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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

Thursday, May 7, 2015

(Shady Nervously Fumbles With the Envelope) "And the BOTB Winner is..."


You know what that means. The rent's overdue. 
It's time to declare a winner in my very first
Battle of the Bands... brought to you by

and by Viagra...

One pill makes you larger.

Go ask Alice.

I will announce the winner in a moment...

but remember, ladies and gentlemen,
this is only an exhibition, so please...
no wagering!


My first Battle of the Bands was a wonderful experience
and it was full of surprises. People flocked to the polls
to vote for their favorite version of "Wasn't It You,"
a little known song composed by Carole King and
Gerry Goffin.  Voters had three choices, a version
recorded by UK singing star Petula Clark, one by
Peggy Lipton, the singing actress from The Mod
Squad, and a third by UK singer and mod fashion
icon Billie Davis. Going in, I expected the contest
to be a slam dunk for Petula Clark. I was afraid that
Peggy Lipton's understated approach to the material,
which I consider groovy, might not go over well and
that Peggy's placid platter might not get any votes.
I couldn't have been more wrong!


I like love Petula Clark but, to my ears, there wasn't
anything remarkable about her version of "Wasn't It You."
Pet sang the song well and I liked the arrangement,
but her performance was right down the middle,
a little too "correct" for my taste. Simply put,
Pet's rendition didn't make me feel anything.

In contrast I pricked up my ears the first time I heard
Peggy Lipton's super cool version of "Wasn't It You"
on the excellent girl group anthology Where the
Girls Are 5 from Ace Records UK. Subtlety
can be compelling and Peggy's low-key,
laid back vocal style appealed to me.
Her performance of the song seemed
right in character, as if sung by
Julie Barnes on Mod Squad
or Norma Jennings on
Twin Peaks. Peggy Lipton
has a high likability quotient.
She is popular with men and with
women. I believe Peggy's popularity as
an actress helped make people receptive to
her subdued singing style and garnered her a
substantial share of the votes in this contest.

My Pick To Click in my first Battle of the Bands,
the recording that got my vote, is the one by Billie Davis,
the singing style icon of the 60s Mod/Brit Beat generation.
We all have different sets of filters in our ears, listen for
different things and respond favorably to different stimuli.
I experience a visceral response when I listen to Billie.
Woman's got soul and, as a Dell rat and inveterate
soul fan, that is what I most appreciate about her.
I love the quality of Billie's voice, her diction,
her singing style and the mood engendered.
Billie's recording has it all - an interesting
arrangement punctuated by guitar riffs
and flourishes of oboe (or clarinet),
gospel-tinged background vocals
and a compelling performance by
the ultra hip UK songstress. I like
the way Billie handles the material,
rendering the song with more feeling
and passion than do the other women.
As I listen I can feel her struggling to
control her emotions and hold back
tears. The vibrato in her delivery
conveys pain, sadness, anger and
bitterness and gives more power
to the song's lyrics.

To sum it up, Billie's dramatic interpretation
of "Wasn't It You" is spot-on. Billie sells
the song and I'm sold on her. I joined
the Billie club and she got my vote!


Okay, I am holding in my sweaty hands
a hermetically sealed envelope. Inside
is the name of the winner of my first
Battle of the Bands. I will now open
the envelope and announce the winner.

(Shady nervously fumbles with the envelope)

And the winner is.....


for BEN-HUR!

Dang it, I knew I shouldn't have
worn this old suit.

The Battle of the Bands winner is...


Let's take a look at the tote board
and check the final results of the vote.




   (write-in vote for "That Mule, Old Rivers and Me") 

I was surprised and delighted by the
fairly even distribution of votes!

Thank you for reading, listening and voting. Be sure to tip your waitress on the way out and join me on the 15th for another fun-filled BYOB BOTB!

"The Guy Under the Seats"

Hello there, Shady. I hope you got your jollies hosting today's double Version Sacrifice. Tell me, Shady. How does it feel to play God and turn thumbs down on the one and only Petula Clark, a woman who has more talent in her little finger than you have in your entire body? How does it feel to dash the dreams of Peggy Lipton, the singing sweetheart from The Mod Squad? What goes around comes around, my compadre. One of these days, instant karma's gonna get you, gonna knock you off your feet, better get yourself together darlin'...Lincoln Hayes you're gonna meet. But until that day I'm gonna be right here making your life
.....a living HELL.


