HAPPY JULY, EVERYONE!
Welcome to another edition of
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by Far Away Series and StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. Two “Battles” per month, on the 1st and 15th. Votes will be tallied and posted the following week. (See below for further details.)
This is an all-instrumental battle, based on a folk song written in the 19th century.
[not to be confused with the Bob Dylan song of the same name]
(AKA BLACK EYES)
“Dark Eyes” (Russian: Очи чёрные, Ochi chyornye) is a famous Russian romance song.
The lyrics were written by Ukrainian poet Yevhen Hrebinka. In 1843 he met his future wife, Maria, fell in love, and dedicated a short poem called “Dark Eyes” to her. The words were subsequently set to Florian Hermann’s Valse Hommage (in an arrangement by S. Gerdel) and published as a romance on March 7, 1884. Although often characterised as a Russian gypsy song, the words and music were written respectively by a Ukrainian poet and a German composer. Dark Eyes has been recorded and performed by many artists, going back to the early 20th century. Click HERE for more details.
[for reference only – do not vote on this one]
The foregoing serves as background information only.
Now, on to the actual contest……
Chester Burton “Chet” Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an American guitarist, occasional vocalist and record producer who, along with Owen Bradley, created the smoother country music style known as the Nashville sound, which expanded country’s appeal to adult pop music fans as well. He recorded Dark Eyes in 1955, using his own unique arrangement for electric guitar.
THE TIELMAN BROTHERS
The Tielman Brothers was the first Dutch East Indies (Dutch-Indo) band to successfully venture into the international music scene in the 1950s. They were one of the pioneers of rock and roll in The Netherlands, later becoming famous in Europe for playing a style of music called Indorock, a fusion of Indonesian and Western music with roots in Kroncong. Their version of “Dark Eyes”, entitled “Black Eyes” was first released in 1960.
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
Click on your choice here too:
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Voting remains open until 6:00 p.m., EDT July 7,
after which I will count the votes, add mine and publish the results.
These are the other BOTB regulars and semi-regulars.
Please cruise on by their sites and, if they have a post up, vote on their selections as well:
[Check back – there’s no set posting time]
Angels Bark Book Lover Cherdo On The Flipside Curious as a Cathy DC Relief BOTB
Far Away Series Holli’s Hoots & Hollers J.A. Scott Jingle Jangle Jungle
Mike’s Ramblings Quiet Laughter Sound of One Hand Typing
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands Tossing It Out
Women: We Shall Overcome Your Daily Dose
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Until next time.
♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!