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Subject: B&L/B&B/IORR/TSMR/Billy Preston/lots more!
Date: Sunday, July 02, 2017
Time: 10:48:57 PM
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B&L/B&B/IORR/TSMR/Billy Preston/lots more!

Time to get our poll post underway for this week, starting with, as usual, the Stones weekly poll, where it’s week 936 of polling and as I usually do, we will run 2 poll questions. The first question will ask this: Blue and Lonesome vs Black and Blue, which album do you like the best?


Week 5 of the Blue Polls, which features the Stones newest studio album, Blue and Lonesome, and this week it will go up against the other Stones album that has "blue" in its title, that being 1976's Black and Blue I Guess they also both have the word "and" in there too, and when you look at both titles, they are very close to each other word wise, even if both titles mean 2 different things. Black and Blue made for a great Stones album title, IMO, whereas Blue and Lonesome, doesn't. But this poll isn't looking at titles, so none of that really matters at all. What we are looking for of course is what is inside each album music wise.

I'm a bit surprised how B&L is doing so poorly so far in these matchups. Last week it flat out got kicked to the floor and beaten badly by what I look at as the Stones most overrated album of the 1960s. Don't get me wrong, I do dig Aftermath, but IMO, it isn't as great as some fans make it out to be - and it isn't better than B&L as far as I'm concerned.

For B&L's challenger this week, B&B, an LP made when the Stones were in a transitive period, and where by the time the LP was finished, they found their replacement for MT in Ron Wood, who plays on a couple of the tracks.

In the standings, while B&L falls to only a 1 and 3 record, B&B isn't doing any better, at 2-10 and only 4 spots from the very bottom of the standings. To see the song list for each album, for Blue and Lonesome, click on: B&L, and for Black and Blue, click here: B&B.

To cast your vote in this first Stones poll, just click on: Stones Weekly Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 1” to vote on this question.

The second Stones poll is where we normally run the Stones album VS matchups, and we are still doing that even while the first poll is hosting a new series for it. So the week's second poll will ask this: It's Only Rock 'n Roll vs Their Satanic Majesties Request, which album do you like the best?


The "It's Only a Rock 'n Roll Poll", Polls return this week to our second Stones poll, featuring the Stones 1974 LP It's Only Rock 'n Roll. This one is doing what I guess would be looked at as just above average in these matchups, sporting a 9-6-1 record, good for 9th place in the standings. It goes up this week against 1967's TSMR LP, which is also in the Top 10 as far as the standings go, with a 7-5 record which lands it just below IORR tied for 10th place with Tattoo You. So this one should be a interesting matchup for sure.

To see the song list for each album, for It's Only Rock 'n Roll, click on: IORR, and for Their Satanic Majesties Request , click here: TSMR

To cast your vote in this second Stones poll, just click on: Stones Weekly Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 2” to vote on this question.

The first Stones poll last week asked: Blue and Lonesome vs Aftermath, which album do you like the best?

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Once again, no 1,000 votes cast for this poll, and yet late last night it looked for sure like that was going to happen, as well less than 100 votes were needed today to get there, and we always see more than that, even on Sunday, which normally is a slow poll voting day. But with it being the 4 of July holiday weekend in the U.S., and that’s where most of our votes come from, well, not this Sunday would we be so lucky to see that, and for the second week in a row we fell just short of 1,000 votes, once again by less than 10 votes (in the first poll anyway). Well, one week soon we’ll get there, for sure!

Result wise, in the first poll, the Blue polls, as I already noted above, had a bad week and lost yet another round. To see by how much, just click here::Stones Weekly Poll - week 935, poll 1. Plus, I’ll add the results from this poll to the standings at the Stones VS Page 1, where at the top of the page you can check out the updated standings on how each album has done in these long running VS polls.

Looking back at last week’s second Stones poll, the question was: Voodoo Lounge vs Undercover, which album do you like the best?


This one was not close at all, but I got a feeling most of us knew in advance that might take place. Undercover is just not that much loved by Stones fans, it may not be as bad off with fans as DW is, but it still isn’t loved that much, either. To see the final results from this poll, click here:Stones Weekly Poll - week 935, poll 2. Plus, just like at the first poll, I’ll add the results from this poll also to the standings at the Stones VS Page 1.

Now let’s move on over to the Classic Rock Poll, where we enter poll week 576, and just like as we do at the Stones poll, we run 2 poll questions a week at this one, too. The first poll’s new question this week, asks: On what song as a session man did Billy Preston shine the brightest on?

So this week we look at the late Billy Preston. Known as a session man more than anything else, he started out as a 9 year old child prodigy in 1955 playing in an adult band, and he did have several hit singles on his own by the late 1960s and early ‘70s, including "That's the Way God Planned It", "Outa-Space", "Will It Go Round in Circles", and "Nothing from Nothing". His biggest hit was a song he wrote but didn't play on, that being Joe Cocker's cover of his song "You are so Beautiful". Preston did actually record the song first on his own a year earlier, but it was Cocker's singing and Nicky Hopkins great piano playing that made the song a Top 5 hit. Still, Billy did write the number along with some help from Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson.

