SoapChat Standards "Because The Night"

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  1. Mel O'Drama

    Mel O'Drama Super Moderator Staff Member

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    This is fantastic. Like your tipsy grandmother discovering karaoke:

     
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  2. Mel O'Drama

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    This is fun too:

     
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    1. Tina Arena
    A charming, intimate arrangement. Flawless vocal. It instantly reminds me of one of the happiest weekends of my life.

    2. San Remo Golden Strings*
    Such a good energy from this one.

    3. Connie Smith*
    Connie's country sound is a perfect fit for this one.

    4. Dana Winner
    I can't find the full track, but trust me: it's lovely.

    5. Petula Clark
    The one I instantly think of.

    6. The Tony Hatch Sound*
    He wrote it, so it makes sense that he'd know how to make it sound this appealing.

    7. Bel Ami*
    The arrangement is very Ciji Dunne.

    8. The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra*
    This sounds both epic and intimate at the same time.

    9. Frank Sinatra*
    I didn't think he'd pull this one off, but it's great. That cheeky intro!

    10. Helmut Zacharias*
    This is kind of bonkers, but there's a whole lot packed into it.



    I also really enjoyed discovering great versions by these artists:

    • David McCallum
    • The Johnny Mann Singers
    • Nicki Parrott
     
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  4. Willie Oleson

    Willie Oleson SoapLand Battles Moderator

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    How psychedelic and exotic!

    Thanks, Ome, for suggesting this song. There was a time that I didn't appreciate this song at all. Perhaps it became a victim of its own popularity: it's always been a radio favourite and it's on every 60s compilation or so it seems.
    But it really is a good song (my favourite line: just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova) and I think I'll add the Connie Smith and Petula '77 versions to my collection.

    I'm toying with the idea "same title-different songs"
     
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  5. Mel O'Drama

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    Here come the results for Downtown…








    Six people voted, giving us a very respectable 34 versions. Here's the view looking Downtown from SoapChat.











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    1. Petula Clark - 56
    2. Tina Arena - 23
    3. Connie Smith / The Saw Doctors feat. Petula Clark - 18
    4. Petula Clark ’88 - 17
    5. Chris Connor / Dolly Parton - 16
    6. Marianne Faithfull - 15
    7. Sandie Shaw - 13
    8. Claude Steben / Petula Clark ’99 / San Remo Golden Strings - 9
    9. Bel Ami / Nicki Parrott / The Osmond Brothers - 8
    10. The B-52s / Dana Winner / Frank Sinatra / Patty Duke & Perry Como / Petula Clark ’77 - 7
    11. Frank & Nancy Sinatra / Johnny Mann Singers - 6
    12. The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu / The Tony Hatch Sound - 5
    13. Cuban Heels / Glee / The Lettermen - 4
    14. The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra / Holly Cole Trio / Pop Choir Classics - 3
    15. Nancy Lamott / Siw Malmkvist - 2
    16. Emma Bunton / Helmut Zacharias - 1





    Never before in SoapChat Standards history has our favourite artist led by so wide a margin. Petula well and truly thrashed the competition here. 56 points puts Pet in joint second place (sharing a platform with Soft Cell) just below Madonna with 58 points for Don't Cry For Me Argentina.

    Also, I don't believe there's been a previous round where a single artist has had this many recordings included. Including her re-recordings and collaborations, our Pet was nominated 5 times, with a combined total of 107 points. ​
     
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  6. Mel O'Drama

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    Next up…
    Over The Rainbow




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    "Over The Rainbow" (often referred to as "Somewhere Over The Rainbow") is a ballad with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. It was written for the 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz and was sung by actress Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and became Garland's signature song, as well as one of the most enduring standards of the 20th century.

    The song is number one on the "Songs Of The Century" list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America. The American Film Institute also ranked "Over the Rainbow" the greatest movie song of all time.


