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Al Forsyth

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Larry,

I saw/heard Joan in concert two weeks ago - she didn't even sing Diamonds.  It was her backup singer.  Joan Baez - amazing guitar player - and the concert quite amazing. 

Bonnie a good amount of swimsuits and got better toward the end but this may have more:
youtube.com/watch?v=z34hn6SItTM
A consider it a take-off on the BB's.

Back to the Right/Wrong theme

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My right to be wrong votes:

Gold: Guess I’m Dumb - Glen Campbell - Love the classic retro sound on this brilliant Brian Wilson production.

Silver: Can’t Get It Out of My Head - I still regret not seeing ELO in concert back in their heyday..

Bronze: Woman - John Lennon doing a Barry Gibb impression here? I doubt it but I do hear the similarity.

Tin: Suspicion - Terry (not the king) Stafford

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Another ship goes down ...

John B, loved your recount of the ELO concert.  Here's more spaceship for you.  ELO were always a surprise for me, a retrospective fan.



And throwing this in here because I think he's still got it.


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Well, heck's bells! (Pardon the profanity) If being here is wrong, I don't wanna be right! You got me, tee bee, be that a blessing or a curse.  [wink]

GOLD -- Glen Campbell, Guess I'm Dumb -- tee bee, LOVE that story of your boss! That reason inches it ahead of my Silver. I'd bet most Joe or Joan Q. Publics would be blown away if you play it and have 'em guess the vocalist. BTW, Darren's partly there - I read Brian & Marilyn provided background vocals.  A shame so many don't realize he contributed so much more before settling into the country/western genre, one of which led to this horrendous parody (BEWARE: Not Canada's proudest moment for music. Nowhere near the worldwide fame of RUSH - the only RUSH here might be to hit STOP after hitting PLAY):



SILVER -- John Lennon, Woman -- Bee Gees? BEE GEES?!? Ohhh Geeez!!!  I remember when first released this was popular with us junior high and likely senior high lasses. However, looking back now, it's a pity the late Cynthia Powell-Lennon didn't get to enjoy much of this romantic lovey-dovey side of his. Seems a little Dewey Cox-ish that around the mid-60s, he admitted regret at not having much time for Cyn and Julian....then suddenly finds time for Yoko, huh? And if I'm in deep doo doo with Darren, Johnny's #1 fan, it's been a slice, folks!  Bee Gees? BEE GEES?!?....

BRONZE -- ELO, Can't Get It Out of my Head -- Now I could understand THIS being confused for a Barry Gibb vocal. Jeff Lynne was never quite the superduperstar status, but still had some good stuff from ELO, then as a Travelling Wilbury and other session/studio works.

TIN -- Terry Stafford, Suspicion -- Sounds like some hokey lounge lizard band with a dime-a-dozen Elvis wannabe. King Ring-A-Ding-Ding's version is head and shoulders above it. 

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Thanks to the current crop of voters: D.A.N., Graciegirl, Popeye (not the sailor) & Lisa.

I’m enjoying the subjective nature of the “does/does not sound like” comments. I’ll be wrapping this up in about 21 hours, so keep those votes coming in.



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Sorry rushed vote (based on what I would be likely to play).....grandkids on the way for half term hols !

gold-ELO - Can’t Get It Out of My Head 
silver-John Lennon - Woman
bronze-Terry Stafford - Suspicion
tin-Glen Campbell - Guess I’m Dumb

Not connected to anything but Wouldn't It be Nice was used on last nights Strictly Come Dancing .





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Popeye (not the sailor)

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We ALL thought this was Neil Diamond when it hit the airwaves back in '74.


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Lisa G/TS

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Popeye, now that you mention it - to my ears anyway - there's a certain Neil Diamond influence in the songwriting and vocal. 

...and whether that - or even Neil himself - is RIGHT or WRONG could be debatable. [biggrin]

Just blending into your topic, t Bedford.

P.S. -- Just remembered this slightly OT bit on Colbert the other night. Jump ahead to around 6:10 for the "Wright or Wrong?" he does with actress Robin Wright (unintended rhyme there):

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   Season 9 Week 35..The right to be wrong...

                  1)Woman......A great John Lennon solo song..Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey are awesome..

                  2)Suspicion...Even though Elvis did it and that is the version we all know this guy sounds so much like him you have to acknowledge how good it is.


                 3)Can't get it out of my head...pretty good but not my fav by ELO..a little boring perhaps

                 
                 4)Guess i'm Dumb...Has hints of Pet Sounds but that doesn't make it a good record and not suitable for Glen.He would make his mark in another genre.


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Don't know if I'm in the right place or not, but here goes.

GOLD - ELO.  Can't get it out of my head after listening, so to speak.  Haunting vocals and I can easily hear the resemblance to John Lennon. 

SILVER - Tough call, but Woman has simply been overplayed for me, so John Lennon backed by the BeeGees takes second spot.  I agree that Cynthia must have been fuming after this song, complete with video, was released.  He does get a little drifty and waffly, but that's okay because this guy was clearly in lurve.

BRONZE - Glen Campbell.  Took a while to warm to this one, but once I did I liked it and have enjoyed it ever since. Very Brian sans Brian.

TIN - Terry, suspicious as he is, has no grounds to take on the King.