  1. Hey, this was pretty cool! I'm not surprised that it didn't get a runaway winner. All the "contestants" were nicely balanced, really.

    I guffawed at the picture of Chris Elliot. When my husband and I were first dating, everyone thought he looked like Chris Elliot. A bunch of people I worked with called him "Chris" because of the similarity.

    He used to roll his eyes and say, "That's no compliment, Cherdo...he's an idiot."

    I, on the other hand, always liked Chris Elliot. I'm sure that is the only reason I married Hubzam, right? To be closer to a Chris Elliot clone. Pure heaven; the dream of every young bride.

    I love the BOTB. I've been thinking about joining in...I need to look at the Flipside calendar and see if I can do it justice. Some of the pairings are just fantastic and I've been exposed to some new artists, too....hmmm, wonder what THAT reminds me of...

    Thanks, Shady, and have a great day!!

    1. Hi, dear Cherdo! Thanks for coming! I'm glad you enjoyed my Battle of the Bands. The almost even distribution of votes came as a pleasant surprise. I suppose the world would be quite boring if everybody had the same likes and dislikes.

      I'm glad you recognized Chris Elliott, one of the funniest guys in the world of entertainment. I had major surgery in January of 1983 and spent weeks in bed recuperating. During that time I stayed up past my usual bedtime to watch the fledgling series Late Night with David Letterman. One of the recurring bits that I enjoyed most was Chris Elliott as "The Guy Under the Seats." They have a couple of those old clips on YouTube.

      It would be great if you could find time in your busy blog schedule to participate in BOTB.

      Thank you again for being here, dear friend Cherdo, and for always being there for me since May 7, 2014.

      God bless you!

  2. WOW!! It was a tie between Peggy and Billie for me. Chris Elliott is so funny. I always think about his crazy role in Something about Mary when his face broke out from the stress with big red scary sores. LOL
    I honestly was not familiar with this song so I really enjoyed this battle and to not only hear this song but by different artists.

    1. Hi, Holli! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I am delighted to have you as a new follower and a new friend.

      Thank you for weighing in on my first BOTB. Your ears and sensibilities are in sync with mine if you liked the versions by Peggy and Billie. It was hard for me to choose between those two distinctly different styles of recordings, kinda like comparing apples and oranges. I love them both!

      It pleases me to know that I introduced you to a new song. Beware! - "Wasn't It You" is the kind of song that gets inside of you. Don't be surprised if you find yourself playing it back in your mind and singing it to yourself for days on end. It's been stuck in my head for a week now!

      Holli, once again I sincerely thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment. You are always welcome here and I look forward to your next visit. Take care!

  3. Well, dagnab it! If I'd known I could have voted for Walter Brennan I would have voted for him too! I'm happy with my vote for Petula though. She paid her dues over the years.

    I remember seeing Chris Elliott on Letterman as The Running Guy--that's when he first caught my attention and I became a fan.

    Very detailed and fun winner declaration for a good first contest.

    Look forward to the next one.

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

    1. Hi, Lee! Sorry I'm late with my reply. I needed to put Little Luke across my knee and tan his hide for gettin' into George MacMichael's melon patch. :)

      I'm glad you remember another classic sketch by Chris Elliott, one of the greatest comedic actors of our time. I think the bit was officially called "The Panicky Guy." Chris would get freaked out over something, fear for his safety and bolt from the studio followed by a camera.

      As you probably know, David Letterman is stepping down on May 20 from The Late Show with David Letterman, Therefore I also want to take this opportunity to thank David Letterman for 33 years of top notch late night television entertainment!

      Thanks again for supporting my first BTOB, Lee, and I hope to see you back here for the next one on the 15th. Take care, good buddy!

  4. Petula Clark was my second choice, dear Shady, and I am also pleased with the way the results turned out! :)

    1. Hi, dear Linda! It would have been interesting if every voter had ranked the three entries in order of preference. I'm sure that would have produced some additional surprises.

      Thank you very much for returning to see the results of this contest, dear friend. I hope to see you next time and I wish you a happy Mother's Day! God bless!

