BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Our Day Will Come”

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

Given the decisive victory enjoyed by Ruby & The Romantics the last time out, I thought this week we’d put a couple of covers of their most famous song, “Our Day Will Come,” up against each other and see which one you like best.

Amy Winehouse I’m generally not a fan of 21st Century music, so I was surprised that I enjoy the late Ms. Winehouse’s voice on a number of songs, including this one. She recorded this for her 2011 album Lioness: Hidden Treasures and released it as a single that year. It didn’t chart in the US and only reached #29 in the UK.

Brenda Lee On the other hand, anyone who’s been reading this blog for any length of time knows much I love Miss Dynamite. Brenda Lee recorded this on her 1963 album Let Me Sing.

So, please listen to these two fine performances of the song, decide which you like better, and vote for it in the comments below. If you feel like it, you can even tell me why. Then, please hie thee over to Stephen’s BotB blog, vote in his battle, then look in the right-hand column, where he has a list of all the known participants in Battle of the Bands and check out their battles. I’ll announce the winner of this battle next Thursday, March 22, so be sure and get your vote in by then.

The lines are now open. Best of luck to Amy and Brenda!

12 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Our Day Will Come”

  1. Not that Brenda Lee’s performance was bad, but I preferred the Winehouse version. I liked the reggae-like punch of the back-up instrumentation. I’ve heard Lee’s vocals sound better in other songs while the Winehouse vocal was more appealing to me.

    My vote goes to Amy Winehouse.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  2. I’ve always thought that Amy Winehouse had a uniquely beautiful voice. I think she gives a special element to this song that Brenda Lee is just not bringing. I’m going to have to give my vote to Amy Winehouse.

    Come on over to my place. I’ve got Three Dog Night taking on Leo Sayer.

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  3. JOHN ~
    For being such a mess, Amy Winehouse really had a nice voice, making her lifestyle choices and early death seem even more tragic. It’s actually been BOTB which has learned me to appreciate what Winehouse could do and the actual potential there that was lost.

    Nevertheless (as you probably remember), I am a huge BRENDA LEE fan. Her concert which I attended circa 1992 was one of my most memorable. I love her voice and I love that little hitch in it that she had and so expertly employed in certain places of certain songs.

    Amy’s version was pretty, but in my book, there’s just no beating BRENDA — I like every single thing about her recording of this song — her voice, the instruments / arrangement. I’ve listened to it now about 5 or 6 times.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents ‘Battle Of The Bands’

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  4. Growing up, my Dad played certain artists over and over again: Bobby Vinton, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Patsy Cline, Dean Martin, Brenda Lee, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior, Hank Williams….there were more, but these were the heavy hitters. A gal could hardly slide the Monkees in there. A lot of these artists are now on my “no-play-zones” from over-play.

    So, odds were not in your favor Brenda, but I’m giving my one and only vote to BRENDA LEE, ’cause she really pulls this one together. Sorry, Amy, RIP.

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  5. John,

    In my humble opinion, there’s no contest, Brenda Lee blows her competitor out of the water with her smooth vocals and vintage period sound. Give my vote to Miss Dynamite!

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  6. hmm, both versions are really nice. Brenda’s has a nostalgic feel and is very moody. Amy’s is fantastic and rich. Although I enjoyed both, I’m giving my vote to Miss Amy Winehouse.
    Nice battle John!
    Great song…

    Michele at Angels Bark

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