Today is July 15th, and you all know what that means; it’s time for another BATTLE OF THE BANDS, but this date has some special meaning. It was roughly two years ago (July 10th to be exact) that I posted the first BATTLE OF THE BANDS. Little did I know that it would turn into something this long lasting with so many participants. Of course, none of it would have happened without the encouragement of Mr. Stephen T. McCarthy.
Today I’m using another ‘show tune’, but I use that title in a very broad sense. This song was used in a movie, but not as the theme. It has come to be closely associated with said movie, though. The movie: ‘Midnight Cowboy’. The song: ‘Everybody’s Talking’.
A few interesting facts about the movie, first. ‘Midnight Cowboy’ released in 1969 was rated X. It is the only X-rated movie to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Not to worry, today the movie has been down-graded to an R rating. Now, what does that tell you about the caliber of movies today? What does that tell you about the movie rating system?
The song was made famous and sung in the movie by Harry Nilsson or just plain ole Nillson, but he didn’t write it. It was written by a man named Fred Neil, who also recorded a version very similar to Nilsson’s.
If I were to use the version by Nilsson, I’m pretty sure he would run off with this BATTLE, as that is the version most of you are probably familiar with, so I found to slightly different version, that you may or may not have ever heard of.
First up, Spanky and Our Gang:
Next, Crosby, Stills and Nash:
Now the ball is in your court. Vote for your favorite and tell me why. When you finish up here, hurry on over to the home of Stephen T. McCarthy. I’m sure he has posted an excellent BATTLE for your listening pleasure and he will provide the links for all of the other participants. I hope you will take the time to visit all of the BATTLES going on and cast a vote (You have until the 21st, to do so.)
I’ll be back on the 21st to cast my vote and tell you the final tally. Until then Happy Trails!