BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Our Day Will Come”


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!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Our Day Will Come”


A couple of weeks ago, Mary said the song “Our Day Will Come” was going through her head, and wanted to know who had done it. So, I looked it up, and learned that the song was written by Bob Hilliard and Mort Garson and became a hit for Ruby & The Romantics in 1963, when it reached #1. Here is the original version, for comparison purposes only; it’s not in the running.

They were the first to do it, but it’s been done many times since, including these two versions which, no kidding, gave me goosebumps. Both are done by women who I missed when I did my recently-ended Two for Tuesday series on Chanteuses. (I’m finding lots that I missed. Might have to do a Part II.) Give them both a listen.

CONTESTANT #1: Amy Winehouse From 2003, on her album Frank.

CONTESTANT #2: Doris Day From 1965, on her album Latin for Lovers. Hers was arranged by composer Mort Garson.

Were you as blown away by thse versions as I was? I never realized Amy Winehouse had such a gorgeous voice, and while I knew Doris Day was a singer, I remember her more from her movies with Rock Hudson and from her sitcom in the Sixties and forgot just what a delight her voice was.

So, the ball is in your court: listen to both versions (if you haven’t already), decide which you like best, and let me know your choice in the comments below. Then, how about visiting these blogs, where there might be additional battles for you to vote on.

I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, February 21, so be sure and vote by then. The lines are now open, and best of luck to Ms. Winehouse and Ms. Day!