)

      Thank you again, dear friend Kathleen!

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    1. Hi, Sandra! Happy Sunday to you! I hope you had a splendid weekend. See you tomorrow when I reveal the winner of my BOTB. Thanks for the poke, dear friend!

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  30. ATTENTION!

    THE BOTB POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR VOTING.

    THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW.

    SEE YOU THEN!

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  31. Hello. I was a member of the 60's group, The Stylettes, and was surprised and pleased to find this site.

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    1. Hi, Cheyney!

      I am surprised, delighted and honored to have you, a member of the soulful Stylettes girl group, visit me here at SDMM. What a thrill it is to meet you!

      Do you agree with my assertion that "Packing Up My Memories" sounds a little like James Brown's "Out of the Blue"?

      I hope you will continue to follow me here, Cheyney, and thank you again for coming. You and your comments are always welcome here. Take care!

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