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Deep Purple never made a secret of the fact that the tune for Child in Time was borrowed from the song Bombay Calling that appeared in 1969 on eponymous album by It’s A Beautiful Day. Let’s take a look at it.

Bombay Calling by It’s A Beautiful Day, Live at the Chet Helms Tribal Stomp, Berkeley(?), California, 1978(?). (The date doesn’t make much sense as it’s obviously an outdoor venue, and my very quick research shows that the 1978 Tribal Stomp was held at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. The 1979 one was at the Monterey Grounds.) Anyway, here it is:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=o-JKlx2dml0

The similarities are obvious. Here’s another one. It’s the studio version back from 1969, which inspired Child in Time. You’ll all recognize who is on the video track 😉

Compared to the studio version, the live one from 1978-79 sounds like it’s been in turn influenced by the Purple’s take on the tune.

The true origins of the tune get a bit murky from here, however.

Bombay Calling was credited on the IABD’s album to Vince Wallace – David LaFlamme. LaFlamme is, of course, the singer/violin player in IABD. Who is Vince Wallace then? He is a jazz saxophonist who claimed he wrote the song back in 1962 and showed it to LaFlamme in 1966. There is a recording of it posted on bluoz.com (12MB MP3), however it’s not dated. Earliest released recording of Wallace playing Bombay Calling seems to be AMP Records LP 12″: 001 – Vince Wallace Plays Vince Wallace, released in 1974 or 1976. But why else he would be credited on the first IABD album?

And how did Purple got away with this, you ask? Well, IABD were San Francisco hippies and hippies weren’t in the habit of suing people for money. But they opted to steal in return. A song called Don And Dewey from their second album Marrying Maiden (1970) was inspired by Wring That Neck. You can listen to a sample at Amazon. Both sides involved just laughed it off. ‘Em were the days!

Vince Wallace remains largely uncredited for his contribution to Child in Time…

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BJCTrolF3CY

The last clip is from Doing Their Thing video available on the Masters From The Vaults DVD. You all already own it, right?

This little foray into musical history was inspired by Scratchplate1’s comment.



38 Comments to “It’s A Beautiful Deep Purple Day”:

  1. 1
    purpletemple says:

    If I remember correctly, I once read an interview where Jon Lord said that he had been influenced by the hypnotising three notes of It’s A Beautiful Day’s Bombay Calling. I don’t think it’s ever been a secret that Child in Time was largely inspired by that song. Nevertheless, it is Deep Purple who popularised the melody and turn it into a major success. Maybe It’s A Beautiful day was unfairly uncredited, but it never seemed like they care to take actions against dP. For all we know, they got more recognition out of the publicity Deep Purple made for them.
    Inspiration has to come from somewhere…

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    69 says:

    “And how did Purple got away with this, you ask? Well, IABD were San Francisco hippies and hippies weren’t in the habit of suing people for money.”

    Led Zeppelin must have taken note of this when they borrowed the riff from Spirit´s song Taurus (who were another San Fransican Hippie Group) for their own Stairway To Heaven!

  3. 3
    Stormbringer says:

    …’off topic’ : Gillan’s falsetto/banshee scream was borrowed from
    Little Richard, Edgar Winter and/or Arthur Brown. Did he ever own
    up to these influencies!?

  4. 4
    Chrissy says:

    Stormbringer!!!!!Yes IG has talked about his influences of Edgar Winter’s Tobacco Road vocals etc…I think its in his book.

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    alf+ says:

    In the beginngs (and ever maybe) DP a lot of tunes was made from others bands, composers, even classics composers in tunes,intros, solos, etc…
    what its new here???
    Blackmore´s night tunes, many,was borrowed from classicals, medievals,folks… its the same ritchie history.