Billy led a hard, secret life, and died of kidney disease at age 59 in early 2005, after being in a coma for several months. He, like so many other rockers, had problems with drugs, and he was perhaps the last of the famous people who lived his life in the closet (it was Keith Richards who outed him in the '90s). But he led that life not because he felt he won't be accepted by his music peers, he was, but because he was also a very religious man and felt his Christian peers and his god didn't approve of his lifestyle. This all lead Mick Jagger to write a song about him, "Saint of Me", and on this song would be the very last time he would play his keyboards, in this case his organ, for the Stones.

Preston was best known as working alongside of both the Beatles and Stones. As usual with this kind of poll question, I only list the most known and popular songs that in this case he is best known for as a session player, and of the 26 songs listed this week, all but 4 come either from work he did with the Beatles, solo Beatles, and the Stones.

While putting this poll together last week, I was checking out some of Billy's work and the songs he played on, and I came across a YouTube video of him from very long ago. It shows him playing and singing on TV for what I bet is the very first time, with Nat 'King' Cole, back in 1957 when he was only 11 years old. It shows that he did indeed have a special talent at a very young age.

To vote in this poll, just click here: Classic Rock Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 1” to vote on this question.

At the second Rock poll this week, known better as the Rock VS poll we will answer this question: Pink Floyd's 'Run like Hell' (actual title) vs 'Run! Run! Run! Run!' (title some fans think it's called), which title do you like better?

This is one of those songs where some fans get the title wrong, and somethings you might wonder which would have been better, the actual title given by the song's writer, or the one fans think it's called? Mind you, I know every song writer has the right to name a song whatever they like, and that has nothing to do with this question. But some titles do cause confusion amongst their own fans and more so, those who aren't true fans but only hear the song on the radio and like it and don't know what its true title is. There are many such songs like this of course, and we have run many polls in regard to this. So here is yet another one to think about. So which song title do you think is better? To vote, just click on Classic Rock Poll, and when you get to this page, choose “Poll 2” to vote on this question.

In last week’s first Rock poll, we asked: On what song as a session man did Jimmy Page shine the brightest on?

The song that should have won, IMO, won. To see which song that was and how the others song finished in close voting, just click here: Classic Rock Poll 1, week 575. Or, to just view the poll’s top 10 picks, just click here for: Top Ten Lists, Page, 14

In last week’s VS Rock poll, we asked this question: Led Zeppelin's 'The Crunge' (actual title) vs 'The Bridge' (title some fans call it), which song title is better?

Very close results to this one, so close that only a single voted separated the 2 titles.… To see the poll’s final results, just click here: Rock Poll 2, week 575 You can also check out the final results at the VS Classic poll results page 2, at the Classic Rock site, by clicking here: VS Page 2, List Page 10.

A usual I close out this poll post with the Beatles poll, where it’s week 329. I often point out that if I ever run a question at this poll that some Beatle fans might look at as being negative towards the band in any way, well then we see a drop-off in votes cast for that week. So this week let me turn what some would call a negative into a positive by asking this:: Of the 14 Least Favorite Songs picked by fans from each of the Beatles studio albums, which one do you like the most?

These 14 questions were asked at our Beatles poll on and off between 2014 up unit late last year. We had asked back then for both the best and least liked songs per album, and we have already asked for the favorite song out of all of the favorites that were voted on, the results are here. So now let's do the same thing with the least favorited ones picked.

To vote in this poll, go here: Beatles Weekly Poll.

In last week's Beatles poll we tried to answer this question: Which one of the following Beatles songs would you like to hear more of on the radio? (Part 3 of 3)

First the good news, for the third week in a row, the Beatles poll saw more than 1,000 votes reached in their poll. Very cool indeed!... But damn!..... Did I ever mention how much I hate ties?... Especially when they happen at the top spot – and in the finial week of a multi part poll to boot!! So yes, that’s what happened last week with the above question. So I guess sometimes in the future we will run a tiebreaker poll for this one… To see the 2 songs that tied, along with the poll’s full, final results, just click here: Beatles Weekly Poll – week 328. Or, you can check out the top results only, here Beatles miscellaneous page which is located at the domain’s Lennon Site.

So that does it for yet another poll post! Yes, the U.S. is right now in the middle of the biggest outdoor holiday of the summer and year. Since the fourth of July isn’t until Tuesday, the holiday weekend is a longer than normal one this year. Since I’m no different than any other American when it comes to celebrating the 4th , I have been doing just that with family and friends this weekend, and I hope you are too!

I thank all of you who took part in the voting last week and I hope everybody has a great week ahead!


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