First, Happy Birthday, Dad! He’d be 86 today. In his honor, I’m going to use one of his favorite songs as the basis for this battle.
“Fly Me To The Moon” entered this world as “In Other Words.” It was written by Bart Howard in 1954, who made enough money off the song to live comfortably the rest of his life (50 years). It was first recorded by Kaye Ballard as the flip side to “Lazy Afternoon,” from the show The Golden Apple, in which Ms. Ballard was performing at the time. By the time Frank Sinatra recorded his definitive version of the song (accompanied by the Count Basie Orchestra, arranged by Quincy Jones) in 1964, it had been recorded more than a hundred times, including by Miss Peggy Lee in 1960. She was responsible for convincing Howard to channge the name to “Fly Me To The Moon.” Sinatra’s version was played for the crew of Apollo 10, and Buzz Aldrin played a cassette recording of the song after he stepped on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Many years late in 2012, Diana Krall sang it at the memorial for Neil Armstrong. To date there have been over 400 recordings of the song, according to the website Second Hand Songs.
For today’s battle, I’ll be pitting two of my favorite female singers against each other.
CONTESTANT #1: Astrud Gilberto
Astrud was the singer who sang on many of the great bossa nova hits, specifically “Garota de Ipanema” (“The Girl From Ipanema”). Hers is one of my favorite voices. Her version was recorded in 1965.
CONTESTANT #2: Angelina Jordan
Angelina is what you might call a “phenom.” She just turned 12 a couple of weeks ago, but has been singing professionally since she was seven, when she won “Norway’s Got Talent.” She has no official recordings aside from the ones on YouTube. For one so young, her voice is rich and mature. This video was recorded a year ago, when she was eleven.
Now, it’s time to vote. Listen to both versions, decide which you like better, and leave me a comment with your choice, and, if you feel like it, some of your reasons for that choice. Then, head on over to Stephen’s Battle of the Bands page. He has a list of the current participants in Battle of the Bands, so, if you’d be so kind, check out those blogs and vote in those battles, as well as in Stephen’s. I’ll announce the winner of this battle a week from today, on February 22 (once known as Washington’s Birthday), so be sure and get your vote in by then.
The lines are now open. Best of luck to Astrud and Angelina!