Musical coincidences # 342

November 30, 2012

My friend Michael, the chap who suggests songs from the 1980s for this blog’s Educating Peter series (Hi, Michael!), spotted this coincidence involving a not-so-well-known French band and a better-known non-French band.

In both excerpts there is a verse comprising two melodies, like so:

Verse melody: first half (two bars)
Verse melody: second half (two bars)

In the coincidence, the first-half melody isn’t all that similar – although they both share a fairly similar rhythm. The melody in the second-half, however, is where we hit the coincidence jackpot.

I mentioned that in case you started listening and thought “They’re not alike at all. Michael and Peter don’t know what they’re talking about. Pah!”

Choc with Richard Kennings – “I Want You To Be My Girl” (1970) (excerpt)

The Beatles – “Paperback Writer (1966) (excerpt)

And…

Michael recently spotted another song containing the melody:

Rumble – “Rich Man, Poor Man (1970) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Choc with Richard Kennings – “I Want You To Be My Girl” (1970)

Rumble – “Rich Man, Poor Man (1970)

The Beatles – “Paperback Writer (1966)