  5. HA! You sure know how to entertain, inform and make us all laugh out loud at the same time! Whatta "close race"! I'm surprised Peggy beat out Billie ("by a nose") and that Billie came in the "Show" position ! It's no surprise that Pet won, she was the "favored pick" and best known for her lovely voice and all her hits. All in all, it was fun to her different versions of a song from different artist/"contenders". Can you tell I just had a Kentucky Derby party???
    Can't wait for the Preakness -- a, a, er,-- I mean, the next BOTB ! Wonderful Blog, Shady, until next "Post"time!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, dear Toni! Thanks for racing on over today to view the tote board and learn who won my first BOTB.

      Yessum, it should come as no surprise that Pet Clark won this three-way race. Name recognition is important. Just ask any advertiser. When you need to blow your nose, you don't reach for a facial tissue, you reach for a "Kleenex." When you want to clean your ears you tell yourself you need a "Q-Tip," not a cotton swab. Surely Petula Clark's name recognition and her reputation as an eatablished hit maker played a role in this outcome. I'm just surprised she didn't win by a wider margin.

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend Toni. I wish you a happy Mother's Day and hope you will come over and check out my special post that day. God bless!

    Great debut BOTB and Results Page! Glad you've joined us BOTBers. (Now if we can only get Cherdo off that fence...)

    The Viagra/Alice line was fantabulous. And so was this...

    <>>... One of these days, instant karma's gonna get you, gonna knock you off your feet.

    The only problem I see with that, however, is that if the karma's gonna get you "one of these days", then it ain't exactly "instant". (Maybe if you add hot water to the karma and stir, it would indeed become instant. I'm not sure how that works though, 'cause I ain't a mystic.)

    Don't tell Cherdo, because she'd put out a contract on my life, but 'Instant Karma' is one of only two songs I ever liked by that guy. (The other being '#9 Dream'... number 9... number 9... number 9...)

    Yes, I too liked Chris Elliot. (The episode of 'Get A Life' where he attempted to defend all of mankind against the robot "Paperboy 2000' was hysterically funny! My brother Nappy and I STILL quote from it regularly: "Well, I tried." The "Wallet Boy" episode was also a classic.)

    But I gotta say, the REAL comedic genius in his family was his Pa, Bob Elliot, half of the BOB & RAY (Goulding) radio comedy team. Those guys were flat-out comedic geniuses! I mean, FLAT-OUT!

    I didn't know anything about BOB & RAY until my good friend Sheboyganboy Six introduced me to them. He sent me some cassettes he'd recorded, and when I totally flipped over them, he sent me ALL of his old cassettes, because he upgraded to CDs. I have those tapes with me here in Reno, and come to think of it... I should play some today. I could use a laugh. Those guys were so far ahead of their time that it took the rest of The World Of Comedy a couple decades to catch up (if in fact it ever did). One of these days, 'Instant STMcC' is going to upgrade his BOB & RAY collection to CD, also.

    I want to echo Arlee Bird's complaint: Had I known I could write in Walter Brennan, I dern sure would have! If not Walter Brennan, then Gabby Hayes for his Grammy award-winning performance of 'PERSHNICKETY WOMEN (They're A Leeettle Mite Unpredicatable)'.

    I liked that Billie Davis version and very nearly voted for it. In the end, I voted for Petula Clark because I'd never heard of Billie Davis before.

    [I'm just kidding. It kills me when voters say things like that. ...I did nearly vote for The Zombies, err-- I mean, Billie. But Petula just barely edged her out, according to my ears... which were never big fans of English Garage Rock.]

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

    1. Hi, Stephen! Dadburnit, dadgummit, consarnit! You, my friend, are the master of the reply. Yessiree Bob, yer durn tootin', you young whippersnapper!

      Thank you very much for mentioning Gabby Hayes and for saluting the comedy team of Bob and Ray because they also influenced my sense of humor and contributed to "the soundtrack of my life." I grew up in the 50s listening to Bob and Ray exercising America's collective imagination with their wacky sketch characters, fake interviews and parodies. I also remember them as the voices of Bert and Harry Piel on the Piels Beer commercials and watched them on major comedy/variety shows that included Ed Sullivan, Carson and Letterman.

