Saturday, August 1, 2015

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Go Away, Little Girl”


Eydie Gorme won the last BotB, so let’s feature a song made famous by her husband, Steve Lawrence.

“Go Away, Little Girl” was written by the songwriting supergroup of Gerry Goffin and Carole King in 1962. It’s only one of nine songs to reach #1 on the Hot 100 more than once, first by Lawrence in 1963, then by Donny Osmond in 1971 (when he was thirteen; guess they could have gone away together). Here’s the Steve Lawrence version, for your musical enlightenment (it’s not part of the contest, so don’t vote for it).

It’s been done by lots of other singers, including Bobby Vee, who did the first recorded version, Marc Wynter, who reached #6 on the UK charts in 1962, Del Shannon and Dion DiMucci, not to mention today’s contestants.

CONTESTANT #1: The Happenings

The Happenings recorded their version in 1966, and it reached #12 on the Hot 100.

CONTESTANT #2: The Lettermen

The Lettermen never charted with this, but it was on their 1964 album, Look At Love.

Now, it’s time to vote…

Which of these two versions of “Go Away, Little Girl” did you like better? The Four Seasons-influenced harmonies of The Happenings, or the trademark smooth and easy harmony of The Lettermen? And why, if you don’t mind me asking? Vote in the comments below.

And then, if you would, visit the other blogs who participate in the Battle of the Bands. The list below is more or less complete, but every time I turn around there’s another one to add…

Tossing It Out
Far Away Series
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
Your Daily Dose
Mike’s Ramblings
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
This Belle Rocks
Book Lover
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Angels Bark
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Women: We Shall Overcome
Cherdo on the Flipside
Holli’s Hoots ‘n’ Hollers
J. A. Scott
Quiet Laughter

I’ll announce the results of this Battle next Friday (since practically everyone has voted by then), August 7. Have fun!

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

1 comment:

  1. I'm voting for The Happenings. Why? Well... Their version sounded less... moody, I guess. No, that's not the word I'm looking for. Hold on, it'll come to me. MOROSE. Yes. Both the original (thanks for providing that one, never heard it before) and the Lettermen version sounded outright mournful. Which I get, within the sense of the song; denying temptation is a double-edged sword of righteousness and regret, right? But as far as listening pleasure goes, The Happenings version would be way likelier than any of the other two to find its way into my iPod :)

    Great battle, John! And thanks for the visit over at Quiet Laughter -- got you down for Joni :)