I’m in the middle of Just Jot It January, and the prompt for the day, suggested by BarbCT over at Gallimaufry, is “mercy.” I had already decided that this song would have a big part in today’s JJJ entry, anyway, when I received several reminders in my RSS feed that it’s also time for another Battle of the Bands. Hence, today’s battle.
“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” was written by Joseph Zawinul when he was with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet and was the title track for their 1966 album Mercy! Mercy! Mercy! Live At “The Club.” Here’s the original, which is not a contestant.
As an instrumental, it’s been covered multiple times. It’s also been covered by vocal groups, including two Chicago bands in 1967, The Buckinghams and The Mauds. Zawinul, unfortunately, never wrote lyrics for the song, so The Buckinghams wrote their own and recorded it, while The Mauds used lyrics by Curtis Mayfield. They’re (sort of) our contestants for today.
The Buckinghams The band that inspired Al Kooper to form Blood, Sweat, and Tears, came to national prominence during the British Invasion, so you can see the similarities to The Beatles.
Blue Road, Featuring Jimy Rogers of The Mauds The Mauds had one big hit in Chicago, “Soul Drippin’,” which featured several members of the band that would become Chicago. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find The Mauds’ version, but did find this version featuring their lead singer and front man, Jimy Rogers.
So, now it’s time to vote: which one did you like better? Voting is open to everyone, including Just Jot It January participants. Listen to both versions of the song, decide which you prefer, and leave me a comment telling me which one and why. Then, how about visiting the other Battles of the Bands and seeing what they have?
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Curious as a Cathy
Tossing It Out
THE DOGLADY’S DEN
J. A. Scott
YOUR DAILY DOSE
STMcC Presents ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ *
Cherdo on the Flipside
* Stephen has the current list of participants on his site
I’ll announce the winner next Sunday, January 22, so be sure and get your vote in by then. The lines are now open; best of luck to The Buckinghams and Blue Road!