WELCOME TO BATTLE OF THE BANDS!
It’s good to be back…
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. (Please note: Effective July 2017, some of us switched to once a month on the 15th. Others may opt to continue with twice a month.) See below for further details.
Battle results this year haven’t been great – several blowouts and a tie! I’m hoping to break the curse by using a song that holds special memories for me. Back in the ’80s, we had a friend who played piano and sang at our favourite restaurant (read more about that HERE, if you’re interested) and this was one of his signature numbers.
“Always on My Mind“ is an American country music song by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, recorded first by Gwen McCrae (as “You Were Always On My Mind”) and Brenda Lee in 1972.
AllMusic lists over 300 recorded releases of the song by dozens of performers. While Brenda Lee’s renditon had stalled at number 45 on the country charts in 1972, other performers would reach the top 20 in the United States and elsewhere. Arguably, Willie Nelson‘s grammy-winning recording from 1982 is the definitive version.
[Reference only. Not eligible for voting.]
On to the contest!
Michael Steven Bublé, born Sept. 9/75 in Burnaby, B.C., is a Canadian-Italian singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He has won several awards, including four Grammys and multiple Junos. “Always on My Mind” is the 11th track from his fifth studio album, “Call Me Irresponsible”, released in 2007. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and rose to number one in its second week, selling nearly 2 million copies in the US alone and over 5 million copies worldwide.
Elvis Presley (who surely needs no introduction) recorded his version of “Always on My Mind” on March 29, 1972, a few weeks after his February separation from wife Priscilla. The song received immense fame and critical appreciation and is considered one of the standout hits of the ’70s for Elvis. It was released as the B-side of the “Separate Ways” single, which reached Gold status in the U.S. Listed as a double sided hit, it rose to number 16 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart in November 1972. In the UK, “Always on My Mind” was the A-side and “Separate Ways” the B-side. It was voted the number 1 song of Presley’s recording career in a poll conducted by ITV in 2013.
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
Voting remains open until 11:59 pm EDT Nov. 21st,
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 / Janie Junebug Righting & Editing / Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Sound of One Hand Typing / HOST: StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands / Tossing It Out / Your Daily Dose
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Until next time.
♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!
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