Sunday, March 1, 2015

Battle of the Bands Volume 16: You're 16

Before I get to the music let me explain what is going on and who else has battles!

Regular rules, listen to the song clips in the blog post. In the comment section vote for the one you like the best. Feel free to explain why you voted the way you did. The battles take place on the first and 15th and winners will be announced on the 7th and 21st. I will normally post the winner in the comments. Of course have fun and enjoy!

The below list is edited to welcome some new battles and unfortunately some battles have taken a break. If you are still looking for more musical fun after you vote, you can check out these sites for more battles:

Tossing it Out


 StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands


 'Curious as a Cathy'

DC Relief Battle of the Bands

The Song this time around is "You're Sixteen" written by the Sherman Brothers and first recorded by Johnny Burnette. Enjoy his version below...

Vote for one of the following in the comments!

Ringo Starr

Bill Forbes

Remember teenage crushes, teenage dreams, teenage romances of long ago then this battle is for you. Vote away!


Dixie@dcrelief said...

Mike, nice three way battle.

Once Ringo's version came that was it for me. So I vote Ringo!

Have a great week.

farawayeyes said...

You know Mike, when it comes to Ringo Starr, I don't think he has a very good voice, he's kind of goofy looking, and in this tune the drum beat seems to be his very typical basically boring rhythm, BUT I still like it better than the more original sounding 'rock n roll jitterbug type' version.

Give the Beatle Boy my vote!

Arlee Bird said...

The Forbes version sounds like one of those original hit copies that might appear on a big hits not-by-the-original-artist compilation albums they used to sell in the grocery store. It's slickly performed and well produced, but it sounds like a copy by a nobody (at least I've never heard of Bill Forbes).

Ringo makes this his song with his unique vocal styling. He always has good musicians backing him up as well. I give this round to Ringo.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Kim @ This Belle Rocks said...

Ringo, Ringo, Ringo! Liked his version better than the other two.

Susan Scott said...

Interesting! I liked the Johnny Burnette which was the first one, then up came Ringo and familiar memory kicked in, and then the 3rd one was a bit commercial ... it sounds as if Burnette preceded Ringo so for that reason I'll go with Johnny Burnette who I enjoyed ...

Robin said...

I didn't listen to the first one, since it wasn't in the running. I liked Ringo Starr okay, but I preferred Bill Forbes.

Not related to the song, but to the Bill Forbes video... I recognized Keri Russell as the dancer. However, I'd never seen that movie. That inspired me to go to IMDB and look through her credits. Turns out she made a movie called Mad About Mambo. Knew that had to be it. Watched the trailer... bingo.

John Holton said...

Bill Forbes' version sounded like karaoke off of the Johnny Burnette version. Nice voice, just didn't bring anything new to the table.

Ringo's is more original, especially the kazoo break in the middle. He gets this correspondent's vote.

My battle can be found here:

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Not only am I voting for RINGO in this BOTB, but I'm also voting him for president (just like the bumper stickers in the video told me to).

That Ringo version was a #1 Billboard hit. Nilsson did backing vocals and it was Paul McCartney playing the kazoo.

Ya know, just a few weeks back I was listening to the 'AMERICAN GRAFFITI' soundtrack which includes 'You're Sixteen' by Johnny Burnette. And for the first time I noticed that it had been written by the Sherman Brothers.

If anyone doesn't know who The Sherman Brothers were, they should Google their name in conjunction with "Disney songs" and be surprised - be VERY surprised. (My all-time favorite Sherman Brothers song is 'MAGIC JOURNEYS' from the Fantasyland Theatre. What a haunting song! I wonder if I could find that at YouTube.)

The Bill Forbes version is really way better'n some people are giving it credit for here. It's quite good with a ton of energy. But, yeah, it's closer to the better known Burnette version.

Now I wonder how many people remember the 'NO NO SONG' which was a huge hit for Ringo Starr in 1975. It was silly but fun, just like Ringo himself.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Cathy Kennedy said...

Star and Forbes versions are both good in their own right. Bill's recording reminds me of a song out of the 50s. Maybe this is when it was released for all I know. I love the big band sound behind the vocals, but I prefer the rock-ability and get-to-your-feet quality found in Ringo's cover. Ringo gets my vote! I may be a little bias since I grew up listening to this version. Good BoTB show-down!