Battle of the Bands: America The Beautiful

Time for Round #3 of Battle of the Bands!

In honor of Independence Day here in the United States, I’m bringing a patriotic challenge.

Here’s how it works: I’ll be posting two versions of the same song and after you give a listen to each, place your vote for your favorite and reason for the way you voted in the comments section. I’ll tally the votes and post the results in another post 6 days later. The Battles take place on the 1st and 15th of each month, and the results will be posted on the 7th and 21st.  The other blogs participating in the Battle of the Bands are posting different battles (different songs), So once you’re done voting and commenting on my battle, take a moment to visit the other participants and vote & comment on their battles.  There are some really good battles going on!
BUT FIRST - The results of our last battle!

The Song: Hooked On a Feeling
The Contenders: Blue Swede vs David Hasselhoff
The Winner: Blue Swede
You can read more about the Round #2 battle  Here

And now for Round #3 of the Battle of the Bands!

The Song:  "America The Beautiful"

Wikipedia tells us this:

"America the Beautiful" is an American patriotic song. The lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates, and the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward.
Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, "Pikes Peak", first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895. At that time, the poem was titled "America" for publication.

Ward had originally written the music, "Materna", for the hymn "O Mother dear, Jerusalem" in 1882, though it was not first published until 1892. Ward's music combined with the Bates poem was first published in 1910 and titled America the Beautiful.

The song is one of the most popular of the many American patriotic songs.  This week, I'm bending the rules just a smidge with THREE contenders.  Be sure to tell me in your comments who you are voting for, otherwise your vote will not count.

The First Contender: Ray Charles

The Second Contender: Bon Jovi

The Third Contender: John Legend

Who will you choose?

Alright now, it’s time to cast your vote! In the comments, please enter who you are voting for and why you chose them.  Stay tuned, results will be announced on the 21st!

And don’t forget to visit these other battles going on today:

What does tomorrow bring?

Tune in to find out! 

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