#1 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) def. #8 Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys), 132-110. The Brothers Wilson are artists #216 to wash out. Is now a good time to mention that only one of them could surf, and he drowned in the ocean?
#4 Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) def. #5 Killing Me Softly (Fugees), 120-111. I retract my Fugees diss- they performed admirably. MJ sends its second Thriller song to the Round of 64, where it’ll face Stand By Me. Good luck.
On to the weaker half of the bracket…
#15 Man In Black (Johnny Cash) def. #10 Me Gustas Tu (Manu Chao), 107-71. Not Johnny’s best, but it was enough to send the trilingualist packing (artist #217).
#6 We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) def. #3 Johnny Appleseed (Joe Strummer), 93-77 (short two voters). A day after powering the Clash to two wins, Strummer ran out of gas, and is eliminated as a solo artist (#218).