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  1. Mel O'Drama

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  3. Willie Oleson

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    Ugh, I've always disliked this band for its cheesy, après-ski-esque coverversions. Good for student/hen parties I suppose, but it's not my cup 'o tea.
     
  4. Mel O'Drama

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    Time has run out on I Am What I Am.

    Three of us voted on sixteen unique artists - nineteen versions in total. Let's find out who's the ace and who's the deuces.








































































































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    1. Shirley Bassey - 22
    2. Gloria Gaynor - 20
    3. Linda Eder - 18
    4. Respect feat. Hannah Jones [Mary Brazzle Mix] - 12
    5. Respect feat. Hannah Jones [Definitive Radio Mix] / Respect feat. Hannah Jones [Illusive Mix] - 9
    6. John Barrowman / Liliane Saint Pierre / Respect feat. Hannah Jones [Man On A Mission Mix] - 8
    7. Dan Zanes & Friends - 7
    8. George Hearn / Hermes House Band / Telly Leung - 6
    9. Pia Zadora - 5
    10. Conchita Wurst / Kelly Marie - 4
    11. Angelika Milster / Karen Mulder - 3
    12. Marti Webb with The Philharmonia Orchestra - 1



    For the second consecutive round it's a win for the covers. Will they take the third? Find out in our next round, coming early this week...​
     
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  5. Mel O'Drama

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    Next up...
    Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood



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    Suggested by @Emelee, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is a song written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus for jazz singer and pianist Nina Simone, who first recorded it in 1964.

    Composer and arranger Horace Ott came up with the melody and chorus lyric line after a temporary falling out with his partner Gloria Caldwell. He took it to writing partners Benjamin and Marcus to complete. Rules of the time prevented BMI writers from officially collaborating with ASCAP members. As a BMI member, Ott instead listed Caldwell's name on the credits.

    Simone's version is taken at a very slow tempo and arranged around harp and other orchestral elements. A backing choir appears at several points. Simone sings it in her typical style. Horace Ott's involvement did not end with his initial songwriting; he was the arranger and orchestral conductor for the entire Simone album. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" was released as a single in 1964, but failed to chart.

    To some writers, Simone's version carried the subtext of the Civil Rights Movement that appeared throughout much of Simone's work of the time. To others this was more personal and was the song - and phrase - that best exemplified Simone's career and life.

    The Animals' lead singer Eric Burdon would later say of the song, "It was never considered pop material, but it somehow got passed on to us and we fell in love with it immediately. The Animals sped up the tempo and made prominent use of a guitar and organ riff that was picked out and expanded from an element that originally appeared in the Simone recording's outro.

    Their version was recorded in November 1964. The group gained a trans-Atlantic hit in early 1965 from their rendition, rising to #3 on the UK Singles Chart, #15 on the US pop singles chart and #4 in Canada. Their version appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

    A disco version by Santa Esmeralda became a hit in the late 1970s. First released in summer 1977 as a 16-minute epic that took up an entire side of their Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood album, it was picked up for more worldwide distribution by Casablanca Records. A 12-inch club remix hit #1 on the US Billboard Club Play Singles chart. Released as a pop single late in the year, it did well as well, reaching #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 by early 1978. This version became widely popular with a later generation after its inclusion in the 2003 Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill: Volume 1, where its instrumental passage plays over the duel between The Bride and O-Ren Ishii.

    Other notable versions include: Joe Cocker (1969 and 1996); The Animals' Eric Burdon (1974); Jon English (1977); The Moody Blues; Elvis Costello; Cyndi Lauper; Trevor Rabin; No Mercy; John Legend; Lou Rawls; The Killers; Lana Del Rey and Jamie Cullum.

    You can find over one hundred versions here. Enjoy listening and then share your favourites here. Perhaps you even know of some other 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. Let's say Sunday night for our choices to be in. Enjoy.


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  7. Emelee

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    I love this song, and I have not heard many versions that I dislike.

