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Larry Franz

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I like the song, but that "Calendar Girl" video was, what's the word? Disturbing? Disconcerting? Uncomfortably strange? Beyond the pale? Not of this earth?

Anyway, my favorite Neil Sedaka song, his #1 from 1962: "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" (with black and white photography only)



Two from Neil of the Young variety, with Horse of the Crazy variety: "My Heart" and "Sleeps With Angels", Sleeps With Angels, 1994





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Darren J. Ray

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Larry, 'Calendar Girl' was a Scopitone clip, made for specially designed jukeboxes.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scopitone

Plus I've read it was made in 1966, five years after the song was a hit. 

And you're probably aware of this version of 'Breaking Up....' from 1975 (Top 10 in the US).  

I think it's a nice change. 



I think Neil is a major talent. 

He played here about 10 years ago. Tickets were about $100. Those who went raved.

I regret now not forking out the dosh. 


Crikey, two Neil Young clips and THREE Neil Finn clips in the one week. Grrrr! [mad]

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Beach Boys...Fields of GOLD this week.  No cotton required for the ears.  Hard to beat these guys...again.
Gene Pitney...Almost A Wilbury 'brother' after Roy left us.  Well traveled.  Well talented.  Well silvered.
Joe Jackson...A guy who knows his 'theory' inside out and backwards.  Never sits still.  A real music man.
Neil Sedaka...One of the original Tokens...before the lion fell asleep.  Well gifted and talented...but 4th.
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Hello everyone!

I hope you've all had a lovely couple of weeks! Sorry for not being around, I was off SKIINGGGGG! I'm sure you're all wondering and yes, it was loads of fun hahah.

Anyway, back to business.
This week!

Gold: Trans-Canada Highway - Gene Pitney
Silver: Cottonfields - The Beach Boys
Bronze: Wheeling West Virginia - Neil Sedaka
Tin: Real Men - Joe Jackson

Good stuff!

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Peter Simpson

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Gold - BB's (big UK hit - top 5 I think - single version is much better than the original album version)
Silver - Gene (didn't know this)
Bronze - Joe (that whole album is good)
Tin - Neil (didn't know that one either)

all good
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bonnie bella

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paul g, brilliant, and good for you!  You obviously felt you needed something there. [smile]   Great to see a Neil Finn shout out.  "One Step Ahead" in it's oringinal version is one of my very favourites! (Ever so sorry Darren).  I sat a few rows back from Neil at the Brian Wilson concert, the very venue where he is performing in two of clips you posted!




Righto, Gene Pitney.  Went on a woefully brief musical journey of the mega-selling Mr Pits.  However, I couldn't scrape together much I liked.  Maybe this?  Did he do a lot of covers, or is that all I can find? 



And another Gene. Gene Simmons, trying very, very hard.




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bonnie's Gene (Pitney) clip from Down Under doesn't play Up Over, but this one will:


Gene had a hit with his own (I Wanna) Love My Life Away


And for those that don't know it, Gene wrote these:

Ricky Nelson - Hello Mary Lou


Bobby Vee - Rubber Ball


The Crystals - He's a Rebel


Gene Pitney - She's a Rebel

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LOVE Gene's "It Hurts to Be in Love" and of course, his version

of "Half Heaven, Half Heartache".  !!
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Larry Franz

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Having reviewed several other recordings, going back to Lead Belly's 1940 original, these are my favorite "Cotton Fields":

The Pogues, Peace and Love, 1989



Leon Russell, Looking Back, 2009 (recorded in the 60s)



The Beach Boys, 20/20, 1969 (the shorter one redone as "Cottonfields", their single that was very successful outside the US)



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Lee Marshall

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LOVE Gene's "It Hurts to Be in Love".  !!


Me too.  My absolute favourite Pitney ditty.  I won that 45 in a radio contest when I was 12.  I'd have bought it otherwise.  And I now have Gene's greatest hits cd with all of his biggies.
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Darren - a slam dunk week for me.

Gold - Beach Boys by a wide mile
Tie Silver and Bronze to Neil and Gene
Tin is to Joe

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Thanks a lot for the votes and comments so far, kds, t, Deb, Cindy, Larry, Lee, NotJermia, Pete and Al.

Interesting.

So far, seven of the eight voters who live in countries where none of these songs were hits have plumped for the familiar Beach Boys track.

These songs were definitely not picked arbitrarily.

More to come…


bonnie, The Pit had plenty of hits and for most of those, he was the original singer.

He never had a US #1, with some irony involved. 

The closest he got was #2 in 1962 with 'Only Love Can Break a Heart', written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. 

The song that kept it out at #1 was 'He's a Rebel' by The Crystals - written by Gene Pitney!


Lee, you probably know the history, but for anyone who doesn’t, ‘It Hurts to Be in Love’ was originally intended to be a single for Neil Sedaka.

I’ll let Gene himself pick up the story.



And here’s the duet that never happened…




Please keep listening to the four tracks on show, folks. 

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Darren J. Ray

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bonnie, it would seem Gene's two biggest hits were 'I'm Gonna Be Strong' (1964) and 'Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa' (1963).

They are his only songs that went into the Top 20 in all the US, the UK, Australia and Canada.

'I'm Gonna Be Strong', written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, was the only other Pitney song used so far in the Battle.

It was last year.

Week 24
Gold - When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) (The Beach Boys - 1964) (66.5)
Silver - Walk Like a Man (The Four Seasons - 1963) (50.5)
Bronze - It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World (James Brown and The Famous Flames - 1966) (44.5)
Tin - I’m Gonna Be Strong (Gene Pitney - 1964) (38.5)  
(t Bedford)

'Tulsa', another Bacharach & David composition, is a classic. (I've sung this song hundreds of times over the years.) 



But this is my very fave Gene Pitney record, 'Backstage' (1966). 



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Originally Posted by Darren J. Ray
I've sung this song hundreds of times over the years.



And EVERYONE in attendance did the math and figured immediately that you were a heck of a lot more than 24 hours from said destination.  Or is there a direct flight from, say, the similarly sized Canberra-Queanbeyan to Tulsa?

You rascal.[wink]
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Darren J. Ray

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I got the attached from the Pit after I'd sent him a cassette of me doing some of his classic hits.

I was pretty chuffed.  

"To Darren, Keep singing those GP songs! You're keeping us both working!! Best wishes, Gene Pitney"


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