Rip-offs

Discussion in 'Music' started by Boris Boddenov, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. Boris Boddenov

    Boris Boddenov Well-Known Member
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    When "Surfin' USA" was released people howled that it ripped-off Chuck's "Sweet Little Sixteen." Brian Wilson admitted that Chuck's song inspired "Surfin'," was meant to honor him, and agreed to give Chuck 50% of the writer's share.

    But I think it's cheesy on the part of Chuck's people to include "Surfin'" as one of Berry's hits, listed with the other ones on an album I recently viewed.

    Frankly, I think the song below is a bigger rip-off of the old "Wabash Cannonball" although the older song may have already been public domain before "Promised Land" was released in '64.

     
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  2. John Brunner

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    Just like "My Sweet Lord" and "He's So Fine."

    There's only a finite number of chord progressions, and only a tiny fraction of those are rock-suitable.
     
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