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6/18/10 – The “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” Cat Fight Show

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Friday Night Cat Fight Radio Show

“(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons”

This week’s Cat Fight tackles one of the sweetest love songs of all-time, William “Pat” Best’s “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons.”  He wrote it as a poem to a girl when he was just a kid and then it became an enormous hit for Nat King Cole in 1946.  This week, I feature 15 different versions of this classic tune, but only 9 of them are in competition for the Cat Fight.  Listen to the show and then vote for the version you truly dig the most. 

Which One Do You DIG The MOST? - "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"

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9 Comments on “6/18/10 – The “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” Cat Fight Show”

  1. 1 Virginia said at 9:06 pm on June 18th, 2010:

    Going into this I thought for sure I would vote for Nat, but then along came Sam & Jessie. I don’t know who I will vote for at this point I’m going to have to do a lot more listening before I can decide. Matt, you devil, you keep making these harder and harder but I know it’s not supposed to be easy. Thanks for all the time you spend on these Matt, they make my Friday’s.

  2. 2 Steve in Arizona said at 11:24 pm on June 18th, 2010:

    Voted for Linda Ronstadt, great voice and I liked the arrangement. I was reminded that I once had a 45 of Sam Cook’s version way back in the old days.

  3. 3 David said at 8:56 am on June 19th, 2010:

    Wow, I can’t remember another Cat Fight with six of my favorite artists up for voting facing off over one song. I don’t think this is a particular challenging song for a singer, and most Perry-Comoed it (took a laid-back approach). I thought all of them, both on and off the ballot, were very good, with the arguable exception of Smiley… (As my son would say, “What the fizzat was that???” Maybe Smiley’s an acquired taste.) In the end, for the second week in a row, I thought Sam Cooke did the most with this song. Timeless arrangement, swinging and upbeat, rather than lost in reverie, it worked best for me.

  4. 4 Bruce said at 1:24 pm on June 19th, 2010:

    After hearing the original version of the song I don’t think there was a need for the 15 others. It had everything a sweet sappy ballad like that could ask for, lead and backup vocals to die for, an arrangement that added rather than detracted from the song, and a spoken word segment that as they would say in the soccer coverage “put it in the back of the net”. Luckily that was version was first on the podcast so I could listen to it a couple of times. As far as Smiley Lewis’s version, I’m glad he stuck to the more up-tempo material, hearing him sing slow reminds me of me of one of the readings that David Sedaris does where he illustrates how he used to sing like Billy Holiday – at that tempo Smiley and David sound almost exactly the same (I wonder if David sounds like Smiley in the up-tempo stuff?). In the end given how often that this song has been recorded over the years I hope that William “Pat” Best made a little money off of it.

  5. 5 Long Island Bob said at 1:40 pm on June 19th, 2010:

    Hard to pick a stand-out favorite among the 9 contenders. Gave the slightest edge to Ella and the Delta Rhythm Boys. I’ve always “dug” the sound of female lead with male backing group.
    BTW, the Six Teens (going cruisin’ in April 2011) were such a group on their early Flip recordings.
    Finally, I’d point out that Deek must not have had a notion early on that his tune would become a “classic” as it was the B-side of the Manor 78 (“You’re Heaven Sent” was the A-side). As LIB always says: “don’t forget to flip it over, baby.”

  6. 6 timevac3 said at 11:29 pm on June 19th, 2010:

    I went with the Cleftones. It was, to my ears, perfect; loved the guitar work. Second choice would have been Ella. Smiley was quite an eye opener after that, but he was playin’ it for fun. It works on that level.

  7. 7 Stickball Eddie said at 4:18 pm on June 20th, 2010:

    One of the best love songs of all time and such varied interpetations by the 9 artists. To me this is such a “mood” song and the one who put me in the right mood was Ella. Thank you Matt for putting this one together and the thoughts that went into choosing this wonderful song. With each weekly “fight” you are expanding my appreciation of the different artists.

  8. 8 Yum Yum said at 12:50 am on June 21st, 2010:

    First thing Matt thank you for the Birthday shout out it was a nice surprise greeting !! My pick for I love You For Sentimental Sixteen Reasons a little nod to Connie Stevens is The Cliff Notes !! Oh thats for school so ill say The Heart & Soul guys The Cleftones of Queens N.Y. and also i would like to thank the Prowlers who E mailed me Birthday wishes !! Always looking forward to the Cat Fights and starting to enjoy The Juke In The Back as well !! You put out good stuff Matt and it will happen again for you ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME !! Yum Yum

  9. 9 twilight7377 said at 3:56 am on June 22nd, 2010:

    Wow Matt! I’ve had some tough times, in the past, choosing. This time was a real challenge. Too many of my favorites were included in the competition! In the end, I chose Linda Ronstadt for the arrangement and her rendition. As always, she was awesome! CharC

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