BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” Results


You won’t believe this. Or maybe you will. We have a tie.

Paper Lace: 8
Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods: 8

I think I might have had one tie before, and while I had the right to cast a tie-breaking vote, I didn’t. I’m going to do that again here, because I like the two versions just about the same.

People said they got a better sense of the lyrics from Paper Lace’s version, but didn’t like the falsetto on the line “Keep your pretty head low” or the fifes at the beginning and end. Likewise, Bo Donaldson’s version sounded a little too thin or too “bubblegum” for the subject matter of the song, but for those voters in the US, the song brought back more or less pleasant memories. Ed, who cast the last vote, said he had purchased the Paper Lace album on which “The Night Chicago Died” on it and saw that it had “Billy” on it, but the version he heard on the album was just not the one he was hearing on the radio. Makes you wonder how the US listeners might have taken to the Paper Lace version if there had been no Bo Donaldson version. Would it have reached #1? Maybe yees, maybe no.

Anyway, congratulations to both bands on their well-fought tie. The next Battle will be the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, so be sure and join me then.

9 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” Results

  1. This was a great battle because it reminded me of a song I had let slip my mind – I love when that happens. Thanks, John!


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