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    T says:

    The top video shows It’s a Beautiful Day playing “Bombay Calling” in their own characteristic style. What’s interesting to me is how that version of the main theme is very close to the current version that Blackmore’s Night is playing–down to the use of violin. Certainly, this is by design! Blackmore’s Night’s current rendition is truer to the original It’s a Beautiful Day arrangement than Purple’s ever was.

    “Bombay Calling” may have influenced Purple’s doing “Child in Time,” but the latter is so far removed as to render comparisons pretty moot. The structure is similar (theme-long solo-theme-ending), and the Made in Japan intro is closer to “Bombay Calling” than the studio version of “Child in Time,” but other than that, these are different songs altogether–a totally different feel.

    Jon’s intro here is much more bluesy than the IABD version, and DP’s studio version intro is far removed from the It’s a Beautiful Day arrangement. It seems that Purple became inspired to write, as Ritchie says, “something vaguely similar” and made it their own. And “vaguely” about sums it up when one takes the entire song into consideration.

    How did they get away with it? Easy. Back in the day, it was about music and performing–not big money and business. I imagine It’s a Beautiful Day were flattered that DP turned their song into something as massive as it was and Purple didn’t care if IABD returned the favor.

    I don’t think this would have gone over *as well* today. Remember the sampling thing some years back?

    However, there’s nothing wrong with people being influenced by each other as long as it’s not a total rip-off. “Black Night” is HARDLY “Summertime”. And “Smoke on the Water” is not Beethoven’s Fifth. But the inspiration came from an outside source.

    Nothing wrong with that.

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    stefan says:

    I´m shocked….never heard of IABD….the Mighty Purple as Rip-offs???

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    stoffer says:

    While they are totally different songs, they have some amazing similarities. Nothing wrong with that at all, in fact if it were todays “rules” we may never have been blessed with the Child In Time we all know!

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    Andy says:

    Child in time wouldn’t be complete song without it’s beginning organ introduction.The songs theme is about cold war,and the song was written in 1969.Therefore the hippy sound,because this song is about the nonsence of the cold war.I find it remarkable,and this song is the most deepest song which had Purple ever done.Yes,they said that they’ve heard that particular song,and than they wrote CIT.But,I don’t think they stole the riff from it.It was just a inspiration.

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    Scratchplate1 says:

    The theme, chord phrasing and intro to this are exactly the same as CIT (listen to the original version of Bambay Calling in particular) there can be no question here…It is not simply an influence, it is definately lifted. Jon simply slowed down the intro and played it with hammond and perhaps improvised slightly aroung the theme! As I’ve mentioned before, the great work here was done by Ian Gillan. His melody, lyrics and of course incredible vocal, mixed with Bombay callings music structure made CIT the international success that it became. Of course the soloists are brilliant and the band delivers an incredibly exciting backing track.

    On another note, you’ll hear that Black night is exactly the same as Ricky Nelsons “Summertime” the only difference is that the main Pentatonic riff is altered at the end to stagger the progression!!

    Don’t get me wrong, i love this band, there my favourite of all time…but they have been VERY exploitative over the years!!

  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:

    As far as I can rememebr Black Night was born out of more than one influence.
    1) Summertime by Ricky nelson
    2) the chugging tempo by………hell, it’s late, I do not remeber right now….
    3) The title came from an Episode 6 song, once inspired by an Arthur Alexandre track. Or am I messing up my DP data now?

    Goodnight.

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    speedking says:

    Gillan went into detail on this subject back in June of 1988. DP appeared on the radio show “rockline” to promote “Nobody’s Perfect”. IG said they ripped off the tune from IABD. He said they ran into them in an airport years later and Dave L. said “that’s ok, we ripped off ‘wring that neck’.”

    I have the entire rockline show on tape somewhere…I really should upload it to youtube.