    1. The Animals
    2. Lana Del Rey
    3. Elvis Costello
    4. Cat Stevens
    5. Eric Burdon
    6. Gregory B
    7. Helen Schneider
    8. Joe Cocker
    9. Nina Simone
    10. Dwight Adams
     
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  8. Mel O'Drama

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    I wanted to explore this, but the Temperature Top 20 proved to be quite time-consuming (because there are more words), so if I'd ask for one or two more days, would that be extremely inconvenient?
     
  10. Mel O'Drama

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    It's no inconvenience at all Willie. Take as much time as you need - I'll wait for you.
     
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    01. The Animals
    02. No Mercy feat. Al Di Meola
    03. Nina Simone
    04. Lou Rawls
    05. Joe Cocker
    06. Mick Hucknall
    07. Kinga
    08. Helene Schneider
    09. Morgan James
    10. The Orignal London Beat.
     
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    1. Santa Esmeralda
    2. The Pair Extraordinaire (this has the most interesting vocals)
    3. The Animals
    4. Mike Batt With The London Symphony Orchestra
    5. The Costello Show
    6. Murder By Death
    7. Cyndi Lauper
    8. Santa Esmeralda '94 (there was also a 1990 and 1993 remix, btw)
     
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  13. Mel O'Drama

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    Time to find out who our most misunderstood artists are...



    Five of us voted, coming up with thirty unique versions by twenty nine artists (or twenty eight if Eric Burdon is bundled in with The Animals). Here are our favourites:






























































































































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    1. The Animals - 38
    2. Helen Schneider - 24
    3. Santa Esmeralda - 23
    4. Elvis Costello - 17
    5. Murder By Death - 13
    6. Kinga - 11
    7. Lou Rawls / Nina Simone - 10
    8. Joe Cocker / Lana Del Rey / No Mercy ft. Al Di Meola / The Pair Extraordinaire - 9
    9. Gary Moore / Ginette Reno - 8
    10. Cat Stevens / Mick Hucknall / Mike Batt with The London Symphony Orchestra - 7
    11. The Costello Show / Eric Burdon / Latin Rascals / Sandy Coast - 6
    12. Gregory B. / The Killers ft. Wolfmother - 5
    13. Cyndi Lauper / The Original London Beat - 4
    14. Santa Esmeralda ’94 - 3
    15. Lyambiko / Morgan James - 2
    16. Betty LaVette / Dwight Adams - 1




    The covers take the prize for the third consecutive round!!


    @Emelee: We've now covered all the songs you've suggested, so if you have any more just pop them in here.​
     
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  14. Mel O'Drama

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    Our next Standard is...
    For All We Know


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    "For All We Know" is a soft rock song with music written by Fred Karlin. Lyrics for the song were written by two founding members of Bread: Robb Royer (using the pseudonym "Robb Wilson) and Jimmy Griffin (under the pseudonym "Arthur James". It was originally performed by Larry Meredith as the soundtrack to a key moment in the 1970 film Lovers And Other Strangers. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1971.

    Richard Carpenter of soft rock group Carpenters heard the song during an evening of relaxation at the movies while on tour. He decided it would be ideal for the duo. According to Richard, the English horn intro was originally played on guitar. Jose Feliciano, who was a big fan of theirs, asked to play on one of their records when they ran into him in a restaurant. They went into the studio and the intro was devised by Feliciano using his nylon string acoustic guitar. The next day, though, Richard got a phone call from Feliciano's manager, asking him to be removed from the recording. Richard did as requested and replaced Feliciano's guitar intro with that of Earle Dumler's oboe. The other instruments heard on the song were recorded by session musicians later known as the Wrecking Crew.

    It became a Carpenters hit in 1971, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, with three weeks at #1 on the US Easy Listening chart. In the UK, the song was released as a double A-side with Superstar and peaked at #18. When the original song was nominated for an Academy Award, the Carpenters were not allowed to perform it at the ceremony as they had not appeared in a film. At their request the song was performed by British singer Petula Clark. Clark would later perform the song in concert on 6th February 1983, in tribute to Karen Carpenter who had died two days before.

