When it comes to music, it is amazing just how linked it all can be. From “Gin and Juice” to “Coca-Cola”, here we will go on a magica music mystery tour and see how it can all link together.

Snoop Dogg – Gin & Juice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6TUhx2wX0M

This song was the second single release from Snoop Dogg, way back in 1994. It reached a peak of number 8 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 39 in the UK charts. It did hit the number 1 spot on both the rap charts and the dance charts in the US.

Fast forward to 2010 and Katy Perry released the song ‘California Gurls’. It raced to the number 1 spot in both the UK and the US. The song featured Snoop Dogg himself and to pay homage to the rapper, Perry included the line ‘sippin’ on gin and juice’ as part of the song lyrics.

Katy Perry – California Gurls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRvptTk7IbU

The eagle-eared amongst you may well have heard another lyric in the Katy Perry song that you may well have heard before. You would be right. ‘I wish they all could be California girls’ is the ‘offending’ lyric and originally came from the Beach Boys song ‘California Girls’.

Beach Boys – California Girls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0av63J-OuQ

The Beach Boys, or at least the company behind the band, have attempted to take legal attention against Katy Perry for copying their lyrics. Plagiarism is taken very seriously and the Beach Boys are well aware of this.

Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38IGF5Zrwp0

Does the song ‘Surfin’ USA’ sound familiar to you? Not the lyrics this time but the actual music. It should sound familiar because it is the same as this following song.

Chuck Berry – Sweet Little Sixteen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d5qUWR4LTM

When it was noticed that the Beach Boys song ‘Surfin’ USA’ was a ‘rip-off’ of Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ legal proceedings began. The outcome of the proceedings was based mostly around the royalties that the song would earn. As such, the writing credits for ‘Surfin’ USA’, which had originally just said ‘B. Wilson’, had to be amended to read ‘B. Wilson/Chuck Berry’.

On the subject of Chuck Berry.

Chuck Berry – You Can’t Catch Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcblXxc4oqo

At 1:07 of that video, did you recognise the lyric? ‘Here come old flat top’. Over a decade after the Chuck Berry song was released the Beatles released the song ‘Come Together’, which featured (as its opening lyric) the line’Here comes old flat top’.

The Beatles – Come Together

The two songs could not have been more different, but some legal minded person decided it would be a good idea to take legal action over the use of that line. John Lennon could have ‘hid behind’ the ‘Lennon/McCartney’ song-writing partnership, as that was what it was released under. Many people believe had that been the case it would have been settled quickly and amicably. As was, John Lennon alone found himself in trouble over it and the result (nearly a decade later) resulted in John Lennon providing an album of cover versions that had its own troubles to seek, but that is a different story for a different day.

One of the songs that John Lennon did cover for that album was the song ‘Stand By Me’, originally be Ben E King.

John Lennon – Stand By Me

There had been many other cover versions of the Ben E King before and since. One song that wasn’t a cover of it though, but did share the same title was the following song.

Oasis – Stand By Me

The Oasis song ‘Stand By Me’ came from their third album, ‘Be Here Now’, which was full of tenuous links to the Beatles, both lyrically and musically and even in some of their videos. Many people are well aware that Oasis liked to ‘copy’ the Beatles, but it is always exaggerated. Oasis liked to show some of their other influences sometimes, just like the following song from their debut album.

Oasis – Shakermaker (live)

Does it remind you of anything?

New Seekers -I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing

Someone certainly noticed the similarities. Oasis were sued for successfully for $500,000 for ‘copying’ the song that was made famous in the Coca-Cola advert of the 1970’s.

P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 15th of August 2010 and can be found by clicking HERE.