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  1. Mel O'Drama

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    The Parade is over.

    Three of us voted on seventeen versions.

    It's time to find out who's the rose of sheer perfection. And who's the freckle on the nose of life's complexion.



































































































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    1. Barbra Streisand - 28
    2. Shirley Bassey - 24
    3. Linda Eder - 20
    4. Diana Ross - 15
    5. Lea Michele - 10
    6. Bobby Darin / Lilias White - 9
    7. Ella Fitzgerald - 7
    8. Melba Moore / Michael Ball / Nancy Wilson - 6
    9. Naya Rivera - 5
    10. Caroline O’Connor - 4
    11. Japan - 3
    12. Jack Jones / Johnny Mathis - 2
    13. Ruthie Henshall - 1










    For the first time in four rounds, the winner is the artist who originated the song. So there's some truth to Barbra's words...


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  2. Mel O'Drama

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    Our next Standard is…
    The Sound Of Silence



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    Suggested by @Long Lashes, "The Sound of Silence", originally "The Sounds of Silence", is a song written by Paul Simon over a period of several months in 1963 and 1964 when he was just twenty one. Generally considered a classic folk rock song, it was first recorded by Simon & Garfunkel.

    Simon has revealed that the song was written in the bathroom, which had tiles and so provided and echo chamber. When writing, he would have water running from the tap (which he found soothing) and turned off the lights to better concentrate. This led to the song's first lines: 'Hello darkness, my old friend / I've come to talk with you again'

    Simon & Garfunkel's song was recorded in March 1964 at Columbia Studios, New York City for inclusion on their debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. Released in October 1964, the album was a commercial failure and led to the duo breaking apart, with Paul Simon going to the UK to pursue a solo career and Art Garfunkel studying at Columbia University.

    In spring 1965, the song began to attract airplay at radio stations in Boston, Massachusetts and Florida. The growing airplay led Tom Wilson, the song's producer, to remix the track, overdubbing electric instrumentation. Simon & Garfunkel were not informed of the song's remix until after its release. The single was released in September 1965, hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the end of December. The song was a top-ten hit in multiple countries worldwide, among them Australia, Austria, West Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. This turn of events led the duo to reunite and hastily record their second album, which Columbia titled Sounds Of Silence in an attempt to capitalise on the song's success. In 2013, the song was added to the National Recording Registry in the Library Of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important", along with the rest of the Sounds Of Silence album.

    A cover version was released by American heavy metal band Disturbed on December 7, 2015. A music video was released on December 7, 2015. Their cover hit #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Digital Songs and is their highest-charting song on the Hot 100, peaking at #42. It is also their highest-charting single in Australia, peaking at #4.

    Other cover versions include: Boudewijn de Groot ("Het geluid van stilte", 1965); Los Mustang ("El Ritmo Del Silencio", 1966); The Bachelors (1966); Carmen McRae (1968); Anni-Frid Lyngstad ("En ton av tystnad", 1971); The Dickies (1978); The Awakening (1997); Gregorian (1999); Atrocity (2000); Nevermore (2000); Bananarama (2009); and Sharleen Spiteri (2010).

    Over one hundred and eighty versions may be found here. Have a peek, then come back and list your favourites below.

    As always, single song entries won't be counted. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. You're very welcome to list more than ten, but only the first ten will be counted, with the maximum ten points going to your #1 choice.

    Everyone is very welcome to join in. If we could have our choices in by Sunday night that would be super. But there are a lot to sift through, so just say if you'd like more time.


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  3. Long Lashes

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    Sometimes I just can't believe how beautiful this song is.

    1. Simon And Garfunkel
    2. Emiliana Torrini (she sings it so effortlessly)

    3. Sina Feat. Jadyn Rylee


    4. Disturbed (don't like the video)
    5. Simon And Garfunkel (Henry Saiz Remix)
    6. The Ravers
    7. Pat Henry
    8. Sharleen Spiteri
     
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  5. Long Lashes

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    My thoughts too Willie. Its so familiar and yet it can still take my breath away.
     
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    1. Disturbed
    2. Simon & Garfunkel
    3. Touch Of Class
    4. Peter Hollens & Tim Foust
    5. Emiliana Torrini
    6. Sanna Nielsen & Anders Glenmark (Swedish: En ton av tystnad)
    7. Sharleen Spiteri
    8. Carmen McRae
    9. Bobaflex
    10. Celtic Thunder
     
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  8. Mel O'Drama

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    Time to break The Sound Of Silence.

    Four voted on twenty five versions by twenty four different artists. Sorry I wasn't one of them, @Long Lashes. I was excited about discovering new versions of this song but it's been one of those weeks. I'm going to come back to them in my own time and have a proper listen.

    Anyway, based on the votes the song did get, here are SoapChat's favourites.






































































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    1. Simon & Garfunkel - 39
    2. Disturbed - 32
    3. Emiliana Torrini - 24
    4. Sharleen Spiteri - 15
    5. Touch Of Class - 12
    6. Paul Simon - 9
    7. Sina feat. Jadyn Rylee - 8
    8. Passengers / Peter Hollens & Tim Foust / Todd Hoffman - 7
    9. Atrocity / Dana Winner / Simon & Garfunkel [Henry Saiz Remix] - 6
    10. Nouela / The Ravers / Sanna Nielsen & Anders Glenmark - 5
    11. Pat Henry - 4
    12. Carmen McRae / Leonard Cohen / Mythology - 3
    13. Bananarama / Bobaflex / Leo Rojas - 2
    14. Celtic Thunder / James Blake - 1



    The originals are making a proper comeback now. For the second consecutive round, the first version has won the round. Let's see if they can score the hat trick!!​
     
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  9. Mel O'Drama

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    Our next Standard is...
    A Little Respect



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    Suggested by @Ome, "A Little Respect" is a song written by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell of British synthpop duo Erasure. The lyrics are a plea to a lover to show compassion and respect.

    Released in September 1988, Erasure's original version was the third single from their album The Innocents and their tenth overall. The heavily synthesized instrumentation is accentuated by acoustic guitar and Bell's use of falsetto in the chorus.

    "A Little Respect" continued Erasure's success on the UK Singles Chart, where it hit #4, becoming the band's fifth Top 10 single and one of their signature songs. It was also Erasure's second consecutive Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it climbed to #14. In the U.K. Mark Saunders and Phil Legg provided the remixes, for the U.S. the remixes were made by Justin Strauss.

    A 2001 acoustic version was made by Erasure. Recent remixes include those by Jaded Alliance (2006); Avantara (2009) as well as Erasure themselves (2010).


    In 1992, ABBA tribute band Björn Again covered the song, scoring a UK #25 hit with their version. American band Wheatus released the song in July 2001 as their second single from their debut album. The single peaked at #3 in the UK. Canadian dance act Audio Playground's 2009 cover - titled "(A Little) Respect - peaked at #77 on the Canadian Hot 100.

    Other covers include: Björn Again (1992); Silence 4 (1998); Attaque 77 (1999); Kim Wilde (2011); Anna Meredith (2013); Juice Vocal Ensemble (2014) and JD McPherson (2017).

    This one shouldn't be too taxing. There are twenty three versions listed on Secondhand Songs. Have a listen, then come back and list your favourites below. Maybe you even know some different versions.

    As always, single song entries won't be counted. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. You're very welcome to list more than ten, but only the first ten will be counted, with the maximum ten points going to your #1 choice.

    Everyone is very welcome to join in. If we could have our choices in by Saturday night that would be super. Have fun!!

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  10. Willie Oleson

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    1. Magnus Carlsson
    2. Almighty Allstars
    3. Erasure (HMI Redux)
    4. Parralox
    5. Erasure
    6. Bjorn Again
    7. Element
     
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    1. Erasure
    2. LL
    3. Carrie Mac
    4. Beth
    5. Wheatus
    6. Mo'Nique
    7. Matthew Brooks
    8. Magnus Carlsson
    9. Parralox
    10. Kate Walsh
     
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  13. Mel O'Drama

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    Time to give out A Little Respect for SoapChat's favourites...


    Three people voted (once again, I wasn't one of them. Time really is a valuable commodity and it seems I'm skint at the moment). Together, you came up with seventeen versions by sixteen unique artists.

    Here are those little somethings to make you sweeter.





















































































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    1. Erasure - 26
    2. Magnus Carlsson - 20
    3. Erasure [HMI Redux] / Parralox - 17
    4. Almighty Allstars / Element / LL - 9
    5. Carrie Mac - 8
    6. Beth - 7
    7. China Drum / Wheatus - 6
    8. Björn Again / Mo’Nique - 5
    9. Kim Wilde / Matthew Brooks - 4
    10. KT Tunstall - 3
    11. Kate Walsh - 1




    And so it's the hat-trick as the originals have won for three consecutive rounds. Will our next track keep up the trend? Come back and find out when I introduce our next track over the next couple of days (like I said - time!!). ​
     
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  14. Mel O'Drama

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    Our next Standard is...
    La Bamba


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    Suggested by @Willie Oleson, "La Bamba" is a Mexican folk song. A classic example of the son jarocho musical style, which originated in the Mexican state of Veracuz, it combines Spanish, indigenous and African musical elements. The song is typically played on one or two arpas jarochas (harps) along with the jarana jarocha and the requinto jarocho, both of which are related to the guitar.

    Lyrics to the song vary greatly, as performers often improvise verses while performing. The traditional aspect lies in the tune, which remains almost the same in most versions. The name of the dance, which has no direct English translation, is presumably connected with the Spanish verb bambolear, meaning "to shake" or "to stomp".

    The earliest confirmed recording of the song is that by Alvaro Hernández Ortiz, credited as El Jarocho, which was released on the Victor label in Mexico around 1939.

