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t bedford

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This record was released when I was 13, as the British invaded us, and my focus was there. It wasn’t until several years later when I realized this actually wasn’t Elvis Presley.
Terry Stafford - Suspicion (#3) 02/22/64


When my friend Kate’s 17 year old little brother heard this for the first time, he told her: “That’s the best song the Bee Gees ever did!”
John Lennon - Woman (#2) 01/17/81


I was playing this in my office when my boss said: You always have something on by Brian Wilson that I’ve never heard.” I told him it was Glen Campbell, and he spent the next 30 seconds or so in Stupidtown. That’s not BW? No. It’s Glen Campbell? Yes. The country singer? Yes. Not Brian? No. Are you sure? Yes...
Glen Campbell - Guess I’m Dumb (failed to chart) 06/06/65


By the third time I heard this, I was convinced it was a new John Lennon single, then they announced the artist.
ELO - Can’t Get It Out of My Head (#9) 12/21/74


Those of you with a tendency to post videos....I want personal stories. Don’t tell me that Klaatu sounds like the Beatles, that was Capitol Records hype. Personal stories...okay?

Cut & Paste purposes:
Terry Stafford - Suspicion
John Lennon - Woman
Glen Campbell - Guess I’m Dumb
ELO - Can’t Get It Out of My Head


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Gold - Woman (John Lennon - 1980)
One of my three favourite records of all time. And I certainly remember watching this clip, on Countdown (hosted by Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere from Dr Hook), the first time, in early ‘81. I broke down crying. 
 
Silver - Can’t It Get Out of My Head (Electric Light Orchestra - 1974)
They had some great songs. Again, a little bit pretentious and ‘I am the Walrus’-sy. In fact, my main criticism of Jeff Lynne was his affected voice, betraying his obvious devotion to the Beatles. But the group came up with great records throughout that period from the mid ‘70s to the early ‘80s. Radio flogged them. 
 
Bronze - Guess I’m Dumb (Glen Campbell - 1965)
I feel Glen was still feeling his way at this stage, yet to have the rewarding association with Jimmy Webb and become the Wichita Lineman. I’m guessing that’s Marilyn in the background. 
 
Participant - Suspicion (Terry Stafford - 1964)
Yeah, a straight cover of a song that Elvis had already recorded. I heard Elvis’s version first. I never knew Terry co-wrote and first recorded ‘Amarillo By Morning’, a hit for George Strait 10 years later. Great song. 
 
 
When I heard this at 13, I thought it was a Beach Boys song. Can you believe it? I basically got into the Beach Boys because of this song…
 
Some may remember Eddy Medora posted here a couple of times, not long before his death in 2006. It's interesting reading both his and Rick Henn’s recollections of Murry Wilson; quite different from what we usually read.  
 
Eddy was married to Ann Marshall, who starred in three episodes of My Favourite Martian as Lorelei Brown’s daughter.

Great choices, t. 
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Same order as Darren

Gold - Lennon 

Silver - ELO 

Bronze - Campbell

Tin - Stafford 
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Gold -- Glen Campbell -- I love this. To me it doesn't sound like Brian.

Silver -- ELO -- One of my favorites of theirs. ... doesn't sound like John.

Bronze -- Terry Stafford -- I've always liked this. It sure does sound like Elvis.

Pewter -- John Lennon -- Pretty, but it sounds like Yoko turned John into Paul. ... doesn't sound like the Bee Gees.

Once upon a time, it occurred to me that if it was in fact a new Beach Boys song, I could always tell. Sometimes there was a new song by someone else, and I'd wonder if it was the Beach Boys, but it never was. (Unfortunately, I can't remember any particular examples of this happening.) It now seems that if I wasn't sure it was them, I should have been sure it wasn't. [smile]

I'm sure I thought this was the Beatles, like maybe 99% of people who had a radio in 1964:

The Knickerbockers -- "Lies" (they were from New Jersey, or maybe it was the Beatles)
youtube.com/watch?v=ZskCvuw5Diw

The other song that comes to mind may not have confused me, but it sure sounded like something Brian was involved with. The internet claims Brian heard it and thought someone must have been listening to the Smile sessions. (Some of it sounds more like the Mamas and Papas.)

