|A panorama of Lower Manhattan as viewed from the Staten Island Ferry. This is a composite of 12 segments stitched together. It was taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 70-200mm f/2.8L lens at 200mm and f/8. This is an edit of the original uploaded to wikipedia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
When I asked the question "What Does Manhattan Say to You?" many of the answers included something like what Alex J. Cavanaugh said--"Manhattan, New York, big city" while David P. King added some more words to describe the city as, "small island, many big buildings."
Then there was Birgit who as though vying for a spot in my Battle of the Bands intro said:
"I hear the song by Rogers and Hart..."I'll take Manhattan..." sung by Mickey Rooney in a biopic about Hart but I also hear Fred Astaire who is so debonair:) There is a certain amount of class to this place in NYC. I half expect to see Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse dancing in Central Park"
I could talk about musicals for hours, but instead let me just segue into my Battle of the Bands pick-- "Manhattan" or as sometimes is referred to as "I'll Take Manhattan":
Battle of the Bands
Sometimes known as "I'll Take Manhattan" or "We'll Take Manhattan", this popular song was written by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart. for the 1925 musical revue "Garrick Gaities". It has been recorded many, many times over the decades by a wide array of musical performers.
Carmen Cavallaro "Manhattan" (1957)
Carmen Cavallaro was a popular American pianist who performed from 1933 to 1989. He recorded numerous albums with his band and appeared with many notable artists of his time.
Merv Griffin w/ the Freddy Martin Orchestra "Manhattan" (1952)
Before he was a popular television show host and producer of TV game shows, Merv Griffin was a popular singer and entertainer. In the following version Griffin sings the vocals backed up by the popular Freddy Martin Orchestra.
Time to Vote!
Choosing the winner of this Battle is in your hands. Let us know what you think about these versions. There must be one that you prefer over the other. For me it's a tough choice. If you're visiting a Battle of the Bands post for the first time then let me briefly explain. Please give each song version a fair listen to decide which one you prefer over the other. If you don't like either then at least tell us which recording was least innocuous to you. This comes down to your preference and it's as easy as that.
Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the version you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours
Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:
‘FAR AWAY SERIES’
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’
'Curious as a Cathy'
Sound of One Hand Typing
DC Relief Battle of the Bands
The Doglady's Den
Cherdo on the Flipside
Jingle, Jangle, Jungle
Janie Junebug Righting & Editing.
J. A. Scott
Holli's Hoots and Hollers
Results on Friday April 22nd
Stay with me as I wind down the latter half of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, but if you can't manage to make it every day at least be here to see if the song version you chose won or came in second. There are no losers in this Battle.
Did you ever watch the Merv Griffin afternoon television show? What is your favorite Merv Griffin game show? Are you reading a lot of the April A to Z blog posts?