“Stormy” was a song by the Classics IV, a band out of Jacksonville, Florida. It was written by lead singer Dennis Yost, guitarist James (J. R.) Cobb, and producer Buddy Buie (the latter two would go on to form the Atlanta Rhythm Section in the Seventies) and released in 1968 on their Mamas and Papas/Soul Train album. As a single, it reached #5 on the Hot 100 that year. Here it is, and please, it’s not in the running, so don’t vote for it.
It’s been covered by, among others, O. C. Smith, Santana, and practically every bar band around. Today, we’re going to feature two performances by women. Give both a listen and see what you think.
CONTESTANT #1: Bobbie Gentry Bobbie recorded this but it was never released as a single or on an album. I don’t know why.
CONTESTANT #2: The Supremes The Supremes recorded this for a compilation album called Northern Soul Conoisseurs, released some time during the 1990’s, according to AllMusic.
So, which of these versions did you like better? Do you prefer Bobbie Gentry’s simple guitar-and-voice version, or The Supremes’ classic Motown Sound? Whichever the case, leave me a comment with your choice, and if you feel like telling me and everyone else why you preferred that one over the other, the floor is yours. Then, take a trip over to Stephen T. McCarthy’s blog, where he has the current list of BotB participants (in the right-hand column, a ways down) and check out the other bloggers who are likely doing a Battle of their own today, and vote in their battles as well.
I’ll announce the winner of this battle next Wednesday, November 22 (a/k/a Thanksgiving Eve), so be sure and get your vote in before then. The lines are now open. Best of luck to Bobbie and The Supremes!