    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version (a medley of Over The Rainbow and What A Wonderful World) appeared on an album in 1993 and has become one of the best-known and successful versions in recent years, charting in several countries including the UK and the US and reaching #1 in France and Germany. It is the second best-selling download ever in Germany.

    Eva Cassidy recorded a version which was included on her posthumously-released album Songbird in 1998, reaching #1 on the UK charts.

    Other recordings include: Doo-wop group The Demensions (1960); Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles (1966); Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs (1965 and 1974); Jerry Lee Lewis (1980); Sam Harris (1985); a dance version by Marusha (1994); Katharine McPhee (2006); the cast of Glee (2010); Danielle Hope (2010) and Nicholas David (2012).


    This round is quite a whopper. There are 580 versions to peruse on SecondHand Songs. List your favourite versions here, and come back to see which version is way up high.

    Single song entries won't be counted. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of two choices (feel free to list more than ten, but be aware that only the first ten will be counted).


    We'll do the results on Sunday. But more time is no problem if needed.


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  7. Ome

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    I travelled the world and the seven seas for this song. I eventually found it in a mate's collection.
     
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  8. Willie Oleson

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    *checks calendar. No, not April 1 yet*
     
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    I'm hurt and surprised nobody voted for Emma Bunton's classic rendition of Downtown.
     
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  10. Willie Oleson

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    That's easy to say in hindsight, Alexis. You didn't vote for Emma Bunton either so we should all take responsibility for our actions :D
     
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  11. Mel O'Drama

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    Someone did. She got one point. ;)
     
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    Oh phew!... I somehow missed that. I would hate to see Baby Spice's effort go unnoticed.
     
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    If someone would start a speech like that guy did, my first thought would be "he's going to shoot us!":eek:
     
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  18. Mel O'Drama

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    The results are in for Over The Rainbow.



    Four of us voted, whittling down hundreds of choices down to 34 versions. It will probably come as a surprise to nobody to learn our #1 rendition...













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    1. Judy Garland - 27
    2. Barbra Streisand - 16
    3. Eva Cassidy - 15
    4. Eric Clapton / Israel Kamakawiwo’le / Martina McBride [2003 version] - 10
    5. Carly Simon / Heather Headley - 9
    6. Martina McBride [2007 version] / Shayne Ward - 8
    7. Anne Murray / Bob Marley / Erasure / P!nk / Tori Amos - 7
    8. Carol Welsman / Matchbox - 6
    9. Barbara Fairchild / Connie Talbot / Harry Connick, Jr. / Kylie Minogue - 5
    10. Connie Francis / Ella Fitzgerald / Olivia Newton-John - 4
    11. Doris Day / Faith Hill / Ray Charles - 3
    12. Celine Dion / Cliff Richard / Mantovani - 2
    13. Glee Cast / Johnny Mathis / Josh Groban / Patti LaBelle - 1
     
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    I *think* I know what the next one will be!:spinning:
     
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    Next up…
    My Way/Comme d'habitude




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    “Comme d’habitude” (French for "As usual") is a French song composed in 1967 by Claude François and Jacques Revaux with lyrics by François and Gilles Thibaut, originally recorded by Hervé Vilard.


    Revaux, reportedly not satisfied with Vilard's version of the song, approached Claude François to re-record it. François accepted but asked that an underlying theme of a couple in a strained relationship be included, in reference to his recent breakup. Revaux agreed and with some rewriting from Gilles Thibaut the song, in its best-known version in French, was released by François in 1968.

    Paul Anka, after hearing the song while watching French television in Paris, bought the song's publication and adaptation rights but the original songwriters retained the music-composition half of their songwriter royalties.Anka wrote English lyrics specifically for Frank Sinatra, who then recorded a cross-Atlantic version of it in 1969 under the title "My Way", which has since been covered by many artists.

    210 versions can be found here. Have fun exploring and posting your favourites below.

    Single song entries won't be counted. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of two choices (feel free to list more than ten, but be aware that only the first ten will be counted).


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    I'll tot up the results on Monday. ​
     
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