BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “September Morn”


Wanted to continue with the September theme, and chose this beautiful song from Neil Diamond, the title track from his 1979 album. It was originally “C’est En Septembre,” written and performed by Gilbert Becaud, also known as “Monsieur 100,000 Volts” for his energetic performances, according to the blogger’s best friend. Here’s Neil singing it in a live performance, though I don’t know when or where. The song reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1979.

It’s been covered a bunch of times, including the two versions you’ll be choosing from.

CONTESTANT #1: Andrea Bocelli This was recorded in a 2006 concert at Lake Las Vegas Resort.

CONTESTANT #2: Engelbert Humperdinck From a 1992 concert at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

All right, you know what to do: Give Andrea’s and Engelbert’s version of the song a listen, decide which one you like better, and leave me a comment letting me know which it is, and a little about why you chose that one. When you’re finished doing that, let in the dog and put out the cat stop by these other wonderful blogs, some of which might also be doing a Battle of the Bands today, and give their choices a listen, why don’cha?

Tossing It Out
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands *
Your Daily Dose
Mike’s Ramblings
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
Evil Pop Tart
Book Lover
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Angels Bark
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Janie Junebug Righting and Editing
Cherdo on the Flipside
Holli’s Hoots ‘n’ Hollers
J. A. Scott
Quiet Laughter

* Check Stephen’s blog for further updates to this list!

I’ll be naming the winner next Thursday, September 22, so have your votes in to me before then.

Best of luck to Messrs. Bocelli and Humperdinck! The lines are now open!


Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

19 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “September Morn””

  1. I never thought about this being a French song originally until hearing Bocelli singing it (and after you mentioned it), But Bocelli’s rendering certainly puts the Frenchness into the song. I’m not a huge fan of Bocelli even though I bought one of his CD’s for my wife on Valentine’s Day many years ago. There’s just something about his singing style that I don’t find particularly appealing though I will concede that the man has great talent.

    Engelbert’s version is not my favorite of the things I’ve heard him sing, but I like it better than Andrea’s. Humperdinck gives a nice mix of power and poignancy that the song calls for and the orchestration tops everything off nicely.

    My vote goes to the singer with the longest name–the name originally used by a composer most famous for an opera he’d written–as opposed to the opera singer with a name that sounds like a brand of wine.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  2. I just couldn’t shake the perception that the Andrea version was like watching some late-night television parody of a lounge singer.

    The Humperdinck version was… a little bit better.

    ~ Deplorable D-FensDogG
    ‘Loyal American Underground’


  3. John, Bocelli has a good voice normally but I really didn’t care for him covering this contemporary piece. It just didn’t work well for him. Humperdinck however was a purrrfect fit for this song, so kindly give my vote to Engelbert Humperdinck! Nice battle!


  4. Even though this was a sort of an after dinner, “Oh, sing something for us, Andrea” presentation he still, for me, out shines Englebert. I vote for Bocelli.


  5. I’m giving my vote to Andrea Bocelli — I love his piano playing (and loved seeing David Foster at the ivories too; he’s an excellent pianist). I liked Humperdink but just like Bocelli better.
    Nice battle John.

    Michele at Angels Bark


  6. It’s hard to stop my brain from wanting to hear Neil Diamond and being disappointed. However, given the rules of the game, I vote for Mr. Humperdinck as I just couldn’t handle the Bocelli version despite his overall talent. I’ve always enjoyed Bocelli’s Vivo Per Lei. I wonder what Neil Diamond or Engelbert Humperdinck covering that song would be like 😉


  7. I love Andrea Bocelli and have a couple of CD’s of his but I actually(gasp!) thought he hit a sour note although the could be wrong so I am going with Hump her dink….hahahahaaaa. I’m sorry it’s my asinine humour. He always looked greasy to me but his voice was great and o loved the musical styling of this version a bit better.


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