Sagittarius -- "My World Fell Down" (1967)
youtube.com/watch?v=aprDkTOtSww

All about "My World Fell Down" and the involvement of Gary Usher, Glen Campbell, Bruce Johnston, and so on.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_World_Fell_Down

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When I first heard this beach song in my early teens I thought it was the Beach Boys singing it. Looking back (with love) and hearing it again it does sound a bit like Bruce Johnston on lead vocals though. Maybe Mike Love should add this song to his setlist and give Bruce a crack at it. Nonetheless it's always been a fun summer song that I still enjoy listening to today.


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T for Touchdown this week!  It's ALL good!

I'll go with:

Gold:  Woman by John Lennon.  His birthday just passed on the 9th of October and this December 9th will be 38 years since his passing.  I still get upset thinking how such a peaceful man was taken so violently and suddenly.  John's solo music was very good and I have several that I love from him.  This one is at the top.  Here's an insignificant factoid to anyone but me, but my Siamese cat, Kiefer was born on October 9th, 2006 and we brought him home on December 9th, 2006.  

Silver:  Suspicion by Terry Stafford.  It's a great song and haven't heard it in oh so long.  I have a hard time placing that deep voice with such a baby-face guy and he does sound so much like Elvis.

Bronze:  Can't Get It Out of My Head by ELO.  A nice one by ELO and nice to hear it here today.  The radio stations  here don't play this one, so out of earshot, out of mind.  

Tin:  Guess I'm Dumb by Glen Campbell.  It's my least fave of the four, but really doesn't deserve this low ranking.  Sorry, Glen.  He doesn't sound like any of the other Beach Boys, but I would've never guessed that it was Glen Campbell either!  

Very good week, T!

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Okay t, this is an easy voting week, as in I know them all! 

Gold to Brian and Glen.  This is a production masterpiece in it's VERY Spector-like way during this time period.  The range in the vocal is might-mighty as well.  The only reason that I could think that it gets turned over to anther artist is the title, itself.  Maybe no Beach Boy (including Brian) could have pulled it off but I can hear Brian reaching all of these notes.  I always loved this song and highly respect it! 

Silver "You're the other half of the sky" Woman.  It's beautiful.  Just think with all of the Women's movement types of marches - he would have been there.  Cindy, he wasn't really a peaceful man, but knew how to preach it.  He knew the strength of the media because he was a part of the media.

Bronze goes to Terry Stafford and his Elvis take.  Good song.

The tin then goes to ELO and it's also a good song, from a good album. 

GID - track



John talks, sings and plays the song.  Very Beatly with a nod to Smoky and Motown.  The modulation jumps out.  LOVE this:


Suspicion certainly sounds like Elvis but really only he could impersonate himself:


When ELO was The Move (who do they sound like?):


This "Bernard Webb" penned song sure sounds like someone. Hmmmmmmmm. Gordon even looks like JL


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t, a great group of songs this week that really appeal to me.

Here are a few notable mentions.

ELO can be tricky indeed.  I would have rattled off a plethora of bands before ELO if asked who this was (including Shakin' Stevens) a few years back.  I'm a really big fan of what Jeff Lynne is capable of and this weeks ELO contender is one of my very favourites.



Thought Everclear was responsible for this for years.  To be more specific, this song is 20 years old, I've thought it was Everclear for 19 and 3/4 of those years.  Who the heck is Semisonic anyway?



Google helped me identify the Turtles because while I knew it wasn't the Kinks or the Beatles, this HAD to be another British band.  What a shock to find these guys were American.  To me, they sing with British accents.



I'll have to put my thinking hat on and try to avoid embarrassment, having been wide off the mark many times ...











 







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these 4 classic songs make a pretty near impossible contest for me.  This time, I'm going to kick out cultural significance at the time and go with what the song means to me now.  (for example, the order in which I would be likely to play these songs now such as in the car).

