Mid-March Battle of the Bands #BOTB
Time for the Mid-Month Battle of the Bands!
As promised, I’m taking us back to my favorite time period for music - the 70s. I swear I could listen to music from that era all day long and never grow tired of it.
For today’s lineup - I’ve got two really good artists. One of which, co-wrote the song. Yes, I’m taking a big leap of faith by including the original artist as one of the contestants. I beg of you, PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS MINOR DETAIL SWAY YOUR VOTE!
The song uses a circus theme as a metaphor for dealing with the difficulties and wrong choices of life. I had actually considered using this song for the April Fool’s Battle, but I have something else in mind for that battle (I really hope you consider returning and voting in that battle as well as it’s gonna be a good one!)
The song was co-written by Leo Sayer and David Courtney. David Courtney is known for his work as a songwriter and producer. He has worked with many well known artists such as Roger Daltrey, Gene Pitney, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Jimmy Page. Courtney was responsible for introducing the first Walk of Fame cultural attraction in the UK.
Contender #1 - Leo Sayer
Leo Sayer released this song in 1973. It was Sayer's first hit record (reaching its chart peak of #2 in early 1974 in the UK). The song reached #3 on the Irish Singles Chart in January 1974, and was included on Sayer's debut album Silverbird.
Contender #2 - Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night released their cover of this song in 1974. It became a hit in the US, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The record reached #1 on the Cashbox pop chart, #2 on the Canadian RPM Magazine charts, and became their seventh and final Gold Record. Three Dog Night changed the last line in the chorus from "I won't let the show go on" to "I must let the show go on". Reportedly, Leo Sayer was not happy about this change.
Now I’m asking you to do me a HUGE Favor. Please listen to both contenders and then vote for either Leo Sayer or Three Dog Night in the comments below. I’ll keep the voting open until Sunday, March 25 with results posted on Monday, March 26.
There are no right or wrong votes, only those who do not cast a vote are the wrong votes. You do not need to be familiar with the artist or the song to have an opinion on which version you prefer.
I’d like to encourage you to visit the other bloggers participating in the battle of the bands as well. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into putting together these battles and they are a lot of fun. Each blogger has a different battle taking place. You can find a current list on Stephen’s blog (you can also request to join the battle of the bands blog hop on his blog).