      I also thank you for remembering Chris Elliott's excellent but short lived TV sitcom Get a Life which benefited from the inspired casting of his real life dad Bob Elliott in the role of his father and Elinor Donahue from Father Knows Best playing his mother. I never missed an episode of Get a Life and was outraged when it got canceled 20 years too soon.

      Several of you seemed to be leaning toward the Billie Davis version but pulled back and voted for Pet instead. Based on the comments I received from people who voted for Pet and expressed a preference for second place, I think Billie would have won if I had kept Pet out of the contest and asked people to choose between Peggy and Billie. Make no mistake, it still would have been very close and that pleases me. That's as it should be.

      My good buddy, I thank you once again for giving me such a warm welcome into your BOTB group and for coming here today with such an excellent series of remarks. I greatly appreciate your input, Stephen. See you next time!

  7. I'm a long time lurker of your blog and Mr. McCarthy's blog. The music you two cover is the stuff of my youth and it's nice to see people still know about it. Also I like the lively banter you both have.

    I loved Petula Clark and I wanted to be Peggy Lipton when I grew up. She was married to Quincy Jones for a while, yes? And the Mod Squad was one of my favourite programes. Link was so cool with that afro.

    Anyway, I'll mainly keep lurking, enjoying both your blogs and the music.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. Hi, Anne! I am thrilled to meet you and I warmly welcome you to Shady Dell Music & Memories, "the little blog that could" and "your home away from home." It makes me very happy to know that you've been lurking for a while, get the gist of what I'm doing here, enjoy my (and Stephen's) crazy ramblings and that my music and memories resonate with you.

      There were probably millions of teenage girls who wanted to be Peggy Lipton during her stint as Julie on The Mod Squad, and just as many teenage boys who wished they had her as a girlfriend. Lincoln Hayes was indeed the epitome of cool.

      Anne, once again, it is such a pleasure to have you here. Please know that I welcome every comment no matter how brief. You don't ever have to feel shy about coming forth and leaving me a little note so that I know you're out there. I value every friend and I am already thinking of you as one. :)

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear Anne. Please come back soon!

    2. I've read some of your loving posts on Shady Dell. We didn't have places like that but we heard of those types of places and envied American teenagers such things. In the 60's we were very backwards and the only way to get this music was from Radio Luxembourg. We all had shortwave radios and would stay up at night desperate to pick up that signal. That was how I found Jazz and the Blues as well. It was the pain and joy expressed by African Americans that was so similar to our own that spoke to me. I grew up to be a Jazz drummer but began by playing Rock Music that was rooted in American Blues.

      One of my favourite American groups was The Righteous Brothers. When I heard Unchained Melody time seemed to stand still and closing my eyes I got lost that smooth, liquid voice. When I finally got my hands on that album I wore the grooves out of it. .

      And then there was Roy Orbison. That voice and those lyrics were beyond belief. He sang with such feeling, feeling that could make one weep.

      I apologise if this is long, but it does seem like most other people here like to talk this much as well.

    3. Hi again, dear Anne! There aren't many rules here at SDMM other than my request that you bring along your sense of humor. Therefore, I assure you that no comment is too short or too long. (Look at the "books" that people like Stephen and Kathleen Mae Schneider tend to write when they comment.) I actually love it when a reader friend takes a thread and runs with it as you have here. Six Degrees is a favorite game we play here, feeling free to ramble from one subject to another in stream of consciousness fashion. Please don't ever apologize for putting your thoughts into words here on my blog. I am honored, Anne! I consider it a great compliment that I got you interested in expressing yourself and I hope you will continue to do so.

      I am fascinated by the details you revealed in this follow-up about how you discovered and grew to love American R&B, Soul, Blues and Jazz. I too was a drummer, and at one point in my teenage years joined a rock band.

      As an adult I was lucky enough to see the Righteous Brothers in concert at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in 1983. Bill and Bobby received numerous standing ovations that night. Righteous Brothers records rank high on my list of The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (in the mid 60s), with "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" ranked the highest (in the top 5). I remember listening to the glorious ballad "Unchained Melody" time after time as it played on the radio in the summer of 1965, months before I started going to the Dell. Roy Orbison's voice was like velvet. Sadly Roy, Bobby Hatfield and countless other great voices of our generation now perform in that place they call Rock & Roll Heaven.

