Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Double Twisted Battle of Jiminy Cricket and Tiny Tim



It’s time again for another Battle of the Bands! I’m partnering up with our fearless leader of the Battle of the Bands, Stephen, and we are bringing you two different battles using his favorite artist -Tiny Tim. 



Now, just because Tiny Tim is Stephen’s favorite artist, don’t let that persuade you in your vote. Because, I’ve chosen another contender that is also known for his voice.  (No, NOT Barry Gibb!)

And here’s the twist - both are NOT singing in falsetto in this battle!

And the double twist - Both songs have the same name, but are two different songs!! 

So please take a moment to listen to them both before casting your vote. I promise you won’t be disappointed.


Contender # 1 Tiny Tim

A self-proclaimed ‘weirdo’, his mother was about to have him committed when his dad intervened.  Tiny Tim plays the ukulele left-handed, but plays the guitar right-handed. He is most known for his version of Tip-Toe Through the Tulips





Contender #2 Cliff Edwards

Cliff Edwards, also known as ‘Ukulele Ike’, had a number one hit in 1929 with ‘Singing In The Rain’. He is also best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket of Walt Disney’s Pinnochio.






Please vote for either Tiny Tim or Cliff Edwards in the comments.  Voting will end on June 7, 2017 at 6pm EST with results being posts on June 8.

I’d like to encourage you to visit the other bloggers participating in the battle of the bands as well. You can find a current list HERE, or on Stephen’s blog (you can also request to join the battle of the bands blog hop on his blog). 




28 comments:

  1. Well, that was pretty crazy. And I liked both of them. Cliff was pretty basic for the era. I thought Tiny's song was more creative and interesting. Gotta go with Tiny Tim in this match.


    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. And we're off! First vote of the battle goes to Tiny Tim!

      I have a really good feeling about this battle. Thanks for dropping in.

      ~Mary

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  2. MARY ~
    I love this Battle. But you already know that. When you consider all the little twists -- such as, the "smallness" of the contestants, the similarity of the song titles but disparity of the songs, the basic One-Hit Wonderness of them both (let us not forget that it is Cliff / Jiminy who sang 'WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR', which can still be heard playing as you cross the drawbridge and enter Snow White's Castle at Fantasyland in "The Happiest Place On Earth" -- aka "Disneyland") this Battle reaches epic diminutive proportions!!!

    I'll say it right now: This is your most creative BOTB installment ever (even if no Gibb Brother gibbed a performance). And I love that you actually made me aware of a terrific Tiny Tim song I didn't already know. How HUGE is that?!

    I gotta correct one little thang tho:
    My favorite musical artist is GLENN MILLER.

    However, TINY TIM is in the TOP 10, and TINY TIM is also probably the most inspirational to me. The guy had EVERYTHING going against him and yet he succeeded. He believed that God and Christ gave him the strength to persevere when EVERYONE told him he was a failure just wasting his time.

    His song here, 'ME AND MAN ON THE MOON', is a total anthem to all underdogs everywhere who dare to dream and pursue those dreams, despite the naysayers. (Never mind the fact that men have never really walked on the Moon and lived to tell about it.)

    Wonderful Battle, Mary! I predict an easy win for Tiny -- although I also love "The Cricket With A Conscience". I think Tiny is going to surprise a lotta unbelievers in this round of BOTB!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    [Link:) STMcC Presents 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS'

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    1. Stephen darlin'

      Glenn Miller is da bomb! I lived in Sun Valley (Idaho) for a good decade. It started as a summer job between semesters at college, and I fell in love with the place and stayed. - perhaps one day I will get my degree. But Sun Valley LOVED Glenn Miller. Every year a tribute to Glenn Miller was part of their New Year's celebration. People dressed to the nines and it felt like the 40's all over again.

      I'm really happy that we put our tiny heads together to come up with this collaboration today. When I found the Cliff Edwards song I felt as though I had hit the jackpot, and I couldn't wait to post the battle! My next battle should prove to be fairly decent as well. Time will tell.

      ~Mary

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  3. Mary,

    I remember the first time I saw Tiny Tim and thought how strange he looked. What puzzled me is how my older 2nd cousins were in love with him and yes they were girls. I'm still trying to figure that one out. I never really cared for Tim's voice but it suits this song purrfectly. At first listen, I thought I would side with Jiminy. His vocals have the same childhood magic in this cover as in "When You Wish Upon A Star". I liked both songs telling two different stories and because of these difference it's hard for me to pick a favorite but since I must I think I'm going to give my vote to Cliff Edwards. He'll no doubt loss this round but the sweetness of his melody steals my heart this morning even though Tiny Tim's song is so catchy with its go getcha, I'll prove you wrong lyrics. Nice creative, fun battle! Thanks for stopping by earlier to vote in "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" #BoTB Showdown!

