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Another “Sunny” Cover Between Three Johns #BoTB

Hello, Kittens & Dawgs! My blog hop commitments on Wednesdays are really tight, so I thought I’d go live a day early with my battle. I hope y’all don’t mind.  Maybe it’s too soon to do another cover scrabble of Hebb’s classic 60s hit song, Sunny but I last time I was torn on how to present this battle. So, I decided to keep both posts showcasing them back to back in Another “Sunny” Cover Between Three Johns #BoTB.

Hebb’s Sunny is a popular recorded cover. The most interesting artist to release a cover is Leonard Nimoy. Strangely, Mr. Spock did an alright job! Moving on to today’s contenders.

#1 Johnny Mathis (1967). Hebb’s said he was proud of Mathis’ slower tempo rendition. I can’t imagine Mathis doing it any other way, can you? Listen to see what you think.


#2 John Walker (1966) the American singer/songwriter and founder of The Walker Brothers became popular in the UK during the 60s and #1 hit song, Make It Easy On Yourself(’65). The band broke up in ’67 and John went solo but then in the mid-70s, the band got back together cranking out three albums (No Regrets, Lines, and Nite Flight). Honestly I don’t remember John or the The Walker Brothers. That doesn’t matter, he did a nice job with what I call a middle of the road tempo between Mathis and Rivers’ covers. Listen, digest, and tell me what you think?



#3 Johnny Rivers, “Secret Agent Man”, covered the song the same year as Mathis but kept more true to Hebb’s tempo than his competitors. Will his style sweep you away?


Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional) and next week this time, I’ll share the results along with who I voted for in this round. Three Johns battling it out in the spotlight, all good fantastic artists with different styles. The choice is up to you!

Who do you pick – Mathis, Walker, or Rivers?



The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with a bonus of the first artist to record Hebb’s song in 1965, the year before his own version released, Mieko Hirota.



Please join me for tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday!


Have a bandtastic day!










Wild is the Wind #BOTB

WOW, it’s a brand new month already! This past week has been a wretched cold mess with a few unexpected snow days thrown in the mix, which complicates my blog writing or lack there of.  While composing posts on Wednesday songspiration hit me like a great northern gust, I did say it was cold, didn’t I?

I came across this week a new-to-me song while planning my Monday musical post.  Johnny Mathis recorded the original in 1957. Man, oh man is he ever smooth! The song peaked at #22 on the charts and earning Mathis a nomination for an academy award. Did I say an academy award? Apparently, Mathis recorded the track for the film with the same name, Wild is the Wind.

I won’t include Mathis in BoTB, but will take a different direction. Who will win? Well, kittens & dawgs it’s totally up to you! Let the battle begin….

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It’s Begining To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Welcome to Monday’s Music Moves Me with our head conductor, Marie from Xmas Dolly!  We’re bound for the North Pole this week and all of next month. Xmas Dolly’s little helpers Lorie, Colette,  and Stacy will be assisting her to see who’s been naughty or nice.

It’s official!


This month’s theme is “Christmas songs or anything relating to Christmas“.

“How do I get on board of the Polar Express,” you ask?  Admission to ride is totally doable for anyone, just as long as you’re not a…Grinch.


Are you ready to rock around the Christmas tree with all the other passengers? Then here’s what you do.

  1. Go to YouTube insert your music video of choice.
  2. Grab the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” Button.
  3. Sign the linky, follow Marie & her co-conductors, grab their blog buttons, & leave a comment letting them know you’re a new follower.
  4. Shake your bootie with your fellow rockin’ bloggers on the linky (below) or invite some of your rocker blogger buds to join us.

Now hop in your one horse open-sleigh as you jingle all the way over to visit the spotlight dance couple in the #1 & #2 slots on the linky line-up and don’t forget to add your 4M blog post URL below.  Be sure to let the Spotlight dance partners know how very happy you are for them by leaving them a comment. 😉

This is how I feel.


Whoo-hoo, Andy Williams brings back so many warm, fuzzy memories from my childhood! I’ve gotten on board a little late today, as it’s now in the evening hour. Trying to find my groove again after a blessed Thanksgiving. Next Monday, I’ll be on track. Get it on track, like as in railroad track. lol. Okay, enough silliness. So, what Christmas songs get you stirring for the holidays?


Have a warm Christmas season beginning now!