      Thank you very much for opening up to me, dear Anne. I am elated to have you as a new friend and follower. Take care!

    4. Hokey-Smoke, ANNE! ~
      What kind, nice, pleasant things you've said. Why (I can't believe it!) have you never made your presence known on my blog? My growl is worse than my bite. In fact, I don't bite at all... EVER... except, you know, when I do.

      You visit A BEER FOR THE SHOWER blog, too, don't you? I've seen some comments from you there, but you ain't never once commented on my blog. Now I feel all lonely, alone - an outcast, "a misfit among misfits". (Which Yukon Cornelius called Rudy and Hermey on the Island of Misfit Toys.)

      You're in Ireland? That's a guess based on the name and the remark about Radio Luxembourg. I know that what you say is true because someone else from Ireland told me the same thing once, years ago. He told me HERE.

      Incidentally, The Righteous Brothers was one of my Ma's very, very favorites, so I was exposed to them early on. Yes, that was one hellck of a singing duo! So much heart in their recordings.

      Well, don't be afraid to pipe up on my blog someday. I promise not to bite... (too hard).

      ~ D-FensDogG

    5. Mr. McCarthy,

      Ya, I've known about you since I began blogging nearly four years ago. I used to see you at ABFTS and at a couple of other blogs. I remember that you quit for a while and that your followers were quite sad about that. Oh man, you intimidate me. Shady does too, as you both have a prodigious knowledge about music and can speak on many topics. I'm fairly limited to painting, gardening and drumming.

      Currently I am in the States with my husband who is an American. He is quite ill and he needed to be near his parents. He can never travel again so I will be in the US permanently..

      Today I finally decided to give it a go and hope for the best. You both are suck kind people and it is obvious that folks respond well to you. Oh and I loved your post about your dream. Also the comment section on that one was stellar.


      Thank you for your kindness and warm welcome. It's interesting to know that you were a drummer as well. I've played for nearly 40 years. I'm not great, but I have swing and can keep a solid beat.

      It's nice to find people I have things in common with. I shall stop by again!

    6. Thank you very much, Anne! I am terribly sorry to learn that you husband is ill. We are all friends here and we will keep him and you in our prayers.

      Yessum, I started practicing my flams, flamadiddles and flam paradiddles on a rubber drum pad around the age of 9. I joined the high school marching band and later a local rock 'n' roll band. I'm sure your drumming skills were and are far superior to mine.

      Thank you again for coming out to play with me and with Stephen. I know he will enjoy reading your latest comment here.

      Good night, dear Anne!

    7. ANNE ~
      It makes me laugh to think anyone would be intimidated by me. (Well, I can think of one bloke who probably is, and probably should be. But nice, down-to-earth peoples like you? No way!)

      And I got news for ya: Anyone who has been drumming (and Jazz no less!) for 40 years knows plenty of oodles about music. Heck, I don't even play a kazoo!

      I'm glad you liked the dream blog bit. I just tossed that one off while it was hot from the subconscious.

      The tricky part with that 'STMcC BOTB' blog is that it must somehow relate to music. Everything I write needs to be tied into a song or songs.

      So, when I first stated typing up that dream, I was wondering what song I could use to tie into it. As I was typing, my first thought was Van Morrison's 'These Dreams Of You'. But then I got to that part about being awakened by that riff in the Charles Mingus tune 'Better Git It In Your Soul' and I thought: STMcC, you knucklehead! The song to use was BUILT RIGHT INTO the dream!

      Ha! My stupidity sometimes utterly fascinates me.

      Indeed, as Sheckshasha said, I too will pray for your husband. Don't give up hope!

      ~ D-FensDogG

      POSTSCRIPT: I would think a Jazz (and R&R) drummer would know a lotta songs. If you'd ever like to join BOTB, there's ALWAYS room for "just one more".

  8. Walter Brennan? I would have voted for him for sure:) I love the drum role and laughed when i saw Charlton Heston's name (can you imagine him singing-yikes). I figured Petula would win but I am with you on Billie Davis. You said all I wanted to say but couldn't find the words to

    1. Hi, dear Birgit! Thank you very much for reporting in, my new friend! I wonder how many of my old timer friends remember Walter Brennan's spoken word recordings. I certainly do. "Dutchman's Gold" made the top 30 in 1960 and "Old Rivers" cracked the top 5 in 1962. Walter also released "Houdini" later that year but it barely made a dent in the chart at #100. He rebounded at the end of '62 with another top 40 hit "Mama Sang a Song."

