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  1. Willie Oleson

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    Our first previously withdrawn suggestion - thank you Mel O'Drama for being so bold.

    1. Prima (released on Almighty's "rival" label, Klone Records. I loved them both of course, but some Almighty fans actually hated Klone - mostly because it was the other label).
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    The vocalist (I'm not sure if the person in the picture is her) is Angie Gold, who had a big NRG club hit with "Eat You Up", back in 1985.

    2. U2

    3. The Slackers
    It seems to me that every Standard has a reggae version. I often find them a bit generic, but somehow I really like this version.

    4. The Endparty
    5. Electron Love Theory (Mel O'Drama, I think you will like this)
    6. The Rialto Burns
    7. Musique vs. U2
    8. Aslan (if it was used as background music in a movie)
     
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  3. Mel O'Drama

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  4. Mel O'Drama

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    With New Year's Day behind us, it's time for our first tally of the year...


    Three of us chose our favourite renditions of this song, with a total of nineteen versions chosen.

    In the end it was a very close run race between our top two choices. Just one point separates them. But which one edged it? Look below to find out.








































































































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    1. U2 - 25
    2. The Endparty - 24
    3. Electron Love Theory - 17
    4. The Rialto Burns - 14
    5. Alessandro Deledda / Prima - 10
    6. U2 [François Kevorkian US Remix 1983] - 9
    7. Sexy Sadie / The Slackers - 8
    8. Karen Souza - 7
    9. Gigi D’Agostino / Nu-Kleus [D. Santy Bairon J Version] - 5
    10. Musique vs. U2 / The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - 4
    11. Aslan / Zeraphine - 3
    12. Aiboforcen & Ayria / To/Die/For - 2
    13. Stella Starlight Trio - 1



    After just one round, the originals have snatched back their win. ​
     
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  5. Mel O'Drama

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    Next up…
    Dreams


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    Suggested by @Emelee, "Dreams" is a song written by Stevie Nicks for Fleetwood Mac's eleventh studio album Rumours in 1977.

    While recording the Rumours album, the members of Fleetwood Mac were experiencing emotional upheavals. Mick Fleetwood was going through a divorce. John McVie was separating from his wife Christine. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were ending their eight-year relationship. Nicks wrote the song in early 1976 at the Record Plant studio in California. When she played the song to the rest of the group, "They weren't nuts about it. Christine McVie described the song as having "just three chords and one note in the left hand" and "boring". But Nicks recalls asking 'Please! Please record this song, at least try it'. Because the way I play things sometimes... you really have to listen." The band recorded it the following day. McVie changed her mind, after Buckingham "fashioned three sections out of identical chords, making each section sound completely different. He created the impression that there's a thread running through the whole thing."

    In the United States, "Dreams" was released as the second single from Rumours in March 1977, reaching #1 in June. In the United Kingdom it was released in June 1977, peaking at #11 and staying in the Top 40 for eight weeks. A live performance was used as the promotional music video.

    Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne released "Dreams" in 1995 under the name Wild Colour. The song received remixes by BT, Tin Tin Out and Jason Nevins.

    The Corrs originally recorded "Dreams" for Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, the 20th anniversary album of cover versions. Their version was remixed by Todd Terry for single release and became the first big hit for The Corrs in the UK, reaching #6 in the UK singles chart and staying in the chart for 10 weeks. The video also won the "Best Adult Contemporary Video" award from Billboard magazine in 1998.

    In 2005, Nicks contributed new vocals to a remake of the song by house music duo Deep Dish. The song was a top twenty UK Singles Chart hit and climbed to #26 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart.

    You can find forty different versions here. Check them out then post your favourites below.

    Please list up to ten versions with a minimum three choices. You're welcome to list more than ten, but only the first ten will be counted, with the maximum of ten points going to your #1 choice.

    Everyone's welcome to join in. If we could have our choices in by Sunday night I'll tally them up and let you know our overall winner.

    Enjoy!


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    1 LÉON
    2 Fleetwood Mac
    3 Bastille & Gabrielle Aplin
    4 Stealth (acoustic)
    5 Karen Souza
    6 Young & Sick
    7 The Corrs
    8 Cosima
    9 Gregorian
    10 Dianne Reeves & Robert Glasper
     
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    It's Monday morning.
    Time to wake up from our Dreams



    This time round only two of us came out to vote, which means a low-scoring round. But it was still a competitive one.

    We voted on eighteen different versions - which works out at a very healthy nine unique versions per voter.

    Only one point separated our top choice from the three that came in at joint second. But which one edged into first place. Look below for the answer...










































































































































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    1. Fleetwood Mac - 11
    2. Dianne Reeves ft. Robert Glasper / LÉON / Paul Hardcastle ft. Helen Rogers - 10
    3. Bastille & Gabrielle Aplin / Veronica Martell - 8
    4. Melba Moore / Stealth [Acoustic] - 7
    5. Karen Souza / Whiskeytown - 6
    6. Vitamin String Quartet / Young & Sick - 5
    7. The Corrs / Richie Havens - 4
    8. Cosima / Deep Dish ft. Stevie Nicks - 3
    9. Gregorian - 2
    10. The Kills - 1






    It's the second consecutive victory for the originals!!
     
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  9. Mel O'Drama

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    Next...
    At Last



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    Suggested by the long-absent Sue Ellen Rules, "At Last" is a song written in 1941 by Mack gordon and Harry Warren for the musical film Sun Valley Serenade. It was performed for the film by Glenn Miller and his orchestra with vocals by John Payne and Lynn Bari dubbed by Pat Friday, but left from the final cut when studio head Darryl Zanuck felt there were too many big numbers in the film. It subsequently appeared in Miller's other film Orchestra Wives (1942) with Ray Eberle accompanying Friday. A new version recorded by Miller and His Orchestra in 1942 reached #9 on the Billboard pop charts.

