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This one might sounds a bit familiar.  Brian Wilson with She and Him.  



Another more recent throwback band, Blood Ceremony, with Night of Augury 

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Two more lovely ladies with songs from (respectively) their latest and forthcoming albums: 



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Hey Darren, ladies' week!  [smile]


My favorite lady Gaga song complete with typical annoying 30 second intro.





Adele, covering Etta James in velvety tones.















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Surprisingly good singing from these famous beautiful women!  (Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren included--thanks John E.).  I actually met Sophia Loren once.  I have a distant past life as a room service waiter--that's how I also met Rickie Lee Jones, bellman, and even concierge at L.A. and Beverly Hills hotels. 

1. That's Why God made the Radio by the Beach Boys  (he really didn't. Great song though)
2. Brigitte Bardot
3. Allison
4. Raquel (but it's the song and presentation that's silly, not her voice).  I wonder about that staircase thing in the miniskirt.  Makes you wonder if they first tried it shot from the floor looking up as she walked UP the stairs, and looked back over her shoulder (for more uh, view) but it was ruled a safety risk.  (?)can't break the talent's neck...

ah...the 60's were so forward thinking in so many ways, but not for women.  Which makes
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Lesley Gore and her songs all the more amazing.  Big Big Rock n Roll Hall of Fame oversight!!   From 1963 to 1966, she sold more records than every American solo female singer except one and Brenda Lee is in the hall.  She was only one of two female performers on the T.A.M.I. show, but did Diana Ross (yes, in the hall) sing as great a feminist anthem during the concert as 'You Don't Own Me'?  Then, she was in two movies that I know of, one with the Beach Boys, 'Girls on the Beach' the other, an especially silly one with James Brown and ski lodges.  I forget which one, but she sings a song she wrote herself, "Leave me Alone."  Rather forceful lyrics for the time and setting, huh?  oh, and she was Catwoman's slinky sidekick on 'Batman', when she sang '(Warm) California Nights'.  The Kubrick film "Lolita" opens with her 'Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows'.

But Lesley wrote a lot of her songs and they always among her best and most feminist, songs like 'The Bubble Broke,' 'I Won't Love You Anymore (sorry)', 'I'm Coolin, no Foolin (on you)'--even on her last great sole record, she wrote 'Not the First' (to think you're the last), after the award-winning fame musical song, 'Out Here on My Own.'   With Quincy Jones & Claus Ogerman, then Bob Crewe, then with the Wrecking Crew, then 1st white singer on Motown, etc., she earned her Bear Family 5 CD set by making great great records/multi-plural (see, 'I Just Don't Know if I Can,' (Pet Sounds era/orchestral rock), 'No Matter What You Do,' (rock, rock, rock!), 'Brink of Disaster,' 'Little Girl Go Home,' 'I Don't Want to be a Loser,' 'True Love Goes on Forever,' etc. etc.  Yawn Wenner?  naw, she was before the Grateful Starship invented rock in 1967.  If she were black, Steve & Bruce would have already opened the hall to their fellow Jersey native, but she was Jewish (and lesbian).  The dumb hall already has Laura Nyro and Joan Jett, soon will be the Go Gos, Bangles, and maybe Bikini Kill.  I read once online that someone called Lesley, 'like the Madonna of the 60's', which is actually quite good.  IF Madonna had musical talent that is.  


Like Lesley Gore, I also play the music of Deng Li Jun (Teresa Teng) much more than I do the Beatles, Kinks, Who, or even Rolling Stones.  She is to me the greatest singer in the world's most popular language; she is the East's Elvis Presley, pride bearer to the Civil War vanquished (as Taiwanese), singer in multiple languages, Mandarin was her best, but she never performed in mainland China, as Elvis never performed in England.  She died the same age, 42, of nearly the same causes, health problems, substance/medication dependence/broken heart/separation from the love of her life.  You might see her songs (and likeness) portrayed in the great Hong Kong movie by Peter Chan, "Tian Mi Mi"/Comrades, Almost a Love Story', where the lyrics of her songs are used as a subplot.  Another subplot is William Holden/and his 3 movies made in Hong Kong.  She has sold more records than ANY female singer if the black market was counted.  By FAR.      

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Thanks to all who have contributed so far. 

