BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Poinciana” (Again) Results

Now, that’s more like it…

Having been less than thrilled with the results of the last “Poinciana” battle, where The Four Freshmen cleaned up the floor with Wulfpeck, my most recent battle pitted The Four Freshmen against Manhattan Transfer on the song. Here are the results…

The Four Freshmen: 3

Manhattan Transfer: 5

I was happy to see that a few of you had trouble picking a clear winner and had to listen to both covers a couple of times before you could pick a winner. Not that I want to cause any undue stress, mind you, but it shows me that this battle was a little better-conceived than the last “Poinciana” battle. A couple of you also pointed out that on a different day, your vote might have been different, so the results might have been the complete opposite of what they were.

Anyway, congratulations to Manhattan Transfer, and a pat on the back to The Four Freshmen, who have to be satisfied with a split.

My next battle will be on December 1. Tune in then!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Poinciana” Again

I know, “Didn’t you just do ‘Poinciana’?” Well, yeah, I did, and ended up with a lopsided result. When I saw that The Four Freshmen were running away with it and some of the negative comments Vulfpeck received, I realized it was a terrible miscalculation on my part. So, I’m going to choose another challenger for The Four Freshmen and run the battle again. OK? OK!

First, here’s The Four Freshmen’s version. This is the 1953 single, so it’ll sound a little different from the version I used in the first battle.

Their challenger this time is Manhattan Transfer. They recorded this for their 1976 album Coming Out.

So, if you’d be so kind, listen to the two covers of the song, decide which you prefer, and vote for it in the comments below. If you’d like, I’d be interested to know why you chose that one, but it’s not important. Then, take a quick hop over to Stephen’s blog and vote in the battle I’m sure you’ll find there. He has a list of the other BotBsters in his right-hand column, and I’m sure they’d be just as happy if you’d stop at their blogs and vote in their battles, too. Remember, you don’t need to have a Battle of the Bands on your blog to vote. (You don’t even have to have a blog to vote.)

I’ll announce the winner of this battle next Wednesday, November 21, because Thursday is Thanksgiving and Friday is Black Friday and I’m sure you’ll all be busy celebrating the holiday. Be sure to get your vote to me before then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to The Four Freshmen and Manhattan Transfer!

Monday’s Music Move Me: The Manhattan Transfer

Scriptor chose this week’s theme: “Songs from Grammy winners of the 1980’s.” Well, you know me, I have to be difficult and start scouting the Grammy website because I want to be different.

My research turned up an interesting fact: The Manhattan Transfer, always one of my favorite vocal acts, won a total of seven Grammys in the period from 1980-1989. That certainly deserves some attention. Here are the seven songs (or albums) by Tim Hauser, Alan Paul, Cheryl Bentyne, and Janis Siegel that won Grammys in the 1980’s.

1980: Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental, “Birdland” Originally written by Joe Zawinul and performed as an instrumental by his band, Weather Report.

1981: Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group, “Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)” A jazz standard written by the amazing Freddie Green, late guitarist with The Count Basie Orchestra, with lyrics by Donald E. Wolf.

1981: Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, “Boy From New York City” A hit for The Ad Libs in 1964, The Manhattan Transfer took it to #7 in August 1981.

1982: Best Jazz Vocal Performance Duo Or Group, “Route 66” Written by Bobby Troup (Dr. Joe Early on Emergency! and former spouse of Julie London) in 1946 and recorded by The Nat King Cole Trio that year. The Transfer gives it their Grammy-winning touch here.

1983: Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group, “Why Not! (Manhattan Carnival)” Can’t find much on this song, other than it was written by Michel Camilo, Julie Elgenberg, and Hilary Koski and it appears on their 1983 album Bodies and Souls.

1985: Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group, Vocalese This whole album took the Grammy. Here is the Sonny Rollins standard, “Airegin,” from the album.

1988: Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Brasil Another full-album win, this for their first foray into Brazilian music. This is “Soul Food To Go.”

The group earned one more Grammy in 1991 for the song “Sassy,” from their album The Offbeat Of Avenues.

Hope you didn’t feel overwhemed by the size of this. The Manhattan Transfer is one of those bands you don’t hear much about. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 27, 2017.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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