    The song became a hit in the UK for Shirley Bassey in 1971. In the charts at the same time as the Carpenters version, the two songs competed for chart strength. Bassey's version peaked at #6 during a 24-week chart run.

    It has since been covered by a large number of artists including: Vikki Carr (1971); Perry Como (1971); Andy Williams (1971); Johnny Mathis (1971); Dionne Warwick (1977) and Nicki French (1995).

    Around sixty five versions may be found here. Take a listen and then share your favourites here.

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

    Everyone is invited to join in. If we can have our choices in by the end of Monday that would be great. Enjoy.

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    Note: There is an unrelated 1930 composition with the same name that we'll also be covering in due course.
     
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    01. Carpenters (this song is so linked to the Carpenters, that this version has to be my #1.)
    02. Shirley Bassey
    03. Frances Yip
    04. Dionne Warwick
    05. Johnny Mathis
    06. Perry Como
    07. Tracy
    08. Vikki Carr
    09. Andy Williams
    10. Larry Meredith
     
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    1. Larry Meredith (the most intimate version)
    2. Milva (Italian version)

    3. Nicki French
    There's a better mix than the one posted by Mel O'Drama


    4. Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé
    5. Marva Broome
    6. Norma Lewis (the first version I had heard)
    7. Carpenters
     
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    1. Mantovani with Orchestra
    2. Shirley Bassey
    3. Larry Meredith
    4. Johnny Mathis
    5. Carpenters
    6. Andy Williams
    7. Isabella Taviani
    8. Nicki Parrott
    9. Frances Yip
    10. Vikki Carr
     
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    Time alone will tell our favourite versions of For All We Know.



    Four of us voted giving a total of twenty one versions by nineteen unique artists. Our top choice won't be too surprising, but it was quite close, with a tie for second place.


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    1. Carpenters - 30
    2. Larry Meredith / Shirley Bassey - 27
    3. Mantovani and his orchestra - 15
    4. Andy Williams / Frances Yip / Johnny Mathis - 13
    5. Milva - 9
    6. Nicki French [Freddy Mix] - 8
    7. Dionne Warwick / Shirley Bassey with The London Symphony Orchestra / Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé - 7
    8. Marva Broome - 6
    9. Nicki Parrott / Norma Lewis / Perry Como - 5
    10. Isabella Taviani / Nicki French / Tracy / Vikki Carr - 4
    11. Petula Clark - 1



    The covers are really notching them up now. This is their fourth consecutive win. ​
     
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    Next up...
    Ruby Tuesday



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    Suggested by @Long Lashes, "Ruby Tuesday" is a song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and originally recorded by their rock group, The Rolling Stones in 1966.

    The song's lyrics concern an apparently free-spirited woman. According to Keith Richards, he wrote the song in a Los Angeles hotel room in early 1966 about a groupie, but he has also stated that it was about Linda Keith, his girlfriend in the mid-1960s.

    "Ruby Tuesday" was included on the US version of the 1967 album Between The Buttons while being left out of the British edition, as was common practice with singles in the UK at that time.

    The song was released as the B-side to "Let's Spend the Night Together" on 13 January 1967. Due to the controversial nature of the A-side's lyrics, "Ruby Tuesday" received more airplay and ended up charting higher in both the UK and the US. The song topped the American Billboard Hot 100 chart while reaching #3 in the UK's Record Retailer chart, although "Let's Spend The Night Together" was listed instead.

    Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song number 310 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. The song title was the source of the restaurant chain of the same name.


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    Cover versions include: Richard Anthony ("Fille Sauvage", 1967); Rotary Connection feat. Minnie Riperton (1967); Melanie Safka (1970); Nazareth (1984); Julian Lennon (1989); Rod Stewart (1993); Marianne Faithfull with The London Symphony Orchestra (1994); DK Miko (1999); Franco battiato (1999); Gotthard (2002); Sylvie Vartan (2007); Katey Sagal (2009) and Scorpions (2011).

    You can find over seventy 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 Monday night I'll tally them up on (naturally enough) Tuesday.


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