BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “When October Goes”

I was reading up on Johnny Mercer, the great lyricist, the other day, and one of the things I learned was that he was a fan of Barry Manilow, primarily because Barry had done the song "Mandy" and that was the name of Johnny’s daughter. After Mercer died in 1976, his widow, Ginger Mehan Mercer, gave a number of Johnny’s incomplete songs to Manilow, hoping that he could finish the lyrics and add music to them. One of those songs was "When October Goes." Manilow set Mercer’s lyrics to music and first recorded it on his 1984 album Paradise Café. It’s become a standard in the 40 years since then. I’ve picked versions by a couple of women singer who I hadn’t heard of up until now as the basis for this battle.


Lauren Koval

Those are our contestants for this round. I’d really like to know what you think, so please consider voting this round. There’s no need to run a Battle of the Bands yourself, all you need is a discerning ear and an opinion. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Listen to the two 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:

Voting ends next Monday, May 8 at noon Eastern (US) Daylight time. I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner Monday afternoon.

The lines are now open. Good luck, Wendolina and Lauren!

11 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “When October Goes”

  1. Sorry, thought I had left a comment before, but I don’t see it. Anyway, I enjoyed the tune and my vote is for Lauren Koval. She brings a little more emotion to it, in my opinion.


  2. I really like Wendolina’s vocals for this. I can picture her singing in a smoke filled room along with Julie London. She gets my vote.

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  3. Both sound so similar that it makes it difficult. It sounds like the same singer singing very slightly differing versions.

    The name Wendolina sounds like it should belong to a comic strip witch. I like Lauren’s name better as well as the tone of her vocal.

    A vote for Lauren Koval.


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  4. JOHN ~

    I always hate to see October go, too. Because then comes all that white crapola which I do NOT like — except on post cards or at a great distance.

    Both of these renditions were nice but very similar. Pretty much the same tempo and similar sparse piano arrangements. So that leaves it up to the voice. And in this case, I slightly preferred LAUREN’s vocals (although I preferred Wendolina’s looks).

    ~ D-FensDogG

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