John E, I can't recall the tale of your encounter with Raquel. I'm very curious. But if it had a happy ending, I'll be jealous.

Lee, thank you for the votes. Artificial? I'm shocked. Shocked.



Larry, you can rest easy. I wouldn't be selecting a Fleetwood Mac song next week or any week, even if I was convinced it would cure world poverty. 
 
Thank you for your votes. Nice to see an early Gold for BB (and I don't mean the Boys). 

You've given me an excuse to watch that clip again. I haven't been checking out Raquel's arms the first 200 times I've watched it.  

John B, thank you for your votes. 

You make a strong case for Lesley Gore. 

I saw her live in '89 at a Legends of Rock concert (Brisbane) which included Chuck, the Ev's, Jerry Lee and Bo on the bill. 

She was the best of all of them. 

She's only been selected in the Battle once - Week 41 of Season II (Miriam Wilsen). The song was 'California Nights' and it won the Tin in a tough all girls week comprised of The Shangri-Las, The Honeys and Diane Renay. None of them made the play-offs. 



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God D! as Brian would say.   I also saw Lesley Gore once, in a Dick Clark show in the 1980's at Universal Ampatheater (sp?).  She was the best that night too, with the only exception being Del Shannon.  They both performed like their classic songs were ....well, what they were and ARE.  Powerful.  Emotional.  Classics.

I also saw Jerry Lee once, at a country festival out in far Eastern Los Angeles, I want to say 'San Dimas' but I could be wrong.  It was like in an open salt mine or something, and he flew in by helicopter (right before performing then helicoptered away).  Classic Jerry Lee.  and he played the loudest/mic-ed piano I ever heard.  It was jacked up like Jimi's guitar or something.  The whole show was pretty great, including (unannounced) Rodney Crowell performing in place of his wife at the time, Roseanne Cash, because she was sick. 
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I also love Billie Holiday, The Ronettes, The Shangrilas, Rickie Lee Jones, The Roches, Roseanne Cash, Wang Fei, Mong Ting Wei, Kate Bush, Zhang Qing Fang, S.H.E., Eddi Reader, Amy Winehouse, MIA, and Meghan Trainor.
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John B -- Lesley, who we sadly lost last year, was terrific! You might be pleased to know that one of her songs is on my short list for the week after next.

Darren -- You might be pleased to know that Fleetwood Mac is not on my short list for the week after next (unless I'm wrong about what you've got planned for next week!)

Two of Lesley's less obviously feminist works, each from 1964:

"That's the Way Boys Are"



"Maybe I Know"



PS -- I misremembered what they accused Raquel of doing when she walks. It was her dancing that was the problem.

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Great!  More Lesley.! 
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     Season 7 Week 12...God's Creations


          1)The Beach Boys.........The only track i could give Gold to this week !


         2)Brigette Baredot........Sexy kitten purring her heart out !


        3)Raquel Welch..........She aint no Nancy Sinatra as far as singing goes !



        4)Allison Durbin.........Pretty lame track desrving a tin



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Okay Darren, ladies it is (God's creations):




Fave lady singer from the 70's NOT Stevie or Ann, but:

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Here's my votes

Gold - The Beach Boys - By a landslide.  The title track to the final Beach Boys album, which I'm glad to say has been well represented in the battle lately. 

I like a lot of female artists, but I have to say that neither of these tracks really did much for me.

Silver - Raquel Welch - Not a bad song.

Bronze - Allison Durbin - Was OK

Tin - Brigette Bardot - Very pretty lady with a very pretty voice, but I found the song to be pretty forgettable
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Gold - BB's - a great track from a surprisingly good and consistent album
Silver - Brigette - reminded me of the the classic Zou Bisou Bisou scene from "Mad Men" tv series
Bronze - Raquel - sings much better than I would have imagined
Tin - Allison - third rate Sandie Shaw

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Two lovely and talented sisters, Boh Runga in Stellar.




Little sister Bic.






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Listening to Lesley Gore is dangerous. I still haven't gotten "that's the way boys are -- aaah, aaah, aaah" out of my head.

Speaking of Fleetwood Mac, "You Never Make Me Cry" written and sung by Christine McVie, from Tusk (1979) -- I know it's a group but it's so good:

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