1.  "Guess I'm Dumb"

Very interesting, kind of Spector meets Bacharach, and a little part spins out to join 'Had to Phone Ya', maybe?   But it was not destined to be a hit single because it does not sound like a hit single.  Still I rank it first, for the reasons above.  Would have fit nicely on 'Today', next to 'She Knows Me Too Well', with the line about 'a weird way of showing my love'  which would make him 'dumb'.  Glen sings it very well, too.

2. "Suspicion" by Terry Stafford.

although I think he sounds like Elvis more with the high parts rather than bass lines.  Love the oddness of the backing vocals--there's a tension there.  Not up there with 'Runaway' but solid.

now it gets harder, because I'm not really thinking about playing the other two, as skillfully as they are made, in the car right now.

3.  "Woman"

ultimately, originality earns points.   Did not love 'Double Fantasy' at the time, what a ripoff to have to slog through 50% Yoko songs.  and just a little easy listening musaz.  solid singing and songwriting though.

4. "Can't Get it out of My Head"

well, everyone is permitted a hero and major influence, and Jeff's was/is John.  REALLY impersonates him on this song.  REALLY.   My best friend in high school was a major ELO fan--and loved this song.  He had this (very un-new-wave) idea that the coolest style for a male would be to resemble John Lennon walking across Abby Road.  His family also came from Alabama.  Yet, he was still my best friend.  Bonnie: as I type this, my mouse pad is everclear's album 'Songs from an American Movie, Volume 1' which I suppose dates me almost as much as my Hotmail.com email account.  Anyway, this song would have been before the group took on that horrid spaceship symbol, which very much resembled Boston's flying guitar(s).  I did see ELO live, when the dang spaceship opened up on stage and then closed at the end, a little better than that egg thing did for Spinal Tap.  What I remember is that through all the lights, fog, and darkness (and maybe this is partly because in that same year, I saw Bruce's 'Darkness' tour, and Dylan's 'Street Legal' tour), it occurred to me that there really was no live experience happening at all--they could have been entirely lip-synching and no one would be able to tell.  Seems to me, they were soon hit with such an accusation and it didn't surprise me.  But yes of course, I still bought ELO's records, including the double one next with the songs about the rain.  Compared to much at that time, of course, they were very good.
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For years I thought the background singers on this were Brian and maybe some of his colleagues, especially when they all start singing at 3:00. It turns out it was the Marx Brothers. Minus Harpo.

(American) Spring -- "Sweet Mountain"
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Thanks to Darren, kds, Larry, Cindy, Al & John B for taking time to vote

Darren, I don’t think I’ve heard the Elvis version before. I sure miss the background singers.

Larry, I never considered the Knickerbockers as sounding like the Fabs until decades later, then wondered how I’d missed it. Knickerbocker Buddy Randell was in the Royal Teens with Bob Gaudio (4 Seasons).

Popeye (not the sailor), thanks for the video contribution & story.

Bonnie, we often talk about P.F. Sloan, and he wrote “You Baby”. Here’s The Turtles (kind of) channeling the Rolling Stones (produced by Ray Davies).
youtube.com/watch?v=Noz8tMoBTvM

John B, thanks for the comments

Larry can you back up that Marx Brothers claim!?!

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Following on from last week (where I sort of preempted this week's theme too), Google no longer confuse Bobby McFerrin with his dad.

G John Lennon

gap

S Glen Campbell

bigger gap

B ELO
T-erry Stafford

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Gold - Suspicion – Terry Stafford

Silver - Woman – John Lennon

Bronze - Can’t Get It Out of My Head - ELO

 Tin - Guess I am Dumb – Glen Campbell

 

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Popeye - you sure know how to make the eyes pop.  There were enough bikinis in that clip you posted to sink a ship. [biggrin]



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Larry can you back up that Marx Brothers claim!?!

Of course.

No story involved, but I've had trouble hearing the difference between Judy Collins and Joan Baez. Here they sing "Diamonds and Rust" together.

youtube.com/watch?v=dtyKfw-tvaM

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