      I'm glad you got a chuckle out of my reference to "Chuck" Heston and I was pleased to find that your ears heard what mine heard when listening to Billie Davis.

      Thank you very much for voting and helping to make my first BOTB a success, dear friend BB. I'll be connecting with you again soon!

      By the way, What's Up Doc? :)

    2. Oh I knew the old man sang and had some hits although I never heard them except for the one in Rio Bravo where he played the harmonica(if he did play). I love that song with Dean Marin and Ricky Nelson. Glad you got the trivia answer

  9. Hi Shady!

    Dynamite result post! I'd like to play up mine a bit. Add a few frills, chills, and thrills. Shouldn't be a problem, as I've got a 'boss' who talks like a squirrel. 'Hokey smoke' - Shady... I'm over-learning here. Letterman leaving after 33 years? I mean, what's he gonna do now - sit at home and talk to people? Oh wait - no commercials or hot lights.

    Pet Clark was my choice. She'd be blaring away early morning on my Mom's clock radio. Oh the good old days, when clocks could wake you up with music or an annoying, whank, whank,whank! This song was totally new to me, but I'd know the golden voice anywhere. I think I would have kicked Lipton to the curb and run Clark vs Davies. Ha!

    A lotz of fun... so glad you joined the music notes that keep writing across the pages of BOTB. Such a diverse group, and more so with your tapping tuneful typing.

    Be well,

    1. Hi, dear Dixie! Thank you very much for reporting back in and taking a look at the leader board to see which artist came out on top. Yessum, it was Pet Clark, the one who got your vote. Don't get me wrong - I love Pet and recently discovered many excellent recordings of hers that I never even knew about. I just don't think this particular recording was one of her best.

      It would have been interesting indeed to have a two-way race between Clark and Davis or between Lipton and Davis. I suppose we'll never know for sure how either of those contests would have turned out. The three styles seemed well defined to me: straightforward British female pop (Clark) vs. California cool (Lipton) vs. British blue-eyed soul (Davis). I love soul and that's why Billie was my Pick To Click.

      Now that he's winding up 33 years of hosting a late night network TV show, I have no idea what David Letterman will do other than to shout, "I'm going to Disney World." He would have worked well as the center square on Hollywood Squares but that no longer seems likely.

      Thank you very much, dear Dixie. I'll see you next time!

    2. >>... I've got a 'boss' who talks like a squirrel

      Not always, DIXIE POLKA.
      Sometimes I talk like a moose:

      "Hey, Dixie, watch me pull a hat out of this rabbit's ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country!"

      Yeah, sometimes I yak like a president, too. The really impressive trick is when I yak like all 3 at once. That's when you really gotta hang on to your rabbit ears, antlers and goggles!

      ~ D-FensDogG

    3. Famous quote: "The only thing we have to fear is.... another Stephen McC comment itself."

  10. Well, I guess you can't argue with the vote tally, but I agree with you...Billie is the real winner! I read your post this morning while on break and didn't have time to comment. I was really anxious to see who won so I just had to take a peek...I do like Petula Clark..especially when she's singing "Downtown"...but I'm sticking with my gut on this and still like Billie better! Hope all is well down south. Our temp today was 85! Yippee! Of course I'm not crazy enough to think it will be that way for the rest of May but I'm enjoying it now...take care and thanks for the fun post!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! I just got back from your blog and I am overjoyed to see you on mine. Thank you! Yessum, I was very pleased when I read your comment on the BOTB post and realized that you and I have the same ear filters and recognize Billie's greatness. I suppose we need to remember that what seems so clear and obvious to us escapes others and vice versa. Think of it this way. What if your favorite band, the Beatles, Rolling Stones or whoever it might be, time traveled back to The Roaring Twenties when Margaret Elizabeth Schneider was a teenager and performed a live show for the kids of that era. With their filters set to big bands, Dixieland jazz and the Charleston, the teenagers of the 20s probably wouldn't get it at all and the moptops would get booed off the stage. It's a fascinating phenomenon.

