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dkmh

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Four girl themed songs will battle it out this week for the gold. Enjoy.

The Survivors (Brian Wilson) - Pamela Jean

The Survivors were a studio-only group formed by The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson with friends Bob Norberg, Dave Nowlen, and Richard Alarian. ... The B-side of "Pamela Jean" was the instrumental, "After The Game", also written and produced by Brian Wilson.




Them - Gloria

"Gloria" is a song written by Northern Irishsinger-songwriter Van Morrison and originally recorded by Morrison's band Them in 1964 and released as the B-side of "Baby, Please Don't Go". The song became a garage rock staple and a part of many rock bands' repertoires. It is particularly memorable for its "Glooooria!" chorus. It is easy to play, as a simple three-chord song, and thus is popular with those learning to play guitar.





The Turtles - Elenore

"Elenore" is a 1968 song by American pop rock group The Turtles, originally included on the album The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands. Although written by lead vocalist Howard Kaylan, its writing was co-credited to all five members of the band, Kaylan, Mark Volman, Al Nichol, Jim Pons and John Barbata. The song was written as a satire of their biggest pop hit "Happy Together".




The Monkees - Valleri

"Valleri" is a song written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart for The Monkees, who had a #3 on Billboard Hot 100 hit with it, also spending two weeks at #1 on Cash Box in early 1968. The song also rose to #1 in Canada, and #12 in the UK.

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Gold - The Turtles - I only found out a few months ago that this great song is basically a pi$$ take. 

Silver - Them - Great song, though I prefer the live version by The Doors.

Bronze - The Monkees - Speaking of pi$$ takes.  Great song though, and they had many.

Tin - The Survivors 
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Darren J. Ray

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Welcome to the chair, Debbie. [comp]

Looking forward to seeing how these pan out. [thumb]
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John E

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Here's my order:

1. Turtles - This was probably inspired by "Eleanor Rigby", but it's a good song in its own right.

2. The Survivors - I haven't heard this before and it owes quite a lot to Dion's "Runaround Sue", but I like it.

3. Them - Classic of course, but I prefer "Here Comes the Night" and Van's solo stuff.

4. Monkees - Pretty good, but not one of their greatest singles.
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Girls, girls, girls!  There certainly are a ton of songs with girl's names.  

Here are my faves:

Gold:  Elenore by the Turtles.  The more I hear from this group, the more I like.  This one and my second choice were tough.

Silver:  Valleri by the Monkees.  I was over the moon for this song and the Monkees when they were in their hey day.  I still love it.

Bronze:  Pamela Jean by the Survivors.  Very nice 60's sound and didn't know before today that BW wrote it.

Tin/Pewter:  Gloria by Them.  Never was really fond of this one.

My final answer.

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From Brad Elliott: 
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Pamela Jean is not a Beach Boys recording, but it might as well have been. The song was written by Brian, produced by Brian, arranged by Brian and the lead vocal is even by Brian. But The Survivors, to whom Pamela Jean is credited, were ... and Rich Alarian.

The record came about because Alarian had assisted in the writing of several Beach Boys songs. Instead of Alarian receiving authorship credits, a deal was worked out where Brian would produce a record for him. The first song recorded was Wich Stand, on which Dave Nowlen sang lead. However, Capitol rejected it as too similar in style to The Beach Boys. The second attempt was Pamela Jean, performed more in the style of Dion (of “The Wanderer” and “Runaround Sue” fame). Sharp-eared Beach Boys fans will immediately note that Pamela Jean shares its melody with Car Crazy Cutie from the group's Little Deuce Coupe album [released a few months before "Pamela Jean"].

Pamela Jean was released in January 1964, but failed to chart. A planned followup for The Survivors, A Joy Ride Cruise, never materialized.



Three of these are close to my heart, so it's hard to choose, but:

Gold:  The Survivors -- "Car Crazy Cutie" is a favorite. This is better in some ways. I wish I'd heard it in 1964.

Silver:  The Turtles -- When this came on the radio in 1968, the reaction was "Are they kidding?" That's what I thought anyway. It turns out they were, but it's still terrific.

Bronze:  Them -- When this came on the radio in 1965, the reaction was "What is that? It's so rough and nasty. Who sings like that anyway?" That's what I thought. A rock 'n roll classic now, of course.

Tin: Shouldn't they have been called The Mon-keys so it would have been clearer that they were supposed to be like The Beat-les? We all thought they were merely a corporate cartoon, a way to kill 30 minutes every week, sucking up valuable radio airtime while Davy drove the little girls wild. I don't know when the revisionism began, but people began to appreciate them as the years passed. If I were a serious person, I'd appreciate them too. But my feeling is still pretty much: To hell with them!


For comparison purposes: The Beach Boys, "Car Crazy Cutie"



Because no battle devoted to girls or women should get very far without "Carol" and "Mona".

Chuck Berry


The Rolling Stones


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kds

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Just over 50 years ago, a little band called Pink Floyd released a pysch-pop ditty about a girl named Emily 



A far cry from the ode to Elenore by The Turtles, Iron Maiden wrote about Charlotte the Harlot 



Thin Lizzy sings about Rosalie



Not quite as ill behaved as Charlotte, there's Runaround Sue




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Wow, three mid/late 60s pop classics, and one lesser-known Brian side project. Gonna be hard for me to rate his song above those other gems. I'll have to think a bit on how to rank my top two favorites this week -- both among my 60s favorites. 

Meanwhile, a few more lovely girls from the 60s:









Can't post the original for this one, so I'll have to settle for a live version by Sir Paul from a few years ago, especially performed for our previous US president and first lady:


Back to vote later this week. Good battle, dkmh!
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dkmh

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It was TOUGH to choose just four songs for this topic. There are so many. Thanks for your contributions!

We were lucky enough to see TheTurtles and The Association on the Happy Together Tour last month at The Ryman in Nashville, as well as a few others. Of our 15 concerts this year, it ended in the top 3 or 5 (depending on who you ask - GGH, myself or The Egg). All these old doods and gals touring have amazing energy. Hope I have that in my 70's!


Here is another that was on my list to include:


The Association- Windy

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dkmh

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Not quite as ill behaved as Charlotte, there's Runaround Sue






I love Dion! I sure watched a lot of these videos for this week. I like Pink Floyd too, but Iron Maiden not so much.
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dkmh

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Welcome to the chair, Debbie. [comp]

Looking forward to seeing how these pan out. [thumb]


Thanks Darren!
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dkmh

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Here's an early one, but also a goodie and one of my favorite pre 60's girl songs:


It spent 8 weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart in 1950.

Nat King Cole - Mona Lisa

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dkmh

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Girls, girls, girls!

That didn't take long. 😂.

Here you go with some Girls, Girls, Girls!




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Larry Franz

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Marshall Crenshaw did a girls, girls, girls better than E.

"Girls..." (that's the actual title)


Also from his first album:

"Cynical Girl"


"Mary Anne"


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Al Forsyth

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Debbie,

My Girls, Girls, Girls votes (and some clips)

Gold - Boyce, Hart, The Wrecking Crew and the Monkees - sounds like an album title.
Silver - G-L-O-R-I-A, Gloria, but what is Van and company smoking? 
Bronze - Car Crazy Pamela Jean - survivable. 
Tin - to the Turtles - I was never a fan and good that the show is Happy Together Tour - as it has that oldies appeal. 

Girls:  Ariel, Jean and Ronnie~





Thought for sure that THIS was coming into play this week:

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