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This was the final Spencer Davis Group release to feature Steve Winwood, who left to form Traffic. It was originally written for a documentary called Swinging London, but the band liked it so much they saved it for a single.
This is a different song from Bo Diddley's R&B classic number of the same name, which was later an American Top 20 hit for The Yardbirds.
The song returned to the UK Top 75 in 2008 thanks to a British television advert for the Volkswagen Polo which featured a dog singing enthusiastically to the track.
"I'm A Man" has been a hit for three different acts, the Spencer Davis Group original being followed by Chicago's 7 minutes, 40 seconds version recorded for their 1969 debut album The Chicago Transit Authority. Released as a single it reached #8 in the UK in 1970. In the US it was originally released as the B-side to a re-release of "Questions 67 and 68". Radio stations ended up playing both sides, and it eventually peaked at #49 in 1971. Its last chart appearance came in 1989 when the Italian studio outfit Clubhouse turned it into a medley with "Ye Ke Ye Ke," which limped to #69.
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