Saturday, April 15, 2017

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “The Avengers” Theme


First of all, I’m not talking about the movies based on the Marvel superheroes. But you probably knew that.

The Avengers was a British espionage TV series that ran from 1961 until 1969. It initially starred Ian Hendry and Patrick MacNee as Dr. David Keel and John Steed, respectively. When Hendry left after the first season, Steed had a succession of partners, starting with Catherine Gale (played by Honor Blackman), then Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg), and finally Tara King (played by Linda Thorson). Steed was occasionally paired with either Venus Smith (played by Julie Stevens) or Dr. Martin King (played by John Rollason) during seasons 2 through 4.

For the first four years, the show was shot in black-and-white on videotape and featured a theme song written and performed by Johnny Dankworth. It was purchased by ABC in the US and thereafter they could afford to shoot it in color on 35mm film, and the show featured a theme song written by Laurie Johnson, perhaps to accompany the slightly lighter atmosphere of the Emma Peel episodes. A local TV station carries the episodes from seasons 1 to 4 on Sunday nights. Having watched the series on ABC (channel 7 in Chicago) back in the Sixties, the look and feel of the older episodes was an adjustment.

Anyway, your task is to listen to the two different themes from the series and decide which you like better. Here they are, in extended form.

Johnny Dankworth

Laurie Johnson

Your task is to listen to the two themes, decide which you prefer, and vote by leaving a comment, along with a brief reason why you preferred that one, if you choose. Then, I’m sure the others conducting battles today would appreciate a visit and a vote in their battles.

* Stephen has the current list of participants on his site

I’ll announce the winner of today’s battle next Saturday, April 22.

The lines are now open. Best of luck to Johnny and Laurie!

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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