Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Battle of the Bands: "Betcha By Golly Wow"



WELCOME TO THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!!!


Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th.

 The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's 
when I return, total all of the votes, including mine 
(if necessary), and announce the winner. 

This music blogging event first introduced by our friends 
and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":

Fae @ Far Away Eyes 
Stephen T. McCarthy presents... 



There's a time in every music lover's life when they hear a song and it just clicks. You know you'll be humming this song from that point on. 

The first brand new album I ever had was by the The Stylistics. Our next door neighbor, an old fella by the name of Chuck Thomas (rest his soul), went to the local record store and just bought two albums on the chart for me for my birthday. He knew zip about what was popular or The Stylistics, so he thought he was pretty clever to look at Billboard. Then again, he also added, "it looked like some of that noise you liked."

After the death of Chuck's wife, I'd been cleaning his house. In retrospect, I can't believe he let me clean his house because I was about eleven or twelve. He actually trusted me with a key and when he was at work. I'd wash dishes, mop, sweep, change bed linen, and throw towels in the wash. As a bonus, I got to play with Spotty, his spaniel. I couldn't believe my luck because he actually paid me and didn't subtract any money for the dog time. 

Sometimes...life is so sweet!

While setting up this battle, I got the shock o' my life. Believe it or not, The Stylistics weren't the FIRST to do it. Hey, it was one of their members who wrote it...I just assumed... 

The first was Connie Stevens in 1970! So, let's hear it, Connie:

THE ORIGINAL: CONNIE STEVENS




CONTENDER #1:
THE STYLISTICS

Well, I thought they were the original...let's hear it, Stylistics! 
Give me some of that Philly soul!




CONTENDER #2: 
PHYLLIS HYMAN

Another beautiful voice who gave this tune a spin was 
Phyllis Hyman (1949-1995). Phyllis was also a member 
of the Broadway cast of Sophisticated Ladies and 
won a Theatre World Award and a Tony nomination. 




Well, you know how it's done! Listen and vote for your favorite:
Will it be The Stylistics or Phyllis Hyman?

Don't like either? This is not a communist blog-regime! Go take a nap. I'll tally them up and return on the 21st to give you a tally and announce the winner who will then forever bask in Flipside glory. 

Now, don't you want to be part of that? 
Get votin'.

Don't forget to visit the peeps (many of which do much, much better at BOTB):

YOUR DAILY DOSE



57 comments:

  1. The version by Phyllis was grand and the sax by Connors was a beautiful touch. Nothing wrong with their version.

    But the Stylistics did the definitive version for me and that's the one I choose. They are sublime on this.

    Funny that Connie Stevens did the first version. She does an excellent job. I didn't even know she was still making records in the 70's.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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    1. A VOTE FOR PHYLLIS! Thanks, Arlee!

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  2. Connie Stevens?! That sure was a surprise. I too thought it was a Stylistics original. Much as I like their version, the smooth vocal style of Phyllis Hyman was even better, IMO. Please give my vote to Norman and Phyllis.

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  3. Number 2 gets my vote, much smoother a note.

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  5. As a "youngun," I've never heard this song before. Period. So, no bias here because they are all first-time listens for me.

    I laughed when I started playing The Stylistics (expecting something heavier) and getting... that. Ha! So, that was the "noise" you were listening to as a kid???

    In point of fact, I really liked that noise The Stylistics made. It was just zippy enough to live up to the name Betcha By Golly Wow and just sweet enough to be a "romance" song. Phyllis Hyman does have a nice voice (but it went on too long for me). Was it me or the migraine? Who can say...

    So, notch one for those "noisy" Stylistics. You rebel, you.

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    1. A VOTE FOR THE STYLISTICS! Thanks, Robin!

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  6. Another vote for Phyllis here... Loved the smoothness. Great song, too—and a new one for me :)
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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  7. I'm sticking with the Sylistics. What a fun story!

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    1. A VOTE FOR STYLISTICS! Thanks, Linda!

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  8. I like the Stylistics version better.

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    1. A VOTE FOR STYLISTICS! Thanks, my poptarty friend.

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  9. Phyllis Hyman has a gorgeous voice but, for me, it's hands down the Stylistics. I had no idea Connie Francis even did that song, let alone being the first to do it! That surprised me. Really nice battle Cherdo. Please put me down for the incomparable Stylistics.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. A VOTE FOR STYLISTICS! Thanks, Michele. I was surprised by Connie Stevens, too!

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  10. I have to vote for The Stylistics. It's the version that has stayed in my mind through the years, though Phyllis Hyman had a lovely voice. Connie Stevens sure took me by surprise. Her recording is so over-produced that you can hardly hear her voice. I think Prince did a very pretty cover of this some years back. Gosh, I'm tempted to call you right now and sing this to Gonzo. I often sing it around the house, where I do most most of my performing, though I can also be heard at the neighborhood diner occasionally. When they have only a few patrons besides me, I often start the singing along to the radio and other voices join me. The servers like to sing, too. But one day we did "That Girl," the Marlo Thomas TV show opening, and the servers kept spinning around on the words That Girl. Life is just too much fun.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. My love, in the list of participants, will you please change WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME to JANIE JUNEBUG RIGHTING & EDITING? Betcha by golly wow, he's the Gonzo I've been waiting for forever . . .

