Friday, September 2, 2016

Battle of the Bands: "Easy to Be Hard"


Saints preserve us, I'm late for the
 THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS!

Please forgive! Things are hopping at the casa, but in a good way. Besides, I'm old. I'm milking that excuse till I hit 100.

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

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, maybe even mine (if necessary), and announce the winner. 

God bless America, I loved Three Dog Night...not Beatle-level love, but that particular group got a lot of play on the official teen Cherdo record player. Bring on the 45's (you sassy kids quit making fun of the fact that I had a record player and get an ed-u-ma-cation...and no! A 45 was not a gun!).  


Three Dog Night, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Bobby Sherman, Elton John...welcome to the early 70's.  David Bowie was busting out Ziggy Stardust and the Rolling Stones were wailing "Tumbling Dice."

As a young teen, I thought every group wrote every song they sang. Not so, Horatio. Who knew? In fact, the song "Easy to Be Hard" came from the rock opera Hair. 

So, it turns out that Drei Hund Nacht can't really lay true claim to this one; but Chuck Negron sure can belt it out in his smooth, pre-heroin days. And Cheryl Barnes did a bang up job on it in the film adaptation of Hair... so...the only way to call this one is with a BATTLE!


CONTENDER #1:  THREE DOG NIGHT



CONTENDER #2: CHERYL BARNES
FROM HAIR



Help up sort this out with a vote, then pop over to my peeps' blog battles!  Results will be posted on the seventh!

24 comments:

  1. I remember this song, Geary Street Theatre --1969. San Srancico. It was my 1st real date with the girl who is still with me. The cast member who sang it imbued the song with a powerful simplicity that rings in my memory nearly 1/2 century later --a quality imparted to it by Cheryl Barnes as well and, although 3-Dog-Night covered capably, my vote must go to her.

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  2. Te dejo mi blog de poesia por si quTe dejo mi blog de poesia por si quieres criticar gracias.
    Me gusta mucho el tuyo.
    http://anna-historias.blogspot.com.es.

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  3. My vote is for 3-Dog Night - that was quite an opening scene. Cheryl Barnes does have a lovely voice.

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  4. Hi dear Cherdo, I am voting for 3 Dog Night! :)

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  5. DOC CHERDO, you kept us sitting in the waiting room for a long time, but at least you finally came out with some medicine.

    I guess your vote count'll be lower than usual, but that doesn't reflect on the quality of the Battle.

    I own the CD soundtrack for the movie 'HAIR', and I own it specifically for the Cheryl Barnes cover of 'Easy To Be Hard' which I think is one of the greatest vocal performances ever. There are other excellent tunes on that CD as well, but THIS is the reason I had to have it.

    That was an imaginative opening for the Three Dog Night video. I like Three Dog Night. My Ma loved them; she also loved Blood, Sweat & Tears, and somehow I always associate both bands with each other. Yeah, I dig 'em, but ain't no way 3DN gets my vote when CHERYL BARNES is their competition.

    FUN FACT: I actually used this one about 3 years ago -- I think it was my 3rd BOTB installment. But I used Cheryl against the original soundtrack of the Broadway production. FAE, Lee and I did a 'HAIR' theme that time and I went with a "Broadway Vs. Hollywood" approach.

    Glad you could make it after all, Doc!

    ~ Stephen

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  6. I almost didn't recognize the song on the 3DN video because it was a live version. Live versions never measure up to studio versions. So I went here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIffz-72B8Y - to listen to the original which I hadn't heard in quite awhile.

    Although Cheryl has an excellent voice and is doing a studio version, I'm voting for 3DN.

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  7. After hearing and loving 3DN's version all these years, there was something about Cheryl's version that just seemed off. It didn't even sound like the original cast album's version. Three Dog Night for me.

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  8. Cheryl has a strong voice but when she went all "screamy" near the end it puts me off. I know the version of Three Dog Night and I love it so they get my vote

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  9. Maybe it's just all of that pre-heroin smoothness, but Chuck Negron and Three Dog Night really got me with their version. Cheryl? Not so much. One vote for the pre-heroinist of bands, please!

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  10. I had no idea Easy To Be Hard is from Hair. I have to vote for the version I first heard: Three Dog Night. I have several Three Dog Night albums in my cabinet, including Harmony (autographed).

    Love,
    Janie

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  11. I'm such a huge Three Dog Night fan, no other version will do. This was the first band I saw live, back in 1971 and I've been hooked on rock concerts ever since. That said, Cheryl is a good singer, but I have to give it to Drei Hund Nacht. Sprechen sie Deutsch? ☺

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  12. I saw the title and starting writing something off color, but I demurred. Maturity is a terrible thing.

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  13. Incidentally, Three Dog Night. Hands down.

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  14. Incidentally, Three Dog Night. Hands down.

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  15. I saw the title and starting writing something off color, but I demurred. Maturity is a terrible thing.

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  16. Don't know how I missed this as I kept checking. Guess I stopped checking too soon.

    This is a great song that I first heard through 3 Dog Night. I didn't care for it at first, but then it started growing on me. The cut from the Hair soundtrack is very nicely done, but a bit draggy for my taste.

    My vote goes to Three Dog Night--it's a great version of the song.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  17. Ah, the Three Dog Night! I'm a super-fan! Love that band. So many great songs.
    Needless to say, my vote is going to Three Dog Night for your battle. I love the song...and that's a great video. :)

    I almost missed your battle! I stopped by today because I just joined the Question of the Month bloghop. So glad that I didn't miss it. I needed me some Three Dog Night!! Thanks Cherdo...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  18. Cherdo, I'm running late visiting, but here I am. :) You know what, I use to think the same thing about singers that they wrote their own music. It wasn't until many years later when I learned the truth. I only remember Three Dog Night covering this song and had no clue anyone else did until now. Cheryl Barnes does a great job with this song. There's nothing at all wrong with her version, but it just doesn't the same feel as Three Dog Night. I love the tender quality in Chuck's voice. So, I'm giving my vote to Three Dog Night. Good battle! Y'all have a nice, safe Labor Day! I sure do miss Boomsday, don't you?:(

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  19. I am going with Three dog night. Hope all things are well.

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  20. I'm calling dittos on your excuse of things hopping and that I'm getting old. hehe.

    Going with Three Dog Night!

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  21. Milk that excuse Cherdo! Three Dog Night gets my vote.

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  22. I like Three Dog Night, but I didn't particularly like this version of the song they did. I'm going to go against the grain, and place my vote with Cheryl, though I seem to be in the minority.

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  23. Hi dear Cherdo, just stopping by to let you know that I am thinking of you. Sending you many hugs and much love. :)

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  24. Yo, I'm baaack! Sorry that I fell off the face of the Earth --- congrats, Three Dog Night, by a landslide.

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