The votes are in and here are the results for our Week 41 Brian Wilson, Under the Covers, battle:
GOLD -- "The Warmth of the Sun", Vince Gill -- 53.5 points (7 gold, 6 silver, 3.5 bronze, .5 tin)
SILVER -- "Kiss Me Baby", Fendertones -- 50.5 points (7.5 gold, 4.5 silver, 2, bronze, 3 tin)
BRONZE -- "Soul Searchin'", Solomon Burke -- 35.5 points (1.5 gold, 4.5 silver, 5 bronze, 6 tin)
TIN -- "Time to Get Alone", Redwood -- 30.5 points (1 gold, 2 silver, 6.5 bronze, 7.5 tin)
The battle for gold was neck and neck right up to the end, as was the battle for bronze.
It was gratifying to see that so many of you felt all these songs were strong selections. Likewise, it was good to see/hear so many other interesting cover versions of BW/BB songs that a number of you found and posted. Thanks!
Before closing out this week's battle, here are a few more interesting covers of Brian Wilson songs:
Johnny Rivers scored a minor hit (#22 on U.S. Billboard charts) with his cover of "Help Me Rhonda" in 1975, and with Brian providing backing vocals:
Next, years ago the recently deceased Bobby Vee released his own version of Brian's "Here Today". Vee's version was arranged by the also recently departed Leon Russell, a sometime member of the Wrecking Crew, and a fine songwriter and recording artist in his own right:
And back in 2006, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs (of the Bangles) recorded their own Under the Covers Vol. 1 album, which included their lovely version of "The Warmth of the Sun":
Finally, to close out this week's battle, here's the London Symphony Orchestra with their gorgeous classical version of Brian's sublime "God Only Knows". The accompanying video features a delightful montage of BW/BB photos from over the decades, right up to the present:
Thanks to everyone for your participation this week, and don't forget to check out and support Al's new "Depth Perception" battle this week.
Over to you, Darren, for any final analysis and comments.