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    2. A VOTE FOR STYLISTICS! Thanks,Janie and I corrected my error...remember, I'm ancient and senile 99% of the time.

      I vote for YOUR version.

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  11. The Stylistics. I don't know...it just seems less cheesy. But the biggest cheese of all is Connie Stevens' version. It just sounds like something out of a Gidget movie.

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    1. A VOTE FOR STYLISTICS! Thanks, Stephanie! LOL.

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  12. The Stylistics are one of many bands that grew on me as I grew older. I'm definitely going to have to listen to Connie's version after Stephanie's comment. But for the battle, give me the boys. The other version just is missing something to me.

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    1. And on listening, rank Connie #2. I woulda liked it more, if as others have said, the vocals came through better.

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    2. A VOTE FOR STYLISTICS! Thanks, Chris!

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  13. Wish I could vote for Connie Stevens. Hers was by far the best.
    I guess I'll go with the second one. A little more spirit to it.

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  14. Oh Cherdo! Phyllis Hyman is definitely hot, but I'll never be available (smile). Smooth jazz with lots of feeling. Yet... the Stylistics were part of my life - this song included. I vote for them.

    Tally-ho!

    Dixie

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  15. I am not one for this song or this style of song. It feels so...drippy:) That being said I take the Stylistics. It was...um...shorter:) Horrible me.

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    1. A DRIPPY VOTE FOR STYLISTICS FROM MEINE FREUNDIN! Thanks, Birgit!

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  16. Gosh I do remember this one. And of course the Stylistics sang it all the time on every channel but I have to vote for Phyllis.

    cheers, parsnip

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  17. When I saw the song title I was thinking of a completely different song. Go figure. The Stylistics are my favorite here, so give them my vote,

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  18. I love this song. I have to go with the Stylistics on this, not that Phyllis Hyman's isn't as lovely as she is (or, rather, was... I read her tragic story on Wikipedia). And thanks for reminding me to look into Thom Bell and Linda Creed-- I've been dong a series on songwriting teams, and I must have forgotten them.

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    1. I'm with you on this one, John. Love the Stylistics.

      A VOTE FOR STYLISTICS! Thanks, friend!

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  19. Phyllis Hyman has a much more mellow delivery.

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  20. It's very difficult for me to vote against a song I'm most familiar with. The Stylistics in this case, is such a song. How do I vote against it? I love the song and listening to the second song, I immediately thought it was just too slow. But, I also thought to myself if this were the version I had heard first so many years ago, it would certainly be the one hard for me to vote against. Continuing in my listening I had to admit I love Phyllis Hyman's voice so much better and the addition of the sax was another selling point.

    My decision? Even though I think the song is slower, with another listen, the rest of the points won me over. I'm going to give my vote to Phyllis.

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  21. Cherdo, WOW, what an interesting tid-bit to learn! I would have never thought of Connie Stevens doing this one. Hyman does a beautiful job with her cover, but the Stylistics are pure gold! Please, give 'em my vote, dearie!

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    1. A VOTE FOR STYLISTICS! Thanks, Cathy. Connie Stevens was a shocker, eh? I thought so, too.

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  22. Not my cuppa...but if I had to choose, I'd go with the Stylistics version. I'm kinda diggin that 70's vibe.

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  23. 100% of my vote goes to the Stylistics! Such fond memories come back with that version. Great battle!

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    1. A VOTE FOR STYLISTICS! Thanks, Mary - I feel the same. I almost put a Prince cover here but it almost sounded the same as the Stylistics.

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  24. Phyllis gets my vote I liked the sax

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    1. A VOTE FOR PHYLLIS! Thanks, Mike!

      [I don't know what is going on with my computer or your site but I have a continuous "load" cycle...]

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  25. DOC CHERDO, I'm not even certain I'd heard this song before. But, regardless, I really enjoyed the STYLISTICS' version. I greatly liked their... uhm... well, their "style", which was very IS and TICS.

    There were a number of bands in the '70s who had that cool style... unless all those bands were really the STYLISTICS and I just never knew that.

    Both versions were good and this was a nice Battle, my sickly friend.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. I think I've turned the corner. People can be in the same room as me and NOT hear my every breath.

      You may be on to something...maybe all those 70s bands WERE the Stylistics...it wouldn't be a bad thing and a pretty compact HITS OF THE 70s TOUR 2015. I'd buy a ticket.

      A VOTE FOR STYLISTICS! Thanks, my peep-a-zoid.

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  26. I'm late but still here! Don't close the polls! *huff puff*

    Phyllis sung her heart out, but the Stylistics captured... well, all of the style. Both good choices, but give my vote to the Stylistics and that sweet, sweet "noise."

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    1. A VOTE FOR STYLISTICS! Thanks, guys!

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  27. By now my vote won't count but I wanted to say I prefer The Stylistics. :)

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo