Plagiarism or sincere form of flattery - you be the judge
I think it's the most sincere form of flattery - what say you?
In 2010, Otis Rush's "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame, which noted that Rush's song "was the obvious inspiration for Bob Dylan's recent track "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"". In various interviews, Peter Green acknowledged being influenced by "All Your Love"' when he wrote the rock classic "Black Magic Woman", that became a major hit for Santana. According to Carlos Santana, "If you take the words from 'Black Magic Woman' and just leave the rhythm, it's 'All Your Love'—it's Otis Rush".
John Lennon once said you could replace the name rock ‘n’ roll with Chuck Berry and call it a day. The respect was mutual. Berry, who was one of rock’s greatest songwriters, loved The Beatles and said “Yesterday” was the one song he wished he’d written.
Ripoff...of the you can't catch me.
"Beatles’ longstanding plagiarism of Berry’s words and music—a series of infractions that resulted in a trio of unmistakable rock classics. Whether it takes the form of such high-octane cover versions as “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock and Roll music” or the musical borrowings inherent in “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Back in the USSR,” and “Come Together,” the Beatles’ debt to Berry is writ large across their unparalleled career."
Coldplay scored their first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2008 with "Viva la Vida," attracting the attention of guitarist Joe Satriani, who claimed it copied parts of his 2004 instrumental track "If I Could Fly." The band called it a coincidence but settled out of court with him in 2009.
I say an extremely happy coincidence...
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but sometimes, you have to pay for it...
Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor alleged that Rod Stewart's 1979 No. 1 hit "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" plagiarized portions of his song "Taj Mahal." The two settled out of court, and in his 2012 autobiography, Stewart admitted to "unconscious plagiarism."
Rip off Ronald Selle's Let it end
Nearly six years after the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love" topped the Hot 100 in late 1977, a songwriter named Ronald Selle alleged that their hit stole from his 1975 demo "Let It End." While a jury initially found in favor of Selle, the judge permitted the Bee Gees a judgment notwithstanding the verdict and ruled in their favor. An appeal to a higher court also found in favor of the Bee Gees.
Ripoff Under Pressure...
Vanilla Ice rode a funky bass line to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1990, giving hip-hop its first-ever No. 1 hit on that chart. Unfortunately for him, plenty of listeners pointed out the song's similarity to the 1981 song "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen. While Vanilla Ice denied the similarity at first, he later relented and decided to pay both parties royalties in order to avoid a court battle.
In January 2018, Australian country music star Jasmine Rae filed a lawsuit against Ed Sheeran. Rae claimed that Sheeran’s song “The Rest of Our Life,” which he wrote for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, was “almost note for note copy” of her song “When I Found You.” The suit is still ongoing.
Well, upon further review thanks to [@Diazepan Medina], I've learned that
"Lambada" is an unauthorized version in portuguese of "Llorando se fue" by Los Kjarkas
You can find the song and it's translations at:
Good news - we get to enjoy good songs. Although, I'm not a fan of jlo's version.
"Well, this is tricky. It’s quite clear that J.Lo’s “On the Floor” sounds similar to the song “Lambada” by French pop group Kaoma. But honestly, the song has been covered so many times (17 or so, by our count) that it’s hard to distinguish what got the green light and what didn’t. However, “On the Floor” has also been accused of borrowing from Hispanic singer Kat DeLuna’s 2010 single “Party O’Clock” and Romanian musician Edward Maya’s 2009 club hit “Stereo Love.”"
"Little has been made of this, as far as we can tell, but it’s impossible (for us, at least) to listen to James Blunt’s 2013 track “Heart to Heart” without hearing another song: Five for Fighting’s 2003 single “100 Years.” Although Blunt may have only sampled the melody and riff, it’s such a distinctive sound that it casts a pall over “Heart to Heart” that is difficult to overlook. No lawsuit for this one."
Contributed by [@diazepan medina]
Robert Plant had certainly muddied the waters...
The following excerpts are from
Willie Dixon, probably the foremost blues composer of the mid-20th Century, penned a song titled 'You Need Love', which he gave to Muddy Waters to record in 1962.
Seven years later, that song's lyrics would be the inspiration for Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love'.
'Whole Lotta Love' is musically independent from 'You Need Love'. There are superficial musical similarities and a strong similarity in character (they're both blues songs), but nowhere near the resemblance of the lyrics.
Robert Plant's vocals are worth mentioning. Just as he borrowed the lyrics from Muddy Waters, so too he borrows the vocal style of Steve Marriott, lead singer of The Small Faces, who released their own version of the song, 'You Need Loving', in 1966.