Welcome to Battle of the Bands, Holiday Edition!
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.
This battle features the same artists as the last one but in a different configuration.
“Blue Christmas” is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and most famously performed by Elvis Presley. It is a tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre. First recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948, it was popularized the following year in three separate recordings. Elvis Presley cemented the status of “Blue Christmas” as a rock and roll holiday classic by including it on his 1957 LP Elvis’ Christmas Album. Only in 1964 was it released as a commercially available single.
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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. “Blue Christmas” is the 11th track from his seventh studio album, “Christmas”, released in 2011.
Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. His critical success has made him one of the most recognized artists in country music. Blue Christmas was included in several of his Christmas albums, making a first appearance on Pretty Paper in 1979.
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
Voting remains open until 11:59 pm EDT Dec. 2oth,
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 / 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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Next Battle on this site will be January 15th.
In the meantime, come on back this Monday (Dec. 18)
for a festive photo spread featuring a fabulous place!
♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!
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