Well done, Larry.
The nine points margin between first and last is the equal closest week we’ve had so far this season, along with Week 12 (yours truly).
It’s the tenth time (from 413 weeks) in a regular season that Gold and Silver have had to be separated on a countback.
Glad All Over (The Dave Clark Five - 1963) (55) (10 Golds) / Getting Better (The Beatles - 1967) (55) (6 Golds) (Week 36, Season I, mother’s little helper),
Lay Down Burden (Brian Wilson - 1998) (50) (6 Golds) / Midnight’s Another Day (Brian Wilson - 2008) (50) (5 Golds) (Week 41, Season I, Deborah O’Neill),
The Nearest Faraway Place (The Beach Boys - 1969) (44) (7 Golds) / Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits - 1980) (44) (4 Golds) (Week 29, Season II, Teenage Symphony),
Angie (The Rolling Stones - 1973) (59) (7 Golds) / Lola (The Kinks - 1970) (59) (5 Golds) (Week 10, Season IV, Jo McGuire),
Cindy (Ricky Nelson - 1959) (58) (8 Golds) / Cindy Incidentally (Faces - 1973) (58) (6 Golds) (Week 10, Season VI, Cindy Hood),
Walk On (Roy Orbison - 1968) (60) (7 Golds, 7 Silvers) / Go Away Boy (The Pearlfishers - 2000) (60) (7 Golds, 6 Silvers) (Week 12, Season VI, Darren J. Ray),
River Song (Dennis Wilson - 1977) (59.5) (9 Golds) / Rio Grande (Brian Wilson - 1988) (59.5) (7 Golds) (Week 4, Season VII, t Bedford),
Hey, St. Peter (Flash and the Pan - 1976) (55) (6 Golds) / Rain (Dragon - 1983) (55) (4 Golds) (Week 20, Season VIII, Darren J. Ray),
Let’s Go to Heaven in My Car (Brian Wilson - 1987) (6 Golds) / Into My Arms (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - 1997) (4 Golds) (Week 8, Season IX, paul g adsett),
You Still Believe in Me (Kirsty MacColl - 1981) (5 Golds) / Caroline, No (The Beach Boys featuring Timothy B. Schmit - 1996) (4 Golds) (Week 17, Season X, Larry Franz)
There have also been two play-offs where the result required a countback.
Stop! In the Name Of Love (The Supremes - 1965) (112) (three 1st places) / Dance to the Music (Sly & the Family Stone - 1968) (112) (one 1st place) (Bronze Play-Off, Season I),
Wishing (Buddy Holly - 1958/1963) (169) (five 1st places) / Sunshine Superman (Donovan - 1966) (169) (four 1st places) (Bronze Play-Off, Season IV)
It was the second entry for Kirsty MacColl.
‘They Don’t Know’ won the Gold in Week 3 of Season V (Al Forsyth).
‘You Still Believe in Me’ (The Beach Boys) has been used twice before.
- a Gold in Week 9 of Season IV (Verden McCutcheon),
- a Gold in Week 14 of Season VII, 1st in Preliminary Final, 3rd (Season Bronze) in Gold Play-Off (Larry Franz)
The song ‘Caroline, No’ has been used numerous times.
'Caroline, No' (The Beach Boys) has now been used four times.
- a Gold in Week 33 of Season I, 8th in Gold Play-Off (Joy B),
- a Gold in Week 11 of Season III *, 6th in Preliminary Final (Al Forsyth),
- a Gold in Week 10 of Season VII (Deb#1),
- a Gold in Week 34 of Season IX, 3rd (Season Bronze) in Gold Play-Off (Deb#1)
* This was one of only two songs to ever to receive unanimous Golds in a week.
Rachel Yamagata, Rickie Lee Jones and Westlife were the also-rans.
Despite its percentage (40%), its points total (56 points from just 14 voters) meant it only qualified for the Preliminary Final and went no further, finishing 6th.
(‘California Girls’ is the other song to receive all Golds, in Week 1 of Season VIII (Cindy Hood). The 13 voters that week meant it missed play-offs.)
Tony Clef's instrumental version of 'Caroline, No' won Week 5 of Season II (John Potter) and finished 10th in the Preliminary Final.
This version of ‘Caroline, No’ marked the first time a host has used a song from Stars and Stripes Vol. 1. It had stood as the only Beach Boys studio album that had yet to provide a Battle entry.
‘Love and Mercy’ had been used three times previously.
The record for the original 1988 version by Brian is:
- a Bronze in Week 41 of Season I (Deborah O’Neill),
- a Gold in Week 17 of Season VI, 8th in Gold Play-Off (Kevin Witts)
The version from An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson (2001) won the Silver in Week 45 of Season III, came 2nd in the Silver Play-Off and finished 7th in the Preliminary Final (Al Forsyth).
‘Girl Don’t Tell Me’ (The Beach Boys) has been used twice before.
- a Gold in Week 39 of Season III (Jo McGuire),
- a Silver in Week 20 of Season IV (t Bedford)
It is the only actual song of the four this week that has not made play-offs, but the Keith Green version is an outside chance of making this season’s Tin Play-Off.
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