So we’re up to the final battle of 2019, and I have three songs named "Games People Play" that I’d like to put up against each other. And here they are…
Joe wrote and sang this, which was released on his 1968 album Introspection. It reached #12 on the Hot 100, #6 in the UK, and #4 in Ireland. It won Grammys in 1969 for Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Song.
The Spinners’ "Games People Play" was written by Joseph B. Jefferson, Bruce Hawes, and Charles Simmons. It was recorded at Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studios, where the house band MFSB backed them. It spent a week at #1 on the R&B chart and peaked at #5 on the Hot 100.
The Alan Parsons Project
"Games People Play" appeared on The Alan Parsons Project’s 1980 album The Turn Of A Friendly Card. It was written by Parsons and Eric Woolfson, and reached #16 in the US and Canada in 1980.
Okay, you know the rules:
- Listen to the two songs.
- Decide which song you like the best.
- Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
- Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:
I’ll announce the winner next Sunday, December 22, so be sure and cast your vote by then. This is a good battle between three excellent songs, so I’m hoping everyone reading this casts a vote.
The lines are now open. Good luck to Joe South, The Spinners, and The Alan Parsons Project!