Don’t ask me why, I just think this will make a good battle. I don’t know any other way to introduce this, so I’ll just jump right into it.
In 1963, Ruby & The Romantics reached #1 with their best-known and most-successful song, “Our Day Will Come.” Later that year, they released Earl Shulman and Leon Carr’s “Hey There, Lonely Boy.” It reached the Top 30 (#27) on the Hot 100 and #5 on the US Adult Contemporary chart.
In 1970, Eddie Holman took the song, gave it a sex change (so to speak), making it “Hey There, Lonely Girl,” and sang it in a falsetto. His version went to #1 is the US and Canada and #4 in the UK, his highest-charting single in all three countries.
So, which one do you like better? There’s a lot to be said for both versions, so listen to both and let me know which of them you like better. Then take yourself over to the BoTB blog of Stephen T. McCarthy, where, in the right-hand column, you’ll find a list of all the usual participants in the BoTB. Check out those blogs and, if they’re running a battle, vote in theirs.
I’ll post the results of my battle next Thursday, March 8, so be sure and get your vote in before then. The lines are now open. Best of luck to Ruby & The Romantics and Eddie Holman!