BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” Results


In our last battle, we sent two members of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, head-to-head using Jimmy Webb’s beautiful “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” popularized by the late Glen Campbell in 1967. Here are the results.

Frank Sinatra: 7
Dean Martin: 11

Congratulations to Dean Martin and a pat on the back for Frank Sinatra.

Many of you said that Glen Campbell owned this song, that no one did it better than he did, and I agree: his version of the song is iconic. Interesting, though, that Glen’s was not the first recording of the song; Johnny Rivers recorded it first, in 1965. Here’s his version of the song. Being a Johnny Rivers fan, I have to say, while not as good as Glen’s, his version is pretty good. It’s from his 1966 album Changes.

My next battle will be on September 15, after which I’ll probably go back to the twice-weekly Battles. See you then!

21 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” Results

  1. I’m glad that Dean won that one. He deserved it. The Johnny Rivers version is really good too.
    Thanks for bringing a little Rat Pack into my life…
    Nice battle!

    Michele at Angels Bark


  2. Hurray for Dino! πŸ™‚ I agree that Glen Campbell ‘owns’ this song. May he R.I.P. The Johnny Rivers version is one I haven’t heard before. It’s pretty good, too.


  3. Great battle, John. Glad my guy won. I saw Johnny Rivers once in Vegas when I was about 16. Went with my parents and younger sister and they needed a place for us to go while they did some gambling. He was the opening act for Blood, Sweat and Tears. Can’t remember what songs he did except for Secret Agent Man.


    1. He covered “Memphis, Tennessee” and “Maybelline” from Chuck Berry, did “Summer Rain” and “Rockin’ Pneumonia and Boogie-Woogie Flu” and “The Midnight Special,” and my favorite, ” Poor Side of Town. ” Among others….

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    1. I didn’t know who would win this until I tallied the votes. I had a feeling it would be close and it turned out not as close as I thought.

      I’m sure Glen heard Johnny’s and said, “yeah, just like that…”


  4. I like the Rivers song. Never heard of him. If you put him up against Frank or Dean I bet he would have won.


    1. I would have used Hayes’s, but his full version was 18 minutes long and the shortest I found was 7 minutes live. People would be voting against it just for the sheer length of it.

      I always liked Johnny Rivers. Mary and I saw him when he opened for Roy Orbison back in the mid-Eighties, and he put on a great show. Great singer and plays a mean guitar. Not Glen Campbell-quality, but better than most. He did a lot of R&B stuff and made it popular.


      1. The Hayes version is very long which, back in the day, is partly why I liked it–it was like the “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” of soul. I was always looking for long songs back then. Now I might have less patience for it. And you’re correct that the Hayes version would be far too long for BOTB.

        Arlee Bird
        Tossing It Out

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  5. I actually voted for Frank who lost…I can’t help but like this since Frank never liked losing. This version with Johnny Rivers is really good and I can see how much Glenn Campbell stuck to this recording.


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