      Thank you again for your sweet and generous comments, dear friend YaYa. Enjoy the rest of your week and happy Mother's Day to you and your wonderful mother!

  11. Yay for Petula Clark! Sorry you're not as thrilled with the outcome as I am. I really want to know who voted for Walter Brennan though. I usually get them mixed up too! Now I can't get "Downtown" out of my head. Oops I almost forgot you said you didn't like this song. I'm glad that Peggy still made it a close race. Hooray on your first BOTB, Shady!


    1. Hi, Julie! I'm pleased as punch to see you again, dear friend! Yessum, it was a close race all the way to the finish line. On Wednesday, the final day of voting, the vote was still too close to call and stood at 12 - 9 - 9 with Peggy and Billie tied for second. I was thinking of having a spin-off between those two to determine the 1-2-3- rankings. However, two more voters showed up before the polls closed, making the final tally 13-10-9 which was still a nice close contest.

      You wrote:

      << Now I can't get "Downtown" out of my head. >>

      Do you mean the version sung by Walter Brennan? :) No, I'm mistaken. Walter Brennan didn't sing "Downtown." He sang ""How Ya Gonna Keep Em Down on the Farm." :) I'm not sure who voted for Walter but I remember seeing Flora McMichael in the sea of faces here at the polling place. :) (I hope you are old enough to remember The Real McCoys. Otherwise, none of this is making any sense to you.)

      I DO like Petula Clark. I DO like "Downtown." It's just that I like some of Pet's recordings even more and I do not think she recorded the definitive version of the featured song.

      Thank you again for participating in my Battle, dear friend Julie. I have another one coming up on the 15th and I hope you will join the fun. I genuinely value your friendship and support. Have a nice weekend and a happy Mother's Day!

  12. Ah! We must have somewhat similar ears. ;)
    I thought Petula mailed it in on her performance, too, as you know. But I am not surprised she won.

    1. Hi, dear Rita! Hi, KKK (Kitty Kat Karma)! Yessum, you and I must be on the same wavelength. Both of us appreciated things about Billie that only annoyed other people. Petula Clark's reputation preceded her and there's a good chance that influenced the outcome, even if it worked on a subliminal level.

      Thank you again for voting in my BOTB and for coming back here to check the stats and see who won.

      Please take good care of yourself and Karma, dear Rita, and have a great weekend and a happy Mother's Day!

  13. Mr. Shady,

    I'm so pleased with the outcome of your BoTB. Lots of votes. Even distribution. That means you put up a great contest. Those shutouts are just not as much fun (and you don't see 'em coming!), but we all have battles that we'd do different after the fact. However, this isn't one of them!!!

    Great debut in BoTB!!! We're lucky to have you:)

    1. Hi, dear Robin! Well, that is one of the sweetest comments I've received in nearly seven years of blogging and I deeply appreciate it. You're right, it always feels good to be able to stage a contest in which the vote ends up evenly distributed and not a blow-out. It's the luck of the draw, really, because you can never be sure how people are going to react to the material presented.

      I am lucky to have you, dear Robin, and once again I thank you for this wonderful mandate. It means a lot to me. Have a fine weekend, dear friend!

  14. I haven't decided which was the better bit- "the winner is- Charlton Heston!" or "Walter Brennan- one vote." It is nice to get a big turnout and a close race, ain't it? Looking forward to your next effort.

    1. Hi, Chris! I'm glad you enjoyed my Chuck Heston bit and my Walter Brennan reference. Did you ever post any of Walter's spoken word records on your Friday Time Machine posts?

      Yessir, I was overjoyed by the big turnout at the polls (especially since it was a rainy day :) and it was cool to see how even the vote was in the end. Thanks for taking part in my BOTB, good buddy, and for checking back in today to view the results. Have a great weekend, Chris!

    2. According to my handy dandy file system (AKA type in the url + the subject on Google), the only peep on WB was from a mention of the song Tammy (which was on my Great fifties countdown) and his part in the movie.

    3. Hi, again, Chris! My Joel Whitburn Record Research book of the Billboard Hot 100 lists the following singles released by Walter Brennan:

      * "Dutchman's Gold" (a top 30 it in 1960)
      * "Old Rivers" (top 5 in 1962)
      * "Houdini" ( #100 in 1962)
      * "Mama Sang a Song" (top 40 in 1962)

      "Old Rivers" was sampled in one of Dickie Goodman's "break-in" records, "Ben Crazy" I think it was.