    In 1960, "At Last" was covered by blues singer Etta James in an arrangement by Riley Hampton that improvised on Warren's melody. Hitting #2 on the R&B charts in April 1961, it crossed over to pop radio, reaching #47 on the Billboard Hot 100. became James's signature song. Despite its modest pop chart standing, James's version is well-known and was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999. With its passionate vocal and sweeping orchestration, is often chosen for wedding music. Christina Aguilera was invited by James's family to perform At Last during Etta James's funeral in 2012.

    Céline Dion's version was released as a promotional single in the United States on December 9, 2002 to generally good reviews.

    Beyoncé covered the song to accompany her performance as James in the 2008 film Cadillac Records. Her version won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance at the 52nd Grammy Awards.

    Other versions include: Ray Anthony (1952, the highest charting U. S. version, peaking at #2); Bing Crosby (1976); Gene Watson (1991); Tina Moore (1995); Stevie Nicks (1998); Cyndi Lauper (2003); Liberty Silver (2005); and Martina McBride (2005).

    Over 200 versions can be found here. Explore, enjoy and enter your favourites below.
    Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. Let's say we'll bring voting to a close on Sunday night. Enjoy...​



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  10. Mel O'Drama

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    Seems this one is popular with reality singing shows worldwide:

     
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    Ugh!! That moment where I've listened to every version up to 2004 on Secondhand Songs and then realise I'm only a third of the way through... [​IMG]
     
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    01. Etta James
    02. Celine Dion
    03. Beyonce
    04. Stevie Wonder
    05. Joni Mitchell
    06. Cyndi Lauper
    07. Diana Krall & Lou Rawls
    08. Brenda Lee
    09. Eva Cassidy
    10. Nat "King" Cole
     
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  14. Mel O'Drama

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    At Last... the results!

    Just two of us voted this time, meaning a low scoring round. In fact only one song got more than ten points. We still came up with seventeen versions though, which isn't too shabby.

    Here are our favourites...


















































































































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    1. Etta James - 19
    2. Brenda Lee / Randy Crawford - 10
    3. Céline Dion / Stevie Wonder - 9
    4. Beyoncé / Martina McBride - 8
    5. Glenn Miller feat. Ray Eberle / Joni Mitchell - 6
    6. Cyndi Lauper / Jesse James - 5
    7. Charlie Spivak and his orchestra / Diana Krall & Lou Rawls - 4
    8. Anne Shelton - 3
    9. Eva Cassidy - 2
    10. Nat “King” Cole / The Temptations - 1


    With almost double the score of our silver medallists, Etta has scored a major win for the covers. And she came very darn close to scoring a full house, missing out by just one point. Quite an impressive feat for quite an impressive version. ​
     
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  15. Mel O'Drama

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    Our next track will be along tomorrow...

     
  16. Mel O'Drama

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    Next…
    How Deep Is Your Love


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    "How Deep Is Your Love" is a pop ballad written by The Bee Gees in 1977. Barry Gibb worked out the melody with keyboard player Blue Weaver, who was not credited officially as a songwriter here.

    The Bee Gees' version was used as part of the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever. There was some talk of Yvonne Elliman recording it but, according to Barry, their manager Robert Stigwood insisted they should record it themselves.

    "How Deep Is Your Love" was released as a single in September 1977 everywhere except in the UK, where it was released on 14 October. It was a #3 hit in the United Kingdom and Australia. In the United States, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 on 24 December 1977 (the first of six consecutive U.S. Bee Gees hits), and stayed in the Top 10 for a then-record 17 weeks.

    In February 1978, the song won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Group. The song also received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 35th Golden Globe awards in January 1978. At the time of both ceremonies the song was still in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

    In 1983, the Bee Gees were sued by a Chicago songwriter, Ronald Selle, who claimed that the Gibb brothers stole melodic material from one of his songs, "Let It End" and used it in "How Deep Is Your Love". At trial, the jury returned a finding for Selle. The Bee Gees attorney immediately asked for judgement notwithstanding the verdict on the basis that Selle had failed to show that the Bee Gees had prior access to his song. The judge ruled in favour of the Bee Gees.

    Take That's version was released as a single from their Greatest Hits compilation in 1996. The single stayed at #1 in the UK charts for three weeks. It was to be the band's final UK single until their 2006 comeback with "Patience". The single sold 671,000 copies and has received a Platinum sales status certification in the UK. The song also topped the charts in Denmark, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia and Spain.

    Cover versions include Portrait (1995), Adam Garcia & Anita Louise Coombe (1998 - from the Saturday Night Fever musical); Ultra Naté (1998); Marcia Hines (2004); the bird and the bee ft. Sia (2007); Jaared (2010) and PJ Morton (2017).

    Over 135 versions may be found here. Have a listen. Then come back and tell us which ones you love most deeply.

    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).

    Everyone is very welcome to join in. The more, the merrier. If we could have our choices in by Sunday night that would be super. Have fun.


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    1. David Michael Johnson
    2. Roby Gees
    3. Bee Gees
    4. Caravelli
    5. Johnny Mathis
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    1. Take That
    2. Bee Gees
    3. The Bird and the Bee
    4. Collin Raye
    5. Maria Augusta
    6. Christian Bautista
    7. The Temptations
    8. Niklas Andersson & Hanna Lindblad
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