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#1134171 - Fri Apr 29 2016 05:15 AM Soundalike Songs
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Thought it might be interesting to compare a few songs that may or may not have been based on either one.

Who knows, we might even get the original songwriters to take legal action!

First two to compare -

You Could Have Been a Lady - Hot Chocolate (1971)

and

Blame It On the Boogie - The Jacksons (1980)


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#1134183 - Fri Apr 29 2016 07:05 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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Tunes the same but words differ, just from Civil War

Year of the Jubilo - Sunday Barbecue (Tennessee Ernie Ford)

Bonnie Blue Flag - Bonnie Blue Gal (Mitch Miller)

Bonnie Dundee (Scottish) - Riding a Raid (Confederate)

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#1134185 - Fri Apr 29 2016 07:16 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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Originally Posted By: C30
Tunes the same but words differ, just from Civil War

Year of the Jubilo - Sunday Barbecue (Tennessee Ernie Ford)

Bonnie Blue Flag - Bonnie Blue Gal (Mitch Miller)

Bonnie Dundee (Scottish) - Riding a Raid (Confederate)

Not modern enough?




Hey, music is music, and those of us that love it, love it!
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#1134186 - Fri Apr 29 2016 07:21 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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I'll throw in another one -

Those of a certain vintage, and Australian, will appreciate this.

Little Queenie - Chuck Berry (1959)

Somewhere down the track, Johnny Young "wrote" a moderate hit for Issi Dy, and hoped that word wouldn't get back to the US -

Teenybopper - Issy Dy (1969)
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#1134198 - Fri Apr 29 2016 10:53 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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How about "I've been everywhere"

Original version was Australian (Lucky Starr), followed by American version (Hank Snow - among many), UK version (Rolf Harris) and New Zealand version (John Dore).
I believe other versions also recorded.

Ironically, Hank Snow was Canadian and Rolf Harris is Australian)

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#1134251 - Fri Apr 29 2016 09:36 PM Re: Soundalike Songs
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Two more -

I'm surprised that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards didn't try to take Elton John to court here. To my ears at least, these two are veeery similar -

Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones (1969)

and

Sad Songs (Say So Much) - Elton John (1984)
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#1134387 - Sun May 01 2016 04:49 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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Another local product -

The original - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam (1969)

The Soundalike - Falling - Autumn (1971)
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#1134388 - Sun May 01 2016 04:56 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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This one did actually go to court, and was won by the original songwriters, but it will still be a huge shock to Australians here -

The Australian rewrite - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? - The Angels (1976)

The original - Lonely Night - Status Quo (1974)



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#1134415 - Sun May 01 2016 07:56 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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Originally Posted By: Dalgleish
This one did actually go to court, and was won by the original songwriters, but it will still be a huge shock to Australians here -

The Australian rewrite - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? - The Angels (1976)

The original - Lonely Night - Status Quo (1974)



I am a Quo fan, but did not know this song. No wonder The Angels lost- it is a total copy!
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#1134457 - Sun May 01 2016 12:24 PM Re: Soundalike Songs
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I know that Ray Parker Jnr was sued by Huey Lewis because “Ghostbusters” was pretty much a copy of “I Want a New Drug” from 1984 – and it really is.
When I heard “Ghostbusters” I wasn’t aware of Lewis’s work, but I felt that it was awfully like “Pop Musik” by “M” from 1979 – but nowhere near as good.

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#1134622 - Tue May 03 2016 05:25 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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Ok, we all know of possibly the most famous instance -

He's So Fine - The Chiffons (1963)

vs

My Sweet Lord - George Harrison (1970)

The fallout obviously affected George, so much that he wrote one of the cleverest songs of all time in reply -

This Song - George Harrison (1976)
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#1134921 - Fri May 06 2016 05:12 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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#1135242 - Tue May 10 2016 05:18 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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A couple that are definitely well known, and were sorted out.

Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry (1958)

Chuck is still getting paid royalties because of this -

Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys (1963)

And just a little add-on -

Servin' USA - Redgum (1978)
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#1136423 - Mon May 23 2016 01:23 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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#1137480 - Mon Jun 06 2016 01:48 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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#1153671 - Thu Dec 15 2016 03:56 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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Found this one on my iPod yesterday. I really reminded me of a ceertain other song -

Freakout - The Atlantics (1999)

and

Wipeout! - The Surfaris (1963)


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#1197157 - Mon May 21 2018 08:28 PM Re: Soundalike Songs
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Elvis (or more correctly, his songwriters) seemed fond of the classics

Compare "It's Now or Never" with "O Sole Mio" and "Love Me Tender" with "Aura Lee".

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#1197162 - Tue May 22 2018 03:54 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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It wasn't a secret that It's Now or Never was based on O Sole Mio in some countries it was released as O Sole Mio (It's Now Or Never). The same can be said for Love Me Tender, it was an adaptation of Aura Lee a Civil War tune which was in the public domain.
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#1197398 - Sun May 27 2018 06:15 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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This pair always makes me smile:

Silly Slang Song by Eric Bogle
which flagrantly robs the melody from
English Country Garden by Jimmy Rodgers smile
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#1197418 - Sun May 27 2018 08:41 PM Re: Soundalike Songs
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And I love the tribute to the BeeGees as the coda! wink
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#1197430 - Mon May 28 2018 04:41 AM Re: Soundalike Songs
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hehe I've often got sod all to say, but it sure does take a lotta words to spit it out.
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