  13. 13
    Dan says:

    I suggest you to check the song “Rock Star”, by canadian band Warpig.
    It was released one year before Fireball and… well, it’s very much like Fireball 😉

  14. 14
    Scratchplate1 says:

    I think it was the chugging rhythm from “On the road again” by Canned heat Purplepriest. This is played over the verse!! Blackmore also suggested that he got the main “Burn” riff from Gershwins?? “Sentimental Rhythm” A 1920’s popular vaudeville song. This was born out by my father back in 1974 when I bought Burn…Much to my annoyance!!

  15. 15
    Scott says:

    Why would Purple rip something like that off. Are any of Deep Purples Riff’s Original. People are going to start to thing there rip off artists.

  16. 16
    T says:

    It is not a rip-off to expand on an existing theme. The Romantic composers often used folk music in their symphonic scores. Smetana and Tchaikovsky come to mind, with the former’s “Moldau” containing such themes, and the latter’s “1812 Overture” having motifs from Russian folk dances.

    It’s not a crime to “sound” like something, either. Beethoven was blasted for the ‘An die Freude’ sounding like “Yankee Doodle.” Brahms wrote a theme that sounds like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

    If what Deep Purple did is improper, then anyone who has written a twelve-bar blues is a plagiarizer. Someone came up with the format, and it has been copied hundreds–if not thousands–of times. Booker T and the MGs “Green Onions” is very similar to Chuck Berry’s “No Particular Place to Go,” although if one plays these two songs consecutively, they have a very different feel and sound to them despite profound similarities in the “notes”.

    “Child in Time” was *inspired* by “Bombay Calling”–and there the similarity ends, for the most part. The opening theme is the only section that is remotely close, and only the very first two bass notes are the same. From there, the songs are quite different, and “Bombay Calling” lacks the lyrics, the screams, the lengthy hard rock guitar solo, the final crescendo and crash, and someone even ran a pick over the innards of a piano–none of which is included in “Bombay Calling”. This makes CIT a unique composition and quite unlike its inspiration.

    Much the same could be said for “Black Night”. No doubt the inspriation was Ricky Nelson’s “Summertime”. They admit to this. However, the verses are completely different, the lyrics are different, and Ricky Nelson never solo’d like *that*. “Summertime” also lacks the growling Hammond.

    So the rhythm was from “On the Road Again,” the theme from “Summertime,” the title inspired by an Episode Six song and the rest–the vast majority of the song–by Deep Purple. How many different songs and ideas have to be combined before we can call this original?

    In America we have a comedian named “Larry the Cable Guy.” He once said that a girl he dated looked “just like Shania Twain–except her face was different.” That pretty much sums up this debate.

    I’ve heard Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythm”. Yeah, it’s similar to the riff to “Burn”. But the rest of the song is NOTHING like it. No zinging guitar solo. No wild drums. No “dungeons and dragons” lyrics. No counter-melody keyboards.

    Perhaps the best example of how a borrowed theme can be made into an original composition is Blackmore’s assertion that “Smoke on the Water” is based on Beethoven’s Fifth. He got the inspiration from Beethoven, and perhaps a part of the structure of the riff from the opening bars of the c-minor symphony. But anyone who has heard both knows that they’re nothing alike.

    The proof of the pudding is the fact that most people don’t even realize where these songs came from and express shock when they find out. Why shock? Because the end so result is completely different than the original model!

    I once wrote and recorded a demo that my brother described as sounding “like ’69 Purple.” In fact, I’d gotten the idea from a Whitesnake song off “Saints an’ Sinners,” but the arrangment, solos, lyrics, and the way I used certain instruments (running a Hammond through a spring reverb to get “the beast effect” for example) hid that fact…and I doubt anyone would be able to tell if I didn’t point it out.

    If the great composers can do it…

    Deep Purple: The Same–But Different.

