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Subject: Poll Post for the week starting Monday, Feb 12
Date: Sunday, February 11, 2024
Time: 10:13:27 PM
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As Super Bowl Sunday winds down, it’s time to start up something else, and of course, something that’s much more important than a silly championship football game; as it’s now Poll Post Time for our 2 weekly polls! As is always the case, I’ll start off talking about the Stones poll first, which enters week 1,278 of voting and week 169 of us fans rating their many songs. Here’s the new question and the song we’ll be rating this week: Rate the Stones song “Now I Got A Witness", from zero (lowest) to 10 (highest) .
“Now I Got A Witness” Sheet music for the tune
Recorded at Regent Sound and IBC Studios, in London, England, on February 4 1964. "Now I Got a Witness" was then released first in the UK, in ’64 on their album The Rolling Stones, and then released in the States on the England's Newest Hitmakers LP, also in 1964. Not to be confused with the similar titled cover song, "Can I Get a Witness", this number was their first released instrumental, recorded on the same day as "Can I get a Witness", in fact, just after that cover was made.
Brian Jones plays a wonderful Blues harmonica on this ditty, along with Ian Stewart's excellent organ (whoever said he never played organ?), and they are the main instruments heard in the song, until Keith Richards' lead guitar finally comes in around the 1:30 marker, and it too sounds real cool - for the short time that we get to hear it, as this tune is a short one, coming in at only two and a half minutes long.
The entire band got credited for writing this song (as "Nanker Phelge", of course; back before the Glimmer Twins were poisoned by their manager, ALO, and all of that fairness towards their bandmates was forgotten about by the Twins, in part thanks to their listening to him).
Here's the full lineup for this ditty: Organ: Ian Stewart; Harmonica: Brian Jones; Guitar solo: Keith Richards; Bass Guitar: Bill Wyman; Drums: Charlie Watts; Tambourine: Mick Jagger; with more Guitar from Phil Spector; and the Piano played by Gene Pitney. To rate this song – just click on the following link to get to the voting page: Stones Weekly Poll.
Okay, looking at last week’s voting, we may have lost 2 days of voting cause of the domain being off line from Sunday morning until Tuesday morning, but both polls did fantastic in the vote count! So, just like the week before, a nice turnout for last week, too! Just shows how loyal you voters are, and I thank you for that! So, for last week at the Stones Poll, we voted on and rated last week: Rate the Stones song “Far Away Eyes", from zero (lowest) to 10 (highest).
“Far Away Eyes” Do these eyes look far away?
With a strong 86.1% of the first-place votes, “Far Away Eyes”, saw a 10 for its top rating! To view where in the Stones Poll’s rating standings this one landed, just visit here: Stones Song Ratings & Standings - List Page 5. Plus to view the full, finial results from this poll, just click here: Stone Poll, week 1,277.
Now we’ll move on over to this week’s Beatles Poll, where we enter week 667 of voting, and week 101 of rating their songs. So, here’s this week’s new question and song to rate: Rate the Beatles song, “I Will”, from zero (lowest) to 10 (highest)
“I Will” The perfect song for Valentine's Day
Yet another song recorded while the Beatles were in Rishikesh, India. This week's poll makes 3 Fab songs in a row that we have rated songs that were written there, and that ended up on the White Album in 1968. Paul McCartney (with just a little help from singer Donovan), wrote "I Will", and some might say 'there goes Paul again with his silly love songs”. But damn, this very short ditty is flat out great... and mellow! If you're good at writing a certain type of song, why should you stop? Paul noted this about the song: "It's still one of my favorite melodies that I've written. You just occasionally get lucky with a melody and it becomes rather complete and I think this is one of them; quite a complete tune". I agree, plus with Valentine's Day this week, a love song would be a cool song to rate!
Recorded on 16, 17 September 1968, and released on 22 November 1968 (UK), and on November 25, 1968 (in the U.S.), with Chris Thomas credited as the Producer, since George Martin was away on vacation at the time. Like a typical McCartney number, this one took forever to record (67 takes!)! In take 19, at the ending of this song, Paul ad-libbed an untitled song, that became known as "Can You Take Me Back?", a 28-second segment of which ended up being used on side four of The White Album, at the end of "Cry Baby Cry" (becoming yet another hidden track on a Beatle LP).
Here is the studio lineup for this ditty: Paul McCartney – Lead and Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Vocal Bass; John Lennon – Tibetan Skull Drums (aka "Percussion Wood Blocks"), Maracas; Ringo Starr – Bongos (hard to hear, but you can if you listen closely, as they are heard just a bit, behind John's lead drumming on the wood blocks). Also, do note that both Georges in the Beatles fold weren't around for this recording (I already noted above where Martin was), as George Harrison also wasn't in the studio for the 2 days when this one was put together). To vote in this week’s poll, just click on: Beatles Weekly Poll.
Let’s now look at last week’s Beatles poll results, which asked: Rate the Beatles song, “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill”, from zero (lowest) to 10 (highest)
“The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” The real Bungalow Bill, Richard A. Cooke III, along with his mom (who was there in case of accidents), after the actual killing of the tiger
Another week and another 10 for the top rating of a Lennon/McCartney song, with this one bringing in 81.7% of the votes for first place. To see where this one landed in the Beatles top rated Songs, just click on here: The Beatles Song Ratings and Standings Page . Or, to take a look at the full, finial poll numbers, just go here: Beatles Poll, week 666.
So that will do it for this week’s Poll Post! I thank all of you who voted in our polls last week!
For this week's PP Blog: Well, a little bit of everything took place here at my diggs during the last half of last week. Even if it hasn't rained here in my home town since early September, the rain (bad luck) is still pouring down on me, it seems. At least the bad stuff wasn't anything too bad, like it was 2 weeks ago, but still, I've bitched here in the past that I hate cell phones and rather use my landline any day! So, my home phone died on Wednesday Nite and the repair dude was supposed to be here Thursday morning. But because of all the snow on the ground, they had this big dig job in the other end of town and I guess not only having to get thru a foot of snow to get to the frozen ground, they then had to dig into the frozen ground, and that caused problems and lead into a new mess as they hit a main water line causing a major water break, which messed up many more phone lines, and in turn, the phone company didn't get to my place until Friday (they must not have had the greatest maps, since how did they not know where the water pipes were located!?). Anyway, if that wasn’t enough, my main email service had a major issue happen to it, so at the same time my main phone line was dead, so was my email service, and I had no way to talk or communicate with anybody (other than my oldest daughter, as she's the only person who I text)! This BTW, came after my domain's server had its problem last Sunday Nite, before the new polls went online, and those of you who vote or read the Poll Post each week, already know about that separate mess…. But at least my baby granddaughter is getting a bit better with each passing day and is out of the hospital. But they won’t let me see her, since she may still be contagious, and so with my messed up lungs, she's still isn't allowed to be around me for another week (plus like her grandpa, she's still on oxygen, but she should be off that in another week, while I’m on it for the rest of my life).
In closing, what did you think of the Super Bowl? Well, I loved the first half, hated the third quarter, and the 4th and overtime was so damn exciting to watch, even if I hated to see KC win again. SF really lost the game in the third quarter, but overall, what an excellent football game!
I hope all of you have a great week ahead!
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