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.)
Switching gears today. How about a little mambo action?
[for reference only – please do not vote on these three]
“Sway” is the English version of “¿Quién será?“, a 1953 mambo instrumental song by Mexican composers Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltran Ruiz. The most famous English version is that of Dean Martin recorded in 1954. English lyrics are by Norman Gimbel. The song was covered by Canadian singer Michael Bublé for his self-titled debut album, released in 2003.
The foregoing serves as background information only.
Now, on to the actual contest……
The Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls were founded in 1995 by choreographer Robin Antin as a female burlesque troupe in Los Angeles. After attracting media attention, Antin negotiated a record deal in 2003, turning the group into a music franchise, fronted by Nicole Scherzinger. They recorded “Sway” for the Shall We Dance? soundtrack album, released in 2004. It garnered favourable reviews and was included as a bonus track on their own (debut) album, PCD, the following year.
Pink Martini is a band formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. Describing itself as a “little orchestra,” its music crosses genres such as classical, latin, jazz and pop. The co-lead vocalists are China Forbes and Storm Large. They recorded “Sway”, featuring Storm in her recording debut for their 6th album, “Get Happy”, released in 2013. It features sixteen songs selected and arranged by Thomas, including foreign language numbers in German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Farsi, Turkish and Romanian. Even more noteworthy is Phyllis Diller’s rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile”, which turned out to be her final recording, and became the soundtrack for the many tributes to her when she passed away several months later.
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
Click on your preference here too:
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Voting remains open until 6:00 p.m., EDT June 21,
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 J.A. Scott Jingle Jangle Jungle Mike’s Ramblings Novel Brews
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!