July already! Can you believe it?
Time for another edition of Battle of the Bands.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by 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.)
ST. JAMES INFIRMARY
[reference only – please do not vote on this one]
“St. James Infirmary“, aka “St. James Infirmary Blues”, sometimes known as “Gambler’s Blues”, is an American folksong of anonymous origin, though sometimes credited to the songwriter Joe Primrose (a pseudonym for Irving Mills). Louis Armstrong made it famous in his influential 1928 recording.
“St. James Infirmary” is often said to be based on an 18th-century traditional English folk song called “The Unfortunate Rake” (also known as “The Unfortunate Lad” or “The Young Man Cut Down in His Prime”), about a soldier who uses his money on prostitutes, and then dies of a venereal disease. The familiar recorded versions (such as Armstrong’s) nevertheless bear little relation to the older traditional song.
The title is said to derive from St. James Hospital in London, a religious foundation for treatment of leprosy. (“Infirmary” is sometimes used to name a hospital, such as the Mobile Infirmary Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama). There is some difficulty in this, since it closed in 1532 when Henry VIII acquired the land to build St. James Palace. Another possibility is the Infirmary section of the St James Workhouse, which the St James Parish opened in 1725 on Poland Street, Piccadilly, and which continued well into the nineteenth century. This St James Infirmary was contemporaneous with the advent of the song. – WIKIPEDIA
The foregoing serves as background information only.
Now, on to the actual contest……
ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS
The Animals were an English band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the early part of the decade. The band moved to London after finding fame in 1964 They were known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced frontman, Eric Burdon, as exemplified by their signature song and transatlantic No. 1 hit single, “The House of the Rising Sun“, as well as many others. The band balanced tough, rock-edged pop singles against rhythm and blues-oriented album material. They were known in the US as part of the British Invasion. The Animals underwent numerous personnel changes in the mid-1960s and suffered from poor business management. Under the name Eric Burdon and the Animals, the much-changed act moved to California and achieved commercial success as a psychedelic and hard rock band. “St James Infirmary” is from their 1968 album, “Every One of Us”
Here’s an mp3 for those who can’t view the video:
THE WHITE STRIPES
The White Stripes were an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of the couple, married at the time, Jack White (songwriter, vocals, guitar, bass and keyboards) and Meg White (drums and occasional vocals). After releasing several singles and three albums within the Detroit music scene, The White Stripes rose to prominence in 2002, as part of the garage rock revival. Their inspiration for “St. James Infirmary” came from a Betty Boop cartoon. It appears on their self-titled debut album, released in 1999.
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
The voting widget has been retired, due to discrepancies between it and the comments, plus the extra time required to create and monitor it. I’m spending too many hours online and need to streamline these posts. Thanks for your understanding.
Voting remains open until noon EDT, July 7th
(adding more time in deference to the holiday weekend)
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 / Cherdo On The Flipside / Curious as a Cathy / DC Relief BOTB / eVil pOp TaRt / J.A. Scott / Janie Junebug Righting & Editing / Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Quiet Laughter / ReInVintaged / Sound of One Hand Typing / HOST: StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands / Tossing It Out / Your Daily Dose
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COMING UP ON MONDAY, JULY 4TH:
Join us, will you?
Until next time.
♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!