McCarthy's Lovers Battle


Oh No she didn’t!   

Oh Yes, she did!

We are taking a quick break in the Call Me! Battles for this fun April First battle. 

A little backstory for those that haven't paid much attention:


For years, Stephen T has claimed Ms Karen Carpenter as his girlfriend. 

Can you blame him? I mean, who can resist that melancholy voice? 


Back when the Call Me! Battle series started, 

he also made the claim that Ms Brenda Lee was his wife.  

Sweet, sweet Brenda Lee. 

Suppose these two ladies found out 

about their little lover’s tryst with Mr McCarthy? 

Wouldn't that make for an interesting battle?  

Will there be hair-pulling? 

Will there be nail scratching?

One can’t say for certain - but we do know one thing - 

There will be a sing-off!  

And could there be a better song to fit this scenario? 

Let’s see how these ladies duke it out vocally… 

Ms Brenda Lee

Ms Karen Carpenter

McCarthy is Torn Between Two Lovers. 

Will he be Sleeping Single in a Double Bed? 

Cast your vote to decide his fate… 

Will it be The End of His World? 


In the event that you are new here, or you have simply forgotten… Here’s a review of how a battle works:

  1. Listen to each of the contenders. Try not to be persuaded by the videos. I like to close my eyes and let the music transport me. Keep an open mind and don’t be persuaded by the artist name. 

  2. Pick the contender that you prefer the most

  3. Leave a comment with the name of the contender you have chosen. Feel free to expound upon your choice. 

  4. Visit the other bloggers that have battles taking place. Their battles are different from each other, so be sure to check them out.  

    1. Stephen McCarthy 

    2. Tossing It Out

    3. Mike’s Ramblings

    4. The Sound of One Hand Typing

    5. Curious As A Cathy

    6. dIEDRE’s Stream Pebbles

    7. Debbie DogLady

Alright now… Cast your votes in the comments! Voting Results will be posted on the 8th of this month.  


  1. Ha! Fun battle. My vote goes to Brenda Lee. Karen’s a bit too resigned, but the video is nice. Besides, how do we know Stephen hasn’t followed the Mambo #5 doctrine and included Suzy Boggus’ Aces in his game? Okay. I’m having too much fun ;-)

  2. MMQE ~

    Oh, No, YOU didn’t!

    I'm not prepared to vote just yet. I will need to return here later to do that.

    But right NOW, I need to go explain some things to a couple of ladies I know, and hopefully they have understanding hearts. (You have put me in a tough spot here, Mary!)

    Also, I need to go and Google a couple of mysterious terms (Mambo #5 doctrine & Suzy Boggus' Aces) because maybe there's a way out of this predicament sans a rope, a knife, or a shotgun.

    ~ D-FensDogG (in the doghouse)

  3. It's hard to beat Brenda Lee's version of this beautiful song. That is until you put Karen Carpenter's version up against it.

    A vote for Karen from me.


  4. Great battle! I love seeing the silent films stars on the Peggy Lee version but I must give it to Karen Carpenter because her vocals were just meant for this song

  5. MMQE ~
    First & foremost, I hope you're feeling better today.

    Now then... let me 'splain this to you, Lucy!

    >>... Will there be hair-pulling? Will there be nail scratching?

    What there will be is mud. Lots and lots of mud in a mud pit, and Stephen will make it three in the pit.

    This next part is just between us, Mary. So don't go spillin' the beans. (Can I count on you to be discreet? Yeah, yeah, sure I can!)...

    My #1 favorite singer of all time - counting BOTH males & females - is my girlfriend, Karen Carpenter. She's the best!

    Although my wife, Brenda, isn't my #1 favorite singer of all time (because there can be only one #1), Brenda is way, Way, WAY up high on my 'Favorite Singers' list.

    And although it's a rare occurrence, every once in a great while, someone comes along who sings a song a certain way and I prefer it to my girlfriend's rendition (although I *NEVER* tell HER that!) This has only happened a few times, and this happens to be one of the few.

    Yeah, I may have the heart of an adulterer, but when push comes to shove (Calm down, ladies!), I have to stand by my wife.

    I axed my Brother, Judge Al Bondigas (another huge fan of my girlfriend's singing), which version he preferred, and to his own surprise, be brought his gavel down in a rulin' for my wife, Brenda Lee.

    So, MMQE, please chalk up TWO MORE VOTES FOR MY WIFE.

    Also, I want to say that growing up in L.A., I was blessed to get to see lots & lots of big-name musical artists in concert. I saw Waylon Jennings (4 times), Van Morrison (3 or 4 times), Thin Lizzy (3 times), Blue Oyster Cult (twice), Bob Seger, UFO, The Police, The Babys, Taj Mahal, The Cars, Rick Derringer, Styx, Journey, and the list goes on and on.

    But the COOLEST thing I ever saw at a concert was in 1991(?), when my wife, Brenda Lee, walked down from the stage followed by a roadie with a Polaroid Instamatic camera. She started walking through the audience, posing with fans while the roadie took pictures and handed the still-developing photos to the fans. WHO DOES THAT?! It was such a beautiful thing to see how much my wife appreciated her fans that she'd go out of her way to mingle with them in the theatre and give them photos of her posing with them! Now that's a great artist and a down-to-earth person. (I suspect that Brenda may have cheated on me over the years, but I forgive her.)

    Lastly... as for that Beer In The Shower bloke, I don't even know what he's talking about! First of all, my middle initial, "T", stands for Toad because, like the famous Mr. Toad, I've always lived my life going from one mania to another mania.

    I fear the Beer Bloke has been tarrying long at the wine and his eyes are beholding strange women.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    (Unjustly slandered & innocent as a newborn
    babe found on the front porch of an oiphanage!)


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