    Now, how about taking “Lazy” from an arrangement by Cream…

  17. 17
    Scratchplate1 says:

    Good point T, but there’s inspiration and blatant plagurism and I think you are being a little too soft on our heroes. As a song writer, you should know that to copy exactly 4 bars of a song structure is both totally inapropriate, is angainst the law in the eyes of the publisher and this has definitley happened on more than one occasion with Ritchies tunes… Bombay Calling, Summertime, fascinating rhythm, and the Clapton guitar riff you mentioned (can’t think of tune right now) are definately not songs just “inspired” by… Rock music in it’s construction is too simplistic to compare to Jazz and classical themes, where the original composers all get credited by the “inspired by” composer even if the listener does not realise having not heard the original.

    I leave this to those that are unaware of either comparitive compositions…Play Bambay calling or summertime next to CIT to a child and see if they get the connection;-) My kids picked up on it and as I said earlier…so did my Dad!!

  18. 18
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Drinking my coffe. Gettin mentally geared up for going to YOGA class on my bike…….
    Still not very clear in my head, I m afraid……
    But……
    Yep, indeed, Canned Heat…….
    Those little “facts” are lingering on in my fuzzty brain because I once taped a very nicely done BBC special Rock. Played it often….. Documentary in the 90’s. I have it somewhere(…). Would be very good for a DVD…….

    After reading the link to the new Jon Lord Interview I put on Concerto 69.
    Sighhhhhhhhhhhh………..Indeed, Jon. Dp was about your Hammond and Ritchie’s guitar.
    There it is, he said it(…)…….

    I m off ………

  19. 19
    T says:

    Our common ground is that DP got the idea for “Child in Time” from “Bombay Calling.” I concede that point. Purple has admitted to that themselves. My thesis is that the song was changed so much that it is no longer the same song.

    The first difference is in timbre. The DP version is recorded with a Hammond organ set on about 16′, 5 1/3, and 8′ with the third harmonic percussion turned on. “Bombay Calling” is mostly string pizzicato. In addition, there is a difference in tempo. “Child in Time” is *much* slower.

    Since we can’t make a staff here, the tab for “Child in Time” is:
    G-G-A…C-B-A-G-F-A
    G-G-A…A-B-C-D-E-F-E
    F-F-G…E-D-C-E (tr.) D-E-D-C B
    G-G-A…C-B-A G-G A-A

    “Bombay Calling” has an intro–guitar and drum punctuation–that has no equivalent at all in the CIT version, but once that is over, the theme is:
    D-D-E…B-A-G-A-B
    D-D-E…B-D-B-A-G-G
    C-C-D…A-G-F-G-A
    D-D-E…G-F#-E-E

    The melody, upon examination, is *quite* different. Notice that not only are the notes themselves different, there are additional notes in the “Child in Time” version. From the above point, “Bombay Calling” repeats this theme over and over without much embellishment.

    On the other hand, in “Child in Time,” Jon Lord goes off on a sort of mini solo that isn’t even practical to duplicate here. He does runs, holds notes, trills, and the range spans a full octave above anything in the original theme–MUCH more dramatic in effect. In short, on paper, CIT is *nothing like* “Bombay Calling”.

    Except for one thing: What these motifs have in common is the bass notes (albeit it *different* bass notes), which constitute an identical rhythm. A rhythm does not a song make, however. One can repeat bass notes ad infinitum without being called a plagiarizer and indeed, as I pointed out in my blog above, even chord patterns such as a twelve-bar blues have been ‘copied’ more times than we can count.

    Then of course CIT has all that guitar, screaming, etc., etc., which has not bearing whatsoever on “Bombay Calling”. Of the ten minutes of “Child in Time,” only a couple of seconds could be argued to be close to “BC”. Listen to the live version of CIT above. Again, WAY different. Not even close.

    The point that my judgement may be clouded by my affection for this band is a valid one, so let’s test it with someone I despise.

    In the 1980’s, Vanilla Ice recorded “Ice, Ice, Baby.” The bass line here is more than just a bass line–it’s the theme of the song and brought up high and forward in the mix. This motif is practically identical to the David Bowie/Queen song “Under Pressure.”

