I’m going to try something a little different. The three versions of this song are are more-or-less contemporaneous, recorded in the late 1960’s, and all sound pretty similar to one another. Or do they? You get to judge!
Today’s song is “Hush.” It was written by Atlanta native Joe South, who also wrote “Games People Play,” “Down In The Boondocks,” “Yo-Yo,” and Lynn Anderson’s big hit, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden.”
CONTESTANT #1: Billy Joe Royal
Billy Joe Royal was also from the Atlanta area. He recorded four of South’s songs, “Down In The Boondocks,” “I Knew You When,” “Yo-Yo,” and recorded the first version of “Hush” in 1967. His version only did so-so, reaching #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. Here’s his version.
CONTESTANT #2: Deep Purple
The following year, a band from England by the name of Deep Purple recorded the song. It reached #4 in the US and #2 in Canada, but strangely was mostly ignored in the UK. It was on their album Shades of Deep Purple, and featured Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ian Paice (drums), Jon Lord (organ), Nick Simper (bass and backing vocal), and Rod Evans (lead vocal). This is the original music video, although it was probably shot on film.
CONTESTANT #3: Joe South
In addition to his work as a sideman and a songwriter, Joe South was also a performer, who had hit records with “Games People Play,” “Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home,” and “Walk A Mile In My Shoes.” Here’s his version, from the 1969 album Games People Play.
Now, it’s time to vote….
So, what did you think? Whose version was the best? Billy Joe Royal’s original, Deep Purple’s cover (and the biggest hit), or songwriter Joe South’s version? Lines are open now… leave me a comment letting me know which you like the best! Results next Sunday!
And, hey, once you’ve voted here, how about checking out the other blogs having their battles today?
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