      Thanks for reporting back in, Chris!

  15. Walter Brennan? What the...?

    I may not be the first, but I at lest want to be one to congratulate you on such a fine BOTB, especially considering it was your first time out. You have also managed to post an excellent 'Results' post here.

    Of course, I'm glad to see that my vote counted and helped to bring the winner over the finish line. It's always fun when that happens. Regardless this was a stellar BATTLE, and a three-way to boot.

    I look forward to many more fun and informative BOTB posts from you and truly hope you are enjoying yourself with it and much as I am enjoying having you participate.

    1. Hi, dear FAE! Thank you very much, dear friend, for demonstrating your generous support as I test my wings as a new member of your circle. Yessum I am enjoying myself and it is very gratifying to be meeting new people and making new friends like you.

      Staging my first BOTB was exciting and I was delighted when the race remained a nail biter - too close to call - right to the end. (Ever notice how it ALWAYS comes down to Ohio and Florida! :)

      Thank you again for your kind words, dear friend FAE. Thank you for accepting me into your group. giving me encouragement and making me feel at home. Have a wonderful weekend!

  16. Congratulations dear Petula!! A hard one to beat I guess!

    And thank you Shady for a most entertaining Award!!! I think you make a great host at the Academy Awards!!!!


    P.S. Watched the Jimi Hendrix biopic the other night....quite good really. If you get a chance take a squizz.

    1. Hi, Robyn! Thank you for popping in to attend the official Awards Ceremony in which the BOTB winner was declared. Going into the contest. a Petula Clark landslide victory seemed like a foregone conclusion. It was exciting and rewarding when the voters kept the race close from start to finish. Peggy Lipton actually jumped out to an early lead and Billie Davis came on in the far turn, but both horses faded in the backstretch and lost by a length at the wire.

      Yessum, I have heard about the new Jimi Hendrix biopic featuring his original music and I'd love to see it. Lucky you for getting to watch it there before I did!

      Thank you again for your friendship and support, dear Robyn. I hope your weekend is off to a great start down there. Please hug your cute little puppy for me!

    2. Hello Shades,

      Well I've popped in to see you've created quite a conversation here with your BOTB's contest with Petula winning by an easy length.

      Have you considered featuring LuLu at all with 'To Sir with Love' in an upcoming BOTB's round 2 contest. I must say this is one of my all time favourite songs - cheers Allie-Millie

    3. Hello and good day to you, dear Allie-Millie! Thanks for coming to the awards banquet. Ric, Steele and Sara saved you a spot at their table. :)

      Yessum, Petula Clark won the Battle but it was by no means a landslide victory. At first I planned to leave Pet out of the contest and ask people to choose between Peggy and Billie but, at the last minute, I decided to included her.

      "To Sir With Love," the song and the motion picture, resonate with me as well. I actually have Lulu coming up in a future post but she'll be singing one of her other recordings. You'll just have to stay tuned to find out which one.

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend Allie-Millie. Cheers!

  17. Loved reading this; love your humor. I was surprised you liked Petula the least, but I trust your judgement more than mine for sure. As soon as you wrote the title, "Wasn't it You," the song invaded my mind again. It is a catchy tune and I don't know why I'd never heard it before!

    1. Hi, dear Belle! I'm very happy to see you again, sweet friend! I'm glad I gave you a chuckle today with David Letterman, Chris Elliott and the other references.

      You know me. I love a more soulful approach to a song. It wasn't a matter of liking Petula's version the least. It's just that I liked Peggy's version more and Billie's the most. That states it more positively, doesn't it? :) You'd think a King - Goffin song as good as "Wasn't It You" would have been recorded by more artists and turned into a hit by somebody, but it never happened. I agree that it's a catchy tune and the song has powerful lyrics to which most of us can relate. "Wasn't It You" (Billie's version :) has been playing non-stop in my brain for more than a week now. I don't mind one bit because there's no time to dwell on your troubles when you are enjoying good music.

      Thanks a million for dropping by, dear friend Belle. I wish you and your mother and lovely daughters a very happy Mother's Day! God bless!


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