    Not only are the instruments the same, much of the nuances are the same. Identical, in fact. Mr. Ice claims there is a subtle difference in phrasing (which I don’t hear), but it sounds to the listener like an *exact clone*–maybe even a sampling!

    However, from there, the two songs are different. Vanilla Ice turned Queen’s idea into a rap song with completely different lyrics and a completely different feel. I like the Queen song. I can live without the Vanilla Ice song. That’s how different they are. One illicits a positive response. The other makes me change the channel.

    That bass line *is* a rip-off–from Bowie/Queen; but, what he did with the rest of it turned his song into a brand new song–a different genre altogether.

    Having said that, go back and compare “Bombay Calling” with the Made in Japan version of CIT. Now…THAT *is* the same, albeit in a different key. In this case, it was done on purpose, not as a rip-off, but as an homage to It’s a Beautiful Day.

    And that’s why there has been no animosity between the two bands.

  20. 20
    Rasta Man says:

    Yawn

  21. 21
    Scratchplate1 says:

    Fantastic response T and I agree with and understand everything you say and point you make. but, the theme is the same, however you break it down..The key is irelevant, the instument of choice is irelevant (It could have been played on Ukelele and you would still not hear whether it is BC or CIT) and i bet that without accounting for tempo you could not tell the difference! Sorry mate…I know you are a musician and are defending your boys, but they are my boys too and i owe my musical career to mssrs Blackmore et el. But I’m am being as honest as the band are…It doesn’t mean that they are not brilliant innovators…Many artists do not admit there inspiration, but Puple are honest!!

    Ice, ice baby was a direct sample of John Deacons Bass line on the very famous song under pressure, it is not borrowed and Queen/Bowie have been acknowledeged both artistically and financially. This is also a very different case, not comparable as it is a RAP and has no melody… Vanilla Ice’s contribution to that song is negligable, the riff is the hook. Purples contribution to BC is immense and said song would be completely and commercially unknown if it were not for Purple, however it does not change the facts.

  22. 22
    joc says:

    I can remember listening to a radio interview c.2002 with JL and he said that he had an affair with the woman in IABD and she gave him and the band the rights to Bombay Calling to do what they wanted with.

  23. 23
    T says:

    We’ll have to agree to disagree. I’ve proven the NOTES are different, the timbre is different, the tempo is different and only two (different) bass notes are common–and inconsequential. How much more different can it be…

    Play them side by side…they will NOT line up, even if CIT is sped up. The theme is NOT the same, as I’ve shown, and if the notes I’ve transcribed were played on ukelele, you WOULD heard a difference because the notes ARE different, and get even more different after the first five seconds. That’s what we’re talking here. Less than five seconds of a ten-minute plus song!

    But if that’s all that the two songs have in common at that extreme basic level, ignoring the remaining ten minutes of composition… Let’s compare two people. If you have to remove the skin, muscle, adipose, organs, bone and marrow and compare on a cellular level…and make the point that hey, we have a genetic marker in common… I don’t know what to say.

    Play ANY two themes on a ukelele for any length of time, and you WILL have similar or even identical notes. Like I said: Play “Yankee Doodle” and then “An die Freude” and you will see what I mean. Similar. But not the same at all.

    Melody is only a small part of “music”. It also includes timbre, dynamics, harmony, rhythm…they can’t be ignored. The interval relationship is what makes the melody, and the intervals are different. IT’S NOT JUST A DIFFERENT KEY, although that in itself is another point. One can’t strip away the entire song to almost nothing and say they are the same.

    April Wine did “I Like to Rock” and integrated the entire riff for “Day Tripper” and “Satisfaction” run simultaneously (another example) as well as their own and made it “new”. This could go on and on…

    “Ice, ice baby was a direct sample of John Deacons Bass line on the very famous song under pressure…is not borrowed…” Sampling is the ULTIMATE copy…a clone. Deep Purple didn’t do that. “Queen/Bowie have been acknowledged …artistically”. So has “It’s a Beautiful Day”. As for finanacially…”It’s a Beautiful Day” didn’t care! “Vanilla Ice’s contribution is…negligable”. That’s backwards. The Queen/Bowie theme is CENTRAL to “Ice, Ice Baby”. It’s what made it a a hit!

