Musical coincidences # 68

January 13, 2011

One of the TV stations here is repeating episodes of the late-70’s/early-80’s British series Minder. The theme tune is a rather catchy ditty that was released as a single. It was sung by Dennis Waterman, the actor who played the title character:

Dennis Waterman – “I Could Be So Good For You” (1979)

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After watching an episode, I had that theme tune stuck in my head. I eventually ended up singing just the chorus over and over again. As I did, I realised that I’d heard the melody of the first line in that chorus before. Here’s the opening melody of the chorus:

Dennis Waterman – “I Could Be So Good For You” (1979) (excerpt)

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That tune started sounding very familiar to me. It took a while, but it finally dawned on me: it’s the melody of the first line in the verse of Barry Manilow‘s “Mandy“:

Barry Manilow – “Mandy (1974) (excerpt)

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To me, they’re remarkably similar. They’re in different keys and speeds, but the melodies are identical except for one note.

If you can read music, here’s what they look like:

“I Could Be So Good For You” (first line of chorus)


“Mandy” (first line of verse)

Even if you can’t read music, I reckon you can see how similar those black dots are.

I’ve already presented you with the full version of “I Could Be So Good For You” (you did play it, didn’t you?), so I’ll play you the full version of “Mandy” plus the original:

Barry Manilow – “Mandy (1974)

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Scott English – “Brandy (1971)

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