|December 7–19: Apollo 17, the last manned Moon mission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Since I'm in no position to get into any involved posts at the present, I'll just pose a question for you:
Do you think the U.S. lunar missions were real or faked?
Apparently the Russians have some doubt as expressed in an article in The Daily Mail. Check out the blog post by Battle of the Bands host Stephen T. McCarthy where he poses the same question of doubt. Did the U.S. go to the moon or not? What do you think?
Battle of the Bands Results
One thing that was not faked is the guaranteed status of a classic song standard in my most recent Battle of the Bands post featuring the song "How High the Moon". The featured performances were by Mitchell Ayres and Mary Ann Mercer who and were up against the classic hit version by Les Paul and Mary Ford.
I had anticipated a possible blowout with all votes going to the Paul/Ford version. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was not what happened. Actually what surprised me most was that some voters indicated that they were not familiar with the famous Paul/Ford rendition and in some cases not even the song itself. Maybe it was that lack of bias that helped Ayres get votes, but more likely it was the classic smooth big band sound. The Ayres recording fared far better than I had expected.
As for my own vote, I've always liked the Les Paul and Mary Ford version. There's no doubt as to the significance in musical history regarding this version. However my own personal musical taste draws me to the orchestrated version of Ayres. I prefer the melodic vocals of Mercer and the sweeping sounds of the big band. So my vote goes to Mitchell Ayres and Mary Ann Mercer.
Les Paul/Mary Ford 16 Votes
Mitchell Ayres/Mary Ann Mercer 14 Votes
Watch for my next very strange Battle of the Bands post on August 1st. If you're afraid of clowns this one might disturb you. Then again it might surprise you. It will prove to be a royal battle.