    We won’t agree on this one. Good debate, though. That’s how it’s done, folks. Back and forth.

    Have a great week-end.

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    Scratchplate1 says:

    Ok…you win on CIT T. I’d much rather adopt your calculations. However, just to clear things up, you misinterpreted what I implied about your Vanilla Ice analogy. I implied that your analogy was not valid and according to your last post; you have now agreed with me??

    Have a great week-end yourself

  25. 25
    T says:

    No, I don’t think I won anything…your points were very difficult to debate. We’re arguing a point that probably has no answer.

    I just don’t think what DP did was a “rip off”. No malice or deception was intended–they’ve always been very open about these things and never tried to hide it and in every instance of these situations, there was always a deliberate attempt to expand the song beyond the model’s scope. Both “Burn” and “CIT” for example, became epic in proportions.

    As for the Vanilla Ice thing, yeah…maybe we didn’t understand each other.

    Thanks for the great debate. I appreciate your comments and your point of view.

  26. 26
    Roberto says:

    I always loved the first two album of It’s a beautiful day,they were similar to jefferson airplane plus a violin (a la Flock/curved air).This video is great,I like improvisation and jamming band(this is what lack to Deep Purple of 2007).Someone knows what were the other band in this show?
    I like their wring that neck version,very personal.
    Burn(the riff) has been made by a jazz palyer in the 30’s.
    Black Night has been made by a 60 band(even status quo borrowed it,you can find it in “Nuggets” compilation)
    But surely this not take away the greatness of Deep Purple.
    Untill 98 they were a strong band with something to say,playing live as one of the best act in the world.Now they are only nostalgia.

  27. 27
    campo says:

    If people are going to be so picky, perhaps we should pay royalties to the descendants of cavemen, because these pioneering cavemen banged a few sticks together, created a tune, and everybody ever since has so blatantly plagiarised their ideas.
    On a more serious note: to say that ‘Black Night’, ‘Child in Time’, ‘Burn’ etc are plagiarised – when it is obvious to anyone with a functioning brain that they only bear a partial resemblance to other recorded material(their only similarities, the riff, are even given a makeover for heaven’s sake!) – is far beyond ludicrous!
    Listen to lots of music, new,old or ancient, and you will find that there are many similarities between major acts and past musicians. The Beatles aren’t innocent, Elvis isn’t, neither Frank Sinatra, or anybody else you could think of. They were only doing something that was similar to what was done before. You could say Rock ripped off blues pentatonic scales. You could say Ritchie Blackmore ripped off classical music when he pioneered neoclassical guitar virtuousity, likewise Jon Lord’s hammond organ virtuousity. Ian Paice with his drumming, oh that has so been done before.
    DO YOU GET THE POINT?!
    You can go on nitpicking ’til doomsday.

    However I do not condone plagiarism, for instance Led Zeppelin in their early days didn’t just take a riff, they didn’t just take a lyric, the songs may have been stylistically altered to be heavier than original, but on a couple of songs they nigh-on took the WHOLE thing from somebody else, and the crime is they neglected to credit the original artist, and they even denied it. I’m talking about songs like ‘Whole Lotta Love’ or ‘Dazed and Confused’, etc. You can never accuse any Deep Purple song being copied to that extent, well not unless it was a legitimate cover. Led Zeppelin isn’t the only band that is guilty of plagiarism but they are the biggest example I can think of. Deep Purple may have borrowed a part once every not so often from another song, but put this part(which is itself modified) into context with the rest of the song and you should realise Deep Purple are not guilty of plagiarism, they are guilty of being influenced and inspired by somebody else, every musician is guilty of that.

