Results from Week 3 of the Play-Offs (Battle of the Silvers)...
Here are the results from Week 3 of the Play-Offs (the Battle of the Silvers):-
1. Help! (The Beatles - 1965) (six 1st places) - 165
2. True Love Ways (Buddy Holly - 1958/1960) (three 1st places) - 149
3. Rio Grande (Brian Wilson - 1988) (six 1st places) - 140
4. Little Honda (The Beach Boys - 1964) (two 1st places) - 122
5. Hallelujah (k. d. lang - 2004) (two 1st places) - 104
6. Morningtown Ride (The Seekers - 1964) (nil 1st places) - 103
7. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me) (Paul McCartney and Wings - 1973) (nil 1st places) - 95
8. Strange World (The Beach Boys - 2012) (nil 1st places) - 94
9. Whip It (Devo - 1980) (nil 1st places) - 67
10. Go Away Boy (The Honeys - 1983) (one 1st place) - 61
Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.
We had 20 voters for the week, the most we’ve had since Week 37.
Special thanks again to D.A.N for scrutinising the votes for me.
Congratulations to BrianFan who selected ‘Help!’ in her Week 7.
The song that beat ‘Help!’ in that week was ‘Help Me, Rhonda’.
Both songs now progress to the Preliminary Final.
In theory, BrianFan may have picked the ultimate Gold & Silver songs of the year in her Week 7. Time will tell.
Congratulations also to Larry Franz who selected ‘True Love Ways’ in his Week 14.
As runner-up in this Silver Play-Off, this song does not progress.
There are three songs that have been deemed ‘ahead’ of it.
They are ‘Help Me, Rhonda’, ‘Help!’, by virtue of this week’s and Week 7’s result, and ‘You Still Believe in Me’ (The Beach Boys) which beat it in Week 14.
But the second placing for ‘True Love Ways’ this week ensures ‘You Still Believe in Me’ inclusion in the Preliminary.
It was the second time around for ‘Help!’ and second win in a Silver Play-Off.
Kevin Witts used it in Season III when it won Silver (to 'California Girls') in Week 26, won its play-off handsomely (as per this time), and finished 4th in the Preliminary Final.
Will it do better this time?
The Beatles’ record in the Battle is outstanding.
They’ve had 29 selections, 15 of which (with a potential further two before season’s end) have made play-offs.
In regular competition, they’ve had 9 Golds, 14 Silvers, 4 Bronzes and 2 Tins.
They’ve won six play-offs – ‘Here Comes the Sun’ (a Silver Play-off), ‘Help!’ (Silver, twice), ‘Penny Lane’ (Silver and a Preliminary) and ‘Back in the USSR (a Tin).
They’ve won more Silver play-offs than The Beach Boys!
One wonders how many more winners they would have had if not for the current ban of Beatles master recordings on the internet.
Over the past seven years, the first place winners of the Silver Play-Off, and their eventual placings, have been:
Season I - ‘Here Comes the Sun’ (The Beatles) (Tom Tobben) (finished 8th in Preliminary Final)
Season II - ‘What is Life’ (George Harrison) (Cynthia D. Hood) (finished 6th in Gold Play-Off)
Season III - ‘Help!’ (The Beatles) (Kevin Witts) (finished 4th in Preliminary Final
Season IV - ‘Penny Lane’ (The Beatles) (Al Forsyth) (finished 2nd in Gold Play-Off
Season V - ‘The Warmth of the Sun’ (The Beach Boys) (Jo McGuire) (finished 2nd in Gold Play-Off)
Season VI - ‘All This Is That’ (The Beach Boys) (D.A.N) (finished 4th in Preliminary Final)
Season VII - ‘Help!’ (The Beatles) (BrianFan) ?
‘Help!’ led nearly all week.
Beyond that, it was a battle of three between ‘True Love Ways’, ‘Rio Grande’ and ‘Little Honda’ as to who would be runner-up.
That meant ‘Help Me, Rhonda’ and ‘Help!’ were pretty much over the line early doors for a call up to the Preliminary.
Beyond that, it was a question as to whether ‘You Still Believe in Me’, ‘River Song’ (Dennis Wilson) or ‘(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding) would fill the remaining spot in the Preliminary, depending on which song was runner-up for the week.
‘Dock of the Bay’ was looking likely until ‘Little Honda’ ran out of gas towards the finish line.
‘Rio Grande’ and ‘Little Honda’ both polarised opinion, which ultimately was costly.
10 voters had ‘Rio Grande’ in their Top 3, but three voters (including a 10th place from Graciegirl) put it in their bottom 3.
Six voters had ‘Little Honda’ in their Top 3; three in their bottom 3 (including 10th place from Cantina Margarita).
‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Morningtown Ride’ also had diverse reactions.
Five voters put ‘Hallelujah’ in their Top 3 (including two 1st places, from Cindy Hood and Deb#1). Eight voters put it in their bottom 3 (including 10th places from Peter Simpson and Mr Ferm).
Five voters had ‘Morningtown Ride’ in their Top 3 (no 1st places, but four 2nd places, from yours truly, Mr Ferm, Graciegirl and Verden McCutcheon). But seven voters had it in their bottom 3 (including two 10th places, from Cindy and Prof. Dewey).
The only songs to not receive an outright 10th place were ‘Help!’ and ‘True Love Ways’, our winner and runner-up.
The songs to receive multiple 10th places were ‘Go Away Boy’ (five), ‘Whip It’ (four), ‘Strange World’ (three) and ‘Morningtown Ride’ & ‘Hallelujah’ (two each).
The only song to not feature in anyone’s Top 3 was ‘Whip It’. 12 voters had it in their bottom 3.
Other than ‘Help!’, the songs with previous Battle selections were ‘Rio Grande’ and ‘Little Honda’.
‘Rio Grande’ had won Gold in Week 18 of Season II (Teenage Symphony) in an all BW/BB week, just missing the play-offs.
‘Little Honda’ had won Gold in Week 19 of Season III (Teenage Symphony) and had failed to make play-offs.
The Pearlfishers’ cover of ‘Go Away Boy’ featured in last year’s Silver Play-Off, finishing 9th. From that result and comments, it would seem the majority of voters prefer the Pearlfishers’ track from Caroline Now!.
The competition now goes up another notch.
The top three from this week’s Preliminary Final will play off in next week’s Battle of the Golds, where we will crown the Gold, Silver and Bronze songs of the year!
This week is now closed.