Musical coincidences # 394

May 15, 2013

My terribly sad friend Michael told me about this coincidence. He’s terribly sad because he’s a huge fan of the music of Albert Hammond and…

Well, you can hear for yourself:

Albert Hammond – “Down By The River (1972) (excerpt)

Windmill – “Big Bertha” (1969) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Albert Hammond – “Down By The River (1972)

Windmill – “Big Bertha” (1969)


Musical coincidences # 388

April 12, 2013

A recent Song of the day on this very blog was Flash and the Pan’s “Down Among The Dead Men”.

As I listened to it (yes, I do listen to the songs I put on the blog), I ended up with the opening piano melody stuck in me noggin. It was there in my head for quite a while, and as it sat there I started hearing another song.

For me, this…

Flash and the Pan – “Down Among The Dead Men (1978) (excerpt)

…slowed itself down, changed key, and became this:

The Hollies – “The Air That I Breathe (1974) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Flash and the Pan – “Down Among The Dead Men (1978)

The Hollies – “The Air That I Breathe (1974)

And the completist in me wants to play you the original version of “The Air That I Breathe” as well:

Albert Hammond – “The Air That I Breathe (1972)


Musical coincidences # 26

September 29, 2009

Digby Richards is an artist who was featured in a previous Song of the day doin’ the Spunky Monkey. “Do The Spunky Monkey” was groovy (think Swinging Sixties), but Digby’s song in this particular musical coincidence is also groovy, but in a different way (think hippies).

Digby had begun his career as a 50’s rocker and then became a 60’s rocker. By the 70’s, Digby had reinvented himself as a countrified singer-songwriter type of guy (think Glen Campbell). It was during this easygoing, man-of-the-land phase that he wrote, recorded, and released “New York City (Send My Baby Home)” (1973). About a year before that, though, Albert Hammond wrote (with Mike Hazlewood), recorded, and released “It Never Rains In Southern California” (1972). They both have verrrrry similar verses.

Compare and contrast:

Digby Richards – “New York City (Send My Baby Home)” (1973)

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Albert Hammond – “It Never Rains In Southern California (1972)

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