    The traditional song inspired Ritchie Valens's rock and roll version in 1958. Valens, who was proud of his Mexican heritage, was at first hesitant to merge "La Bamba" with rock and roll but eventually agreed, making the song popular with a much wider record audience and earning it a place in rock history.

    Valens was inducted posthumously into the Rock & roll Hall Of Fame in 2001.

    When the Los Lobos cover based on Valens's version peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1987, Valens was retroactively credited with writing a No. 1 single.

    In addition to Valens and Los Lobos, the song has been covered by many artists, including: Harry Belafonte (1956); Glen Campbell (1963) and Antonia Rodriguez (1979). You can find over a hundred and twenty of those versions here. Have a peek, then come back and list your favourites below.

    As always, single song entries won't be counted. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. You're very welcome to list more than ten, but only the first ten will be counted, with the maximum ten points going to your #1 choice.


    Everyone is very welcome to join in. If we could have our choices in by Sunday night that would be super. Have fun!!


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    1. Los Pekenikes
    Because it sounds so full & hot-blooded, and I like that for La Bamba.

    2. Bianca

    UK: 9 points (although freakytrigger would describe it as "Gay Italian").

    3. Antonia Rodriguez
    4. Blues Image
    5. Bobby Darin
    6. Roland Shaw
    7. Hermanos Huesca
    8. Rags & Riches
    9. Los Lobos
    10. Selena
     
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    1. Los Lobos
    2. Eclipse
    3. José Feliciano
    4. Richie Valens
    5. The Tokens
    6. Neil Diamond
    7. Jim Crose
    8. The Firebirds
    9. Stefan Borsch
    10. Wyclef Jean
     
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    La Bamba has come to an end...



    Just two people took part this time round, and my apologies once again not to have taken part (so many songs, so little time). But we have a really interesting result. Emelee and Willie had just one song in common, meaning that we had nineteen unique versions between them. Very impressive indeed.

    And so it's a low-scoring round, which makes things fun. Only one song had more than ten points, and that would be our winner. Let's find out how the story goes.




























































































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    1. Los Lobos - 11
    2. Los Pekenikes - 10
    3. Bianca / Eclipse - 9
    4. Antonia Rodriguez / José Feliciano - 8
    5. Blues Image / Richie Valens - 7
    6. Bobby Darin / The Tokens - 6
    7. Neil Diamond / Roland Shaw - 5
    8. Hermanos Huesca / Jim Crose - 4
    9. The Firebirds / Rags & Riches - 3
    10. Stefan Borsch - 2
    11. Selena / Wyclef Jean - 1





    After a series of three wins for the original, the covers have taken the crown back. But for how long...?!



    Our next round will be along in the next couple of days...!​
     
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  18. Mel O'Drama

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    Our next Standard is...
    I Am What I Am


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    Suggested by @Payton Cross, "I Am What I Am" is a song originally introduced in the Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles where is was the finale of the first act, performed by the character of Albin Mougeotte (originated by George Hearn). The song was composed in 1973 by Jerry Herman, an openly gay man, and has come to be considered a gay anthem due to its lyrics of self ownership and empowerment along with the themes of the musical itself.

    Gloria Gaynor recorded the songs in 1983, becoming one of her best known songs. Gaynor's version was a club hit in America and throughout Europe.

    Welsh singer Shirley Bassey recorded the song for her 1984 album I Am What I Am, releasing it as a single. She has frequently performed the song as part of her encores in concert.

    The song has been also covered by: Marti Webb; Joannie Taylor; Carol Jiani; Hannah Jones; Soraya Arnelas; Ken Page; Linda Eder; Amateur Transplants; Karen Mulder; Andrew Rannells; Amanda Lear; Sandra Mihanovich ("So lo que soy") and Páll Oskar ("Ég er Eins og ég Er").

    Twenty one versions of the song may be found here. Enjoy listening and then share your favourites here. Perhaps you even know of some other versions.

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    As always, single song entries won't be counted. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. You're very welcome to list more than ten, but only the first ten will be counted, with the maximum ten points going to your #1 choice.

    Everyone is very welcome to join in. The more, the merrier. We'll wrap the round up on Sunday night and have the tallies for Monday. Enjoy!

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    1. Respect Ft. Hannah Jones (Mary Brazzle Mix)
    2. Respect Ft. Hannah Jones (Illusive Mix)
    3. Respect Ft. Hannah Jones (Man On A Mission Mix)
    4. Gloria Gaynor
    5. Linda Eder
    6. Shirley Bassey
    7. Kelly Marie
     
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    I love this song, one of my old time guilty pleasure songs. ;)



    01. Linda Eder (oh that voice, so powerfull)
    02. Gloria Gaynor
    03. John Barrowman
    04. Shirley Bassey
    05. George Hearn
    06. Pia Zadora
    07. Conchita Wurst
    08. Karen Mulder
    09. Respect Ft. Hannah Jones (Mary Brazzle Mix)
    10. Telly Leung
     
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