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2/26/10 – The “Lovey Dovey” Mega Cat Fight!

Posted: February 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Doo Wop, Pop, R&B, Rock n' Roll | Tags: , , , , , | 11 Comments »

“Lovey Dovey”

This week, the Friday Night Cat Fight Podcast is a battle royale with SEVEN competitors.  The tune is the R&B classic, “Lovey Dovey”, who’s popularity crossed demographic lines and made it an enduring pop hit as well.  Also, having Steve Miller quote a line from the song in his 1973 #1 smash, “The Joker” didn’t hurt its legacy any.  So cats n’ kittens, please listen to all SEVEN unique versions of “Lovey Dovey” and then voice your choice and vote for the one you truly dig the most!  Let the RUMBLE begin!

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11 Comments on “2/26/10 – The “Lovey Dovey” Mega Cat Fight!”

  1. 1 inReno said at 2:02 pm on February 26th, 2010:

    Except for the Otis Redding version, I really dug them all but Never guessed I’d ever vote for any Dick Dale song. But I liked it.

  2. 2 Yum Yum said at 2:08 pm on February 26th, 2010:

    Kelly this is a perfect song for you and Matt with this weather its great for some Lovey Dovey !! So let it keep on snowing youll get plenty of time for some Lovey Dovey Lovey Dovey all the time !! Buddy Fort Knox for me !! Yum Yum

  3. 3 Sierra said at 2:14 pm on February 26th, 2010:

    An absolute no brainer! Buddy Knox all the time for me; one of my faves from the 50’s. Good song for anyone trying to keep warm in this miserable cold!

  4. 4 Stickball Eddie said at 4:13 pm on February 26th, 2010:

    MTC, This week’s FNCF had something for everyone. It was interesting to hear the varying interpetations of the song. I chose Buddy Knox’s version because if I had that song in my collection I would want to play it often. Our prayers are with the ” Maestro” of Rock and Roll.

  5. 5 David said at 4:16 pm on February 26th, 2010:

    Fascinating, all the different takes. I definitely prefer the original and Clyde McPhatter’s to the latter five. Buddy Knox is a little too chipper, here, for me. I’m REALLY glad Dick Dale stopped channeling Wanda Jackson and went with his long suit: surf guitar, instead of singing. (I never would have guessed that one was “Dick Dale”.) I like the tempo Clyde McPhatter chose best, but in the end, I voted for the original over Clyde’s mainly because Clyde fell back on a totally predictable R&B chord progression that sounded spent even in 1959.

  6. 6 Virginia said at 10:29 pm on February 26th, 2010:

    I can see that I am in the minority here but Clyde McPhatter’s version is my favorite followed by The Clovers and The Coasters. Thank you Matt I hope you and Kelly are staying warm, spring should show up soon.

  7. 7 Pinball Wizard said at 10:38 am on February 27th, 2010:

    This was another tough choice for me. I liked all of them. I really liked the sax in Clyde’s version. I liked the classic Stax/Volt sound of Otis & Carla. I loved the energy of Bunny’s version…..especially in the Your So Fine part but I think I might have to disqualify myself from this one because I am so predudiced to Pennsylvania music. I ended up voting for the Coasters for just overall excellence. Thanks for a wonderful Podcast!

  8. 8 Bruce said at 1:51 pm on February 28th, 2010:

    I agree with everyone on this one, this is just one wonderful bunch of covers (and one original) of a rather cool ditty of a song. I went with Bunny on this one if for no other reason than I’m a real sucker for a good balls to the wall vocal backed by horns and singers. Unlike David I liked the vocals on the Dick Dale version. Ya he’d never made it on to the soundtrack of a Tarantino movie had he continue down this path, but I think the guitar work and vocals mesh well to make a great version of the song. It was my second choice. How much songwriting did Ahmet do Matt?

  9. 9 admin said at 2:02 pm on February 28th, 2010:

    Hey Bruce,
    Ahmet Ertegun did a lot of songwriting (mostly under the name Nugetre, which is Ertegun backwards). He started writing in 1951 when he couldn’t find a perfect song for his newly signed group, The Clovers to record. So, he wrote “Don’t You Know I Love You So” and the rest is history.


  10. 10 The Shadow said at 2:53 pm on February 28th, 2010:

    That was quite a mix of styles for this song. Something for everybody. For me, it was a close race between, The Clovers, and Clyde.
    Buddy had a nice take on it, Bunny’s wasn’t even the whole song, but part of a medley, Dick Dale should stick to instrumentals, And though, I really dig Ottis and Carla, they just didn’t make it with this one. The Coasters were ok, but not one of their best.
    In the end, I had to go with the Clovers original. I must say, with all those cats battling it out, it did make for an interesting cat fight. Good Job, Furry Leader.
    By the way, It was cool to hear the interview with big Jay again. Thanks.

  11. 11 timevac3 said at 3:34 pm on March 4th, 2010:

    It’s Clovers all the way. That rolling rhythm section, with the Clovers’ feel for the song can’t topped. Interesting the different directions everyone took it, most went more pop with it. All are lacking in comparison.

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