Musical coincidences # 229

April 28, 2012

Today’s coincidence was supplied by my friend Pete (Hi, Pete!).

The Spencer Davis Group – “Gimme Some Lovin’ (1966) (excerpt)

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Dollar – “Shooting Star” (1979) (excerpt)

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Yep. That sounds similar enough to me. Thanks, Pete.

Semi-Urgent Update:

I’ve been informed by Pete that the MP3 of the above Dollar track I had was not the original but a re-recording. (Note to Dollar: why re-record your own song? Wasn’t the first version good enough?) Here’s the original recording:

Dollar – “Shooting Star” (1979) (the correct one) (excerpt)

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End of Semi-Urgent Update.

But that’s not where today’s coincidence ends. No sirree.

When I read Wikipedia’s entry for “Gimme Some Lovin'”, I saw this:

The basic riff of the song was borrowed from the Homer Banks song “(Ain’t That) A Lot of Love”.

That was news to me. Suitably intrigued, I found the Homer Banks song. Here’s the main riff:

Homer Banks – “A Lot Of Love” (1966) (excerpt)

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Wow. Homer was ripped off big time.

Here are the full versions:

Thieving Mongrels The Spencer Davis Group – “Gimme Some Lovin’ (1966)

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Dollar – “Shooting Star” (1979)

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Dollar – “Shooting Star” (1979) (remake)

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Homer Banks – “A Lot Of Love” (1966)

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