Musical coincidences # 216

April 10, 2012

My friend Steve (Hi, Steve!) said that he found this coincidence after he saw someone commenting on one of the songs on YouTube. The coincidence is only a vocal phrase, but it sure is noticeable:

Richard Harris – “MacArthur Park (1968) (excerpt)

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Electric Light Orchestra – “Mandalay” (1982) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Richard Harris – “MacArthur Park (1968)

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Electric Light Orchestra – “Mandalay” (1982)

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By the way, I’ve just found out that the YouTube comment was about the ELO song. Commenter “way2muchsense” said:

“Sounds quite a bit like Macarthur Park. Simon and Garfunkel on synthesizers.”

Yep.

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Musical coincidences # 63

December 21, 2010

Today’s musical coincidence was prompted yet again by my friend Stonefish’s blog (Hi, Stonionio!).

The Stonester had recently posted a rather maudlin affair called “Katy Jane” by a Sixties* Australian pop dude, Ronnie Charles, and a part of it caught my ear – to be precise, this part:

Ronnie Charles – “Katy Jane” (1969) (excerpt)

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“Where have I heard that rhythm before?” I asked myself. “Why, right here…” I answered myself:

Richard Harris – “MacArthur Park (1968) (excerpt)

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That bit was just one of the many bits in the multi-bit collaboration between Richard Harris and the song’s composer Jimmy Webb. (Or, as it says on the picture sleeve of the single: “Richard Harris sings it. Jimmy Webb wrote, arranged, and produced it.”)

Aargh. Now I have that rhythm stuck in my head.

Doo-doo, doo, DOO, doo, DOO, doo, DOO, doo-doo, doo-doo-doo etc.

Quick, play the full versions so I can get that rhythm out of my head:

Ronnie Charles – “Katy Jane” (1969)

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Richard Harris – “MacArthur Park (1968)

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(*I meant that the song was recorded in the 1960’s, not that Ronnie Charles was in his sixties when he recorded it.)