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    1. Cathy,

      Whenever I think of Tiny Tim, I think of 'Tiptoe Through the Tulips'. As a child, I was a bit mesmerized by him. I have no idea why. And who can forget about 'When You Wish Upon A Star' - that song will be engraved in my being for a long time. Thanks for giving Cliff the first vote of the battle!

      ~Mary

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  4. This battle is full of fun and surprises! ☺ I'll have to admit, when I saw "Tiny Tim" for the second time this morning I let out a little groan. He may be one of Stephen's favourite artists, but definitely not mine. LOL Imagine my surprise when he came out with that rich, full voice! It was perfectly suited to the song and he gets my vote, (Stephen was right!) although Cliff Edwards did a good job as well.

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    1. Debbie,

      I was a bit worried when Stephen suggested we both use Tiny Tim today. He's a fun one to listen to, but to go into battle with, I was worried that no matter who I chose as the opposite contender, they would come out as the winner in a landslide. I got very lucky when I stumbled across this one, and I predict that Tiny Tim will come out ahead, if not do very well in this battle.

      ~Mary

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    1. Thanks, Shopgirl!

      Your vote has been counted.

      ~Mary

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  6. What a surprise! Tiny Tim with THAT voice?! Wow. I never would've guessed that! I never much paid attention to Tiny Tim, only really knowing him through his signature song Tiptoe Through the Tulips and seeing him on talk shows and such; he always just seemed so odd and he didn't pique my interest to learn more about him. I did just go read up on him now though and he had an interesting life. It surprised me too that he was married three times! Never would've guessed that one either...
    I found it comforting to learn that he died doing what he loved: performing.
    And I did like the song you chose for the battle. The lyrics speak volumes!

    I definitely choose him over Cliff Edwards. Never would've guessed this either: give my vote to Tiny Tim! :)

    Fun battle Mary!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Michele

      This was certainly a good find! I didn't realize that TT had done any songs in his regular voice until Stephen pointed it out to me the other day. I set out on a mission to find one that I liked, and just happened on this song. I had to listen twice (maybe 3 times) to be sure I wasn't hearing things wrong when I discovered it was 2 very different songs. I think this type of battle goes to show that one really can't judge a book by it's cover.

      ~Mary

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  7. I liked the Cliff Edwards song, which was a perfect example of songs at the end of the Roaring Twenties. I really liked Tiny Tim's music-hall type performance, though, even more so than Cliff's, so I'll go with TT.

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    1. Thanks, John!

      I was pleasantly surprised to find this gem with some help of the internet.

      ~Mary

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  8. Contender #2 Cliff Edwards is my vote. I remember when Tiny Tim came out. I didn't like him then and I don't care for him now, but then again maybe I just don't understand him. hmmmmmmmm

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    1. LOL Tiny Tim is an acquired taste, but his regular singing voice is much much better than his falsetto singing voice.

      Hey, I sent you a message earlier via your contact form. Hope you got it! Hope you're feeling better these days.

      ~Mary

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  9. I'm going to have to go with Tiny Tim. Always reminds me of bubbles.

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    1. Haha! I was thinking of using Tiny Bubbles, but I knew that Tiny Tim didn't have a dog in the race if I did. Perhaps another batter, with completely different contenders.

      ~Mary

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  10. I haven't heard Tiny Tim's name in forever but I'm glad you've included him here. I think both versions are great! Tiny Tim has a distinct voice and act for that matter. I've always appreciated him as an entertainer because of his individuality. I know he was highly regarded in England. Cliff Edwards version is certainly of a particular time when alcohol was taboo, millionaires increasing at a staggering speed and women were exercising their independence. I can't choose one of the other, both are equally as good :)

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    1. A split vote it is! Sometimes it's hard to choose. I know my next battle has tough contenders as well. Thanks for dropping by!

      ~Mary

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  11. i'll go with Cliff Edwards as well

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    1. Alright... a vote for Jiminy Cricket it shall be!

      ~Mary

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  12. I really enjoyed the singing of Cliff Edwards because it sounded a bit melancholic and romantic. I will have to give t to him besides, Tiny Tim's voice was always to "wavy" for me.

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    1. Thanks, Birgit!

      Another vote for Jiminy Crickett. This battle is a lot like watching tennis, back and forth...

      ~Mary

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  13. Tiny Tim gets my vote on this one

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    1. Thanks, Mike!

      I'm having a lot of fun with this one. Thanks for dropping by!

      ~Mary

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  14. Adding my two cents for Jiminy. Come on, little cricket!

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    1. Sadly, you were a day late and about 98cents short....

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