The results for Day 13 are below, and notes on the next set of matches are due Friday, October 25th at 2 PM PST/5 PM EST.
Rock and roll got its true start in 1955, and at that time was defined by the beginnings of “cross-over” trends across Pop and R&B tracks. Got some big ones here to start us off. From there, a strange foray into the phenomenon of TV Rock.* We’ll slide into home with some 70s mainstream slow rock, and finish out with early 90s indie rock artists.
*Note: I cannot find one place on the internet with a version of “Sha-La, Love You” by Lancelot Link & The Evolution Revolution. I did find an Eastern European cover however from 1970, which is only a year removed. So I guess imagine what that cover would sound like if it were sung…you know, by these chimpanzees.
Day 13 Results
Mob Hits, 1920-1938
“One O’Clock Jump” by Count Basie- 67
“I’ve Got A Pocketful Of Dreams” by Bing Crosby- 62
“In The Mood” by The Andrews Sisters- 62
“Whispering” by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra- 57
Mob noir takes this one, probably boosted by its speakeasedness and innovative bass/piano blues sound.
Soul All Around, 1967-1968
“When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge- 81
“Try A Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding- 70
“A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum- 70
“Groovin'” by The Rascals- 64
Percy Sledge certainly felt like a contender with this showing- with an 8.1 average, he slides right into our top seeds list.
Continental Singer-Songwriters, 1974-1975
“Cats In The Cradle” by Harry Chapin- 74
“Tangled Up In Blue” by Bob Dylan- 72
“Still Crazy After All These Years” by Paul Simon- 63
“Help Me” by Joni Mitchell- 49
I’d call this a legitimate upset- “Tangled Up In Blue” has a historically strong showing in these tournaments. Then again, maybe we never gave Chapin the chance. Well done.
MTV Pop, 1985-1986
“The Power Of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News- 69
“Raspberry Beret” by Prince & The Revolution- 68
“Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna- 59
“Sussudio” by Phil Collins- 48
Another arguable upset here, as Huey Lewis ekes out Prince by a point for the win.