BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Big Blue Diamonds” Results

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

A touch late, but here are the results from “Battle ‘Big Blue Diamonds’: Van Morrison vs. Percy Sledge”:

Van Morrison: 1
Percy Sledge: 9

Congratulations to Percy Sledge, and a pat on the back for Van Morrison.

We won’t be doing a Battle on July 1, on account of it being on Independence Day weekend. It looks like everyone is cutting back to one battle a month, and I haven’t decided whether I’ll do the same or keep doing two battles. I’ll leave it up to you, my readers: Do you like having two battles a month, or would you prefer just one? Let me know in the comments. In any event, the next Battle will be on July 15, when I’ll announce the consensus. See you then!

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BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Big Blue Diamonds”

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

A few weeks ago, I did a Monday’s Music Moves Me where I featured songs that have the word “diamond” in the title, and as usual asked if anyone had any others. That Friday, I featured your songs on The Friday Five, one of which was “Big Blue Diamond” by Jerry Lee Lewis, suggested by the lovely Calen. As I said then, a substantial number of covers of this song had been done, and promised that I would do a BotB around it today.

“Big Blue Diamonds” (also called “Big Blue Diamond” and “Blue Diamond”) was written in 1950 by Earl J. (Kit) Carson. The first recording of it was a 78 RPM single by Red Perkins. Here it is, and please note it isn’t in the running; I offer it only for comparison, and because there’s a killer pedal steel guitar solo in the middle.

The Blogger’s Best Friend tells us that, while this was written as a country song, it’s been recorded as an R&B and a rock song. Give a listen to the next two songs and let me know in the comments which you like better.

CONTESTANT #1: Van Morrison From Van’s 2006 album Pay The Devil, where he gave us twelve covers of country tunes.

CONTESTANT #2: Percy Sledge One of the comments on YouTube tells us that Percy recorded this one on his 2004 album Shining Through The Rain.

So, give these two covers a listen and let me know by next Thursday (June 22) which you prefer, and maybe a few words why you prefer it. Then, hie thee over to Stephen T. McCarthy Presents Battle of The Bands, where he has a list (in the right-hand column) of other blogs which might also be having a Battle today, visit them, and make your voice be heard.

The lines are now open. Best of luck to Van and Percy!