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Darren J. Ray

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Can’t Fight this Feeling (REO Speedwagon - 1984)



Me and the Elephants (Bobby Goldsboro - 1977)


The More I Am (Dennis Locorriere - 2000)


Shannon (Henry Gross - 1976)



Happy listening.

Please feel free to deliberate all week before casting your votes (and comments).

I’ll be back with the results next Monday. 

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Al Forsyth

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Ok Darren, I can vote early on your competition but cannot wait to hear what this is all about - I can only imagine. 

Gold to Henry Gross (a tearjerker, the falsetto, and about Carl Wilson's dog)
Silver to Bobby Goldsboro - and I was all set to nail this one until I played through it (and what follows below).  I always liked his voice. Interesting.
Bronze to Dennis L (Dr. Hook) - barely got through it
Tin - REO - can't get through these guys.  But they did sponsor a friend of mine in the 80's, so good guys there!

Final answer. 

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Darren - What's the theme this week?
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Lee Marshall

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Henry Gross...Solid Gold...to make YOU feel old.  A fine song.  He has plenty which are better.  Above the 'mendoza line'.
REO Speedwagon.  S'O.K.  Silver.  They have many which are worse.  Just at the 'mendoza line'.
Bobby Goldsboro.  He also has plenty which are W A Y better.  To this song the 'mendoza line' would be an accomplishment.

Dr. Dennis.  No so much.  'They' have plenty which are better.  The 'mendoza line'?  Huh?  The hooky name is of French not Spanish origin.
 
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Lee Marshall

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Henry...




Bobby...


Dr. Dennis...
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Larry Franz

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After carefully applying a proprietary, neural network-based algorithm, my results are:

[79] Gold -- Henry Gross

[47] Silver -- REO Speedwagon 

[34] Bronze -- Dennis Locorriere

[21] Tin -- Bobby Goldsboro 

You shouldn't argue with an algorithm that took so long to develop and has worked so well in the past.


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Darren J. Ray

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There is no theme, John. 

Hoping people will cope with this. [wink]

Instead of being inundated with clips that run the gamut of on-topic to nowhere near on-topic, I've gone with no topic, hoping people just take the time this week to evaluate these four fine tracks. 
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My votes , never heard of him or the song but Gold to Henry

Gold -- Henry Gross

Silver -- REO Speedwagon 

Bronze -- Dennis Locorriere

Tin -- Bobby Goldsboro

I enjoyed hearing this again this week :


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Gold - REO Speedwagon - easy Gold winner

Silver - Henry Gross

Bronze - Bobby Goldsboro

Tin - Dennis Locorriere
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My votes:

Gold: Me and the Elephants - Bobby Goldsboro

Silver: The More I Am - Dennis Locorriere

Bronze: Shannon - Henry Gross

Tin: Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
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I think mine's locked in already, and I'm unintentionally echoing Al on it:


GOLD -- Henry Gross, Shannon -- Is that 2nd photo (B & W) the real Shannon? Carl was private about his personal life, so I wonder if any pics of his pets are floating around. A lovely tearjerker right up there with "Old Shep".  [bawl]  Excuse me a minute -- gotta blow my nose...

SILVER -- Bobby Goldsboro -- Me & The Elephants -- Just a comfy, satisfying tune for my ears. 

BRONZE -- Dennis Locorriere, The More I Am -- I prefer his voice with Dr. Hook. Here's an example which, astonishingly, didn't come up in the 8 pages of bonnie's recent numbers week:



What I disliked most about "The More I Am" is there's more of a "dragged behind a horse" type of vibrato a la Aaron Neville in his vocal. To me, this tune was gloppy, but not quite as much as...

TIN -- REO Speedwagon, Can't Fight This Feeling -- Yeah, I can't fight this feeling...to lose my lunch when I hear this! Blecch! Never cared for it back in the day or now. It has enough cheese to make a pizza or two. 

Sorry for slipping in an alternate, Darren. May your perfectly random week carry on!
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Hey Lisa - hel-lo (hello) (hello) unintentional echoes to Canada as the Boston Pops play and fireworks go off in Boston Harbor.  Old Shep?  You'll get me sniffling on that one.

Some Dr. Hook live from Shel Silverstein's houseboat (Shel on the harp) and Shel's song! 

Yes, Darren, we're coping [smile]

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Darren,

What a very random collection of songs. All brilliant. I wonder what inspired these? 
UGH WHAT A HARD WEEK. WHY IS THIS SO DIFFICULT.


Gold: Dennis Locorriere

Although I don't particularly like this version of the song, i've heard the most incredibly stunning version of this being played by a solo act here in Brisbane and honestly... that rendition makes it impossible for me to put this anywhere other than in the top spot. Far out.


Silver: REO Speedwagon 

I, unlike so many others on here it seems, can't fight this feeling either, Darren. What a song. This is a close second to the Russell Brand- Alec Baldwin duo, but its just so great.

Bronze: Bobby Goldsboro

This would've been higher. It's such a beautiful song, truly, but those harmonies kill it

Tin: Henry Gross

DOGS. SO MANY DOGS IN THE FILM CLIP. YAY.




I'll tell you what. I might not be on the money, but let me take a stab in the dark and see if I can somewhat tie a theme in to this. Let me know how I go!


What a couple of cuties. That high vocal is exceptional.


I relate to this song hahaha. 


Bit of a long shot, but I reckon i'm on to something... He's a buurd dawggg


What a gal. She's the boss.


Whatta'ya reckon? Close or no cigar? 

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Here are my votes:

GOLD:  Shannon by Henry Gross.  Henry Gross wrote this song for Carl Wilson's dog, Shannon.  Henry had the Irish Setter named Shannon.  Shannon had gotten hit by a car and died from her injuries. The back story somehow told how Carl's dog was an Irish Setter, but to my recollection Carl never owned an Irish Setter. Shannon was a Samoyed and he also had another Samoyed named Dana, according to Billy Hinsche's DVD, Carl Wilson: Here and Now.  Later on, Carl had two Siberian Huskies, which according to a friend who knew Carl, they were both stolen out of his backyard and never recovered.  There's a photo of Carl sitting with Shannon on his lap, but I have tried many times and failed to post a photo on this site.

SILVER: The More I Am by Dennis Locorriere.  I've never heard this one and I love the lyrics to it.  A very easy going melody, too. Before today, I didn't know that this guy was the voice of Dr. Hook.  Love their song, Sharing the Night Together.

BRONZE:  Can't Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon.  A very familiar one and very nice.

TIN/PEWTER:  Me and the Elephants by Bobby Goldsboro.  It's a cute song.  Bobby Goldsboro had a very distinctive voice and style with his music.  I remember his hit, Honey very well.  I also remember Al Bundy calling it the "Sphincter lock" on Married with Children.  

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