This was a fun BATTLE for me. I was a bit worried that it could be a complete blow out. I figured that most of you would vote for the version by Don Henley. It’s more modern and that reggae beat is pretty catchy. BUT, as usual you guys surprised me and quite a few of you enjoyed the Stubby Kaye version. Before we get to my choice and the final vote let me tell you a few things about these two versions.
The original is from the Broadway Play ‘Guys and Dolls’, which was later made into a movie; hence the Stubby Kaye version. Stubby was more of a character actor than a singer, so his voice isn’t as pleasant as Don’s, but as a few of you mentioned, this song is more conversational.
Songs in musicals were meant to be conversational; this is so they can keep telling the story. I’ve felt a little irritated in some musicals, when they just break into song, for the sake of adding a song, and not necessarily moving the story along. ‘Guys and Dolls’ is NOT this type of musical. All of the songs are appropriate and work to move the story along. It’s a great story and the movie version has some really big names of the time. I encourage you to rent it sometime.
Don Henley’s version comes from the movie ‘Leap of Faith’, a quirky movie starring Steve Martin as a swindler type tent preacher, who ends up having a real spiritual experience. It’s a pretty good movie and again I encourage you rent it sometime. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen it, so I can’t really tell you where this song comes into play, but it does fit the story.
I’m a little torn about my vote. I really like both versions. For just simply listening pleasure I like the Don Henley version, but for real ‘content’ Stubby wins me over, hands down. Either way that I might vote wouldn’t change the outcome whatsoever. Here’s the final tally without my vote:
Don Henley 16 votes
Stubby Kaye 9 votes
Mr. Henley is the clear winner here. You guys liked the modern/reggae sound of his version. Maybe the familiarity of it had something to do with it (Don’s version did get some radio play.), who is to say.
I’ll be back on the 15th with another BATTLE. I appreciate your support and votes. I really appreciate all of the new participants. You guys make me smile.
Until the 15th – Happy Trails!