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 week, it’s a knockdown, drag out BATTLE OF THE SEXES!
KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR
[reference only – please do not vote on these two]
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is a song written and sung by Bob Dylan, for the soundtrack of the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, which he also appeared in. Released as a single, it reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. This song was covered by many artists. Among the most successful were Guns ‘N’ Roses. A live version of the track was initially released on the maxi single of “Welcome to the Jungle” in 1987. They recorded a studio version in 1990 for the Days of Thunder soundtrack, which was later slightly modified for the 1991 album “Use Your Illusion II”. Released as the fourth single from the album, it reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart as well as #12 in Australia and #1 in Ireland.
The foregoing serves as background information only.
Now, on to the actual contest……
Chicago born Warren William Zevon (Jan. 24, 1947 – Sept. 7, 2003) was a rock singer/songwriter and musician, known for a dark and somewhat quirky sense of humour in his lyrics. His best-known compositions include “Werewolves of London”, “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” (click links to view videos). In the fall of 2002, Zevon was diagnosed with terminal abdominal cancer. Refusing incapacitating treatments, he instead began recording his final album, “The Wind”, which includes guest appearances by close friends Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh, David Lindley, Billy Bob Thornton, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakam, among others. Bob Dylan’s “Knockin on Heaven’s Door” is the third track. An all-star cast sang it as part of a tribute to Zevon on the 2004 Grammy Awards broadcast.
Rachel Rabin, also known by her stage name RAIGN, is a singer-songwriter, born into a musical family in London, England. In 2009, while working as a vocalist and songwriter, she self-released a demo in the UK under her full real name. By 2010, she was performing original music with a mix of blues, folk, and pop, on both sides of the Atlantic. There was a short-lived stint on The X-Factor UK in Sept, 2014, after which she released her second single as RAIGN, an electro-pop cover of “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak. The EP “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” came out in March 2015. It included three of her previous tracks in addition to the title song, which was played on the season 2 finale of TV series “The 100”. In its first week of release, it reached no. 116 on the US iTunes pop charts.
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Voting remains open until noon, EDT July 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 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!