BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Bluer Than Blue”

I was going to use Michael Johnson’s “Bluer Than Blue” a couple of weeks ago, then found several songs with that name on YouTube and thought “Looks like a Battle of the Bands to me!” So here we go…

Michael Johnson

Johnson releaseed this in 1978 and reached #1 on the US and Canadian Adult Contemporary charts, #12 on the Hot 100, and #6 on the RPM pop singles chart.

Peaches & Herb

Herb Fame and Linda Greene reached #45 on the R&B chart with this in 1981.

Lil Hardin Armstrong

Pianist, singer, composer and orchestra leader Lil Hardin Armstrong was the second wife of Louis Armstrong, with whom she made a number of records in the 1920’s as members of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. This is from 1937.

Those are the contestants. Here are your instructions:

  1. Listen to the three songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

I’ll announce the winner next Monday, June 22, so be sssure and get your vote to me by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Michael, Peaches & Herb, and Lil!

14 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Bluer Than Blue”

  1. >>… “Music, Musings, Memoir, and Madness”

    A lotta alliteration artfully assembled accidentally?

    JOHN, I’ll bet you can clearly see my vote coming even from 2,413.4 miles away.

    Of course, knowing that Lee voted for Peaches & Herb, you automatically know who I am NOT voting for; so, right from the get-go, you have a 50%-50% chance of guessing my vote correctly. (Nuttin’ deliberate about any of this, but Lee’s BOTB votes and mine are in agreement no more than 8% of the time – and, yes, that’s “clocked”!)

    I do remember the Michael Johnson song, and I always found it to be about as exciting as his name.

    Peaches & Herb have never done anything for me. But then, I never did anything for them, either. So, it’s fair. I’m not bitter about it or anything; not holding any kind of grudge against ’em.

    Well, naturally, I’m casting my BOTB bote for MRS. SATCHMO. Don’t act surprised, ’cause you KNEW I would! My bote for Lil was as predictable as inflation.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    ‘STEPHEN T. McCARTHY REVIEWS…’

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  2. I like the tunes, but I love the jazz one (last one) a lot, and I kinda like the one by Peaches & Herb. They’ve always been a favorite of mine. Great, great job my friend. Let’s go jazz… so cool and the trumpet too! Well that’s my input. hahaha Well, gotta help hubby with the toilet.. something’s busted. Thanks for having me over John. It surely was fun. Love that jazz tune! You’re duh best my friend!

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  3. I didn’t care for Michael Johnson’s version, and while I’m impressed by Lil Armstrong, I preferred Peaches and Herb’s version. I just like their sound better than the other two. Great battle!

    Kim

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  4. I am giving my vote to Lil Armstrong because I love that style which sounds so chic with sadness and strength. To be a female band leader and African American, no less, is a great feat! I am not one at all for Peaches and Herb and the first song took me a moment to know what it was. I like it just not as much as Lil

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  5. John,

    I liked both of the first two ‘Bluer than Blue’ songs. I think I’m gonna give my vote to Michael Johnson probably more than anything because I know that song and one I liked back in the day. Have a good day, my friend!

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