“Hello, Stranger” was a 1963 hit by Barbara Lewis, who wrote and recorded it in 1963 at Chess Studios in Chicago, backed by The Dells, who were recruited by Barbara’s manager, Ollie McLaughlin. It hit #1 on the R&B chart and it crossed over to the Pop chart and reached #3. Here’s a link to the song, in case you haven’t heard it before, though it’s hard to imagine you haven’t, seeing as how it’s been recorded a whole bunch of times, including by the two artists who will be competing in this battle.
Here are your choices:
The Capitols In 1966, Ollie McLaughlin produced The Capitol’s hit record, “Cool Jerk” (which I featured in my November 1 BotB), and suggested they cover the song for the “B” side.
Yvonne Elliman The lovely Ms. Elliman, whose first appearance was as Mary Magdalene on the Jesus Christ, Superstar album, recorded “Hello Stranger” for her 1977 Love Me album. The song reached #15 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
So, you know the drill: listen to the two covers of the song, decide which is better, and leave a comment below telling me who it is and (optionally) why. Then, go visit Stephen T. McCarthy’s Battle of the Bands blog, vote in the battle he has there, and then check out the right-hand column, where he has a list of other Battle of the Bands participants, visit their blogs, and vote in their battles.
I’ll publish the results of this battle next Saturday, December 8, so be sure and get your vote to me by then.
The lines are now open. Good luck to Yvonne Elliman and The Capitols!