Lisa G/TS - welcome, new member!  You're the best new member to appear in ages (glad you're back, amigo)


I got my Steely Dan's and Doobie Brothers mixed up for ages until I realised I liked Steely Dan a tad more.  Heard that these two toured together this year. A potentially confusing evening if you don't know your Dan's from your Doob's.









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John Lennon - Woman - Still discovering a lot of Lennon's solo work, but undoubtably a beautiful song.
Glen Campbell - Guess I’m Dumb - I definitely understand why your boss said about Brian Wilson. Woah! I do like the vocals though, Glen was a great singer.
Terry Stafford - Suspicion - Interesting seeing Elvis do a cover of this one. Seem's he was a suspicious guy.

ELO - Can’t Get It Out of My Head - Much the same as Darren's comment, Jeff Lyne's vocals don't sit well with me in this song.

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Just so we can be clear, Elvis recorded and released 'Suspicion' in 1962.  

The Terry Stafford cover was released in 1964.
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If this late vote is still a good vote, here it is:
Gold - Glen Campbell - Guess I'm Dumb
Silver - John Lennon - Woman
Bronze -Terry Stafford - Suspicion
Tin - ELO - Can't Get It Out of My Head

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Excellent battle this week, including a couple stellar songs:

Gold -- "Woman", John Lennon. What a wonderful, lovingly tender song and delightful melody from one of the all-time greats. Just one of a number of excellent songs from Lennon's "comeback" album, which tragically would prove to be the last in his lifetime. Sadly, John was the only solo Beatle whom I never got to see perform live in concert. 

Silver -- "Can't Get It Out of My Head", ELO. Eldorado was my first and still favorite ELO album, and perhaps my favorite song from the album. Definitely a deliberate Lennon-esque influence and nod from Mr. Lynne. Same is true for this additional excellent song, "Mr. Kingdom", from the same album:



Heck, while I'm at it, here's another personal favorite from the Eldorado album, "Boy Blue", with more of their orchestral flair:


In its own way, Eldorado was a landmark album in that it helped to establish the progressive rock movement of the early/mid-70s, along with other important British groups like Yes and Emerson Lake & Palmer. I was fortunate to get to see ELO perform live during their peak years, around 1977.  

Bronze -- "Suspicion", Terry Stafford.
A classic mid-60s (1964) pop/rock song, and definitely an Elvis sound-alike vocal. I've heard this a zillion times over the years and still haven't tired of it. 

Tin -- "Guess I'm Dumb", Glen Campbell. Certainly a good song and with Brian's lovely instrumental arrangement featuring members of the Wrecking Crew. It would have been interesting had the Beach Boys released this as a single rather than an unknown Glen Campbell song that failed to chart in 1965. But, the other hand, Mike and the other band members perhaps nixed it because it expressed the singer's vulnerability and did not fit the Boys' positive surf/cars/girls formula. This nugget would have made an excellent complement to side two of the Beach Boys Today album, had it replaced the final cut "Bull Session with Big Daddy", which was pure filler.  

A few more songs that perhaps created some confusion about or certainly imitation of better-known artists:

This debut hit by Badfinger, "Come and Get It", sure sounds like it could have been a late Beatles song, even appearing on the Apple label. Well, after all, it was written by Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr had a feature role in the movie, The Magic Christian, where this song was featured:


What, do you mean this apparent Neil Young solo song from the early 70s was really the debut hit by America?


And was this early 70s song, "Driving Around", a latter-day retro-sounding nugget by the Beach Boys, a la "Do It Again", or was it actually t's Cleveland-based Raspberries?


Speaking of the Raspberries, what groups/artists obviously influenced this debut hit by the same Raspberries, "Go All The Way"?


Finally, there's this obvious connection to the Beach Boys sound and Brian Wilson's falsetto sound in Henry Gross' debut hit "Shannon" (written by Gross about the death of Carl Wilson's dog):



bonnie, no wonder you think of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers together. They had a real and substantial connection. Guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter was a founding member of Steely Dan and performed on their first three albums before leaving Steely Dan after their Pretzel Logic album to join the Doobie Brothers in 1974. Likewise, vocalist and sometimes keyboardist (and native St. Louisan) Michael McDonald got his first big break performing on a number of Steely Dan albums before (and eventually after) becoming the lead vocalist for the Doobie Brothers in 1975. I had the good fortune of seeing Steely Dan and Michael McDonald perform together in St. Louis a decade or so ago. Here are a couple Steely Dan examples where McDonald's backing vocals are quite apparent:




Fun battle this week, t!



 

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Just to be even clearer, Elvis charted his “Suspicion” 45rpm single a full 3 months after Terry Stafford had the hit. Elvis peaked at #103.

Thanks to Verden, bonnie, liamios, Deb#1, and Tom Tobben for the additional votes.

Thanks to all for posting videos.

The polls are now closed, and here are the results, pending verification by the officials:

John Lennon/Woman - 51 points (7G, 6S, 2B,1T)
Glen Campbell/Guess I’m Dumb -  40 points (6G, 2S, 2B, 6T)
Electric Light Orchestra/Can’t Get It Out of My Head - 37 points (2G, 5S, 5B, 4T)
Terry Stafford/Suspicion - 32 points (1G. 3S, 7B, 5T)

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