BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Love of the Common People”


Kip suggested this back in July, and I would have done it last month had it not been for the death of Glen Campbell. The Blogger’s Best Friend tells us this was written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins, eventually released by Hurley in 1970, but it was done in 1969 by The Four Preps. Here’s Hurley’s version.

It’s been covered a bunch of times by a Who’s Who of pop and country artists, including these two.

CONTESTANT #1: The Everly Brothers Their 1967 cover only reached #114 in the US, but #70 in Australia and #4 in Canada.

CONTESTANT #2: Waylon Jennings Waylon released this as the B side of “The Chokin’ Kind” in 1967. His version reached #67 on the Country chart.

You know the drill: listen to both covers, decide which one you like better, and vote by leaving me a comment below, teling me who and why. Then, go visit Stephen T. McCarthy’s “Battle of the Bands” blog, where he has a list of all the current blogs doing a Battle of the Bands, and visit the other bloggers. (This isn’t necessarily a guarantee that you’ll find one there, but they’re the ones most likely to.)

I’ll announce the winner next Friday, September 22, so be sure and get your vote in before. The lines are now open. Good luck to Don & Phil and Waylon!


BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” Results


In our last battle, we sent two members of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, head-to-head using Jimmy Webb’s beautiful “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” popularized by the late Glen Campbell in 1967. Here are the results.

Frank Sinatra: 7
Dean Martin: 11

Congratulations to Dean Martin and a pat on the back for Frank Sinatra.

Many of you said that Glen Campbell owned this song, that no one did it better than he did, and I agree: his version of the song is iconic. Interesting, though, that Glen’s was not the first recording of the song; Johnny Rivers recorded it first, in 1965. Here’s his version of the song. Being a Johnny Rivers fan, I have to say, while not as good as Glen’s, his version is pretty good. It’s from his 1966 album Changes.

My next battle will be on September 15, after which I’ll probably go back to the twice-weekly Battles. See you then!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”


From The Blogger’s Best Friend:

“By the Time I Get to Phoenix” is a song written by Jimmy Webb. Originally recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965, it was covered by American country music singer Glen Campbell on his album of the same name. Released on Capitol Records in 1967, Campbell’s version topped RPM’s Canada Country Tracks, reached number two on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, and won two awards at the 10th Annual Grammys. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) named it the third most performed song from 1940 to 1990. The song was ranked number 20 on BMI’s Top 100 Songs of the Century. Frank Sinatra called it “the greatest torch song ever written.”

Glen Campbell died a week ago today, and he’s best known for this song, so I thought it would be a fitting tribute to feature it in today’s Battle. And just for fun, I decided this will be a battle between members of The Rat Pack. I only wish that Sammy Davis Jr. had covered it… Anyway, here are your choices:

CONTESTANT #1: Frank Sinatra From his 1966 album Cycles.

CONTESTANT #2: Dean Martin from his 1969 album Gentle On My Mind.

So, which version of the song did you prefer? Whether it’s for Frank or for Dino, cast your ballot in the comments below. Then, visit STMcC Presents Battle of the Bands, because he has the list of all the current participants in this monthly challenge, and visit them as well.

I’ll announce the winner of today’s battle next Tuesday, so be sure and get your vote to me by then. And remember, you needn’t be a participant in Battle of the Bands to vote.

The lines are now open. Best of luck to Frank and Dean!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Galway Bay” Results


So the song, or rather songs, were two named “Galway Bay,” one of which was more popular in Ireland (sung by Dolores Keane), the other more popular outside Ireland (sung by Bing Crosby). Here are the results.

Inside Ireland (Dolores): 4
Outside Ireland (Bing): 7

Congratulations to Bing and kudos to Dolores for a beautiful job.

I’m still curious: ignoring the singers for just a second, which “Galway Bay” did you like? They were two different songs.

Anyway, we’ll do this again on August 15.



In today’s battle, I’m going to present you with two different songs with the same name and have you decide which of the two you prefer.

There are two different songs called “Galway Bay,” with one being more popular in Ireland and the other more popular outside it.

CONTESTANT #1: Version more popular in Ireland Also known as “My Own Dear Galway Bay,” it was composed by Frank Fahy, a resident of Kinvara, Co. Galway. The music was composed by Tony Small, although it was originally written to the tune of “Skibbereen”. Here it’s performed by Dolores Keane, whose version is one of the better-known ones.

CONTESTANT #2: Version more popular outside Ireland As I mentioned yesterday, when I included Johnny Cash’s version of it, this was written by Dr. Arthur Colahan in 1947. This is Bing Crosby’s version; he changed some of the lyrics to make it less political.

All right, we have two different songs here with the same name. Which of the two of them do you prefer? Listen to both, decide which you prefer, and vote in the comments along with why you chose that one. Then, head over to Stephen T. McCarthy’s blog, where he has the current list of participants, and vote in the other battles being held today. I’ll count the votes and declare the winner next Saturday, July 22, so have your vote in before then.

The lines are now open. Best of luck to Mr. Fahy and Dr. Colahan, and to Dolores and Bing!