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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.
Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")
Phil was a songwriter, producer and voice behind many Philadelphia soul classics. When disco hit, he got an interesting project: The Village People.
Jesus Christ Superstar: Ted Neeley Tells the Inside Story
Expect to see protests even in today's society, as Jesus Christ Superstar
, the film, marks its 40th anniversary with a worldwide theater tour. Here, we take a walk down film location lane with Ted Neeley, or "Christ," if you prefer.
Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?