Thursday, October 15, 2015

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me”


Burt Bacharach and Hal David were the subject of Two for Tuesday this week. Their songs have been covered and recovered many times, and I knew I could find one for a decent battle.

This time around, the song is “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me.” I’m sure everyone has heard Naked Eyes’ 1982 version, which I’ll include to remind everyone what it sounds like (and because I like the song). This is not an entrant in this week’s battle, so don’t vote for it…

Bacharach and David wrote the song in 1964 for R&B singer Lou Johnson, and the British singer Sandie Shaw also did the song that year. Lou’s version rose to #49 on the US Pop Chart, while Sandie’s hit #1 on the UK pop chart. It doesn’t appear that both versions were on the same chart at the same time, so this battle pits them against one another…

CONTESTANT #1: Lou Johnson

CONTESTANT #2: Sandie Shaw

Sandie’s version was released in the US and reached #52 in September 1964. It was re-released in 1994 and reached #66 in the UK.

Now, it’s your turn: Which one did you like better? Lou Johnson’s soulful R&B rendition? Or Sandie Shaw’s British pop one? Vote in the comments below by 12:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time (4:01 AM UTC) on Wednesday, October 21, at which time the votes will be counted and the result announced.

I’m sure the other people conducting Battles would be thrilled if you also voted in their battles. Many (if not all) of the blogs are listed below:

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

Lines are now open! Good luck to Lou Johnson and Sandie Shaw!

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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