    I spose I’m just saying the same thing as ‘T’, oops! Do I have to pay royalties?

  28. 28
    Roberto says:

    So please tell me:‘Whole Lotta Love’ or ‘Dazed and Confused’ has been made by who?I would like to know.
    Thank you

  29. 29
    Scott says:

    You have a good point T

  30. 30
    campo says:

    I will tell you Roberto that ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was originally ‘You Need Love’ written by Muddy Waters, and pay particular attention to the Small Faces cover version. ‘Dazed and Confused’ was written originally by Jake Holmes, the song was adapted by Jimmy Page’s previous band – The Yardbirds – with band member Jim McCarty divising the arrangement. Page then used the song in Led Zeppelin, he rewrote the lyrics but kept the arrangement, and solely credited it to himself. There are more examples, maybe you would like to research them? I’m not here to slam Led Zeppelin, and I’m not trying to be nitpicky as that would contradict my stance in my previous post, and I’m sure that on a Deep Purple site people would rather read about Deep Purple things. I was trying to point out in my previous post that everything in music is inspired by something else to a certain degree, and if anybody thinks what Deep Purple did or didn’t do was bad, there are a lot worse out there, and in my book Deep Purple never directly took enough from anyone else to be considered bad or plagiarists or anything like that.

    Roberto, I think the song by Status Quo was ‘Is it really me’. The melody is similar and quite a lot different at the same time, if you know what I mean. Similarities are always bound to happen. I think the 60s band you were thinking of is the Blue Magoos, their song ‘We ain’t got nothin yet’ probably bears the most similarities to Black Night out of any song, as they had probably heard ‘Summertime’ as well.

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    campo says:

    Correction: ‘You Need Love’ was written by Willie Dixon and played by Muddy Waters as they had a songwriting partnership.

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    juraj says:

    Thanks to Nick Soveiko for posting this and the others for theirs oponions.This is all new for many of us in east and it is cool to know.Anyway we love D.P.

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    Matt says:

    To me its the vocals and the guitar solo that make CiT. They could put any lovely keyboard passage in there and the song would still be a classic.

    Matt

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    Actooon says:

    Thanx for discussion, friends. I’m composer and songwriter and I hate plagiators and music thiefs of all sorts. I know very well who is Mr.Blackmore… (hehehe) 😉 I’m 41 years old.

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    Jelly says:

    If I can just put your mind at rest about a minor issue in your second paragraph: “Live at the Chet Helms Tribal Stomp, Berkeley(?), California, 1978(?). (The date doesn’t make much sense as it’s obviously an outdoor venue, and my very quick research shows that the 1978 Tribal Stomp was held at the Greek Theater in Berkeley.”
    I can confirm that both date and venue are correct – The Greek in Berkeley IS an outdoor venue – there’s a nice picture on their website at http://greektheatreberkeley.org/

  36. 36
    Don Humphrey, Producer/Director says:

    The Tribal Stomp was held at the Greek Theater, an amphitheatre (obviously an outdoor venue) belonging to UC Berkeley on Sunday, October 1, 1978, a wonderfully sunny day. The entire show was recorded by Record Plant’s Tom Flye and Tom Scott. I co-produced and directed the video, a multi-camera shoot, which has never been legally released. Audio producer was Pete Slauson, my partner. We worked together as “Wizards & Cecil B.”, and over the years we worked together on many (hundreds) of audio/multi-camera video concert recordings. We provided the same services at Maritime Hall, San Francisco.

  37. 37
    ParoniS says:

    Well written blog about Purple and plagiarism: http://classic-kontola.blogspot.fi/2013/07/deep-purple-king-of-hard-rock-and.html

  38. 38
    Classic Music Review: It’s a Beautiful Day (album) | altrockchick says:

    […] just to add insult to Vince’s injury, Deep Purple then absconded the music from “Bombay Calling” for their song “Child in […]

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