The song ‘The Warmth of the Sun’ has a long Battle history.
The Beach Boys (1964) record has won:
- a Gold in Week 7 of Season I, 2nd in Gold Play-Off (annual Silver) (Tom Tobben),
- a Silver in Week 10 of Season V, 1st in Silver Play-Off, 1st in Preliminary Final, 2nd in Gold Play-Off (annual Silver) (Jo McGuire),
- a Gold in Week 2 of Season IX (Larry Franz)
Its two annual Silver medal rankings qualified it for the Ultimate Battle, to celebrate five completed seasons of the Battle. It came 9th.
Brian’s solo recording of it, from I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times (1995), won the Gold in Week 18 of Season VII (Cindy Hood) and finished 4th in the Preliminary Final.
Vince Gill’s cover of it, from An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson (2001), won the Gold in Week 41 of Season VII (Tom Tobben) but didn’t progress.
That means ‘The Warmth of the Sun’ (three versions so far) has been used five times, resulting in 10 battles. It’s won six of them.
The only tracks to beat the Beach Boys’ version of it in a week are ‘Good Vibrations’ (in a Gold Play-off), ‘If I Fell’ (The Beatles) (which it overtook later that season in the play-offs), ‘I Get Around’ (in a Gold Play-Off), and then in the Ultimate Battle, ‘God Only Knows’, ‘Good Vibrations’, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, ‘California Girls’, ‘Don’t Worry Baby’, ‘Surf’s Up’*, ‘Surfer Girl’ and ‘I Get Around’ (all Beach Boys records, six of which have won a year; * that version of ‘Surf’s Up’ was the 1971 release, not the 2011 release and Season VII winner).
The tracks that beat the Brian Wilson version of it in the Season VII Prelim were ‘You Still Believe in Me’, ‘Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)’ and ‘Help Me, Rhonda’ (all Beach Boys).
It looks likely for end of season honours again.
Even with the internet blocking of Beatles studio recordings, they are easily the second most successful act in the Battle.
The Beatles as a group have now had 31 selections in the Battle, 18 of which have made play-offs. (‘Paperback Writer’ looks unlikely to become the nineteenth.)
Their record is 10 Golds, 15 Silvers, 4 Bronzes and 2 Tins (one of which, 'Back in the USSR', won a Tin Play-Off).
It was the eleventh Battle entry for The Rolling Stones and the second for ‘Gimme Shelter’.
Gimme Shelter (a Silver in Week 2 of Season I, 5th in Silver Play-Off - Wow! Great Concert!),
Harlem Shuffle (a Silver in Week 37 of Season I - Gordon Higgins),
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (a Bronze in Week 26 of Season III - Kevin Witts),
Mixed Emotions (a Silver in Week 9 of Season IV - Verden McCutcheon),
Angie (a Gold in Week 10 of Season IV, 7th in Preliminary Final - Jo McGuire),
Not Fade Away (a Bronze in Week 21 of Season IV - Al Forsyth),
Start Me Up (a Silver in Week 1 of Season V - Larry Franz),
Get Off of My Cloud (a Silver in Week 7 of Season VI, 4th in Silver Play-Off - Deb #1),
Around and Around (live) (a Silver in Week 22 of Season VI - Rosemary l),
Honky Tonk Women (a Bronze in Week 28 of Season VII - Al Forsyth),
Gimme Shelter (a Bronze in Week 2 of Season IX - Larry Franz)
It was only the second entry for Jimi Hendrix and the first credited to the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
‘Valleys of Neptune’ won the Bronze in Week 35 (Paul Adsett) way back in Season I.