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5/28 & 6/4/10 – The “Prisoner Of Love” Cat Fight & More!

Posted: May 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Pop, R&B, Rock n' Roll | Tags: , , , | 13 Comments »

Friday Night Cat Fight Show

“Prisoner Of Love”

Six different versions of the 1931 song, “Prisoner Of Love” compete this week in the “World Famous” Friday Night Cat Fight.  We begin with Russ Columbo’s original recorded version, which he also had a hand in writing.  Then we move to Perry Como’s chart-topping rendition from 1946, a year that also saw 2 successful R&B performances of the tune.  In 1960 Bo Diddley recorded a unique version of “Prisoner,” but it was never released.  Finally, we end with one of James Brown’s biggest pop hits and his inspired take on “Prisoner Of Love.”  Listen to all six versions of the tune before voting on which one you dig the most.

Also, on this week’s program, a song set salute to the 1960s dance, The Watusi as well as a set of songs about fairy tale legend, Little Red Riding Hood.

So listen, vote and dig!

Which One Do You DIG The MOST? - "Prisoner Of Love"

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Have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend and start of summer!  If you feel like some summer songs, please visit my Cat Fights from last year at this time by using the “archive” menu to the right.

There will be no Cat Fight Show next week, but I will return on June 11, 2010.


Matt The Cat

13 Comments on “5/28 & 6/4/10 – The “Prisoner Of Love” Cat Fight & More!”

  1. 1 CCK said at 10:41 am on May 28th, 2010:

    I voted for Russ. His version just took me to another place, where moonlight filters down through magnolia trees out on the veranda by the fountain…

  2. 2 Yum Yum said at 4:39 pm on May 28th, 2010:

    James Brown is The Prisoner Of Love !! Just see him do the song on The TAMI Show DVD and you will see why!! Check You Tube it might be on there? And Kelly you are a beautiful romantic and Matt is youre Prisoner of Love and you hold the Chains !! Yum Yum P.S. to everyone that takes a little time out to post a comment on the comment page have a Happy and safe Memorial Day weekend !! And remember to realize what we celebrate this weekend so we all can enjoy the Hot Dogs and Hamburgers Yum Yum again !!

  3. 3 Sierra said at 5:36 pm on May 28th, 2010:

    Matt; since you met your baby, your whole life has CHANGED…not chains, right? Some prisons are worth inhabiting! That said, I liked both Russ’s and…believe it or not, Perry Como’s versions of this song; will probably go with Russ. Let this weekend be a memorial for everyone, to all that is worth commemorating.

  4. 4 Virginia said at 6:45 pm on May 28th, 2010:

    James Brown please and my runnerup this week would be Bo Diddley, I have the Chess Masters so have heard his version before. Also Yum Yum turned us on to the TAMI Show and he is correct James Brown was awesome. Enjoy your week off Matt, and thank you once again the show was great.

  5. 5 David said at 9:58 pm on May 28th, 2010:

    The Godfather owns this song. He found the pain in the lyrics like nobody else, somehow without going over the top, at least for me–I know, not everyone agrees. I did also enjoy the unreleased Bo Diddley version, but JB all the way for me.

  6. 6 Steve in Arizona said at 11:56 pm on May 29th, 2010:

    I always liked James Brown’s version but I’ve also liked Perry Como’s and I gave it to him. All of the others were good, too. While I liked Bo D’s I thought it was a little too different for this vote. Thanks for playing El Watusi. It was a favorite of my army buddy, a Puerto Rican from N.Y. City. He couldn’t believe I had heard of it, much less liked it. Also good to hear Harlem Nocturne, at the end, again

  7. 7 Bruce said at 12:43 am on May 30th, 2010:

    Bo is the man! He’s the only one that made me feel like he was a prisoner of love stuck in the godforsaken prison of the mind. His vocals are from the depths of a devistated man and the guitar and production mirror that. James on the other hand sounds like he’s been sent to heaven with the sappy orchestration and angelic singers (who were they Matt?). If this is what being a prisoner is like please send me to that prison. Perry Como gets my second place vote because that’s what going to prison sounded like in 1940’s, a bit more innocent than in the 60’s -I think prisons were just happier places. His vocals are really awsome! Poor Russ, talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time – it’s a death straight out of a dimestore novel. Great Cat Fight Matt!

  8. 8 Matt The Cat said at 7:54 pm on May 31st, 2010:

    Interesting question, Bruce. The female backing vocals on “Prisoner” were led by Maeretha Stewart, but the five other ladies on the record remain UNKNOWN. It’s a JB mystery!


  9. 9 ScubaStew said at 4:40 am on June 2nd, 2010:

    What a GREAT, surprisingly unusual rendition of the song by James Brown! He’s got my vote.

  10. 10 Pinball Wizard said at 12:14 pm on June 2nd, 2010:

    I couldn’t decide this week. They were all wonderful. My wife chose James, so I voted for him.

  11. 11 vivian said at 8:46 pm on June 4th, 2010:

    I liked the Inkspot version, but my vote goes to James Brown. He adds a little umph, sexy & sincere sound.

  12. 12 Steve in Arizona said at 11:16 pm on June 4th, 2010:

    Just looking at my previous comment. I should have said that Ray Baretto was his favorite musician. He played at a club in his neighborhood. I did like the Ink Spots too. What a voice.

  13. 13 Ted said at 1:42 am on June 6th, 2010:

    Incredible that the Bo Diddley version was not previously released. What a great tune. And totally different that the other versions.

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